Posted on 18th July, 2018


British audio brand, Bowers & Wilkins has just lifted the veil on new Prestige Editions of its 802 and 805 models, featuring an extraordinary and distinctly beautiful Santos Rosewood finish.

Bowers & Wilkins first introduced the 800 Series Diamond range at the end of 1986, redefining loudspeaker performance standards for not only the 800 Series itself but also for the broader world of premium loudspeakers.

Since then, the 800 Series Diamond has become the choice of professional recording studios as well as being revered by discerning home audio enthusiasts.

Naturally, the 802 and 805 Prestige Edition models retain the same advanced specification as the standard 800 Diamonds including the Diamond dome tweeter, Turbine Head, Continuum and Aerofoil drive units and Matrix cabinet construction.

The aforementioned high-gloss Santos Rosewood finish is prepared by hand by skilled Bowers & Wilkins craftsmen at the company’s factory in the UK.

Crafting each cabinet is labour intensive, with the finishing process said to require forty per cent more manufacturing time than a standard 800 Series Diamond loudspeaker.

Bowers & Wilkins highlights the distinctive Santos Rosewood veneer used on each loudspeaker with thirteen coats of lacquer to deliver a supremely rich and desirable finish, with a deep, luxurious colour and distinctive grain pattern that makes each loudspeaker a unique piece of art.

In total, the process to create the Santos Rosewood finish takes around over four weeks.

The stand mount 805 Prestige Edition costs £5500 per pair; the larger floor standing 802 Prestige Edition is £19,500 per pair.

Both luxuriously finished models are available via Bowers & Wilkins specialist 800 Series Diamond retailers.

For more information visit Bowers & Wilkins.


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