Over the years, Bowers & Wilkins has made a lot of speakers that are pretty both inside and out. The new models in the CM Series certainly look to be carrying on the company tradition.
The new lineup includes Decoupled Double Dome tweeters, which we first saw in last year’s CM10. Now, the company is sharing that audio tech with the rest of the lineup, which includes a total of nine speaker options.
A Double Dome tweeter has a thin aluminum dome surrounded by a thicker aluminum ring. The combination promises to prevent audible distortion and deliver crisp, clear sound. The new version of the tweeter is also decoupled, which means it has an extra ring of gel to separate the tweeter assembly from the cabinet. That boasts better dispersion and imaging.
Also worth noting is that the CM10 S2 flagship floorstanding speaker and the new CM6 S2 get a little tweeter-on-top action for a more immersive listening experience.
Other features across the entire CM Series include new crossovers, Anti-Resonance dustcaps, and a completely new design. The new cabinets include real wood and circular tweeter grilles for a cleaner, more subtle look.
The CM10 S2 features the aforementioned tweeter-on-top design, as well as three 165mm bass drivers and a decoupled FST midrange driver. That model is priced at $4,000 per pair. The new CM6 S2 is the first standmount CM Series speaker to get tweeter-on-top technology. It also has a 165mm bass/midrange driver and an MSRP of $2,000 per pair.
To round out the collection of floorstanding speakers, the lineup also includes the CM9 S2 and the CM8 S2. Both have Decoupled Double Dome tweeters, FST midrange drivers and two bass drivers. Priced at $2,400 per pair, the CM8 is extra slim, so it can fit into a variety of installations. The CM9 S2 is also sold in pairs, for $3,200.
The other two standmount speakers are the CM5 S2 and the CM1 S2. Sold in pairs, these models are priced at $1,600 and $1,100, respectively.
Bowers & Wilkins has included two center-channel options for this line, the CM Centre S2 and the CM Centre 2 S2. Each one has Decoupled Double Dome tweeters, but the S2 model adds in an FST midrange driver and a pair of symmetrically arranged bass drivers. These speakers are sold individually for $700 and $1,250, respectively.
The last in the CM lineup is the ASW10CM S2 subwoofer. This stylish sub has a 10-inch Kevlar driver, a 500-watt Class D amplifier, and a switch mode power supply. This is priced at $1,500.
Bowers & Wilkins is making each of the CM Series speakers available in gloss black, rosenut and satin white—except the ASW10CM S2, which cuts out the rosenut option. Designed for the CM1 S2, CM5 S2 or CM6 S2, the FS-CM stand has both black and silver options, priced $500 per pair. Bowers & Wilkins will start shipping all of the new CM Series sometime this month.
The CM6 S2 is the only standmount model to feature Tweeter On Top technology.
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