March 19, 2013
| by Arlen Schweiger
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to hear a pair of $60K loudspeakers, let alone one that’s earned countless praise and accolades over the years.
It’s also a unique looking loudspeaker, that’s among the most visually striking that you will see and hear. We surely included Bowers & Wilkins’ Nautilus speaker among our sexiest speakers roundup in the past, and if you happen to be in the Cleveland, Ohio, area you can get the rare opportunity to have a gander at it yourself.
Custom electronics firm Audio Video Interiors in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is holding a special “When Music Matters” event this Friday, March 22, if you need a little break from watching the NCAA Tournament—or perhaps they’ll dedicate one of their theaters to the games, who knows.
The main attraction is the Nautilus, which is making a special appearance as the only dealer stop between New York and Dallas to help commemorate the 20th anniversary of B&W’s unique flagship loudspeaker.
“I had the pleasure to tour their facility in London and witness first hand B&W’s attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, and quest for the ‘perfect’ sound,” says AVI owner Michael Pope. “The Nautilus speaker is so well engineered that it has not been changed in 20 years! The fact that they are all custom made, by the same person, in their factory in London makes them unique. And we have the only pair on display for thousands of miles.”
Guests are encouraged to bring their own music to the event so they can experience their favorite or go-to demo songs in this rare opportunity. In conjunction with B&W’s own foray as the sound system provider for Maserati’s 2014 Quattroporte GTS, the company is displaying its Nautilus in a new Maserati Gray color, too.
Also, the event will benefit the Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children’s Hospital, where AVI has completed a special project. When Music Matters will include a charity raffle with items such as B&W’s P5 headphones and a B.C. Rich Guitar donated by NuVo Technologies, along with other items like original artwork and a portrait sitting. Local entertainer Jackson Rohm will also give a performance.
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Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.