Bowers & Wilkins Launches PM-1 Speaker

The new 2-way Prestige Monitor 1 will start shipping in late June.

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Bowers & Wilkins made a few tweaks to its lineup last year, leaving a gap where $3,000 speakers used to be. Now B&W is planning to fill that void with the newly announced Prestige Monitor 1.

However, the company didn’t just design the PM-1 to complete the lineup. Instead, B&W used the opportunity to launch several new technological innovations.

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One such perk is the PM-1′s Carbon Braced Tweeter high-frequency driver. B&W says this can push frequency up to 40kHz, while cutting distortion at audible frequencies below 20kHz. As with the company’s 800 Series, the PM-1′s tweeter is completely separate from the the bass/mid enclosure in its own tapered tube housing.

Like the tweeter, the driver unit boasts new surround material to deliver a wider dispersion at higher frequencies. The icing on the cake (or the cone) is a Kevlar cone driver with Foam Damping Cap (FDC) in the center.

It’s also a pretty unit, featuring new Matrix interlocking panels, curved cabinetry, and a mineral loaded resin baffle.

Priced at $2,800 per pair, the PM-1 will be available later this month. You can also get a set of stands for $550 per pair.

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