Bowers & Wilkins 804 D3 – Imperious performer
Discontinued replaced by 804 D4
The 804 D3 delivers incredibly high-performance sound in a traditional loudspeaker form with a smaller footprint.
804D3 is a traditional-looking floorstanding speaker featuring cutting edge technology.
The ultra-rigid cabinet plays host to a diamond dome tweeter.
Continuum cone midrange and aerofoil bass drivers.
All of these come together to generate room filling, highly detailed performance.
Bracing is essential in keeping a speaker stable, so the character of instruments comes through cleanly.
Developed using computer modelling and constructed from wood ply with metal reinforcement, Matrix offers the ultimate in bracing.
The Continuum cone delivers pristine midrange performance by effectively negating the break-up behaviour that can adversely effect this all-important part of the spectrum.
The Aerofoil cone’s variable thickness provides added strength where it is needed to maintain its pistonic shape, delivering rock sold bass.
Diamond Dome Tweeters
Incredibly light, yet unbelievably rigid, Diamond is the ultimate tweeter material. Delivering the most revealing, natural treble you will ever hear.
Wolf in sheep’s clothing
It might have a more traditional appearance than other speakers in the range, but don’t let that fool you.
The 804 D3 delivers incredible acoustic transparency, thanks to unique 800 Series Diamond features such as their Continuum cone and augmented Matrix bracing system.
So while its looks may be conventional, its performance is anything but.
Specifications 804 D3
Continuum cone FST TM
Aerofoil cone bass units FlowportTM
Solid body tweeter
Description 3-way vented-box system
1x ø25mm (1 in) diamond dome high-frequency
1x ø130mm (5 in) Continuum cone FSTTM midrange
2x ø165mm (6.5 in) Aerofoil cone bass units
Frequency range 20Hz to 35kHz
Frequency response (+/-3dB from reference axis) 24Hz to 28kHz
Sensitivity 89dB SPL (2.83Vrms at 1m)
(on axis at 2.83Vrms)
2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m on axis) <1 % 70Hz – 20kHz
<0.3% 120Hz – 20kHz
Nominal impedance 8Ω (minimum 3.0Ω)
Recommended amplifier power 50W – 200W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Net weight 33kg (73lb)
Finishes Real wood veneers: Rosenut
painted finish: Gloss Black or Satin White
Height: Width: Depth:
1019mm (40.1 in) 238mm (9.4 in) 345mm (13.6 in)
Stand mount versions also available 805 D3
Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins
1960s: Humble beginnings
The sleepy coastal town of Worthing in South England might not look like a hotbed of 1960s freewheeling experimentation, but for audio fans it’s a place that’s synonymous with innovation.
Thanks to the first Bowers & Wilkins speakers built here in the early years of the company, music lovers could experience albums such as Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds in new, mind-expanding depth and clarity
John Bowers begins assembling speaker systems in the workshop of his electronics shop in Worthing, South East England
Following an inheritance of £10,000 from a satisfied customer, John Bowers sets up his own loudspeaker company
The first Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker. The profit from P1 allowed the company to invest in new calibration equipment
1968: Domestic Monitors
The DM1 and DM3 were launched to bring high quality audio to more customers, at an affordable price point
1970s: A decade of milestones
With the company established and growing fast, Bowers & Wilkins developed its reputation for innovative design backed up by world-leading R&D.
They introduced new forms and design concepts including Tweeter-on-Top, new cone materials such as Aramid fibre, and it all culminated in the launch of the iconic 801, soon to become the reference speaker of choice for many of the world’s leading recording studios
With its curved cabinet, the DM70 changed the shape of loudspeaker design
1980s: The application of science
Extensive investment in research led to the establishment of the company’s dedicated R&D facility in Steyning.
The era of MTV pop superstardom and bombastic stadium rock also saw Bowers & Wilkins buck the trend and introduce something small and unobtrusive: the “compact monitor”, or CM1
1990s: Rewriting the rulebook
The 1990s saw the pioneering work of the Steyning research team realised in spectacular fashion with the launch of Nautilus™, a speaker that rewrote preconceived notions of speaker design.
It also saw major product launches at both ends of the spectrum, with the unveiling of the highly regarded entry-level 600 Series and the flagship Nautilus 800 Series
2000s: Expansion in to new categories
The decade that brought us iPods and smartphones saw them embrace the new world with the launch of the iconic Zeppelin.
They also expanded into the car audio category and transformed the performance of their 800 Series with the development of the Diamond-dome tweeter
2015: 800 Series Diamond
The latest version of their flagship introduced a complete redesign and revolutionary new technologies, such as the Continuum™ cone
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