Original retail price: £17000
Advert reference: 18827
Listed in: Floor-standing speakers
An extremely rare opportunity to one of the finest loudspeakers available at a great price. These speakers are in as close to new condition as possible, having been meticulously cared for by the owner who didn’t let anyone handle them. As shown in the photos there are no scratches or marks anywhere on the speakers. Comes with all the original packaging and accessories.
Not only are we an authorised Bowers & Wilkins 800 series dealer but we actually sold this pair to the customer in June 2018
The very latest Bowers & Wilkins speaker technologies, from the massive Turbine Head to the reinvented Matrix bracing, combine to superb effect to deliver staggeringly real sound.
The Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 are slightly smaller than the 800 D3, but still capable of delivering pristine, natural sound. If you’re looking for stunning realism without the studio-sized footprint, the 802 D3 is the answer. Its slim proportions make it a comfortable fit for both domestic spaces and recording environments. At home or in the studio, it will reveal depth and detail in music you never knew existed.
Mounted atop the main enclosure, the Diamond dome tweeter in its solid aluminium housing delivers space, ambience and precise soundstage imaging.
The Turbine Head’s massive midrange housing is carefully shaped and inert, ensuring voices and instruments are delivered with extreme purity.
Voices and instruments are delivered with purity and precision, thanks to the smooth, accurate Continuum™ cone midrange driver.
Solid, dramatic bass is delivered through the rigidity and lightness of the uniquely-shaped variable thickness Aerofoil™ cone.
Unwanted resonances can blunt the punch of the sound: advanced Matrix bracing keeps the cabinet ultra-rigid and damps out superfluous vibrations.
Perfect sound is about moving air, not the speakers: a stable plinth makes for easy positioning, then keeps it rock-solid for listening.
“A major step up from its predecessor, the 802 D3 competes with speakers at twice its price, and higher.”
“Think of the tears of joy as your turn it on.”
The high-gloss Santos Rosewood Prestige Edition is finished by hand by skilled Bowers & Wilkins craftsmen in the Worthing factory. The process is labour intensive – requiring significantly more time than a standard 800 Series model to manufacture. Each Santos Rosewood Prestige Edition loudspeaker will be serially numbered.
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.
The decade that saw a series of musical upheavals from disco to punk rock also brought several major milestones for Bowers & Wilkins. The company introduced curved cabinet forms and new cone materials such as Aramid fibre. And it all culminated in the launch of the 801, soon to become the reference speaker of choice for many of the world’s leading recording studios.
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.
The 1990s saw the pioneering work of the Steyning research team realised in spectacular fashion with the launch of Nautilus™, a speaker that upended 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.
The decade that brought us iPods and smartphones saw us embrace the new world of digital with the launch of the Zeppelin. We also expanded into the car audio market with our partnership with Jaguar, and launched a revolutionary new speaker technology in the form of diamond tweeter domes.
Monumental technological change seemed to be everywhere in the 2010s, and Bowers & Wilkins was no exception.
Continuum™ Cone FST™
Aerofoil™ cone bass units
Solid body tweeter
3-way vented-box system
1x ø25mm (1 in) Diamond dome high-frequency
1x ø150mm (6 in) Continuum™ cone FST™ midrange
2x ø200mm (8 in) Aerofoil™ cone bass units
14Hz to 35kHz
Frequency response (+/-3dB from reference axis)
17Hz to 28kHz
Sensitivity (1m on axis at 2.83Vrms)
2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m on axis)
<1 % 80Hz - 20kHz
<0.3% 100Hz - 20kHz
Nominal impedance (min)
8Ω (minimum 3.0Ω)
Recommended amplifier power
50W - 500W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max. recommended cable impedance
Height: 1212mm (not including feet)