It’s a CM Jim but not as we know it. Bowers & Wilkins has launched a range topper for its CM range. The CM10 has several distinguishing features that mark it as a step above the CM9, most obviously a tweeter mounted atop the cabinet in its own pod. And not just any tweeter either, this aluminium dome has a reinforcing dome with the centre cut-out underneath it. This double-dome pushes the first break up from 30kHz to 38kHz which should mean it sounds cleaner at the frequencies we can hear.
The FST midrange in its distinctive yellow Kevlar is unusual for being decoupled from the cabinet, it’s secured by a drawbar mechanism of the sort found in the 800 Series Diamond models. The other change to the CM9 is the addition of a third bass driver, although the cabinet is the same height the placement of the tweeter on top makes space for this 50% increase in bass driver area. The CM10 is as a result more extended in the bass and has greater overall sensitivity. Finishes include rosenut (below right) or wengé (below left) real wood veneers, black gloss or satin white and price is £2,999 for the pair.