Bowers & Wilkins has launched the DB Series, calling it their “most advanced range of subwoofers yet”. The three model range follows in the footsteps of the “ground- breaking” DB-1 but incorporates new digital technology and materials advances from the 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers, including Aerofoil cones. All three models have “masses of power on tap”, with the flagship DB1D (£4,150) offering 2000 Watts to its pair of opposed drive units in an “incredibly rigid cabinet that helps reduce distortion for deep, agile bass”.
The DB Series subwoofers use Aerofoil cones identical to those found in the 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers. These light, ultra-stiff transducers resist bending and flexing far longer than conventional cones. The cone on the DB2D (£3,200) is the same as the 800 D3, while the DB1D features a massive 12-inch driver – our largest Aerofoil cone to date. The DB1D is also the most powerful active subwoofer Bowers & Wilkins has ever made. With their 1000 Watt amplifiers, the DB2D and DB3D (£2,300) mirror this capability in more compact forms.
All three DB Series subwoofers have two bass cones arranged in an opposed, balanced configuration. This technology was originally developed for the iconic PV1 subwoofer, because it greatly reduces cabinet vibration and ensures cleaner, more precise sound. An all-new digital pre-amplifier in the DB subwoofers is designed to ensure that sound is always delivered at optimum levels. Bespoke features such as Dynamic EQ and Room EQ are provided in an attempt to ensure precision performance in every space.
The DB Series is configured with a dedicated mobile App. The App includes positioning guides, set-up and troubleshooting and can be used to provide control over both output and audio preset modes. The App is available for iOS and Android devices and no separate microphone required. The DB subwoofers are engineered to be flexible when it comes to connecting them to other equipment. They are obvious partners for the flagship 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers, but can easily be used with the CM Series or other loudspeakers. All three models will be available in a choice of three finishes: Gloss Black, Satin White and Rosenut.