Experience the world’s finest Sound System, born
of a dream to bring true hi-fi sound quality to huge
outdoor stages. The four 3.5m speaker stacks adapt
the acoustic design of our flagship hi-fi speakers in a
massively enlarged format to stunning effect.
“The quality of the system is the answer to all the
problems DJs have. When the sound is this good,
you can play whatever you want.”
John Talabot, DJ and musician.
Our speakers are driven by technological innovation and Sound System is no different.
By adding brand new midrange drivers, including Continuum cones, to the four rock-solid speaker stacks we are changing the way you hear live music.
For the third year running, we will be taking Sound System to a handful of the most discerning festivals around Europe enabling music fans to experience true sound for themselves.
“It’s phenomenal the effect it can have on people”
JG Wilkes, Optimo.
Sound System made its world debut at Primavera 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. Over the past three years it’s hosted some of the world’s most cutting edge electronic acts and DJs including Jamie xx, John Talabot, Dixon, Daphni and Maceo Plex.
Possibly the world’s most eclectic festival, the global gathering that is WOMAD will once again be welcoming back Sound System. Expect a highly curated line up of sound pioneers, DJs, listening events and live acts
WOMAD is like no other festival and the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage has become a critically acclaimed fixture. Hosting a hugely eclectic range of musicians, DJs and immersive listening sessions, this year’s bespoke line-up is intended to showcase the system’s versatility and includes Francois K, Cats Eyes, Jah Shaka, Optimo and lots more.
“I heard things on my own records which I’d never heard before”
Andy Votel, DJ and musician
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Sound System overcomes the problems of dynamic compression inherent in traditional PA systems by adapting the acoustic design of our flagship hi-fi and studio speakers in a massively enlarged format. The foundation of each Sound System stack is its four rock solid, fully braced low frequency enclosures, which this year incorporate new mid-range drivers incorporating the Continuum cones present in our flagship 800 Series Diamond. Each stack also features four mid/high frequency enclosures, incorporating two mid/bass units, a Continuum midrange driver and four Nautilus tube-loaded high frequency drivers.
Each of the four low frequency enclosures incorporates two 380mm (15”) Rohacell composite drivers; customised versions of those in our CT800 system. Flowports take care of bass loading and a Sound System module of four LF enclosures is capable of an extraordinary 120dB at 8m.
The specially made cabinet enclosures are unlike anything else ever manufactured by Bowers & Wilkins. However the internal Matrix bracing system and Flowport technology are key Bowers & Wilkins innovations from our production speakers.