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Bowers and Wilkins 801

Loudspeaker System (1995)

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Bowers and Wilkins 801


The model 801 is B&W's first fully professional monitor loudspeaker, the outcome of four years research employing totally new developments in measuring design technology.

Throughout both design and production model 801 is a truly 'no compromise' product where cost in every instance is secondary to performance.

The fact that this loudspeaker system was chosen by EMI as their classical music monitor at London Abbey Road Studios is sufficient proof of the unique quality of this product.


  • Type: 3 way, 3 driver loudspeaker system

    Frequency Response: 23Hz to 33kHz

    Recommended Amplifier: 50 to 1000W

    Crossover Frequency: 350, 4000Hz

    Impedance: 8Ω

    Sensitivity: 90dB

    Bass: 1 x 380mm rohacell cone

    Midrange: 1 x 150mm kevlar cone

    Tweeter: 1 x 25mm diamond dome

    Enclosure: bass reflex

    Finish: black ash, rosenut, cherrywood

    Dimensions: 1192 x 506 x 682mm

    Weight: 118kg

  • Type: 3 way, 3 driver loudspeaker system

    Frequency Response: 45Hz to 20kHz

    Impedance: 8Ω

    Sensitivity: 85dB

    Bass: 1 x 270mm cone

    Midrange: 1 x 100mm cone

    Tweeter: 1 x 26mm dome

    Enclosure: closed box

    Finish: black ash, rosewood, teak or walnut

    Dimensions: 948 x 432 x 560mm

    Weight: 49kg

  • Type: 3 way, 3 driver loudspeaker system

    Frequency Response: 24Hz to 25kHz

    Recommended Amplifier: 50 to 600W

    Crossover Frequency: 380, 3000Hz

    Impedance: 4Ω

    Sensitivity: 87dB

    Bass: 1 x 300mm polymer cone

    Midrange: 1 x 126mm Kevlar cone

    Tweeter: 1 x 26mm metal dome

    Dimensions: 1008 x 432 x 560mm

    Weight: 50kg


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801/s-80/801 F enviro controls?

801F instructions were abig help -does anybody have info on the enviromental controls (the adjustments for mid and tweeter level on the back of the midrange housing)?
The rest of the owner's manual would be helpful if someone's got it?

B&W 801F

Hello, I had the chance to listen to these speakers side by side with three different pairs of speakers.MAGNAT,Definitive technology bipolar7006,JBL. That was the strangest experince. I switched back and forth for more than an hour. B&W's sounded muffled compared to all the others to my ears. I am so confused, the dynamics dropped,the bass was muddy,midrange was really muffled. Now, are my ears spoiled with too much openness in the sound. I tried hard to see the good side but couldn't. One thing I noticed, the high frequencies were sweeter and cleaner. My problem was basically with the midrange.
These came with a strange amp(Musical fidelity P180) and Perreaux SM3 preamp. I say strange because it is only a 80 watt AMP,yet it pumps far more power than my Mcintosh 150Watt amp. I had a look at the powersupply Caps and they were rediculously small.
Anyway, I am offered to buy the B&W's and I am confused.
I was also wondering what can the controls on the back of the midrange compartment do. Would they open up the midrange ? I wanted to try but couldn't .
please advise.... thanks

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