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Bowers and Wilkins John Bowers Active 1

Active Loudspeaker System

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Bowers and Wilkins John Bowers Active 1


Behind the John Bowers Active 1 is a simple but demanding concept: to achieve 'large' loudspeaker performance from comparatively small enclosures. And these compact cabinets should be basically conventional in style, to integrate happily into home environments where space is at a premium.

During a two-year research and development programme, our augmented design team explored the very frontiers of technology in pursuit of the design concept. This uniquely experienced group of engineers had at their disposal the most sophisticated tools and instrumentation, including in-house computer and laser interferometry.

Their achievement is a system combining quite astonishing simplicity in operation with magnificent sound and space-saving compactness. And a total vindication of the importance which leading technologists have always attached to integrated design by one manufacturer of both electronics and the acoustics.


Type: 3 driver loudspeaker system

Frequency Response: 45Hz to 18kHz

Sensitivity: 95dB

Midbass: 1 x2 x 150mm bextrene cone

Tweeter: 1 x 26mm special polyamide

Finish: black ash, natural oak, walnut or limited edition lacquered finish

Dimensions: 626 x 355 x 256mm

Weight: 30kg

Note: 200W bass + 100W high frequency amplifiers



re: John Bowers Active 1 Red LED function.

Looking for the owners manual. One one speaker, there is a red LED illuminated. Everything sounds fine. But I don't know what it signifies.

re: John Bowers Active 1 Red LED function.

Dear tutor turtle,

there is nothing to worry about; the red led indicates the amp is stand-by.
However in this case the other speaker should show the red led too.
When operating the green leds lit and the red ones remain.
Perhaps a small repair of the missing led...

von stroebel

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