BMW iX to Feature Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound

BMW’s new iX electric vehicle will feature Bowers & Wilkins speaker systems that include its Diamond Dome tweeters.


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BMW iX to Feature Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound

BMW's new iX electric car will offer Bowers & Wilkins surround sound audio systems.

Bringing advanced surround sound to the automotive market, the BMW iX will incorporate Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound Systems in the car.

With the aim of delivering an audio experience that feels as though the car’s occupants are there with the artist in the studio, a concept that Bowers & Wilkins refer to as “True Sound,”  the popular audio company states this experience can only be achieved through a close collaboration between its engineering team and the engineering team from BMW.

Bowers & Wilkins explains the BMW iX is the first fully electric vehicle to feature Diamond Dome tweeters, as found in Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers, the monitor loudspeaker of choice in Abbey Road Studios. The company boasts its Diamond Dome tweeters deliver accurate, low-distortion sound through the use of its Nautilus swirls, spiraling channels behind the tweeter domes that dissipate reflected sound waves that emanate from the rear of the drive unit and limit distortion. 

According to Bowers & Wilkins, in keeping with the minimalist interior of the BMW iX, the tweeters are covered with brushed stainless-steel covers with a laser-etched logo and a discreet lighting effect, and the door speakers are discretely hidden behind acoustically optimized fabric.

In total, the companies add, there are two Diamond Dome tweeters, three Aluminium Dome tweeters and five Aramid Fibre midrange speakers mounted as high as possible within the iX’s cabin. A further eight speakers are integrated into the front and rear headrests, which can be individually adjusted to create a truly personalised audio experience for each passenger.  For the first time, four bass speakers are joined by 4D Shakers that are strategically positioned within the interior to produce a rich bass experience even at low volumes. 

Moreover, BMW iX passengers can engage with the sound system through four different sound modes, according to their particular preferences.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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