Celebrating one of the home audio market’s most famous designs, Bowers & Wilkins has announced its 30th anniversary Nautilus Speaker.
The British audio company says that it has produced a unique pair of the speakers in an abalone pearl finish, which it says represents the internal shell of the marine mollusk that inspired the Nautilus product name. Bowers & Wilkins boasts the Nautilus Speaker is a, “visually arresting” home audio product that perfectly encapsulates its brand philosophy. The company states the product is a testimony to John Bowers, who started the Nautilus development project shortly before he passed away, and the lead engineer who would eventually see the project through, Laurence Dickie.
According to the company, the concept behind the development of the speaker was to make a loudspeaker that, “didn’t sound like a loudspeaker.”
“While Bowers & Wilkins is committed to advancing the future of high-performance audio across all of our product portfolio, Nautilus remains of the highest importance to all of us. It readily communicates everything that is exceptional about Bowers & Wilkins and our no-holds-barred approach to creating the world’s best-sounding, most beautifully designed audio products,” comments Dave Sheen, brand president of Bowers & Wilkins.
Nautilus Speaker: Simple in Concept, but Challenging from an Engineering Perspective
Bowers & Wilkins explains the idea for the speaker didn’t seem outlandish, but during the development process, the company discovered there were a number of hurdles it had to overcome. Summarizing the research and design (R&D) process of the loudspeaker, Bowers & Wilkins notes there was no timeline or budget associated with the development of the speaker, and it says that as a result of its approach to the Nautilus Speaker, the product emerged as a concept car type of solution.
After undertaking a five-year R&D process the company continues, it produced what would be eventually known as the Bower & Wilkins’ tapered tube design.
“The Nautilus tube would go on to win a Queen’s Award for Innovation and was just one of many breakthroughs developed for the Nautilus project that would subsequently influence all of the company’s future product design,” says the company in a press release.
“Alongside the equally remarkable 801, the choice of music industry professionals the world over, Nautilus was a key element in elevating Bowers & Wilkins into the world’s leading audio brand.”
Bowers & Wilkins adds that now with the reintroduction of the Nautilus Speaker, it is employing the same production processes it used 30 years ago, when the original version was first launched. This means the company emphasizes, is the speaker is hand built, which means it takes a week to build a the speakers, without counting the of sanding, painting or polishing each Nautilus cabinet.
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