BOWERS & WILKINS NAUTILUS FLOORSTANDING SPEAKERS
AWARD WINNING FLAGSHIP FLOORSTANDING SPEAKER
Bowers and Wilkins Nautilus – Award Winning Flagship FloorStanding Speaker – PairIt’s obvious that Nautilus is no ordinary loudspeaker, even before you listen to it. That’s because it’s the product of no ordinary speaker manufacturer. The Nautilus is the end result of the most ambitious research and development project Bowers & Wilkins has ever undertaken – to create, as near as possible, the perfect loudspeaker.
When Bowers & Wilkins set out to create the world’s best loudspeaker, we asked ourselves some fundamental questions. Is it possible to create a theoretically perfect speaker – one that produces next to no distortion? Does a speaker have to be a box? If you remove the box, what would a speaker look like? More importantly, what would it sound like? The result was Nautilus.
Nautilus demands craftsmanship from skilled people. For instance, the Nautilus shell’s pearlescent finish comes from 12 carefully applied lacquer coats containing aluminium and mica particles, and a unique baking and curing system
Nautilus is an icon of speaker design. Form followed function in a quest for audio perfection; design awards followed. Nautilus was accorded a Millennium Award and has been seen at the Design Council and the Design Museum London.
Crucial drive unit components are made using a mix of hand-assembly techniques and semi-automatic production. For example, voice coils are wet-wound with high-temperature resin, then baked in a special oven to ensure enhanced performance and durability. This perfectionism makes for a slow production process, but ensures we consistently reach world-class levels of quality.
Breaking The Mould
In designing Nautilus, we decided to do whatever was necessary, however unconventional, to make the best loudspeaker anyone had ever heard. Every component, from drive unit to cabinet enclosure, was re-invented. Every preconceived notion of what a speaker should be was challenged. The rulebook was torn up and re-written in the process of conceiving Nautilus.
Learning from Nature
The shape of Nautilus was inspired by nature, but derived from pure science. The tapering tubes were designed for absolute treble and midrange purity, but at up to 3m long obviously would never fit in a standard cabinet. After many iterations, the designers realised a nature-inspired spiral would save space without compromising on performance. Organic form follows function.