Sleek design, beautifully detailed sound and superior build quality are three features that common throughout the entire Bowers & Wilkins range. B&W is a company with a ever-increasing reputation and with this consumer reach continues to spread the word of how great sound can be.
Why we chose Bowers & Wilkins
Bowers & Wilkins have an unparalleled ability of combining amazing sound quality and beautiful design to create audiophile standard loudspeakers that people love to display prominently in their homes.
Since moving into the headphone market, B&W have become real contenders. Out of the Adair Acoustic headphone range, these are the ones that we see the most of on the buses and tubes of London.
Whether it be bookshelf speakers, in-wall or floor standing; B&W have a speaker to suite all specifications, something that is very important with home installs.
The History of B&W
John Bowers and Roy Wilkins met whilst serving for the signals corp during World War II. Upon returning from the war, the two decided to open their own electronics retailer on the outskirts of sunny Worthing.
Until 1965 that’s all it was, simply an electronics retailer, however with a hunger for more and a passion for music, John Bowers began manufacturing custom loudspeakers in the back of the shop for clients.
He must have had a knack for it as one of his customers, Miss Knight, was so impressed with her speakers that she left £10,000 to John in her will to develop his own speaker business.
John enlisted the help of his lifelong friend Peter Hayward and B&W Electronics was born.
Starting with the P1 loudspeaker, B&W developed a number of well received loudspeakers throughout the 1960’s and by the mid 70’s were already supplying monitors to both the BBC and Abbey Road Studios.
Always eager to improve and innovate, in 1981 John Bowers set up the now world famous Steyning Research Establishment, which is often referred to by those in the industry as the ‘University of Sound’. Here B&W have a team of acoustic and electronic engineers who work specially on R&D, making sure the company is forever breaking boundaries in sound quality.
It wasn’t until 2010 that Bowers & Wilkins began producing headphones; however the reputation that B&W had earned through its loudspeakers meant that the P5 headphones were highly anticipated and popular upon release.
Since the release of the P5s, the B&W headphones range has expanded and grown bringing with it a new wave of people discovering the famous Bowers & Wilkins sound.