Bowers & Wilkins CDM 1 SE User Manual

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Sta nd - mount/Bookshelf loudspeaker syst em

Product Summary

Braced cabinet construction dramatically reduces cabinet resonance by adding the twin

virtues of strength and rigidity to the cabinet walls. Gold-platedterminals permitbi-wiring

or bi-amplification.

Having the tweeter separate from the main cabinet readily allows it to be set back and

time aligned with the acoustic centre of the bass/midrange cone, which is located behind

the plane of the front baffle, and minimises the effects of diffraction from the cabinet edges.

This results in improved imaging and coherence.

Technical highlights

B&W's Tweeter on top technology ensures that the sound remains focused

and time-sensitiveand that the stereo image is presented with unparalleled

three dimensional accuracy.

Kevlar®: B&W developed and patented the method of using Kevlar® for

loudspeaker cones to reduce unwanted standing waves. DuPont originally

created Kevlar® for use in bulletproof vests.



Power handling

30W - 120W into 8 ohm on unclipped

Drive units

1 x 25mm alloy dome high-frequency




1 x 165mm woven Kevlar® cone


Height: 370mm Width: 220mm




Depth: 274mm

Frequency response

58Hz – 20kHz ± 3dB on reference


Cabinet: Real wood veneers, Red Ash,




Black Ash, Cherry


88dB spl (2.83V, 1m)


Grilles: Black cloth

Nominal impedance

8Ω (min 4.5Ω)







Recommended by Hi-FiChoice April 1998

Awarded What HiFi’s prestigious five stars. February 1998

B&W Loudspeakers Ltd reserves the right to amend details of the specifications without notice in line with technical developments. E & OE. All trademarks acknowledged.