Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) announced today that its Diamond Surround Sound System is being featured in BMW’s latest BMW XM luxury hybrid SUV. First featured in the top-of-the-line BMW 7 series, the company says its engineers worked side-by-side with BMW engineers from the very start of the XM development to ensure that its Diamond Surround Sound System was fully optimized for the luxury interior of this unique SUV.
Learn more about the B&W Diamond Surround Sound System in BMW XM
As is typically the case with any B&W product, the Diamond Surround Sound System is a customized blend of advanced technology engineering and creative artistic design to optimize the system for a notoriously challenging listening environment – the interior of a vehicle. The company sets rigorous standards for the acceptable level of performance of any product bearing the B&W brand – and nowhere is their engineering team put to the test, but in designing a system for mobile use.
Perhaps, this commitment to only the highest levels of performance is the reason that BMW chooses to partner with B&W on its highest-grade vehicles.
Targeting the Performance of 800 Series Diamond Speaker…In a Car
For this project, B&W chose to set its very own 800 Series Diamond reference-grade loudspeakers as its standard of performance for this system. Now I suppose you could strap a set of 800 Series Diamond Speakers in the back seat and call it a day. But that’s not very practical. So B&W implemented a system design that pulls technology from their flagship line, but in a form factor that works better with, and is designed for, the unique interior design of this vehicle.
B&W implements no fewer than 20 high-performance speakers in the interior of the BMW XM. The goal is to immerse all of the occupants of the vehicle, both front seat and rear, with a high-quality, balanced sound. The company says that B&W engineers optimize speaker positioning and direction to deliver “an unparalleled in-car listening experience that is accurate and true to the original recording, a philosophy Bowers & Wilkins calls ‘True Sound.'”
Components that Make Up the B&W Diamond Surround Sound Systems
The B&W Diamond Surround Sound System for the BMW XM consists of:
- Five aluminum tweeters
- Two Rohacell central bass speakers under the front seats
- Two Diamond Dome tweeters in the driver and passenger side A-pillars
- Five Continuum™ midrange speakers in the front and rear doors, the dashboard, and at the rear of the cabin
- Special stainless-steel speaker grills with a unique pattern design that illuminates to help visually reinforce the incredible sound quality of this system
Our continued partnership with BMW highlights Bowers & Wilkins’ position as the brand of choice for customers across a whole range of BMW vehicles, bringing our True Sound experience to more and more people around the world.Dan Shepherd
For More Information
For more information on Bowers & Wilkins, visit bowerswilkins.com.
Check out the BMW XM at bmwusa.com.
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