Audioscore for Bowers & Wilkins 800 Diamond (D2) speaker Review

Audio Score – Bowers & Wilkins 800 Diamond (D2) – Review

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Audio Score – Bowers & Wilkins 800 Diamond (D2)  – Audio Speakers Review
Bowers & Wilkins 800 Diamond (D2) - audioscaleurs

Bowers & Wilkins 800 Diamond (D2) – audioscaleurs

The Mercedes S-Class of High-End Audio?

Admittedly, I have always been a huge fan of the Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus series sound signature. There has always been a certain warmth to the sound that caught my attention. I have been extremely excited to review the former (2010-2016) flagship model, having owned quite a few B&W speakers over the last two decades. My endeavors started with the 802N in the early 2000’s, switching to the 800N, the 802D, the 800D, the 801D, the 803D2 and now the 800D2. Looking at this, I am quite shocked how biased my perception might be towards this manufacturer, however I have also owned and listened to quite a lot of other stuff. Let’s start with the review and see how the 800 Diamond from 10 years ago scores.

These 22.000 Euro speakers are connected to Mcintosh separates and a Linn Streamer. All of the components were connected to a ISOTEK Aquarius EVO 3 filter. The review is done at home, a regular type of room with regular furniture, some carpets, wooden floors, and windows. I think it is good to test the speakers in a room, where you would listen as well.

I listened to the 800’s extensively and I stand to the review I share with you. Let me give you an in-depth review of the speakers, my impressions and let me give them an AudioScore.

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The Audio Scaleurs Sight & Sound Score, or The A3S-Score
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This A3S – score review is quite simple, with 3 main chapters: 

  • The first part SIGHT focusses on the score of the device. Based on my personal experience, I will rate the speakers in various categories, give a score for the current value and the give it an audio-score. The total score is 40 points maximum.
  • The second part focusses on the SOUND aspects of the device, with a maximum of 50 points. 
  • Last, we have the VALUE part, that accounts for 10 points.

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Time for the Audio Components Review!

If you are in the market for one of the best used speakers your hard-earned money can buy. Go ahead and buy a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 800 Diamonds. There is nothing wrong with a specked-out Mercedes S 600 from 2016!

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