Barcelona, Italy (May 23, 2014)—Hi-Fi loudspeaker developer Bowers & Wilkins recently announced a new PA system called Sound System that it claims is specifically designed for a festival atmosphere, combining the range and clarity of a top-end hi-fi speaker with the raw power required to deliver sound to thousands of festival-goers. The PA will debut at Primavera Sound, Barcelona, May 29 to 31, 2014. DJs Jamie xx, John Talabot and Pional will headline the stage across the three days of the festival.
The festival will use four stacks on the Bowers & Wilkins + Boiler Room Stage. Each stack stands over 3.2 meters tall (10.5 feet), and encompasses 12 separate enclosures, spilt into three frequency types, with a complement of 8 x 15-inch bass drivers, 8 x 10-inch mid-bass drivers, 4 x 6-inch FST Kevlar midrange drivers and 16 x 1-inch Decoupled Double Dome tweeters.
Sound System utilizes a number of core Bowers & Wilkins technologies, including: Decoupled Double Dome aluminum tweeters found in the CM10; Rohacell bass drivers based on those in the CT800 Custom Theatre range; FST Kevlar midrange drivers from the 800 Series Diamond; Flowport technology to aid bass loading; and each of the encloses is constructed from birch plywood and braced with Bowers & Wilkins Matrix strengthening system.
Crossover frequencies are 80 Hz, 350 Hz, and 3.5 kHz with active DSP filters feeding multiple Class D stereo power amplifiers combining to produce an output totaling 30 kW. A Sound System module of four LF enclosures is capable of 120 dB at 8m. At Primavera Sound, the four Sound System stacks will be deployed in a 1,000 capacity geodesic dome.
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