BMW 8 Series: surround sound by Bowers & Wilkins


BMW 8 Series cars
The BMW 8 Series is equipped with the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound Hi-Fi system to provide an immersive sound signature.

The musical experience is undeniably part of the pleasure of driving. Renowned German brand BMW has understood this well and equipped its BMW Series 8 models with a high-end audio installation: the Diamond Surround Sound system from Bowers & Wilkins. This gives the BWM Series 8 cars great acoustic quality with powerful and immersive sound.

Developed by the famous English hi-fi brand Bowers & Wilkins, the Diamond dome tweeter is at the heart of the Series 8 interiors. The brand’s most sophisticated speakers also adopt the same tweeter. It is found in the fourth generation B&W 800 Series Diamond range composed of the B&W 801 D4, B&W 802 D4, B&W 803 D4 and B&W 804 D4 floorstanding speakers, the B&W 805 D4 bookshelf speaker and the B&W HTM81 D4 and B&W HTM82 D4 center speakers. This state-of-the-art technology (3rd generation) can also be found in the famous Abbey Road recording studio in London.

B&W 800D4 Range

BMW 8 Series Car Audio: composition of the B&W Diamond Surround Sound system

The Bowers & Wilkins audio system was developed in collaboration with engineers at BMW. The goal? To create a sound reproduction tailored to the Series 8 model in every respect. To do this, the number of drivers, their placement, but also the amplification power have been specifically studied for this new generation of cars.

The Bowers & Wilkins hi-fi system delivers a maximum power of 1375 watts. Within this exceptional vehicle is a class D amplifier as well as 16 drivers that are carefully positioned to ensure an excellent musical experience:

  • 3 x 1″ Nautilus diamond tweeters
  • 4 x 1″ aluminum tweeters
  • 7 x 4″ Kevlar midrange drivers
  • 2 x 8.5″ Rohacell subwoofers
BMW 8 Series audio system
The B&W Diamond Surround Sound system includes 16 speakers positioned perfectly in the interior of the car, guaranteeing excellent audio performance.

BMW 8 Series Car Audio: state-of-the-art materials and technologies

Diamond Surround Sound from Bowers & Wilkins is a system designed to reproduce every detail in recordings. Diamond dome tweeters are engineered to minimize distortion while reproducing high frequencies with precision and clarity. Nautilus spiral diffusers complement the tweeters to reduce unwanted sonic resonance from behind the speakers and further limit distortion.

close-up of the speakers with Nautilus diffusers
Diamond dome tweeters are complemented by Nautilus spiral diffusers to limit distortion and unwanted sonic resonance.

The midrange drivers are designed with aramid fibers for an even better hi-fi quality. These drivers are responsible for reproducing human voices in a natural way. Finally, Rohacell subwoofers have been fitted under the front seats to provide ideal low frequency reproduction. These Rohacell subwoofers use a high-tech material, also implemented in aeronautics and motorsports, to ensure total immersion, whatever the volume.

Quantum Logic surround sound technology ensures a multi-dimensional soundstage and balanced sound. As a driver or passenger, the sound is realistic and very immersive.

BMW 8 Series Car Audio: discreet integration and features

The BMW 8 Series car audio system by B&W sits behind high-quality stainless steel grilles. The Fibonacci pattern of these grilles optimizes acoustic performance while ensuring an elegant and refined design. Lighting effects under the grilles complete the luxurious aesthetics of the BMW 8 Series. The light details of the speakers on the front and rear doors are customizable.

Fibonacci pattern of the grilles of the BMW Series 8 cars
The Fibonacci pattern of the stainless steel grilles optimizes the distribution of music while offering a luxurious design worthy of the BMW Series 8.

Beyond the aesthetics, the intelligent speaker layout ensures excellent audio performance and a personalized listening experience. Five sound presets are available to ideally suit listening preferences: Studio, Concert, On-Stage, Cinema and Lounge.

8 Series Customizable Audio Modes
Different audio modes are available to personalize the listening experience in the BMW 8 series cars.

A dynamic equalizer (DEC), combined with a measuring microphone, is also integrated to automatically adjust sound levels according to speed, wind, road and engine noise.

  • BMW Series 8
  • BMW Series 8 interior
  • BMW Series 8 interior driver close-up
  • BMW Series 8 grille pattern
  • BW driver close up
  • BW driver close-up + light effects
  • BMW Series 8 door speakers
  • BMW Series 8 profile view
  • BMW Series 8 front view
  • BMW Series 8 rear view

This Diamond Surround Sound system from Bowers & Wilkins is available as an option in the BMW Series 8, marketed from €105,900.

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