13. September 2021 · Comments Off on BMW iX With Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound · Categories: Hifi News · Tags: , , , , ,


British loudspeaker company Bowers & Wilkins, has extended its partnership with BMW, with the launch of the iX, the new luxury electric SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) from BMW.

The Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System in the iX has the aim of delivering an audio experience that feels as though you are there with the artist in the studio, a concept that Bowers & Wilkins refer to as ‘True Sound’. This can only be achieved through close collaboration between the engineering teams from both BMW and Bowers & Wilkins, and by using technologies from Bowers & Wilkins’ core range of passive loudspeakers.

BMW iX With Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound

The new electric SAV BMW iX With Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System


The BMW iX is the first fully electric vehicle to feature Diamond Dome tweeters, as found in Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers, the monitor loudspeaker of choice in Abbey Road Studios. The low-distortion tweeters feature Nautilus™ swirls, spiralling channels behind the tweeter domes that dissipate reflected sound waves that emanate from the rear of the drive unit and limit distortion. In keeping with the minimalist interior of the BMW iX, the tweeters are covered with brushed stainless-steel covers with a laser-etched logo and a discreet lighting effect, and the door speakers are discretely hidden behind acoustically optimized fabric.

BMW iX With Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound

The B&W Diamond Dome Tweeter behind its brushed steel grille

In total, there are two Diamond Dome tweeters, three Aluminium Dome tweeters and five Aramid Fibre midrange speakers mounted as high as possible within the cabin.


A further eight speakers are integrated into the front and rear headrests, which can be individually adjusted to create a truly personalised audio experience for each passenger. For the first time, four bass speakers are joined by 4D Shakers that are strategically positioned within the interior to produce a rich bass experience even at low volumes. Passengers can engage with the sound system through four different sound modes, according to preference.

HiFi Pig Says: In car entertainment has come a long way in recent years with the systems available from big name audio brands offering owners a comparable experience to home audio and HiFi.

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