Bowers & Wilkins (better known as B&W) was founded in 1966 by John Bowers and Peter Hayward in Worthing, southern England, under the name B&W Electronics.
The 1966 P1 bookshelf speaker model was B&W's first commercially manufactured loudspeaker. This was shortly followed by the P2, the first commercial floorstanding loudspeaker. The 801 model became the reference speaker in many recording studios around the world in the 1970s. Today, the company develops and produces loudspeakers in various price ranges, which are among the most popular in the high-end segment.
Bowers & Wilkins' most famous loudspeaker is the so-called "Ur-Nautilus" from 1993, whose cabinet has the unusual shape of a sea snail, from which the name also comes. This speaker incorporates tube technology, which absorbs the sound radiating backwards into the cabinet. This technology was also used in later loudspeaker series.
Bowers & Wilkins uses industrial diamond dome tweeters in its top speakers.
See also: B&W Price List