BOWERS AND WILKINS (B&W) DS3 Surround DiPole Speakers
BOWERS AND WILKINS (B&W) DS3 Surround DiPole Speakers
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For large home theatre installations, choose a pair of rear speakers that can get you closer to the true surround sound of the cinema.

The DS3 is a wall-mounted surround speaker that can operate in what’s called ‘dipole’ mode, to create an authentic all-enveloping effect of the auditorium in a large space. Or, you may prefer to switch to conventional ‘monopole’ operation, in which the sound from side or rear is more precisely located and less diffuse. The choice depends on the room conditions, the size of the audience and the kind of material on view.

Whichever mode you select, the sound quality is superlative, supplied by a 130mm Kevlar® cone bass/midrange, twin midrange/high frequency units and a Nautilus™ tube-loaded tweeter.

DS3

Specifications

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Woven Kevlar Y
Crossover Tuning Y
Nautilus Tapering Tube Y
Flowport Y
Technical featuresNautilus™ tube loaded aluminium dome tweeter
Kevlar® brand fibre cone bass/midrange
Description2-way closed-box selectable dipole/monopole surround system
Drive units1x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency
2x ø80mm (3 in) midrange / high frequency
1x ø130mm (5 in) woven Kevlar® cone bass / midrange
Frequency range-6dB at 63Hz and 42kHz (monopole mode)
-6dB at 63Hz and 15kHz (dipole mode)
Frequency response85Hz – 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis (monopole mode)
85Hz – 10kHz ±3dB power averaged over front hemisphere (dipole mode)
DispersionMonopole mode: within 2dB of reference response
Horizontal: over 40º arc
Vertical: over 10º arc
Dipole mode: horizontal figure of eight
Effective null zone ±20º (250Hz – 15kHz)
Sensitivity89dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
Harmonic distortion2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<1% 130Hz – 20kHz
Nominal impedance8Ω (minimum 3.3Ω)
Crossover frequency4kHz (monopole mode)
250Hz (dipole mode)
Crossover Filters2nd Order – midrange / high frequencyt
2nd Order – bass
Recommended amplifier power25W – 100W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max. recommended cable impedance0.1Ω
DimensionsHeight: 249mm (9.8 in)
Width: 387mm (15.25 in)
Depth: 186mm (7.3 in)
Net weight5.2kg (11.5 lb)
FinishesBlack