BOWERS AND WILKINS (B&W) DS3 Surround DiPole Speakers

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BOWERS AND WILKINS (B&W) DS3 Surround DiPole Speakers
Warranty Period: 5 years Sold as: 1 Pair


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.




Woven Kevlar  Y
Crossover Tuning  Y
Nautilus Tapering Tube  Y
Flowport  Y
Technical features Nautilus™ tube loaded aluminium dome tweeter
Kevlar® brand fibre cone bass/midrange
Description 2-way closed-box selectable dipole/monopole surround system
Drive units 1x 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 response 85Hz – 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis (monopole mode)
85Hz – 10kHz ±3dB power averaged over front hemisphere (dipole mode)
Dispersion Monopole 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)
Sensitivity 89dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
Harmonic distortion 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
<1% 130Hz – 20kHz
Nominal impedance 8Ω (minimum 3.3Ω)
Crossover frequency 4kHz (monopole mode)
250Hz (dipole mode)
Crossover Filters 2nd Order – midrange / high frequencyt
2nd Order – bass
Recommended amplifier power 25W – 100W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max. recommended cable impedance 0.1Ω
Dimensions Height: 249mm (9.8 in)
Width: 387mm (15.25 in)
Depth: 186mm (7.3 in)
Net weight 5.2kg (11.5 lb)
Finishes Black