B & W 805 Diamond

The 805 marks our entry into the noble 800 series B & W. The not so small box is a model of balance.

  1. B & W 805 diamond
  2. Data sheet

If product lines will see the light of the world, the top models in the spotlight are almost automatically. For example, when new cars: the big engines are always tested first, the base models often months later.

Not much different there running at transducers, specially if they come from renowned manufacturers such as B & W. The British tend to werterhaltend long cycles, what still increases the tension. Is renewed at all the top series, everyone jump right on the Dick ships.

Since descending counted at B & W, this affects the 800 diamond and the subsequent standing speakers until down to the 804, whose testing in stereoplay struck high waves not least due to the enormously good cutting off. That with the 805 also a compact model belongs to the series, is easily overlooked such a focus.

Compact noblesse

The 805, one of the most interesting members of the family is actually, not least the price due; Here’s the 805 undercutting the 804 to whopping 2500 euro. Processing is not one whit worse than at the larger siblings, and that is saying a lot. The housing is rounded, as usual by B & W matrix-like stiffened inside and outside. Both promotes the sound purity. The outer skin wears same first-class Piano lacquer, which makes the series visually as legendary. Alternatively, cherry and Rosewood for the election are available.

The low-midrange driver of 805 wears a shimmering yellow Kevlarcone diaphragm, which is controlled by a pronounced hub-friendly rubber surround. Here, the compact box differs by its larger siblings, where a similar in the core chassis thanks to separate woofer must work hard stroke and therefore with a kind of foam brake instead of a dedicated edge suspension can be fitted.

Speaking of hub: boxing experts need to adjust their usual standards in terms of level and deep bass skills new the new 800 series, because long valid empirical values for the better have been moved here. Already the 805 achieved a lower limiting frequency of 47 Hertz and master volumes in the hundreds of decibels.

It is really exciting for the tweeter, because while the cheap models with an aluminum dome had to do in the previous generation, the motto “Diamond for all was this time”.

The diaphragm with a specialist is so much lighter and stiffer than conventional copies, so that one must speak metrological point of view and sound of a new dimension. It is also inexpensive in the House, because individual diamond tweeter cost elsewhere more than the full 805neutral and alive

The tonal expectations were high, but the black beauty seemed to know what to expect. Average, produced for the mass market albums sounded with the 805 very neutral and correctly, but also comparatively unspectacular. However, it is just this unity which makes dealing with the 805 so appealing and rewarding.

The two-way box reflects in no artificial liveliness, she is no delicate tongue Sain in focus and does sit not too, as listeners in the response body of a double-bass should instead as in real life, a few meters front.

That these Textbook neutrality can give much pleasure, occupied some sound gentle produced productions, such as in excerpts on the stereoplay– book-CD Edition 11/11 are gathered. In the last piece, the Chamber Ensemble of the figural choir of Stuttgart fair, which was recorded using a dummy head sings an excerpt of a Rossini. 805 diamond gave around 20 parts so incredibly layered and easily that the hat just respectfully can be before this performance.

B & W 805 diamond

Manufacturer B & W
Price €4500.00
Rating 57.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Width 23.8 cm
Height 41.8 cm
Depth 35.1 cm
Weight: 12.0 kg
Installation tip: free stand, distance 2 m, normal sq-damped rooms up to 30 m
Measured values
Operating voltage for 90 dB SPL 4.0 V
Impedance minimum stp 4.5 ohms
Maximum volume upper value 101 dB
Maximum volume lower value (> 45 Hz) 101 dB
Lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 47 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 42 Hz
Short conclusion Emphasizes finely processed compact box with unique diamond tweeter and fine piano lacquer or wood surfaces. The 805 combines simple fun with great uniformity. A small masterpiece!
Sound Absolute top class
Naturalness 12
Fine resolution 13
Border dynamics 9
Bass quality 10
Figure 13
Sound points (70 points) 57
Measured values 7
Practice 4
Valency 8
Overall rating (max. 120 points) good – very good 76
Price / performance outstanding
tested in output 12 / 11


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