B&W 805 Series Diamond Two-way Monitor

B&W's openng day press conference at the LVCC revealed an entirely new line of Diamond Series loudspeakers in a new piano-black finish. This new vintage comes from the line of monitors that included the Diamond Silver Signature ,an $18,000/pair high-end two-way that had been produced in a limited run of 1000 pairs. The smallest member of this speaker line is a two-way, stand-mounted monitor called the B&W 805 Series Diamond, a strong value at $5000/pair. The stands are extra, but are now available in black.
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Jim Tavegia's picture

Oh, do I want a pair of these, ah, but it is income tax time and how can I make these a "business expense"? Oh, well, I know there will be 1,000 very happy people somewhere on the planet enjoying some reproduced music very well.

Neil's picture

The 800 series was never made in China, they were always made in the UK. The non diamond version of the 805 sound amazing as it is, this should be even better.

Ricardo's picture

In UK and the wood in Denmark. The new speaker is not limited as was the Diamond Silver Signature. They'll sell much more 805D, as it as been highly antecipated.

Tom's picture

I wish one could listen to their products other than at B&W dealers. I HATE being pushed to buy Rotel amps when I just want to hear speakers.Wonder how these compare sonically to other high end monitors. I would love to test listen a well-broken in pair.

Kenneth Pilegaard's picture

The cabinets of the 800 serie is no longer made in Agerbaek (Denmark), but are now made in England. I'm also looking forward to hear the new 805D - I liked the 805S very much, but wished that they made a diamond version. Well - here it is.

John Paul Harrison's picture

The 805 Diamond is a beautiful speaker. Sadly I bought my 805S less than a year ago for rears. If these were available then, even at almost double the cost, I would have considered them as their diamond tweeters would match my 802Ds. Thankfully as rears, the different tweeters probably don't make such a difference, but man, glad that B&W finally came out with a two-way standmount with the diamond tweeters. About time!

Fred Bailey's picture

Focal is a notch or two above B&W for a few years. B&W seems to have flat out QUIT anything innovative for some while. Wow, the D tweeter FINALLY made it down to the 805. Too late. Think the current 6xx series 4 is going to hold value like a pair of 6xx series 3s or 2s? China has doomed B&W as a listening aesthetic of pride in the listening room.

Dave's picture

To Tom. I am a B&W dealer and carry a number ofelectronics from other companies that wedemonstrate their speakers with; ARC, Naim, McIntosh to list a few. Inevitably whenever we demonstrate the 800 series we get comments of "we did not know these sounded this good" or "I have never heard these sound like this". To say I am looking forward to hearing this new version would be an understatement!I am betting they are going to be superb.

David's picture

I really like the 801Ds and it's a shame they've been dropped though I can understand why, being huge and all. I doubt the new line with its tweaks up can ever replace the prowess of a massive 15" woofer. End of an era

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

Petko Pentchev's picture

Hi everybody! I bought 805s a year ago. I am very pleased with them though I've heard a lot of bigger and expensive speakers. Also it took me about a year to finish the cables war and the acoustics but now I am fully satisfied. Just to mention that im very thankful to my dealer who told me that for the last 'hidden' upgrade I can change the tweeters with thediamond ones which cost 408 euro pair and u can replace it urself for 1min. though other people said its impossible cause sensitivity maybe is different, crossovers etc. Believe me they matched perfect without any disbalance in the soundstage as if they were meant to be originaly. The improvement in sound is fantastic, the instruments are not dry anymore, its more 3D and its absolutely amazing. Go for it:-)

John Paul Harrison's picture

Petko Pentchev, tell us more about the 805S diamond tweeter upgrade! Where can one buy them and what was the installation process like? This sounds very interesting!

Pasha's picture

End of an era indeed with 801s gone. Pity. But hey, B&W has a Zeppelin you!

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

suits_me's picture

I am accustomed to the loading techniques of the B&W tweeters over time, but in that photo the tweeter looks more like a karaoke mic at rest than perhaps is wise for the health of the cabinet....

norbert's picture

I'm sorry, By suits_me. Can you repeat that please?

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