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B&W XT4 Audio / Premium Home Theatre Speaker System

Award: Graphite Pencil

Graphite Pencil / Product Design / Home / 2006

The B&W XT range of premium loudspeakers combine audiophile performance with sleek contemporary materials and design. Retaining core engineering features and superb audio performance, this range re-contextualises the B&W product aesthetic in aluminium rather than traditional wood. Responding to dramatic shifts in home entertainment, the XT series addresses the market as a choice for serious music listening and a high-end home cinema, where it will typically flank a plasma or LCD TV. Aluminium extrusions form the key element of the range’s design language. In addition to being strong and light, the use of aluminium offers acoustical benefits. The graceful unbroken curved cross-section of the cabinet is designed both to withstand changing high pressures and to evenly dissipate vibrations, preventing them from re-infecting the sensitive drive units and corrupting the purity of the sound. The tweeter is exposed and isolated at the top of the cabinet to eliminate interference caused by sound waves being re-radiated at the cabinet edges. The cleverly designed wave-shaped wall bracket also functions as a table stand.

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