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B&W Introduce improved Mini Theatre Series

Posted: 14th February 2012
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B&W Introduce improved Mini Theatre Series

B&W have announced a new and improved Mini Theatre Series comprising the MT-60D and the MT-50...

• Updated Mini Theatre series with two new systems the MT-60D and MT-50.

• Dramatically improved M-1 loudspeaker gets enhanced full-range performance.

• PV1D subwoofer updates the ground-breaking Bowers & Wilkins subwoofer with a new digital platform and improved drive units and amplification.

• All products are available in stunning new Matte Black and Matte White finishes.

Bowers & Wilkins Mini Theatre series has been one of the major success stories in the world of home cinema. Since launching six years ago, Mini Theatre has garnered many glowing reviews and won numerous awards. But nothing can stand still forever, and with the new Mini Theatre series Bowers & Wilkins takes performance to a whole new level.

The new, radically updated and upgraded Mini Theatre series comprises two systems: MT-60D and MT-50. These systems provide users with a jaw-droppingly immersive experience, but in relatively compact, discreet packages that fit easily into people’s lifestyles. Significant improvements in key elements within these new systems result in a dramatic uplift in performance, including improved detail, better bass performance, and significantly enhanced integration between the subwoofers and the satellite speakers.

Both systems offer excellent performance, but the MT-60D sets new standards for what can be expected from a compact, stylish speaker package. This jump in quality is a result of partnering an up-graded M-1 loudspeaker, with the new and improved PV1D, a dramatically updated version of the ground-breaking, opposed-drive-unit subwoofer. The MT-50 is a direct replacement for the successful, and affordable, MT-25 system, and sees the new M-1s partnered with the ASW608 subwoofer.

The M-1 loudspeaker is a key feature in both packages, acting as all five speakers in a surround set up – a cleverly designed table-top stand lets the centre speaker sit horizontally. But it’s also a great stereo solution, as one of the most dramatic upgrades from the out-going M-1 is this speaker’s full range performance: it now offers a stereo performance comparable to Bowers & Wilkins bookshelf speakers.

In order to achieve these improvements the M-1 has been completely redesigned internally, although only subtle styling differences are visible externally. It features all new drive units, including an in-house designed tweeter, and a bass/mid-range driver that uses the new Anti-Resonance Plug first seen on the high-end PM1 loudspeaker.
As well as these acoustic improvements, the mechanics of the M-1 have been updated, with improved speaker cable terminations and a more robust connection to the stands – a table-top stand and wall bracket are supplied in the box, while a floor stand is available as an optional extra.

The PV1D sees what is easily the most successful Bowers & Wilkins subwoofer get a dramatic update. While it retains its iconic, acoustically principled shape, the PV1D now moves to the digital platform developed for the flagship Bowers & Wilkins DB1 subwoofer. This provides increased flexibility and performance enhancements that coupled with new drive units and amplification, lead to dramatically improved output. It delivers deeper and faster bass than the previous model, and is equally at home with music and movies.

A new OLED display and touch button array provide easy access to a number of pre-sets and tuning options, while a custom version of the SubAppTM PC software provides more advanced set-up options. Subtle styling updates and new finishes bring the PV1D bang up to date.

The third element in the Mini Theatre series is the ASW608 subwoofer. While this model remains the same acoustically, it is now available in the same stunning Matte White finish as the M-1 loudspeakers.

Mini Theatre is available from March 2012 and will debut at this month's Sound & Vision - The Bristol Show.

Costs:
MT-50  £1,094
MT-60D  £1,945
M-1  £150 (each)
PV1D  £1,200
ASW608  £349
M-1 stands  £199 (pair)


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