Our story

50 years of excellence



B&W Electronics founded

Following an inheritance of £10,000 from a satisfied customer, John Bowers sets up his own loudspeaker company.


1966: Beginnings

John Bowers begins assembling speaker systems in the workshop of his electronics shop in Worthing, South England.


1966: P1

The first Bowers & Wilkins loudspeaker. The profit from P1 allowed Bowers to invest in new calibration equipment.


1968: Domestic Monitors

The DM1 and DM3 were launched to bring high quality audio to more customers, at an affordable price point.


1970: DM70

With its curved cabinet, the DM70 changed the shape of loudspeaker design.


1976: DM6

The first Sir Kenneth Grange-designed speaker.


1977: DM7

DM7 liberated the tweeter from the cabinet – the originator of the “Tweeter-on-Top” design used in our high-end speakers today.


1979: 801

The modern era of hi-fi begins. With drive units housed in separate chambers, the 801 delivered unheard-of realism.


1981: Steyning Research Establishment (SRE) founded

SRE is a hub of acoustic innovation, where scientists and engineers push speaker design to the limits.


1987: CM1

Designed by Sir Kenneth Grange, CM1 was developed through the latest advances in computer-aided design.


1987: Matrix 801

The speaker that introduced Matrix: the bracing structure that boosts driver performance by reducing cabinet vibration. 


1991: 600 Series

Continuing the concept of the Domestic Monitor, the 600 Series made quality hi-fi accessible to a wider audience.


1993: Nautilus

The extraordinary result of a no-holds-barred R&D programme, Nautilus influences our speaker designs to this day.


1998: Nautilus 800 Series

This iteration of our flagship range introduced Nautilus technologies to the commercial market for the first time.


2004: PV1

Curved cabinet creativity reaches its zenith with the spherical “Pressure Vessel™” PV1™ subwoofer.


2006: Signature Diamond

Launched to celebrate our 40th anniversary, Signature Diamond was the first speaker to feature diamond dome tweeters.


2007: Zeppelin

Bowers & Wilkins enters the digital age with Zeppelin, our strikingly curvaceous, multi-award winning iPod speaker.


2007: Car audio

Our partnership with Jaguar marked our first entry into the world of high-end car audio.


2010: 800 Series Diamond

The sixth incarnation of our flagship speaker series featured diamond tweeter domes in every model in the range. 


2010: P5

P5 was a statement of intent: beautifully crafted headphones that were a joy to wear and even better to listen to.


2015: 800 Series Diamond

The latest version of our flagship introduced a complete redesign and revolutionary new technologies, such as the Continuum™ cone.


2016: 800 D3 and P9 Signature

We marked our 50th year with the launch of two new flagships, the 800 D3 reference speaker and P9 Signature headphones.


2016: EVA Automation

EVA Automation purchased Bowers & Wilkins - the first time a startup acquired a brand with such a powerful global presence.


2017: PX headphones

The launch of the PX headphones sees intuitive digital technologies combined with world-class sound engineering.