October 05, 2012 — Article
The Panorama 2 soundbar promises high quality audio for the home cinema.
Improving upon its original Panorama, Bowers & Wilkins’ updated model is still discreet, but with new features, including a proximity-sensing control panel, and enhanced HDMI connectivity.
It also has five newly engineered drive units. The new low frequency drivers have improved linearity for greater dynamic performance and lower resonance for deeper extension. The midrange drive units have wider dispersion characteristics, helping to improve the virtual surround performance. The tweeter has also been improved for smoother integration with the midrange.
Of the nine drive units, five are utilised in the active centre speaker. That’s two bass woofers, two midrange drivers and an aluminium dome tweeter. All of the drivers are powered by six class D amplifiers, providing a combined power output of 175 watts.
This combination of bespoke drive unit technology, the latest in digital amplification and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) delivers an immersive surround performance from a single speaker with a wide ‘sweet spot’.
There are three HDMI inputs and a single HDMI output, and if you need more bass, a subwoofer, such as Bowers & Wilkins’ PV1D, can be added.
Bowers & Wilkins’ Panorama 2 is available from November priced at £1,650.