It is the only surround speaker available in Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) affordable high-end 600 series of home audio speakers.

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The B&W DS3 is the only surround speaker available in Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) affordable high-end 600 series of home audio speakers. When setting up a surround system, a choice needs to be made whether your rear speakers provide a more direct locational sound, or a diffuse cinematic sound that fully envelopes the listener. This depends on the room size and what material is being listened to.  The B&W DS3 can be switched between monopole and dipole mode, giving a more direct or diffuse sound, respectively.  Unlike the 700 or 800 series center channels, both modes of operation use the same cones.  Bass is provided by a 5" woven Kevlar cone, mids by a pair of 3" side mounted cones and the highs are handled by a 1" aluminum dome tweeter.  The tweeter is contained in a Nautilus tapering tube, which is designed to only project sound through a hollow pole magnet frontwards, and is tapered towards the rear to eliminate reflections off the rear of the cabinet producing unwanted sound effects. The B&W DS3 is available in black or white with a removable grill cloth, and is sold as a pair for $850 or as the rear speakers in the 683 home theatre system.

  • Crossover Tuning 
  • Flowport 
  • Nautilus tube loaded aluminium dome tweeter
  • 2-way closed-box selectable dipole/monopole surround system
  • 1x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency
  • 2x ø80mm (3 in) midrange / high frequency
  • 1x ø130mm (5 in) woven Kevlar cone bass / midrange
  • Frequency range (monopole mode): -6dB at 63Hz and 42kHz
  • Frequency range (dipole mode): -6dB at 63Hz and 15kHz 
  • Frequency response(monopole mode): 85Hz – 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis 
  • Frequency response (dipole mode): 85Hz – 10kHz ±3dB power averaged over front hemisphere
  • Dispersion (Monopole mode): within 2dB of reference response
  • Horizontal Dispersion (Monopole mode): over 40º arc
  • Vertical Dispersion (Monopole mode): over 10º arc
  • Dispersion (Dipole mode): horizontal figure of eight
  • Effective null zone (Dipole mode): ±20º (250Hz – 15kHz)
  • Sensitivity: 89dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
  • Harmonic distortion: 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m) (
  • Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms (minimum 3.3 Ohms)
  • Crossover frequency (monopole mode): 4kHz 
  • Crossover Filters (monopole mode): 1st Order – tweeter, 1st Order – bass/midrange
  • Crossover frequency (dipole mode): 250Hz
  • Crossover Filters (dipole mode): 2nd Order – midrange / high frequency, 2nd Order – bass
  • Recommended amplifier power: 25W – 100W into 8 Ohms on unclipped programme
  • Max. recommended cable impedance: 0.1 Ohms
  • Dimensions Height: 249mm (9.8 in)
  • Width: 380mm (15 in)
  • Depth: 153mm (6 in)
  • Net weight: 5.2kg (11.5 lb)
  • Finishes: Black, White
  • Removable cloth grill
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