Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus

Ultimate LoudSpeakers - Pair


Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus

Ultimate LoudSpeakers - Pair

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Nothing looks, or sounds, quite like Nautilus. A revolution when it launched and still an icon today. Its ethos informs everything we do. Nautilus comes in three standard colors: midnight blue, black, and silver.

Redefining sound

The long, tapered damping tubes were a revolution, allowing the drive units to work optimally by gently absorbing stray energy.

Shaped by sound

At a glance, you can see Nautilus is no ordinary speaker, and after almost a quarter of a century, it still defines high-end audio.

Setting the standard for the future

The striking spirals and tubes of Nautilus came from Bower & Wilkins' research into making speaker drive units behave as they wanted: this Nautilus Tube technology, for which they won a Queen's Award for Innovation, is now found in almost every speaker they make.

But why the Nautilus tube?

Waning to hear a speaker driver, not its side--effects, conventional boxes contain sound from the rear of the driver, but bring up their own problems. Nautilus tapering tubes soak up wayward energy and reduct resonances to the point of insignificance.

Details & Specs


Nautilus tube loading

Active crossover


4-way tube-loaded loudspeaker system

Drive units

1x 300mm (12 in) aluminium cone bass

1x 100mm (4 in) aluminum/polymer sandwich cone lower midrange

1x 50mm (2 in) aluminum dome upper midrange

1x 25mm (1 in) aluminum dome high-frequency

Frequency range

-6dB at 10Hz and 25kHz


Within 2dB of response on reference axis

Horizontal: over 60 degree arc

Vertical: over 10 degree arc

Crossover frequency

220Hz, 880Hz, 3.5kHz

Power amplifier requirements

4 channels per speaker, rated 100W-300W continuous into 8 Ohms on unclipped program (each channel to have identical gain and phase)


Height: 1210mm (47.6 in)

Width: 430mm (16.9 in)

Depth: 1105mm (43.5 in)

Net weight

Speaker: 44.5kg (98 lb)

Plinth: 42kg (92 lb)

Total: 86.5kg (190 lb)

Standard finishes

Midnight Blue, Black, Silver

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