Excerpt: The world is full of B&Ws. Former and current users of the acronym include Bra & Wessels, the Swedish department store chain; Burmeister & Wain, the Danish shipyard; Boeing & Westervelt, the predecessor of Boeing; and the Black & White Audiovisual Festival of Portugal. The most notorious B&W would be Brown & Williamson, depraved tobacco pushers.
Excerpt: We've always liked the 805s, and this entry-point into B&W 's high-end 800 series has always seemed like great value. It was made to the same standards as the company's £15,500 800D, yet only cost around an eighth as much. This latest version, the 805 Diamond, is arguably the most radically altered generation in the model's history – but you'd never know from just looking at it.
Pros: Astonishing detail resolution and refinement, weighty bass, organic handling of dynamics, great build and finish
Cons: Trades energy for sophistication, only comes to life at higher volume levels