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By Tony Ibrahim | Monday | 29/10/2012

Bowers & Wilkins devout appreciation for sound shines through their second generation soundbar, the Panorama 2.

Every facet of this soundbar has been obsessed over and scrutinised, ranging from its appearance to the technologies at work behind its curvaceous skin. Benefitting from the biggest overhaul is the Panorama 2's low end drivers.

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One of the main reasons why soundbars are popular is because they produce impressive sound without being physically imposing. With space proving fundamental to their appeal, many companies are forced to sacrifice performance—particularly in low frequencies like bass. But in discounting the low-end, the rest of the sound spectrum sounds disproportional. To ensure the low end has the same fidelity as the rest of the sound-spectrum, the Panorama 2's low end drivers have been extensively developed, resulting cinematic sound that is faithful, enthralling and immersive.

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For clearer sound—particularly when it comes to TV and movie dialogue—Bowers & Wilkins decided to use a dedicated centre channel. In a 5.1 soundtrack, up to 60 percent of information is directed to the centre channel, and by choosing not to fabricate it virtually, the Panorama 2 is able to produce sound that is clean and tight, even at high pressure levels. 

Wanting pure, unadulterated sound, Bowers & Wilkins chose to isolate the Panorama 2's drivers in Nautilus Tapering Tubes. These tubes help diffuse aberrations caused by neighbouring drivers for sound free from cabinet tremors.

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Redeveloping the drive units has resulted in enveloping sound. The speakers have been positioned for optimum sound reflection, firing sound into different parts of the room so that the sound bounces off the walls and converges on the listener from various angles. This helps create sound with dimension in spite of the Panorama's slender profile.

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