The Sound of 007 at Abbey Road StudiosBowers & Wilkins and Abbey Road Studios brought together key lifestyle media & influencers, VIP dealers/retailers and partners for an unforgettable experience that celebrated the new partnership with Bond and the 60th anniversary of 007 in a truly unique way.
The event immersed attendees in the music of Bond, with the opportunity to sit amongst and hear the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra perform the James Bond Theme live in Studio One, as well as experiencing how some of the world’s most famous soundtracks and movie scores are played on the 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers.
Invitees were treated to unique insights and stories from David Arnold, who composed and performed on five James Bond scores, as well as masterclasses from Abbey Road engineers Gordon Davidson and Paul Pritchard, who offered their rare insights in to the day-to-day recording processes and mechanics, as well as stories from Spectre and Skyfall recordings.
Abbey Road's history with the James Bond film franchise dates back to Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger in 1964 and is intertwined with our relationship with Bowers & Wilkins, as their flagship 800 Series Diamond loudspeakers have been used to monitor the recording of countless film scores in Studio One, including Skyfall and Spectre.
The event also marked the launch of the new Bowers & Wilkins Px8 007 Edition headphones. As elegant and timeless as the world-famous secret agent himself, these special-edition headphones deliver the high-performance wireless sound synonymous with Bowers & Wilkins’ flagship headphones and loudspeakers.
800 Series Diamond in Abbey Road StudiosAbbey Road Studios is proud to partner with Bowers & Wilkins to deliver the most accurate level of audio fidelity and create true to sound recording and listening experiences. Bowers & Wilkins has long been the preferred speaker of Abbey Road’s studio engineers due to the precision they offer. Bowers & Wilkins will be equipping the legendary studios with new 800 Series Diamond D3 speakers, which are praised as the pinnacle of audio perfection.
John Bowers founded Bowers & Wilkins in 1966 in Worthing, England, with a mission to create the perfect loudspeaker. John was a passionate music fan and wanted to recreate the musical experience just as it was presented in a live setting. He has been quoted saying “The best loudspeaker isn’t the one that gives the most, it’s the one that loses the least”. This vision has paved the way for innovation resulting in loudspeakers that produce sound with unheard realism.
In 1988, Abbey Road adopted Bowers & Wilkins’ Matrix 801’s in their studios to bring the most accurate recordings to market. Abbey Road Studios will now use Bowers & Wilkins’ most recent range of 800 Series speakers known as the Diamond D3. The 800 Series Diamond D3 is the outcome of seven years of research and 868 individual changes, which have resulted in the most precise and real sounding loudspeaker to date. The 800 Series Diamond D3 is named after the brand’s famous tweeter-on-top technology which now features a proprietary Diamond Dome tweeter technology for the ultimate in performance and realism.
It is often said “The music that will soon be heard everywhere is first heard through Bowers & Wilkins speakers”. This statement is embodied by the award winning engineers at Abbey Road who record, mix and master some of the most iconic music and movie scores of all time.
The Sound ExperienceTo celebrate our partnership with Bowers & Wilkins as the first ever Official Speaker and Headphone partner for the studios, we are launching a series of films exploring the inspiration, methods and unique experiences of our award-winning engineering team. Entitled The Sound Experience, the team share insights, passion and knowledge from their work and the role that Bowers & Wilkins play in delivering audio excellence.
Watch the first of our ‘Sound Experience’ films below.
My Record BagFollowing on from our 'Sound Stories' series, in association with Bowers & Wilkins, we bring you 'My Record Bag' - a brand new series that takes a look at our engineers' all-time favourite records.
Our engineers have been responsible for mastering and mixing records for the most respected names in the industry, on top of experience with cutting to vinyl themselves. With 'My Record Bag', we get a better understanding of the music they're into, what they've previously worked on, and the records that have impacted them the most.
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