Admired for its daring speakers and classy headphones, Bowers & Wilkins was an early supporter of Apple's shaky AirPlay wireless speaker standard, and thus is only now releasing its first Bluetooth speaker. Unlike rivals that merely dropped Bluetooth chips into earlier AirPlay products, however, B&W has come up with something entirely new in T7 ($350) — a portable Bluetooth audio system with a highly distinctive industrial design. Mixing gunmetal, black matte plastic and clear glossy plastic in ways that look better in pictures than photos, T7 uses a hexagonal "Micro Matrix" frame to support four audio drivers — twin two-inch glass fiber drivers, straddling two bass radiators stacked together in the center. The honeycomb is actually functional, designed to reduce distortion by firmly holding the speakers without adding weight to the chassis. Two amplifiers and a DSP are powered by an 18-hour rechargeable battery, controlled by five total buttons and indicated with side-mounted white lights. The footprint is roughly comparable to Jawbone's Big Jambox and Braven's 850 series, though not quite as large. We'll have a full review of T7 very soon.
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