There was some at the Bristol show - not playing just for display
Count yourself lucky then. I had the dis-pleasure of listening to a pair of 802s only last week at my mates shop. Driving them with Classe CA-M600 mono. Ruddy awful things,that tweeter should be killed with fire. Nice finish mind.
Well done Murray... I mean B&W! hehe
In 2011 the ipod dock and headphone side of B&W turned over about £35million with £97million for loud speakers. As a comparison the likes of Naim, Monitor Audio and Linn have a total turnover of around £20million and Pure Audio about £25million (although Pure is part of a much larger company) so as far as the british hi-fi industry is concerned B&W is something of a giant. Cyrus and Rega are very much smaller companies. Don't know about Arcam. B&W sales in the Asia/Pacific region alone were £20million in 2011. Hope that info helps.
Interesting. Do you have figures for B&W for Europe and/or the UK?
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In 2011 the ipod dock and headphone side of B&W turned over about £35million with £97million for loud speakers.
Thanks for that. £97m is a EDITED load of loudspeakers.
Whilst I'm aware that much of B&W's production is in the Far East, the point of the FT article still stands: viz. that global production of high-end speakers is dominated by UK manufacturing. If B&W makes up around 50% of world sales of speakers over $2000/pair, and then you add PMC, Proac, Harbeth, Spendor, Neat and others (OK, all pretty small by comparison), that's a big wodge of the sector that's made in the UK.
What classical music are you listening to?
In the year ending 2011 it was £55million turnover for Europe and just under £14million for the UK.
Thanks. Hifi's not dead yet then.
I'm sure these numbers are in the public domain, but do you happen to be in the trade? If you are, can you update your signature to reflect it. If not, np.
The B&W top sellers are manufactured in China, as are KEF, who only make the reference series locally. Monitor Audio, another British company, also manufacture off shore, as do Mordaunt Short, Creek, Quad and the rest of the IAG brands.
All British success stories are Linn, Naim and Rega.
And Harbeth, Sugden, Croft.
Hi. Sorry not in the industry. All the info is at companies house where all larger businesses have to submit their annual accounts. I was downloading some for work last year (in another industry) and because i have an interest in hi-fi i had a look at a few british hi-fi companies. As you can see even the major domestic manufacturers are still small/medium sized companies so the level of innovation and product development particularly from the likes of Naim and Linn is very impressive.
What's the difference between production and manufacture?
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Is it true the CM series is now made in China, with only the 800 series made in the UK?
And as we speak, a new model is announced: the CM10. Well, perhaps it's a bit less ugly than the 800 series ...
must have been the room they were in - reviewed as cheap @ £18000
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