B&W 801D (RARE!!)

R225,000.00 R99,000.00

The 801Ds are the ultimate beast of B&W. I havent heard properly the new series but i bet the new 800Di couldnt be pair especially when we are talking about naturality and bass. The 801 speakers are far the most natural sounding B&W ever produced, not just 801D their predecessors also. If you have the oportunity to pick the 801D over 802D go ahead. But the only problem is your room, you have just a bit more than 20sqm which is unnaceptable for them, and you will face many bass problems. I own them and I am building an exclusive 40sqm room for them. Don´t forget the amps, they will sound brilliant with a big Krell like the EVO 600 monoblocks


Here is a little summary of its older sibling the 801N


But if that were all it took to make a great loudspeaker, we’d all be listening to studio monitors. Where monitors have traditionally fallen short is in the more refined areas of imaging and soundstaging. The N-801s image like a sumbitch. Sorry to be crude, but you just don’t expect a big speaker to have the same sort of effortless imaging that a small monitor has. But B&W has gone to a lot of trouble both to reduce, or at least minimize, cabinet resonances and to optimize dispersion, and it has paid off in spades.

The solo acoustic set that opens Bob Dylan’s Live 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert (Columbia C2K 65759, recorded in mono with a Nagra analog machine) was frighteningly lifelike through the Nautili. Bobby Z was front and center and solid as a rock—I heard nothing from the speakers themselves. His acoustic guitar sounded as though it was sitting about 8″ in front of, and about a foot and a half below, his voice. This was probably the closest I’ll ever come to having Dylan in my living room, but it sounded mighty close to being just that. (And the performance is intimate enough to complete the illusion—it’s the best live Dylan on record.)

I got similar goosebumps from John Cale’s The Island Years (Island 314 524 235-2). The B&Ws spread Cale’s band across the front wall of my listening room, and did a beautiful job of putting the piano and drums beyond that wall. The speaker’s extraordinary ability to reproduce the dynamics of a real-life rock band were just icing on the cake. “Fear is a man’s best friend . . . ” Scary—through the Nautilus 801s, at least.

If you prefer the layered delineation of an orchestra in a large hall, the B&Ws did that a treat as well. Of all of the records I spun while chortling over this strength of the 801s, none was more enjoyable than the Speaker’s Corner reissue of Decca’s great Tebaldi/Bergonzi/HVK Aïda (SXL 2167/8/9 3LP). John Culshaw used not one, but six distinct acoustics, and I’ve never heard them sound more real in all their front-to-back and hall-to-hall glory. Spectacular.

Many small make a great
So, is the B&W Nautilus 801 the speaker for you? It could be—I’ve never wanted to keep a review pair more. But, while the speaker is expensive at $11,000/pair, that ain’t a patch on matching it to a pair of topnotch stereo amplifiers, or the even greater expense of four high-end monoblocks. You’ll also need to mate the speaker to a room that supports huge amounts of deep bass—the N-801 will easily overload small or flimsily built rooms. You’ll also have to accept its need to be pushed ever so slightly; the speaker just doesn’t come alive at low levels.

But that’s about it for shortcomings. The Nautilus 801 is incredibly dynamic, images and soundstages like crazy, and has that special magic that marks it as one of the great loudspeakers.

How great? Well, let’s just say that if you’re fortunate enough to live with it, you just might forget all about old girlfriends when you remember the best times you’ve ever had.

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  • Detachable Grilles
  • Amplification Type
  • Crossover Channel Qty
  • Max (RMS) Output Power
    1000 Watt
  • Frequency Response
    29 – 28000 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance
    8 Ohm
  • Total Harmonic Distortion
  • Recommended Amplifier Power
    50 Watt
  • Sensitivity
    90 dB
  • Crossover Frequency
    350Hz, 4000Hz
  • Connectivity Technology

    • Speaker Type
    • Driver Type
      bass driver, mid-range driver, tweeter driver
    • Driver Qty
    • Driver Diameter
      0.98 m, 14.96 m, 5.91 m
    • Driver Diameter (metric)
      150 mm, 25 mm, 380 mm
    • Driver Material
      diamond, woven kevlar
    • Driver Technology / Design


    • Width
      19.9 in
    • Depth
      26.9 in
    • Height
      46.9 in
    • Weight
      260.14 lbs