1979 B&W 802 Speaker Refurbish Project
Finished value in 2022 about $2,500
predecessor - the B&W 801 Audio Reference Monitor became famous as it was used
by every famous recording studio around the world. The B&W 801 design had the
separate midrange and tweeter "head" mounted on top, which is a design feature
still used on high end B&W speakers.
1979 B&W created the 802 as a domestic monitor system, it is said to be the
first ever "tower" design. The 801 hard a large square bottom enclosure with a
single large woofer, wanting a smaller footprint the 802 used (2) smaller
woofers in the upright tower enclosure. The 802 used the exact same crossover
circuit and "midrange/tweeter head" as the 801. The enclosures have Teak Veneer
applied in a "Slip Matching" process where the fronts and sides are "Grain
Matched" with sequential veneer panels. Shown to the left are our completed
Notice the custom oak base/plinth that we made allowing adjustable vibration absorbing feet or spikes to be installed.
Two woofers were sent out to be re-coiled.
Shown is the original before we installed all new high quality
midrange/tweeter heads were completely disassembled sanded and painted black
from their previous 1980's brown color. The tweeter and midrange drivers were
all tested and found to be in great condition.
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