Designed with a minimalist sensibility, Bowers & Wilkins’ Flat Panel Monitors posses a poise and elegance all too rare in high-end home theatre and hi-fi components. Just as plasma and LCD TV screens offer high-resolution, distortion-free images from an ultra-slimline frame, FPMs deliver superlative sound with minimal interference to the room’s decor and traffic. Appropriately shallow and with a choice of heights to match popular flat screen dimensions, their visual and physical presence has been reduced to the bare minimum. The listening experience, however, has lost nothing.
The FPM4 uses the same Kevlar® cone bass/midrange drivers and Nautilus™ tube-loaded tweeter as the FPM5, but in a shorter enclosure that matches the height of 42-inch TV screens, yet concedes little in bass extension. Like the FPM5 it's a 2½-way configuration that allows wider dispersion of sound in the midrange; essential when used horizontally as a centre speaker. With complete timbre matching between the systems in the range, feel free to use a longer model at centre to harmonise with the longer dimension of the screen.
Bass is augmented by Flowport, and is remarkable for such a small enclosure. Kevlar® ensures the midrange is clear and detailed, right where the ear is at its most discerning, and the tweeter extends way beyond the limits of human hearing to make the most of high definition formats.
||88dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
||-6dB at 65Hz and 42kHz
||72Hz – 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis
||8Ω (minimum 4Ω)
|Recommended Amplifier Power
||25W – 120W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
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