3071 FPM 2_4_5_6 Cover
Figure 1
Figure 2
Figure 3
Figure 4
Figure 7a
FPM 4, 5, 6
Figure 7b
Figure 5
Figure 6
Figure 8
Figure 9
FPM 4, 5, 6
Figure 10
Limited Warranty
Dear customer,
Welcome to B&W.
This product has been designed and
manufactured to the highest quality
standards. However, if something does go
wrong with this product, B&W
Loudspeakers and its national distributors
warrant free of charge labour (exclusion
may apply) and replacement parts in any
country served by an official B&W
This limited warranty is valid for a period of
five years from the date of purchase or two
years for electronics including amplified
Terms and Conditions
The warranty is limited to the repair of
the equipment. Neither transportation,
nor any other costs, nor any risk for
removal, transportation and installation
of products is covered by this warranty.
This warranty is only valid for the
original owner. It is not transferable.
This warranty will not be applicable in
cases other than defects in materials
and/or workmanship at the time of
purchase and will not be applicable:
for damages caused by incorrect
installation, connection or packing,
for damages caused by any use other
than correct use described in the user
manual, negligence, modifications, or
use of parts that are not made or
authorised by B&W,
for damages caused by faulty or
unsuitable ancillary equipment,
for damages caused by accidents,
lightning, water, fire heat, war, public
disturbances or any other cause
beyond the reasonable control of B&W
and its appointed distributors,
for products whose serial number has
been altered, deleted, removed or
made illegible,
if repairs or modifications have been
executed by an unauthorised person.
This guarantee complements any
national/regional law obligations of
dealers or national distributors and
does not affect your statutory rights as
a customer.
How to claim repairs under
Should service be required, please follow
the following procedure:
If the equipment is being used in the
country of purchase, you should
contact the B&W authorised dealer
from whom the equipment was
If the equipment is being used outside
the country of purchase, you should
contact the B&W national distributor in
the country of residence who will
advise where the equipment can be
serviced. You can call B&W in the UK
or visit our web site to get the contact
details of your local distributor.
To validate your warranty, you will need to
produce this warranty booklet completed
and stamped by your dealer on the date of
purchase. Alternatively, you will need the
original sales invoice or other proof of
ownership and date of purchase.
Multi-channel audio/video
Stray magnetic fields
The speaker drive units create stray
magnetic fields that extend beyond the
boundaries of the cabinet. We recommend
you keep magnetically sensitive articles
(CRT television and computer screens,
computer discs, audio and video tapes,
swipe cards and the like) at least 0.5m
(20 in) from the speaker.
Plasma and LCD screens are not affected
by these stray magnetic fields.
Owner’s manual
Thank you for choosing Bowers & Wilkins.
We are confident that you will enjoy many
years of listening pleasure from your
speakers, but please read this manual fully
before installing them. It will help you
optimise their performance.
B&W maintains a network of dedicated
distributors in over 60 countries who will be
able to help you should you have any
problems your dealer cannot resolve.
We suggest you retain the packing for
future use.
Check in the carton for:
• wall plate
• 2x M6 screws
• mounting template
• rear support leg (FPM2 only)
• 2x clear self-adhesive rubber pads
(FPM2 only)
FPM speakers are balanced for their backs
being placed against a wall. However, we
recommend you keep them at least 0.5m
(20 in) from a side wall, otherwise the bass
may be too heavy.
If you intend to attach the speakers to a
wall, first ascertain the optimum position
before permanently fixing them in place.
Unless using the speakers for home theatre
centre channel, we recommend you mount
them in vertical orientation. The springloaded logo badge on the grille may be
rotated after pulling it slightly away from the
2-channel audio
As an initial guide (figure 1):
• Position the speakers and the centre of
the listening area approximately at the
corners of an equilateral triangle.
• Keep the speakers at least 1.5m apart to
maintain left-right separation.
If the central image is poor, try moving the
speakers closer together or, if they are not
fixed to the wall using the supplied wall
plate, toeing them in so they point at or just
in front of the listeners (figure 2).
Front (figure 3)
left and right
The angle between the speakers should
normally be less than for 2-channel audio –
nearer 40º than 60º. If using a screen, it
may be desirable to place the speakers
closer to the screen for aesthetic reasons,
but be aware that the apparent size of the
acoustic image is related to the left and
right speaker spacing and ideally you
should try to balance this with the picture.
When used with a screen, the mounting
height of the speakers should be matched
to the screen. In an audio-only installation,
set the height so the tweeters at the centre
of the speaker are approximately at ear level.
Centre channel
When used with a screen, orient the
speaker horizontally and place it close to
the top or bottom of the screen, whichever
is nearest ear level. In an audio-only
installation, orient the speaker vertically and
in line with the left and right front speakers.
Surround speakers are normally placed
around 60cm (2 ft) above ear level. It is not
always necessary or desirable to point
surround speakers directly at the listening
area. Doing so can often attract undue
attention to them, especially when your
head is turned from looking directly to the
front, so experiment before investing in
special brackets.
5.1 systems (figure 4)
Place the speakers approximately 120º
round from front centre. This will determine
whether they are placed on the side or rear
6.1 systems with one rear speaker
(figure 5)
Place the side speakers in line with the
centre of the listening area and one
speaker centrally on the rear wall.
7.1 systems and 6.1 systems with two
rear speakers (figure 6)
Place the side speakers in line with the
centre of the listening area. Place two
speakers along the rear wall to make an
angle of approximately 40º to the centre of
the listening area.
Connections (figure 7)
All connections should be made with the
equipment switched off.
Ensure the positive terminal on the speaker
(marked +) is connected to the positive
output terminal of the amplifier and
negative (marked –) to negative.
Always screw the terminal caps down
tightly to optimise the connection and
prevent rattles.
Ask your dealer for advice when choosing
cable. Keep the total impedance below the
maximum recommended in the
specification and use a low inductance
cable to avoid attenuation of the highest
Fine tuning
If the sound is too harsh, increase the
amount of soft furnishing in the room (for
example use heavier curtains), or reduce it
if the sound is dull and lifeless.
Test for flutter echoes by clapping your
hands and listening for rapid repetitions.
Reduce them by the use of irregular
shaped surfaces such as bookshelves and
large pieces of furniture.
Ensure, especially when fixing to drywall
panels, that the screw length and wall plug
security are sufficient to hold the weight of
the speaker. B&W can accept no liability for
any failure of wall or ceiling fixings.
On a shelf or table
(FPM2 only)
Cher Client,
A rear support leg is provided to enable the
speaker to stand upright on a flat surface.
With the strengthening rib pointing away
from the enclosure, attach the leg to the
two threaded inserts in the back of the
speaker, using the screws provided.
Stick the two clear rubber pads to the
underside of the grille frame. (figure 10)
To the optional table stand or floor
To the wall
Mounting instructions are provided with the
stands. The table stand allows the speaker
to be mounted in either vertical or
horizontal orientation. The floor stand
allows only vertical orientation.
Use the wall plate supplied if you do not
need to angle the speaker. (figure 8)
The FPM2 is not suitable for fixing to either
the table stand or the floor stand.
At each end of the terminal tray at the back
of the speaker is a dovetail feature that
slides into the wall plate.
Running-in period
Mounting the speaker
Use the template provided to mark the
position of the fixing screws for the wall
plate. The overall height and width of the
template correspond to the size of the
speaker and both the vertical and
horizontal centre lines are marked. This
allows you to align the speakers with the
television screen and any other objects.
Pierce through the screw position marks in
the template to leave an indent in the wall.
Hold the wall plate against the wall, aligned
with the screw marks and trace round the
inside of the oval hole, which is used for
cable entry.
With solid walls, chase out a channel for
the speaker cable, ending where you have
marked the oval hole. In cavity walls, simply
drill through the plasterboard and feed the
cable through into the cavity.
Screw the wall plate to the wall using a
spirit level to accurately set it square. Small
angular deviations may not be noticeable to
the eye when looking at the small plate, but
become more obvious with the speaker
Connect the cable before sliding the
speaker onto the wall plate.
If you need to angle the speakers, two
threaded inserts are provided to allow the
use of an auxiliary mounting bracket. We
recommend the OmniMount® type 10.0
wall or ceiling for the FPM4 and FPM5 and
type 20.0 wall or ceiling for the FPM6.
These allow sideways angling and a
downward tilt of up to 10º when the
bracket is mounted above the terminals
and the bottom of the speaker touches the
wall. For the FPM2, the Omnimount® type
10.0 wall or ceiling allows extensive
adjustment of angle. Follow the instructions
provided with the bracket and fix the
mounting plate to the back of the speaker
using the two M6 screws provided with the
speaker. (figure 9)
The performance of the speaker will change
subtly during the initial listening period. If
the speaker has been stored in a cold
environment, the damping compounds and
suspension materials of the drive units will
take some time to recover their correct
mechanical properties. The drive unit
suspensions will also loosen up during the
first hours of use. The time taken for the
speaker to achieve its intended
performance will vary depending on
previous storage conditions and how it is
used. As a guide, allow up to a week for
the temperature effects to stabilise and
15 hours of average use for the mechanical
parts to attain their intended design
Garantie limitée
Bienvenue à B&W.
Ce produit a été conçu et fabriqué en vertu
des normes de qualité les plus rigoureuses.
Toutefois, en cas de problème, B&W
Loudspeakers et ses distributeurs
nationaux garantissent une main d’œuvre
(exclusions possibles) et des pièces de
rechange gratuites dans tout pays desservi
par un distributeur agréé de B&W.
Cette garantie limitée est valide pour une
période de cinq ans à compter de la date
d’achat ou une période de deux ans pour
les composants électroniques, y compris
les haut-parleurs amplifiés.
La garantie est limitée à la réparation
de l’équipement. Les frais de transport
ou autres, les risques associés à
l’enlèvement, au transport et à
l’installation des produits ne sont pas
couverts par cette garantie.
La garantie est exclusivement réservée
au propriétaire d’origine et ne peut pas
être transférée.
Cette garantie ne s’applique qu’aux
produits faisant l’objet de vices de
matériaux et/ou de construction au
moment de l’achat et ne sera pas
applicable dans les cas suivants :
détériorations entraînées par une
installation, connexion ou un emballage
détériorations entraînées par un usage
autre que l’usage correct décrit dans le
manuel de l’utilisateur, la négligence,
des modifications ou l’usage de pièces
qui ne sont pas fabriquées ou agréées
par B&W,
détériorations entraînées par un
équipement auxiliaire défectueux ou
qui ne convient pas,
détériorations résultant de : accidents,
foudre, eau, chaleur, guerre, troubles
de l’ordre public ou autre cause ne
relevant pas du contrôle raisonnable de
B&W ou de ses distributeurs agréés,
les produits dont le numéro de série a
été modifié, effacé, éliminé ou rendu
les produits qui ont été réparés ou
modifiés par une personne non
Cette garantie vient en complément à
toute obligation juridique nationale /
régionale des revendeurs ou
distributeurs nationaux et n’affecte pas
vos droits statutaires en tant que
The cabinets normally only require dusting.
If you wish to use an aerosol cleaner,
remove the grille first by gently pulling it
away from the cabinet. Spray onto the
cleaning cloth, not directly the cabinet.
With the grille detached from the cabinet,
clean the fabric with a normal clothes brush
or vacuum cleaner with appropriate
Avoid touching the drive units, especially
the tweeter, as damage may result.
Comment faire une réclamation
en vertu de la garantie
Veuillez respecter la procédure ci-dessous,
si vous souhaitez faire une réclamation
sous garantie :
Technical features
NautilusTM tweeter
Kevlar® cone bass/midrange
NautilusTM tweeter
Kevlar® cone bass/midrange
2-way vented-box system
21/2-way vented-box system
Drive units
1x 25mm (1in ) alloy dome high-frequency
1x 110mm ( 4in ) Kevlar® cone bass /midrange
1x 25mm (1in ) alloy dome high-frequency
2x 110mm ( 4in ) Kevlar® cone bass /midrange
Frequency range
-6dB at 65Hz and 40kHz
-6dB at 65Hz and 42kHz
Frequency response
80Hz - 20kHz ±3dB on reference axis
72Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis
Within 2dB of response on reference axis
Horizontal: over 40° arc
over 10° arc
Within 2dB of response on reference axis
Horizontal: over 40° arc
over 10° arc
86dB spl ( 2.83V, 1m )
88dB spl ( 2.83V, 1m )
Harmonic distortion
2nd & 3rd harmonics ( 88dB, 1m )
<1% 160Hz - 20kHz
<0.5% 200Hz - 10kHz
2nd & 3rd harmonics ( 88dB, 1m )
<1% 100Hz - 20kHz
<0.5% 200Hz - 10kHz
Nominal impedance
8Ω ( minimum 4Ω)
8Ω ( minimum 4Ω)
Crossover frequencies
180Hz, 3.7kHz
Power handling
25W - 100W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
25 W-120W into 8Ω on unclipped programme
Max. recommended
cable impedance
Net Weight
2.7kg (6 lb)
259mm ( 10.2 in )
170mm ( 6.7 in )
102mm (4 in )
including wall plate
563mm ( 22.2 in )
170mm ( 6.7 in )
102mm (4 in )
including wall plate
4.8kg (10.5 lb)
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