B&W Matrix 801 S3 floorstanding speakers. Stereophile recommended. $5,500 MSRP

Selling for $2,495.00

Classic B&W speakers


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The Matrix 801 S3 are legendary speakers. Truly awesome in its heyday and a real bargain now for the large, full scale sound that was its calling card. The three way design with its 12″ woofer, 5″ kevlar mid and 1″ metal dome tweeter may be common specs now but in its time, it was representative of the high end sound many audiophile aspire to. In the right room size, quality amplification with big reserve of power and a top notch source unit, you could almost be in audio heaven. Frequency response is a wide 20Hz to 20KHz with a nominal impedance of 8 ohm and a sensitivity of 87dB. One convenient feature on the speaker are its rollers (which is heaven sent when you try maneuvering them into their sweet spot) and the ability to rotate the upper module that contains the mid woofer and tweeter to exact a more precise soundstage.

Cosmetically, they look really good for their vintage, quite possibly one of the best condition in the market now. Some minor scuff marks here and there and a tiny hole on the grille cloth on the top of the speaker. We don’t have the original packaging so local pickup from our store is preferred or they will have to be shipped via freight.

Additional information

Weight 500 lbs
Dimensions 48 × 40 × 40 in

Manufacturer Website



Minor scuff marks




Floorstanding Speakers