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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar + Subwoofer Package

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar

The Formation Wedge is a brand new wireless speaker from Bowers & Wilkins. Part of their new high-end wireless 'Formation Suite'. This wireless speaker will effortlessly fill any room with beautiful, high fidelity sound. As with any Bowers and Wilkins product, the Design, Materials and Sound quality are absolutely outstanding. The unique 120-degree elliptical speaker shape was created to hold a full range of high frequency, midrange and subwoofer components for a true stereo effect, with calculated, angled drivers so sound reaches every part of a room. The Wedge can stream in high resolution 24 bit / 96KHz quality and sync easily with other Formation speakers for a complete high fidelity, multiroom setup. Spotify, Roon, Airplay 2 and Bluetooth are all supported and controlled via the user-friendly Bowers and Wilkins Home App.

The overall design of the Formation Bar is one of favourite looking modern soundbars on the market, the wavy effect on the bar is just something unique which makes it strive ahead of competition, as all of the Formation Range, the Bar is a very livable product, making it simple to use and very easy to control and set up. The Bar has one of the fastest speaker synchronisation times the market has to offer, coming in at an outstanding 1 microsecond between any Formation product. Another key feature that was mentioned before is the high-resolution streaming, the bar is capable of having twice the fidelity than any other currently leading wireless speaker brand, giving you nothing but pure and crisp audio experience. When purchasing a soundbar you would want to expect a full, immersive home theatre experience. The Formation Bar ticks all of the boxes, the Bar is an extremely powerful product which will easily fill your listening room with Bowers' legendary sound.

Some key facts about the Formation Bar:

  • The Bar has 9 optimised drive units - taken from their iconic loudspeakers, each individual driver is optimally positioned to create a spacious yet precise soundstage for music and movies
  • Dedicated Center Channel - a dedicated centre channel specifically made for your favourite movies and shows which enables the listener a crisp yet clear dialogue
  • Double Dome Tweeter - The Double Dome Tweeter technology used in the 600 Series will provide a high-quality high-end soundstage
  • Simple Set Up - With very easy to follow steps, the Bar is very simple to get set up and sync
  • WiFi, Apple® AirPlay 2®, Spotify® Connect, Roon and Bluetooth compatible
  • Synchronises in perfected harmony with other Formation products

Our Verdict

Please note that these are our own personal opinions so they may not be the same as your own personal standpoint about the Bar. The Bar is an incredible, versatile option to go for if you're thinking of getting a higher-end soundbar. It just gives off such precise and clear sound, everything is just there, the separation, the high and low end and especially the looks.

What we like about the Bar at this current time:

  • Looks - Once again Bowers have nailed the looks of this soundbar, no matter what placement it will always blend into the environment
  • Sound - With the 9 drive units, the feedback you receive is something outstanding, truly mesmerised by the sound
  • Simplicity - The Formation Bar is super simple to set up
  • App - The app is very easy to follow when it comes to syncing the bar to your Wifi

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass

The Formation Bass adds another level of depth to your existing Formation set up, some might say that the Bass even puts wired subwoofers to the test. Following the same level design as the other Formation range, the Bass looks the part in any sort of home environment. A unique feature of the Bass is that it has a dual driver technology to reduce any distortion produced whilst being backed by a rather powerful Class D amplifier with dynamic EQ, allowing clear and crisp sound.

The Bass is more accurate and expressive, giving the listener a greater depth of sound, you will get so submerged with this, you will not only hear it, but you will also feel the sensation the Formation Bass. This will also pair hand in hand with any other Formation products, especially the Formation Bar, together you will have the highest quality sounding wireless system.

Like any other Formation Product, getting the Bass set up and running is as simple as can be, simply plug the power into the mains, have the Bowers Home app at the ready and follow the easy step by step instructions to get it paired up to your Wifi to be ready for use.

Our Verdict

Please note that these are our own personal opinions so they may not be the same as your own personal standpoint about the Bass. Here's what we think - We know this is new territory for Bowers & Wilkins, so with no doubt in the near future, we will see updates on the way.

What we like about the Formation Bass at this current time:

  • Sound Quality - The Bass is remarkable when it comes to sound recreation
  • Looks - The Modern look and aesthetics carried on over from previous models really make this unique, making it fit effortlessly in your home
  • Easy to set up - Nothing tedious about setting the Bass up
  • App - The app for the Bass is very simple to follow when pairing them up to your Wifi
  • Pairing - The Bass pairs will the Formation Bar like bread and butter, making it very versatile

Who are Bowers and Wilkins and what is their Formation Range?

Bowers & Wilkins are a company who needs a very little introduction, having been constructing some of the world's most critically acclaimed loudspeaker and headphone models for half of a decade. Starting at the entry level 600 S2 series, through to the new 700 S2 series audiophile range, 800 Diamond series and flagship Nautilus model. These different series of loudspeaker have been praised as the superior listening experience in both two-channel hifi/music listening and in multi-channel home theatre applications, having claimed a vast multitude of awards in both categories. A Bowers speaker can be easily recognised by the signature yellow Aramid fibre. cone, which can be found with their 600 series with the latest 700 and 800 Series opting for a silver 'continuum' cone.

Bowers & Wilkins have made their "Wireless" product range Formation and yes, it definitely lives up to the high expectations. You can now stream music effortlessly in high-resolution from the comfort of your living room. Not only does the Formation Range sound impressive, but it also looks the part as well, taking a boldly modern approach to make any Formation product look truly stunning in any sort of home environment. We personally feel like B&W have really hit the nail on the head with this debut.

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Formation Bar

Model 

Formation Bar
 Description

Wireless Soundbar

 Technical features

Apple® AirPlay 2® Technology

Spotify® Connect

Roon Ready

Bluetooth In

Dolby Digital

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Digital Amplifier Dynamic EQ

Drive units 

3 x 25mm (1 in) double dome tweeter

6 x 65 mm (2.6 in) woven glass fibre cone bass/midrange

Frequency response  40Hz to 28kHz
 Amplifier power output 6x 40W
 Input voltage 100V – 240V – 50/60Hz
 Power consumption Below 6 Watts (Sleep)*
Connections 

Digital audio in (Toslink)

Network (RJ45 Ethernet or WiFi)

USB – service only

 Bluetooth

Bluetooth® v4.1, Class 2

aptX HD

AAC

SBC

 Dimensions

Height: 109mm (4.3 in)

Width: 1240mm (48.8 in)

Depth: 107mm (4.2 in)

Weight

5.5kg (12.1 lb)

Formation Bass

Model  Formation Bass
Description   Wireless Subwoofer
Technical features   Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Digital amplifier
Dynamic EQ
Drive units   2 x 165mm (6.5 in) long throw bass unit
 Frequency response  20Hz to 150Hz
Amplifier power output 
 
250W
 Input voltage 

100V – 240V – 50/60Hz

 Power consumption 

Below 6 Watts (Sleep)*

Connections   Network (RJ45 Ethernet or WiFi)
USB – service only
Dimensions   Height: 254mm (10 in)
Width: 281mm (11.1 in)
Depth: 260mm (10.2 in)
Weight 12.5kg (27.6 lb)
AirPlay 2 compatibility   iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 11.4 or later,
Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th Generation) with tv OS
11.4 or later, Mac or PC with iTunes 12.8 or later.

*Formation products create a mesh network. Each product
in this network dynamically chooses the optimal path to
route audio-data between products, in order to ensure a
robust streaming experience. We have therefore certified
Formation products for High Network Availability (HiNA)
and conform to the appropriate power requirements set
out in the ERP directive.

Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Postage and packing is completely free for orders over £100*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.

          

Orders are sent via our couriers' DPD on a next-day-delivery service and usually, take between 1 and 3 days. 

          

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