Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo Active Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo Active Speakers

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo Active Speakers

The new Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo, the first wireless speakers that B&W have put into production; has a lot to live up to due to such successful products. Each Duo features their patented, Carbon Dome, tweeter-on-top technology (same as the previous 705's). Bowers and Wilkins have taken "wireless audio" to the next level, it has set some serious boundaries which will give other wireless speakers a run for its money.

From personal experience, I can safely say I was blown away when I first heard. Some of the key features of these speakers are it has a 96/24 bit high-resolution streaming audio system. Has Wifi, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Roon and Bluetooth compatible and sets up very easily. These speakers will pair in perfect harmony with other Formation Products. Bowers and Wilkins have also implemented their very successful Continuum Cone Technology into the Duos, this technology is found on their superior 800 Diamon Series, the mid-range Continuum cone will deliver a pinpoint tone that will completely submerge you in the greatest musical experience yet. Located at the bottom of the Duo is a powerful 125-watt amplifier with an AKM 32bit DAC.

Not only do they sound incredible but they are also very simplistic to set up, by simply plugging them into the mains, downloading the Bowers Home App and following the very easy setup steps. The speaker has one of the fastest speaker synchronisation times the market has to offer, coming in at an outstanding 1 microsecond between both speakers.

Although they sound ridiculously impressive, do they look the part too? My answer is absolutely, following some ideas from their 800 Diamond Series with the whole design of the speaker; incorporating the very clever tweeter from their also very successful 705 speakers. The Duo will be extremely easy to blend into any sort of environment, as they are Active speakers, the only cable you have to worry about is the main power cable, but this can be easily hidden with the stands at are specifically made for the Duos.

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 Duos. 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 Duos at this current time:

  • Sound Quality - The Duos are remarkable when it comes to sound recreation 
  • Looks - The Modern look and aesthetics carried on over from previous models really make this unique, the two Matte finishes will fit any environment of your home
  • Easy to set up - Nothing tedious about setting the Duos up
  • App - The app for the Duo is very simple to follow when pairing them up to your Wifi

Who is Bowers & 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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What Hifi Award

What Hifi Award

Model  Formation Duo
Description   Wireless High Performance Speaker System
Technical features   Apple® AirPlay 2® technology
Spotify® Connect
Roon Ready
Bluetooth In
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Digital amplifier
Dynamic EQ
 Drive units  1x ø25mm (1 in) Carbon dome high-frequency
1x ø165mm (6.5 in) Continuum cone bass midrange
Frequency response   25Hz to 33kHz
Amplifier power output   2 x 125W
Input voltage   100V – 240V – 50/60Hz
Power consumption   Below 6 Watts (Sleep)*
Connections   Network (RJ45 Ethernet or WiFi)
USB – service only
Bluetooth Bluetooth® v4.1, Class 2
aptX HD
Dimensions   Height: 395mm (15.6 in)
Width: 197mm (7.8 in)
Depth: 305mm (12 in)
Weight 10.6kg (23.4 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.


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