B&W Formation Audio Overview
If you have an Alexa-enabled device, you can use it to control the speakers via the B&W Home app. This provides a seamless home automation experience and gives you easy access to Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, iHeartradio, and more.
It can also control a TV through the optical connection, allowing you to watch movies without worrying about the picture and audio sync issues.
While the B&W Home app is a great way to control the speakers, it has some limitations. Currently, it cannot playback lossless movie audio codecs, and the audio quality from movies is not as good as other comparable systems.
Fortunately, the Formation app can be easily updated to support various streaming services and platforms. It also allows you to create a 5.1-channel wireless home theater installation with the help of other Formation devices. In addition, you can use voice via Alexa to control the speakers and even change the presets.
B&W Formation Audio Features
The B&W Formation range is the latest in a long line of high-end audio products from Bowers & Wilkins. These include high-end car audio, portable speakers, and more recently, a range of multi-room devices.
The company claims the Formation suite of products lives up to its reputation for groundbreaking innovation, combining perfected speaker synchronization using its proprietary mesh network and industry-leading 96kHz/24-bit high streaming capability. This makes for an immersive, seamless, and high-fidelity soundstage that’s wirelessly attainable, and the company calls it “the highest form of sound”
Leading the Formation range is the B&W Formation Duo ($3999), which features the same 6.5in Continuum driver found on the brand’s 800 Series and a 1 carbon-domed tweeter, decoupled and placed atop the speaker. The Duo is a fully active system, meaning it is able to playback high-resolution files at up to 24-bit/96kHz and comes in a white or black finish.
Despite its modern design, the Formation Duo is an actual audiophile speaker that offers excellent detail and accuracy of music reproduction. It also delivers balance and cohesive sound that can only be achieved with a quality audio amplifier and speaker system.
The setup process is class-leading and the device has everything you need to stream from today’s most popular formats and services including Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect (Premium account required), Roon, Bluetooth v4.1 Class 2, and aptX HD.
A streamlined interface allows you to quickly navigate between the different settings, and the whole thing is controlled from an app on your Android or iOS device. It works seamlessly with other Formation devices and can be connected via the same ethernet cable as the rest of your home network, and is capable of controlling up to two non-Formation sources.
B&W Formation Audio Specifications
|Technical features||Apple® AirPlay 2® technology
High-performance analog-to-digital converter (ADC)
High-performance digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
|Description||Wireless Audio Hub|
|Input voltage||100V – 240V – 50/60Hz|
|Power consumption||Below 6.8 Watts (Sleep)*|
Digital audio in (Toslink)
Analogue audio in (2 x RCA)
Digital audio out (1 x RCA)
Analogue audio out (2 x RCA)
Network (RJ45 Ethernet or WiFi)
USB – service only
Bluetooth® v4.1, Class 2
|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, and Mac or PC with iTunes 12.8 or later.|
Height: 44mm (1.7 in)
Width: 215mm (8.5 in)
Depth: 263mm (10.4 in)
|Net weight||1.0kg (2.2 lb)|
Shipping Related Questions
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