B&W Formation Flex Overview
Compared to other wireless speaker brands, Bowers & Wilkins has really nailed the set-up process. It takes just a few moments to download the app, plug in the speaker and begin playing your favorite tracks.
Once the speaker is connected, it will enter setup mode and show that it is ready in the app by slowly pulsing amber. The app will then guide you through the rest of the setup process, which is quite intuitive. It's quick and straightforward, which is a relief because there's no self-tuning process as found in Apple's HomePod or the Sonos Play 5.
The B&W Formation Flex has a two-way driver design with a 25mm decoupled 'double dome' tweeter and a 100mm woven glass fiber cone mid/bass woofer. There's a claimed frequency response of 50Hz to 28kHz, digital signal processing, and dynamic EQ.
What's more, the Flex can be paired with other Formation speakers for a multiroom system or with the Formation Bass subwoofer to get a 2.1 system. It's also a good fit with the formation Bar soundbar for a 5.1 surround sound experience.
B&W Formation Flex Features
The B&W Formation range is the company's new wireless speaker series, which includes the flagship Audio wireless streamer, Duo stereo speakers, Wedge speaker, Bass subwoofer, and Bar soundbar. All of these products can be paired with other Formation speakers to create an immersive multiroom system and they can also be used individually.
B&W has taken a different approach to the way it pairs its Formation speakers than most other manufacturers. Instead of relying on a self-tuning process like Apple's HomePod or the Sonos Move, it uses a robust mesh network to communicate with other Formation devices in the same room.
This allows Flex to stream a wide range of music services including Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple AirPlay 2, YouTube, and many more. There's also an Amazon Alexa integration that lets you control the speaker from anywhere in the world using voice commands.
What's more, the Formation Flex can be paired with other Formation speakers to form a 5.1 surround sound system. This is done via the same app that you use to connect all of the other Formation speakers, so it's easy to set up and configure.
The B&W Formation Flex is a relatively small speaker, which measures a little over 200mm tall and weighs just 2.3kg. It's a nice design, with a glossy black top plate that houses illuminated touch-sensitive controls for play/pause and volume up/down as well as a Form button that's used during setup.
It also has a black wrap-around fabric grille that covers a ridged diamond-shaped honeycomb frame underneath. That's not a unique feature, but it's certainly an appealing aesthetic choice and makes the Flex stand out from its rivals.
Bowers & Wilkins has a reputation for making really high-quality audio products, but it's been a while since it released a truly affordable speaker with that same level of build and performance. The Formation Flex is a nice, compact alternative to the company's more expensive offerings, and it's a very attractive price for what you get in return.
B&W Formation Flex Specifications
Height: 215mm (8.5 in)
Width: 130mm (5.1 in)
Depth: 130mm (5.1 in)
|Net weight||2.3kg (5 lb)|
Apple® AirPlay 2® technology
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
|Description||Compact Wireless Speaker System|
1x ø25mm (1 in) Decoupled double dome high-frequency
1x ø100mm (4 in) Woven glass fibre cone bass/midrange
|Frequency response||50Hz to 28kHz|
|Amplifier power output||2 x 50W|
|Input voltage||100V – 240V – 50/60Hz|
|Power consumption||Below 6 Watts (Sleep)*|
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, Mac or PC with iTunes 12.8 or later.|
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