Bowers & Wilkins Unveils New 'Formation' Series of High-End Home Audio Products With AirPlay 2 Support

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    Bowers & Wilkins today unveiled a new Formation Suite of high-end home audio products with support for Apple's wireless streaming protocol AirPlay 2.

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    The new line includes five wireless products at launch, including the three-channel Formation Bar, carbon-domed Formation Duo speakers, elliptical-shaped Formation Wedge speaker, Formation Bass subwoofer with a Class D amplifier, and the Formation Audio that brings wireless audio streaming to any passive audio system.

    AirPlay 2 enables multi-room audio playback between the Formation products and other AirPlay 2 devices, such as the HomePod, Apple TV, and Sonos speakers. AirPlay 2 speakers also appear in the Home app across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch and work with Siri for controlling music playback.

    The high-fidelity, high-resolution Formation Series products are also high-priced, of course, with prices ranging between $699 and $3,999.

    Article Link: Bowers & Wilkins Unveils New 'Formation' Series of High-End Home Audio Products With AirPlay 2 Support
     
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    B&W... those components look awesome. Damn.
     
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    At least they're not pretending the soundbar is anything beyond 2.1-channel stereo, dissimilar to other popular manufacturers. Looks pretty slick, too, despite the fact you can get a lot more punch for the (assumed) $700 starting price, elsewhere.

    On the other hand, it's still baffling to me that anyone believes a soundbar can get close to accurately recreating an Atmos or even 5.1 experience. :rolleyes: /soapbox
     
  5. Monty Pavement macrumors regular

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    Interesting. And good news in a way, in that I feared they'd ditched the computer accessories market when they were taken over. There's currently no mention of the MM-1s (I've got two sets, they're that good), and the Zeppelin (once their wow-factor product for the computer market) is only there in recertified form.

    The T7 is there, but the only change the seem to have made to it since I got one several years ago, is to produce one in gold!

    Hopefully this is a sign they will soon be addressing the lower end of the computer audio market, as if these are meant as replacements for the MM-1s, T7, Zeppelins, they are on average over twice the price.
     
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    Apple doing what they should have done in the first place; getting companies on board with AirPlay before trying to release a not-so-smart speaker...
     
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    Is wireless multi room considered to be a computer accessory? I think this is a different category from T7 or MM-1. Multi room is the future, I could see them ditching the older speakers you mentioned. The Wedge is the new Zeppelin, MM-1s don’t fit the strategy I think.
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    You’re saying there were no AirPlay speakers before HomePod? They have been available for many years!
     
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    Yup, wireless.:rolleyes:

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    Sound bar (Formation Bar) is $1,200 and if you want to add the bass woofer (Formation Bass) $1,000 more for the 2.1 channel set up.
     
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    Watch Beyoncé's fanbase get triggered and salty about this for "co-opting" their fave's song title.
     
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    I have always loved B&W kit. Been using it for years and it looks as good as it sounds to me.
     
  14. nutmac macrumors 601

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    While these products seem pretty nice, with great frequency response and all that, I wish it would go further.

    None of the products have features I expect in 2019 products, such as HDMI ARC (ideally eARC). I would've loved to connect Formation Bar directly to TV to pass surround signal, and have it wirelessly send appropriate channel to its siblings.
     
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    I love B&W, but I'm confused about how this works. Are these just individual products that work together out of the box? Do you need an app or specific hardware to make this work? Is it easy to turn on and off specific speakers or pair them to make 'room'?
     
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    I highly doubt the mass highest percentage of her fan base can afford or even know of this brand or even like it.
     
  17. ke-iron macrumors 65816

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    Wait so based on this image, the speakers have built
    In power supply and no longer need an amp or receiver to power them?? If so this is remarkable and truly is wireless. Just plug in the power cable, setup and that’s it!?
     

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