Bowers & Wilkins Will Soon Release AirPlay 2 Receivers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    British audio equipment maker Bowers & Wilkins is expected to release its first AirPlay 2-enabled receivers in the near future.


    A pair of new Bowers & Wilkins receivers named Formation Audio and Formation Duo are listed as "coming soon" in Apple's recently updated list of HomeKit and AirPlay accessories. Bowers & Wilkins releasing receivers is interesting in itself, as the company is better known for high-fidelity speakers and headphones.


    Bowers & Wilkins has yet to announce the products, but we did find a cached GDPR-related fair processing notice page on its website from December 2018 that mentions a line of Formation products, including the Formation Duo, Formation Audio, Formation Bar, Formation Wedge, and Formation Bass.

    AirPlay 2 would allow the receivers to work with other AirPlay 2 devices such as the HomePod, the Apple TV, and Sonos speakers. AirPlay 2 receivers also appear in Apple's Home app across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.

    Bowers & Wilkins, acquired by Eva Automation in 2016, will join Denon and Marantz, Bluesound, and Naim in offering AirPlay 2 receivers.

    Article Link: Bowers & Wilkins Will Soon Release AirPlay 2 Receivers
  2. Frankied22 macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
    I still use my wired B&W P5's all the time. They sound amazing and are super comfortable now that they are broken in. I would love to hear the sound quality of a B&W airplay speaker. They are going to be super expensive though lol
  3. travis64 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 18, 2008
    So can the homepod work with apple tv?
    For movies?
  4. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Wow B&W making receivers. This should be cool!
  5. chinafbi macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2019
    Nice. Hopefully they are affordable. I love the new 700 series speakers. They are amazing.
  6. SanJoseEd macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2017
    Absolutely and quite nice when two are used as a 'stereo pair'. I've never even used them for music - just TV and movies pumped out of an ATV4. There was a break-in period in late Spring last year before the HomePods' latter OS was published, but ever since then, volume's been fine and the 'stereo' output does at times seem to project appropriate noise and sound from the movies' soundtracks making it sound like something more than stereo.
  7. JDHiro macrumors regular


    Oct 24, 2013
    Seattle, WA
  8. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
  9. jljue macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Brandon, MS
    I love their speakers--have them in the current house. I was actually thinking of buying Sonos for the new house under construction, but I think that I can hold off this purchase a while to see how the B&W Formation line develops.
  10. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    Receivers? Interesting. I've loved my B&W speakers since I got them in 2001: they still sound wonderful. Looking forward to their new offerings.
  11. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    One of THE best speaker makers on the planet! If I won the lotto I would have a cinema room stuffed full of their speakers, so this is great news. I still really want a Zeppelin.
  12. tom.humphrey macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2011
    I've got a B&W A5 which sounds amazing when the airplay works. Constantly plagued with audio drop outs.
  13. chinafbi macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2019
    My friend has the a7 and the sound is very awesome. It is a bigger brother of the a5. Its amazing.
  14. goslowjoe Suspended


    Dec 22, 2017
    I have a pair of 703 loudspeakers that I purchased in 2005 and they are still amazing after all these years. Right now my P7 wireless headphones are on my head (where else?) and I will soon have a pair of PX headphones. A receiver to go with these... wow!
  15. fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    AirPlay 2 in receivers is great, but I'd really like a standalone AirPlay 2 device too... like the AirPort Express was for AirPlay 1 and AirTunes. That paired with whatever receivers we had made for a great home music setup as far back as ~2003.
  16. cmaier Suspended

    Jul 25, 2007
    Love my B&W’s. Outfitted our home theater with them.

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