Bowers & Wilkins Will Soon Release AirPlay 2 Receivers

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


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

    [​IMG]

    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.

    [​IMG]

    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

    Frankied22

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2010
    #2
    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

    travis64

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2008
    Location:
    NEW YORK
    #3
    So can the homepod work with apple tv?
    For movies?
     
  4. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

    12vElectronics

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2013
    Location:
    California
    #4
    Wow B&W making receivers. This should be cool!
     
  5. chinafbi macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2019
    #5
    Nice. Hopefully they are affordable. I love the new 700 series speakers. They are amazing.
     
  6. SanJoseEd macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2017
    #6
    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

    JDHiro

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2013
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
  8. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601

    CmdrLaForge

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

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2011
    Location:
    Brandon, MS
    #9
    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

    Pipper99

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2010
    Location:
    Fort Worth, TX
    #10
    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

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Location:
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    #11
    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

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    #12
    I've got a B&W A5 which sounds amazing when the airplay works. Constantly plagued with audio drop outs.
     
  13. chinafbi macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2019
    #13
    My friend has the a7 and the sound is very awesome. It is a bigger brother of the a5. Its amazing.
     
  14. goslowjoe Suspended

    goslowjoe

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2017
    #14
    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

    fairuz

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2017
    Location:
    Silicon Valley
    #15
    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 macrumors G5

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Location:
    California
    #16
    Love my B&W’s. Outfitted our home theater with them.
     

Share This Page

15 February 20, 2019