Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar

£999.99 inc.VAT

Wireless soundbars are supposed to help give a full, immersive home theatre sound experience in a compact design, but often they fall short, with too few speakers that aren’t placed at an optimum angle due to the limited shape and size.

With Formation Bar, Bowers & Wilkins has created a powerful multiroom soundbar that delivers legendary sound quality with wireless streaming flexibility.

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar

For the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar the engineers designed nine optimised drive units born from their legendary loudspeakers and have them optimally positioned in a sleek design to create a wider, all-inclusive, soundstage, while a dedicated centre channel layers in crisp, clear dialogue. The combination makes an entire room “centrestage,” for a truly immersive audio experience that will make your home theatre experience a part of the Highest Form of SoundTM.

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar Features

– 3 channel high-fidelity home theatre system
– Streams music in 96/24 bit high-resolution stereo sound
– 9 optimised performance drivers and dedicated centre channel
– Features Formation® Wireless Technology
– WiFi, Apple® AirPlay 2®, Spotify® Connect, Roon and Bluetooth compatible
– Sets up in moments
– Synchronises in perfected harmony with other Formation products

Exclusive Formation® Wireless Technology

Creates perfected in-room speaker synchronisation, providing the ultimate listening experience.

Hear every detail in perfect harmony.

Perfected Speaker Synchronisation

An industry-defining, completely immersive soundstage experience, due to an imperceptible in-room 1 microsecond sync between speakers.

Patented Robust Mesh Network

Developed to run independently from your home WiFi network to ensure high-resolution audio performance throughout your home.

High Fidelity Streaming

96/24 Bit Audio Resolution streaming with twice the fidelity than the leading wireless speaker brand for the purest and clearest audio experience.

Quick & Easy Set Up

Streamlined user interface takes just moments to set up and start playing.

9 Optimised Drive Units

Born from our legendary loudspeakers each driver is optimally positioned to create a wide and immersive soundstage for music and movies.

Dedicated Centre Channel

With a dedicated centre channel for your favourite movies and TV shows you’ll hear crisp and clear dialogue.

About Bowers & Wilkins

1960s: Humble beginnings

The sleepy coastal town of Worthing in South England might not look like a hotbed of 1960s freewheeling experimentation, but for audio fans it’s a place that’s synonymous with innovation. Thanks to the first Bowers & Wilkins speakers built here in the early years of the company, music lovers could experience albums such as Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds in new, mind-expanding depth and clarity.

1970s: A decade of milestones

The decade that saw a series of musical upheavals from disco to punk rock also brought several major milestones for Bowers & Wilkins. The company introduced curved cabinet forms and new cone materials such as Aramid fibre. And it all culminated in the launch of the 801, soon to become the reference speaker of choice for many of the world’s leading recording studios.

1980s: The application of science

Extensive investment in research led to the establishment of the company’s dedicated R&D facility in Steyning. The era of MTV pop superstardom and bombastic stadium rock also saw Bowers & Wilkins buck the trend and introduce something small and unobtrusive: the “compact monitor”, or CM1.

1990s: Rewriting the rulebook

The 1990s saw the pioneering work of the Steyning research team realised in spectacular fashion with the launch of Nautilus™, a speaker that upended preconceived notions of speaker design. It also saw major product launches at both ends of the spectrum, with the unveiling of the highly regarded entry-level 600 Series and the flagship Nautilus 800 Series.

2000s: Hi-fi goes digital

The decade that brought us iPods and smartphones saw us embrace the new world of digital with the launch of the Zeppelin. We also expanded into the car audio market with our partnership with Jaguar, and launched a revolutionary new speaker technology in the form of diamond tweeter domes.

The 2010s: Innovation overdrive

Monumental technological change seemed to be everywhere in the 2010s, and Bowers & Wilkins was no exception.

Specifications

Model
Formation Bar

Description
Wireless Soundbar

Technical features
Apple® AirPlay 2® technology
Spotify® Connect
Roon Ready
Bluetooth
Dolby Digital
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Digital amplifier
Dynamic EQ

Drive units 
3 x 25mm (1 in) double dome tweeter
6 x 65 mm (2½ in) woven glass fiber cone bass/midrange

Frequency response
40Hz to 28kHz

Amplifier power output
6 x 40W

Input voltage
100V – 240V – 50/60Hz

Power consumption
Below 6 Watts  (Sleep)*

Connections
Digital audio in (Toslink)
Network (RJ45 Ethernet or WiFi)
USB – service only
Bluetooth
Bluetooth® v4.1, Class 2
AptX HD
AAC
SBC

Dimensions
Height: 109mm (4.3 in)
Width: 1240mm (48.8 in)
Depth: 107mm (4.2 in)
Weight: 5.5kg (12.1lb)

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.

*Formation devices have multiple radios and therefore are compliant for the ERP requirements for a HiNA device

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