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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Audio - Wireless Music Streamer

Introducing the Bowers & Wilkins Formation® Suite – the first wireless audio system that lives up to the exacting standards of Bowers & Wilkins. Exclusive Formation® Wireless Technology combines perfected speaker synchronisation using a proprietary mesh network and industry-leading 96kHz/24-bit high streaming capability.

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FORMAUDIO
£649.00
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FORMATION SERIES - AUDIO

Tranform your Passive System into a High-Resolution Multi-Room Wireless

Formation Audio features analogue and digital inputs so you can share your turntable, CD player or any other hi-fi components with any Formation speaker – or indeed all the Formation speakers in your home. Hook up your chosen component and whatever you’re playing can be shared around the house – simply, wirelessly, and in high resolution.

Formation Audio is also the link between the Formation Wireless mesh network and the hi-fi you already own, with analogue and digital outputs to feed sound from your network to the inputs on any system, amplifier or receiver. With a simple one-cable hook-up, any existing hi-fi set-up can be fed with sound from your Formation network.

Transform your passive system into a multi-room wireless system with Formation Audio. Our proprietary mesh network ensures there are no lags or breaks in sound, while 96kHz/24-bit streaming combines superlative musicality with outstanding resolution.

The ultimate setup of a traditional Bowers & Wilkins sound system, for decades, has been the definition of high-fidelity sound. Now, the uncompromising Bowers & Wilkins audio heritage is married with 21st-century streaming convenience due to the new Formation Audio. It finally enables high-quality wireless streaming to your existing passive system or from existing passive components – CD player, turntable, or other pieces – to wireless Formation speakers, anywhere in the home. Their analogue-to-digital converter ensures there are no lag or breaks in sound, even between rooms, while 96/24-bit streaming maintains legendary Bowers & Wilkins sound resolution. Just think – existing passive sound system quality, now synced to stream anywhere, wirelessly. It is why Formation by Bowers & Wilkins is the Highest Form of Sound™.


STREAM 96/24 HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO TO YOUR PASSIVE SYSTEM

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.


EXCLUSIVE FORMATION® WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

Creates perfected in-room speaker synchronisation, providing the ultimate listening experience. Hear every detail in perfect harmony.


TRANSFORM YOUR PASSIVE SYSTEM INTO PART OF A FORMATION WHOLE HOME WIRELESS MUSIC SYSTEM

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 Wi-Fi network to ensure high-resolution audio performance throughout your home.


STREAM CONTENT TO ANY FORMATION SPEAKER FROM AN ANALOGUE DEVICE

Formation Audio

• Transform your passive system into a multi-room system
• Connect analogue devices and stream to Formation speakers
• Stream in 96/24 bit high-resolution to your passive system
• Features Formation® Wireless Technology
• WiFi, Apple® AirPlay 2®, and Bluetooth compatible
• Sets up in moments
• Synchronisation in perfected harmony with other Formation products

The Bowers & Wilkins Home app is required to connect your Formation Audio to your home network and to establish connection with other Formation products in your home. The Bowers & Wilkins Home app also provides some control and configuration functions during use. Before you begin your Formation Audio installation please download and install the Bowers & Wilkins Home app on your iOS or Android device. The Bowers & Wilkins Home app requires iOS V11.4 or later, or Android V8.1 or later. Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi services must be enabled on your iOS or Android device. You will also need to know your Wi-Fi network password.

Note: Location Services must be enabled on Android devices during the Formation setup process. This is because Formation products use a low power form of Bluetooth (BT-LE) for service communication which on Android devices is only switched on when Location Services are enabled. Bowers & Wilkins do not use any location services data for marketing purposes.

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WHAT SETS FORMATION APART?

Most multiroom audio systems start with one major disadvantage: the home Wi-Fi network. Convenient though it may seem, just consider all the devices fighting for a share of its bandwidth, from computer and tablets to TVs, lighting, security and heating systems and even smart voice control units. That’s why Formation is different: it sets up a dedicated Formation®Wireless Technology ‘mesh’ network, completely separate from existing Wi-Fi systems, and using intelligent channel-switching to maintain an ideal connection despite any outside interference. All of that just happens automatically when you start plugging in Formation products, allowing high-resolution sound, with speakers perfectly synchronised for a true whole-house hi-fi experience.

WHY COMPROMISE?

Having your music available to you in any room of your house shouldn’t mean trading sound quality for convenience. That’s why the ability to play 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio – way beyond CD quality – was a prime design requirement for Formation® Suite. Thanks to fast, high-capacity Formation® Wireless Technology and the use of optimised Bowers & Wilkins drive units with dedicated amplification, Formation is able to deliver audiophile sound quality without wires. This means you can enjoy every nuance of high-resolution sound and all the dynamics and excitement of your favourite music, without the need to settle for lower sound quality when you’re away from your main audio system. Formation delivers all of the music that matters to you, everywhere – wirelessly.

Formation Series - Audio

Technical features Apple® AirPlay 2® technology
Spotify® Connect
Roon Ready
Bluetooth In
High performance analogue-to-digital converter (ADC)
High performance digital-to-analogue converter (DAC)
Input voltage 100V – 240V – 50/60Hz
Power consumption Below 6 Watts (Sleep)*
Connections Digital audio in (Toslink)
Analogue audio in (2 x RCA)
Digital audio out (1 x RCA)
Analogue audio out (2 x RCA)
Network (RJ45 Ethernet or WiFi)
USB – service only
Bluetooth
Bluetooth® v4.1, Class 2
AptX HD
AAC
SBC
Dimensions Height: 44mm (1.7 in)
Width: 215mm (8.5 in)
Depth: 263mm (10.4 in)
Weight 1.0kg (2.2lb)
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