Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar Soundbar
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.
FORMATION SERIES - BAR
High-Fidelity Music and Movies
The Formation Bar is the home cinema solution in the range, connecting to your TV via optical digital and using no fewer than nine drive units, with a dedicated centre channel to focus attention on the screen. Superb Bowers & Wilkins drive units, including the Decoupled Double Dome tweeter from the 600 Series, create a precise, immersive experience with your favourite sports, TV shows, games and movies. Of course, the Formation Bar can also stream music at up to 96kHz/24-bit hi-res quality over the Formation Wireless mesh network.
This powerful, truly immersive soundbar makes the most of your TV and movie sound, thanks to nine optimised drive units including a dedicated centre channel. It also combines Bowers & Wilkins' legendary audio quality with wireless streaming flexibility.
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 multi room soundbar that delivers legendary sound quality with wireless streaming flexibility. Bowers & Wilkins 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, sound stage, while a dedicated centre channel layers in crisp, clear dialogue. The combination makes an entire room “centre stage,” for a truly immersive audio experience that will make your home theatre experience a part of the Highest Form of Sound™.
• 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 product
The Bowers & Wilkins Home app is required to connect your Formation Bar 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 Bar 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.
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.
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 - Bar
Apple® AirPlay 2® technology
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
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)*|
Network (RJ45 Ethernet or WiFi)
USB – service only
Bluetooth® v4.1, Class 2
Height: 109mm (4.3 in)
Width: 1240mm (48.8 in)
Depth: 107mm (4.2 in)
|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