Hear music like never before with this Bowers and Wilkins Formation Wedge wireless music system. Two 1-inch tweeters, two 3.5-inch midrange speakers and a 6-inch subwoofer deliver high-fidelity audio across a frequency range of 35Hz to 28kHz. This Bowers and Wilkins Formation Wedge wireless music system provides a high-quality streaming experience using Formation wireless technology.
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Bowers and Wilkins speaker
Posted . Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.
I love my Bowers and Wilkins speakers . It packs a lot of fantastic bass for my reggae music.
With this small but mighty speaker barking out the Foo Fighters, I thought I would share a quick review for those considering it. Purchased from a local Best Buy in December, the speaker was relatively easy to set up, with minimal head-scratching as the instructions are basic at best. The speaker is gorgeous…gorgeous enough to convince my design loving GF that it was the right choice. Sound is deep (great bass for such a small primary speaker) and high tones are excellent. It very easily fills sound in the entirety of the main level of my house (1200 sq feet for the level it is located). The sounds is rich, deep, clear and delicate as needed. Really impressed with the speaker overall. Sound in all music genres I’ve listened to has been very good to excellent.
Now as for the short-comings. As mentioned by other reviewers, the mid’s could be better and can sounds slightly weak compared to the high’s and bass. Thankfully the speaker’s app has a good adjustment for each so as to balance the sound as needed. The biggest issue I have is the inability to use dedicated music apps that can then play nicely with other apps in use. What I mean is that I almost solely use Apple Music, and playback will stop entirely when I then use my phone to look / open anything that has sound. So, no Facebook / Insta / Flipboard / YouTube etc if you are also streaming music directly from your phone - which is all I do. Each time a song is interrupted, which can occur just by scrolling on your phone and forgetting to turn off the phone’s sound (and sometimes not even then), you then have to go back to Apple Music and manually turn the song back on...it will not automatically start back up. It can be laborious. Just today I’d guess it’s happened a half dozen times.
So, in short - it’s an excellent speaker, looks fantastic, fills up a small to average sound space with ease, and my only issues are the slightly weak mid’s and the very antiquated connectivity for music apps.
Posted . Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
I have embraced the B&W Formation lineup for its all-in-one simplicity and sound quality. And I would say so far it's a seamless experience.
Having a Formation Duo + Bass in my living room, 2 Formation wedge in my kitchen and bedroom, I was able to use the B&W app to play audio in PERFECT SYNC. The app allows individual volume setting, and also a overall volume which change the individual volume relative to its current level. It's intuitive and works great.
The downside of this closed ecosystem is I can only get the synchronization via the app. Using groups in Roon, there is a delay and obviously not the way B&W intended. As a result, when I use full house sync in the app, Room still thinks that the speaker that initiated the playback is the only one active. A bit of a disconnect, but something I can live with.
In terms of sound quality, it does it's job, very well. I found the bass to be too much for my taste, overpowering the mid and high, so I dialed it down by 2 ticks in the app and I'm happy with the sound.
The sound is full bodied and with good details, instrument separation and sound stage is nowhere near the Formation Duo (obviously); the same is true with the marketed stereo tweeters, the sound I hear
still sounds like it came from a single location rather than 2 distinct channels. But with all that said, all Bluetooth speakers in the same category share the same property, I'm really happy with what I'm hearing in terms of tonality, details and transparency, enough for me to recommend this speaker.
The price on these units are very high, but for me I went with the ecosystem and wanted to have to cohesive experience from 1 brand rather than many. I was debating whether to get 2 or 3 sonos 1s or even bluesound speakers now BB carries them, but after experiencing the seamless playback experience and quantity of the sound, I probably won't bother. B&W kind of did an Apple over here, and I am satisfied with the level of quality (sound and build) and simplicity that it offered to my audio experience.
This speaker will not pair in the same room as the bass/flex/bar combo making it useless for the formation surround sound set up. If you buying this speaker to set up independently in a room it will rock it. BEAUTIFUL mids and crisp bass. If you're upgrading from a zepplin air - it is a BIG upgrade you'll be happy with.
I like the fact that the form factor fits in a small living room. One critique that I have is really around the fact that it is app dependent.
If there is a suggestion for improvement, have a bit more open architecture so, it can be more "future-proof"