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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar 5.1 Set-Up with Formation Bass & 2 x Formation Flex

With Formation Bar, Bowers & Wilkins has created a powerful multiroom soundbar that delivers their legendary sound quality with wireless streaming flexibility. Formation Bar features nine optimised drive units optimally positioned in a sleek design to create a wider, all-inclusive, soundstage, while a dedicated centre channel layers in crisp, clear dialogue. With its IR learning function Formation Bar can learn your TV remotes volume commands giving seamless control.

Wireless Subwoofer

To enhance the sound of your Formation Bar even further this package includes the Formation Bass, a unique wireless subwoofer with performance far beyond what you would usually expect for such a compact design.

Wireless Surround Speakers

This package includes two Formation Flex wireless speakers to act as the rear surround sound channels giving the ultimate home-cinema experience for all your favourite movies, TV shows, sports events and games.

Serious Hi-Fi Performance  

Most soundbars struggle when it comes to playing music with poor stereo imaging and dynamics, Bowers & Wilkins engineers have used their vast experience and expertise to create a soundbar that performs equally as well when playing music as it does when playing the latest blockbuster movie. The end result is an attractive soundbar that places you centre stage for all your favourite movies, TV shows, sports events and music.

Wireless Versatility

As well as being an exceptional sound system for your Television Formation Bar is also a simple to use wireless speaker. You can stream your music to it via aptX HD Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Roon or Spotify Connect. 

The dedicated Formation app provides a streamlined and intuitive user interface to make initial set-up a breeze. By adding other Bowers & Wilkins Formation products you can easily expand your music into other areas of your home. Other Formation products include Formation Duo speakers, Formation Wedge, Formation Bass and the Formation Audio Hub. (see related products below)

Wall Mount Or Free Standing

Formation Bar can be placed directly on any flat surface or wall mounted using the supplied wall bracket. 

Hear Your Music As The Artist Intended

Formation Bar supports up to 96/24 Bit Hi-Res audio streaming  to ensure the most accurate, lifelike listening experience possible. Now you can have the convenience of a wireless speaker with the performance and sound quality of more traditional Hi-Fi speakers.

Patented Robust Mesh Network

Bowers & Wilkins have developed their own unique Mesh Network technology that runs independently from your home Wi-Fi, this ensures robust and reliable high-resolution audio performance throughout your home

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

Technical features

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

Drive units

3 x 25mm (1 in) double dome tweeters
6 x 65mm (2.6 in) woven glass fibre 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

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

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 

I previously owned a Yamaha YSP 4300 Sound Bar with Base, but it started failing to function properly after 5-6 years and having gone on an AV Forum found that a number of other owners were experiencing the same problem as I – at the same period of ownership. So, I decided to look around for something else.

I hesitated at buying the Formation set-up because I read a number of reviews which indicated that although the sound itself was OK, it was lacking a few features such as HMDI, the ability to play Dolby Atmos etc.

However, I tested just a individual Bar against a Sono’s and found that the sound quality of the Sono’s to be a lot more ‘open’ and detailed – so I took a chance and ordered the Bar, Base and 2 Flex’s – and all I can say is that I’m so pleased that I did as it provides a truly immersive sound experience.

The Base provides just the right amount of enhancement – without being overpowering.

The Flex’s provide a really excellent surround sound effects – which to my ears at least does include sound coming at you from different heights (despite the lack of Atmos.

I’ve also read a review saying that the Flex’s dive out sound even when the speech/noise should be coming from the centre channel only. However, I can assure the reader this is not the case if the sound input is a 5.1. If you are playing stereo music then they will – but to me that’s exactly want you want your system to do. So, I can only assume that reviewer didn’t have his sound settings correct on his TV.

In summary, the actual performance of this set-up is way better than the expert on-line reviews would have you believe – and if I needed to buy a new one tomorrow I would definitely get the Formation set-up again; it is truly exceptional.
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