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Deep-pocketed audiophiles, rejoice. Bowers & Wilkins claims its new high-end Formation wireless system is the "new standard in whole-home audio."
Similar to Sonos, the market leader in wireless speakers and gear, it promises to unite speakers throughout the home with the help of a proprietary mesh network. But true to its luxury hi-fi heritage, B&W aims higher -- a lot higher. Sonos starts at a reasonable $200 for the superb Sonos One, while the cheapest Formation speaker is $900.
B - W - Formation - App - Multiroom
B&W uses its new Formation app for multiroom streaming but it's also compatible with Apple's AirPlay 2 and audiophile-favorite Roon. The speakers boast a unique honeycomb design unlike anything else on the market.
Formation Duo ($3,999, £3,499): The flagship of the range, the Duo (pictured top) is a pair of stereo speakers that incorporate technologies from the company's 700 series, including a Continuum cone driver and a top-mounted carbon-domed tweeter. The curvaceous cabinet is constructed from a wireless-radio-friendly material similar to that used in the PM1 monitor, the company said.
Formation - Bar - £999 - Bar - Units
Formation Bar ($1,199, £999): This is a sound bar with nine "optimized" drive units, including 2.5-inch drivers and a dedicated center channel. It offers a digital optical input, though no HDMI, and Dolby Digital decoding only. Despite its similarities to the Panorama, the company said the two designs are different.
Formation Bass ($999, £899): It looks like a D-cell battery, but it's really a subwoofer with opposing 6-inch drivers. It's designed to pair with any of the other Formation products, but it would seemingly work best with the subwoofer-less Bar.
Formation - Wedge - £899 - Wedge - Egg
Formation Wedge ($899, £899): The Wedge looks like a multifaceted egg and features a "120-degree elliptical speaker shape" and a cabinet made in the UK. It includes two Continuum drivers borrowed from the new 600 series. Think a high-end Sonos Play:5.
Formation Audio ($699, £599):...
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