B&W Formation Duo Review Rundown

Bowers & Wilkins | Published on 10 May 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer


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  • Excellent sound quality
  • Wireless and wired connectivity
  • Easy-to-operate standmount
  • Nothing in particular


The £3,500 Duo stereo standmount is the most expensive product in the Formation range. It uses the same 25mm carbon dome tweeter that is used in the 700 Series partnered with a Continuum 165mm mid/bass driver, while design-wise it shares many design elements with the 800 Diamond series.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Hifichoice have found the following[***]:
Bowers & Wilkins' Formation platform includes four speaker systems and an audio adapter. The three current speaker models include the £900 Wedge all-in-one, the £1,000 Bar soundbar and the £3,500 Duo stereo standmount. The Duo is the most technically interesting of all the range and echoes a familiar style that's found on some of the company's passive speaker designs.
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  • Sleek, elegant design
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Easy to use and use
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Formation Duo is B&W's flagship product in the Formation range. The Duo uses the firm's Formation Wireless technology, a mesh network similar to Sonos. It plays nice with Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth. It can be used with the FS Duo stand (£699), but this isn't compulsory.
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  • Powerful sound with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Excellent plug-and-play performance
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
B&W Duo speakers are part of the company's Formation family of multi-room products. They work on their own, exclusive wireless mesh network, which they create throughout your home, only using your home network as a last resort. Duo speakers synchronise with one another through a pair of dedicated internal receiver/transmitters.
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  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Works with other B&W Formation products
  • Nothing in particular


  1. 1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo/Audio. Hifichoice. 2020-03-17. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Hands on: B&W Formation Duo Review. Trustedreviews. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo review. Whathifi. 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  5. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  6. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.


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