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B&W Formation Duo Review Rundown

Bowers & WilkinsPublished on 10 May 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo Wireless Speaker
Neoscore* 86%
  • Integrates with B&W's MESH system
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Wireless streaming
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

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.

Rundown

parttimeaudiophile[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Parttimeaudiophile have found the following[***]:
The B&W Formation Duo Bookshelf speakers are completely wireless. The combination of DSP and dedicated amps have been able to achieve a level of low-frequency energy that was potentially the best I have experienced in a bookshelf speaker. The Duo's spent a majority of their time in my reference room, placed just inside my Wilson Audio Alexia Series-2.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive low-frequency audio performance
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Compatible with Spotify, Roon, and Apple Airplay 2
Cons[**]
  • B&W's app is confusing

hifichoice[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
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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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, elegant design
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Easy to use and use
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

trustedreviews[3]

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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Pros[**]
  • Powerful sound with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Excellent plug-and-play performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[4]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Works with other B&W Formation products
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Bowers and Wilkins Formation Duo Loudspeakers | REVIEW. Parttimeaudiophile. 2020-08-01. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  2. 2. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo/Audio. Hifichoice. 2020-03-17. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Hands on: B&W Formation Duo Review. Trustedreviews. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo review. Whathifi. 2019-07-12. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. *. 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.
  6. **. 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.
  7. ***. 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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