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B&W Formation Bar Review Rundown

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

Overview

Photo of B&W Formation Bar
  • Powerful audio performance with deep bass and wide stereo separation
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Easy setup
  • Doesn't support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X

Summary

The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar is a three-channel soundbar that forms part of a multi-room and multi-channel system based on the company's proprietary mesh network. The Formation Bar isn't cheap, but it clearly benefits from B&W's eye-catching design and speaker know-how.
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

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar redefines what soundbars can look like. Behind the grille, the Formation Bar packs three 1-inch double dome tweeters and six 2.5-inch midrange/bass drivers. There are six amps total, each delivering 40 watts, and the frequency range is 40Hz to 28kHz.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Easy setup with AirPlay, Spotify, and AirPlay
  • Easy to use app
Cons[**]
  • Subwoofer can max out before you reach maximum volume

trustedreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar is a three-channel soundbar. It forms part of a multi-room and multi-channel system based on the company's proprietary mesh network. Despite its asking price, the Formation Bar doesn't come with a remote included. It also doesn't support lossless audio formats such as Dolby Digital.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Wide front soundstage
  • Easy to set up
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support lossless audio

whathifi[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
B&W's Formation wireless multi-room system has something for everyone, including home cinema fans. The Formation Bar is a soundbar, and the Formation Bass is a beautifully compact subwoofer. They're two separate products and there's no need to use both together, but after our behind closed doors first look at the Formation family, we've grouped them together here for convenience.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb sound quality
  • Compact subwoofer
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar Review. Pcmag. 2019-06-05. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar Review. Trustedreviews. 2019-12-11. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Hands on: B&W Formation Bar and Formation Bass review. Whathifi. 2019-04-22. 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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