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B&W Formation Flex 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 Flex Wireless Speaker
Neoscore* 71%
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Supports AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, and Spotify Connect
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Pricey for a mono speaker

Summary

The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex is an attractive, powerful wireless speaker. It can be used as a standalone mono speaker, included in a multi-room setup, or as a stereo pair, and all of this can be managed in the Formation app.
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[*] 63%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex sounds wonderful, but for a $450 speaker? First off, it has issues with deep bass at high volume, which isn't acceptable in this price range. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, the Formation Flex delivers full-sounding low-frequency response at moderate to high volumes.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Works with AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, and Spotify
Cons[**]
  • Pricey for a mono speaker

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex will be available from the end of September. It will cost £399 - we're still waiting on global pricing, but that works out at around $495 / AU$720. The Formation runs on the brand's Robust Mesh Network, which works alongside your home's Wi-Fi. This means you can have a multi-room setup, with speakers streaming music.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful bass frequencies
  • Robust Mesh Network technology
  • Superb soundstage
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The B&W Formation Flex wireless speaker costs just under £400. It has a 100mm woven glass fibre bass/mid-range driver, a 25mm decoupled double dome tweeter and a pair of 50W digital amps. Out in the open, the Flex has quite a clinical performance. Winehouse's big band and backing singers sound as though they're pushing through the track without making any mistakes.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Roon app works well
Cons[**]
  • Software needs work

references

  1. 1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex Review. Pcmag. 2019-10-11. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Hands on: Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex review. Techradar. 2019-09-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex review. Whathifi. 2019-10-18. 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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