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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge Wireless Speaker

MSRP 900 USDExt score 81%

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Product Overview

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge is a premium all-in-one wireless speaker in B&W's new Formation series. It features a unique design that, paired with its five strategically-angled drivers, combines design with function.
Part of the new Formation lineup introduced by B&W in 2019, the Formation Wedge is the model designed for modern homes. It is not targeted at the HiFi market.
Like other speakers in the Formation series, the Wedge can be used with either Bluetooth or WiFi.
The Formation Wedge supports B&W's proprietary WiFi mesh system that uses 2.4GHz for streaming from the source and 5GHz among Formation devices: this allows for ultra-low latency when paired with other speakers or the Audio streamer in the Formation range.
Other models in the Formation series include the Duo (stereo speakers), Bar (soundbar), Bass (subwoofer), Audio (wireless streamer), and Flex (compact speaker).

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Big, beautiful, powerful sound
  • Easy to set up
  • AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

Ext 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Gorgeous design
  • Sleek, well-balanced sound
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Powerful bass depth and clarity
  • Powerful, dynamic sound
Cons
  • No Chromecast
  • No built-in subwoofer
  • No physical connection
  • No third-party app
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
RJ45 + USB (service only)
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.1 + WiFi

Construction

Colors
Black, Silver
Drivers | Midrange
2 x 90mm (3.5 in) FST
Drivers | Tweeter
2x 25mm (1 in) dome
Drivers | Woofer
1x 160mm (6 in) cone
Form Factor
Wireless all-in-one speaker
Loudspeaker Type
3-way bass reflex

Dimensions

Size | Depth
243mm (9.6 in)
Size | Height
232mm (9.1 in)
Size | Width
440mm (17.3 in)
Weight
6.5kg (14.3 lbs)

Function

Amplifier
Class D
Bluetooth Profiles
AptX HD, AAC, SBC

Performance

Frequency Response
35Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
Power Output
2x 40W (tweeter) + 2x 40W (midrange) + 1x 80W (woofer)

Production

Debut
2019-04

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge is an all-in-one wireless speaker. There are dual 1-inch, 40-watt tweeters; dual 3.5-inch woofers; and a 6-inch subwoofer. The speaker can stream up to 96kHz, 24-bit audio. It's compatible with Roon and Spotify Connect.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass depth and clarity
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Compatible with AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect
Cons
  • No built-in subwoofer

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
26cm (9.8 x 11 x 10 inches) B&W Formation Wedge has 240 watts of Class D amplification. Two aluminium double-dome tweeters get 40 watts each, and a couple of FST midrange drivers enjoy the same power. The drivers occupy almost all the space behind the grille, and their layout broadly follows the same shape.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful, dynamic sound
  • Lots of connectivity options
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons
  • No physical connection

trustedreviews[3]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Formation Wedge is a great-sounding speaker. Shows oodles of confidence when it comes to bass response. There’s also a delicateness to how it goes about its business, offering impressive insight and clarity, even at loud volumes. Despite its weird proportions, the Wedge fulfils offers a big, room- filling sound.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Powerful sound
Cons
  • No Chromecast

whathifi[4]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The B&W Formation Wedge has five drivers and a subwoofer. It uses Apple AirPlay 2, aptX HD Bluetooth and Spotify Connect. Like the rest of the Formation range, it's Roon Ready and can be set up using the Roon app. Vocals are clear, textured and emotive but never over-emphasised. The sound is expertly balanced throughout the sonic spectrum.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, well-balanced sound
  • Intuitive controls
  • Excellent build quality
Cons
  • No third-party app

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/bowers-wilkins-formation-wedge. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
2. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-formation-wedge. 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
3. ^ B&W Formation Wedge Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/bw-formation-wedge. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
4. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-formation-wedge. 2019-07-29. Retrieved 2021-05-10.

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