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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass Wireless Subwoofer

MSRP 1000 USDNEX score 83%

Product Overview

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass is a premium wireless subwoofer designed to work in concert with other speakers in B&W's new Formation series. It packs two 165mm long-throw cones to extend the system's combined frequency response to 20Hz.
Designed as a wireless subwoofer primarily, the Formation Bass does not have line-in or speaker-level in connections found in conventional subwoofers. Instead, it is best ran in a mesh WiFi network, perhaps streaming from the Formation Audio in the series.
The Formation Bass 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), Wedge (stand-alone speaker), Bar (soundbar), Audio (wireless streamer), and Flex (compact speaker).

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Superb sound quality
  • Compact subwoofer
  • Excellent network connectivity
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 83% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Powerful, detailed sound
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Cons
  • No HDMI connection
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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
Drivers | Subwoofer
2 x 165mm (6.5 in) long throw cones
Form Factor
Wireless subwoofer

Dimensions

Size | Depth
260mm (10.2 in)
Size | Height
254mm (10 in)
Size | Width
281mm (11.1 in)
Weight
12.5kg (27.6 lbs)

Function

Amplifier
Class D
Bluetooth Profiles
AptX HD, AAC, SBC

Performance

Frequency Response
20Hz - 150Hz ±3dB
Power Output
250W

Production

Debut
2019-04

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

whathifi[1]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The B&W Formation Bar has a formidable footprint. It measures 124cm wide, six centimetres wider than the Sony HT-ST5000. Connectivity comes in the form of a digital audio optical connection. No support for next-gen audio formats such as Dolby Atmos or DTS:X (or even DTS)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful, detailed sound
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Cons
  • No HDMI connection

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Hands on: B&W Formation Bar and Formation Bass review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/bandw-formation-bar-and-formation-bass. 2019-04-22. Retrieved 2021-05-10.

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