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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass

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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).

Ratings

What we found

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

What external reviewers found

External score 83%
Pros
  • Powerful, detailed sound
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Cons
  • No HDMI connection

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Specifications

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External Reviews

whathifi[1]

Reviewer score 83%
Reviewers from whathifi have found:
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)
Pros
  • Powerful, detailed sound
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Cons
  • No HDMI connection

References

  1. ^ Hands on: B&W Formation Bar and Formation Bass review. [whathifi].

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