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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex Wireless Speaker

MSRP 450 USDExt score 64%

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Product Overview

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex is a small wireless speaker in B&W's new Formation series. With a single 1" tweeter and a 4" mid-woofer, the Formation Flex can be used alone, in pairs, or as the surround channels of a wireless home theatre system.
The Formation Flex shares the same wave design across the Formation range. It can be connected wirelessly via Bluetooth or WiFi or wired via LAN.
The Formation Flex 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.
It should be noted that the Formation Flex is not a portable speaker, despite its size, as it does not come with an internal battery.
Other models in the Formation series include the Duo (stereo speakers), Wedge (stand-alone speaker), Bar (soundbar), Bass (subwoofer), and Audio (wireless streamer).

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and crisp highs
  • Supports AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, and Spotify Connect
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Cons
  • Pricey for a mono speaker

What external reviewers found***

Ext 64% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb multi-room audio performance
  • Excellent wireless sound signature
  • Robust Mesh Network
  • Supports Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands
  • Clear, precise sound
  • Powerful bass frequencies
Cons
  • Lacks bass depth at high volume
  • Expensive for what it offers
  • Software needs work
  • High price for a mono speaker
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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 | Tweeter
1x 25mm (1 in) Decoupled double dome
Drivers | Woofer
1x 100mm (4 in) woven glass fibre cone
Form Factor
Wireless speaker
Loudspeaker Type
2-way

Dimensions

Size | Depth
130mm (5.1 in)
Size | Height
215mm (8.5 in)
Size | Width
130mm (5.1 in)
Weight
2.3kg (5 lbs)

Function

Amplifier
Class D
Bluetooth Profiles
AptX HD, AAC, SBC

Performance

Frequency Response
50Hz - 28kHz ±3dB
Power Output
2x 50W

Production

Debut
2019-04

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External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 55%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex can be used as a standalone mono speaker, included in a multi-room setup, or as a stereo pair. The app, which is also essential for installing updates to the speaker's firmware, can use some refining. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife's "Silent Shout," the Formation Flex delivers full-sounding low-frequency response.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent wireless sound signature
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Supports Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands
Cons
  • High price for a mono speaker
  • Lacks bass depth at high volume

techradar[2]

Sentiment Score 85%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass frequencies
  • Superb multi-room audio performance
  • Robust Mesh Network
Cons
  • Expensive for what it offers

whathifi[3]

Sentiment Score 51%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
B&W Formation Duo speakers cost £3500. You don't have to have Roon to use Flex, but you simply won't get an optimal experience without it. Bass is tight and it's clean, but to maximise authority, we position the Flex closer to the wall than we might ordinarily. Out in the open, the Flex has quite a clinical performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Clear, precise sound
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • Software needs work
  • Software needs improvement

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/bowers-wilkins-formation-flex. 2019-10-11. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
2. ^ Hands on: Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-formation-flex. 2019-09-19. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
3. ^ Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/bowers-and-wilkins-formation-flex. 2019-10-18. Retrieved 2021-05-10.

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