Bowers & Wilkins Expands Formation Wireless Speaker Series

Bowers & Wilkins is using CEDIA Expo as the launchpad for a high-performance compact speaker it is adding to the Formation Suite series of wireless speakers introduced last spring.

Slated for release in the coming weeks, the new Formation Flex is a two-way design that mates a 1-inch double-dome tweeter that borrows technology from B&W’s 600 series speakers with a 4-inch woven-glass-fiber woofer and 2 x 50-watt amplifier in a stylish enclosure 8.5 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter. Pricing was not announced.

The Flex is capable of streaming 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution audio and, in multiroom setups with other Formation speakers, leverages the patented mesh network B&W developed for the Formation series. The network runs independent of the home’s Wi-Fi network for more seamless sound.

The speaker supports aptX HD-enabled Bluetooth streaming and Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless platform and is compatible with the Roon music playback/management system favored by enthusiasts.

Described as easy to set up, the Flex is controlled by an iOS/Android app that provides access to Spotify and can be used as a standalone speaker, in a stereo pair, or as part of a surround-sound system with other Formation speakers. Dynamic EQ is used to optimize audio performance in real time for “higher level performance, with less distortion than other wireless speakers.”

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