Breakthrough Wireless Sound, 24-Bit/96kHz High-Res Streaming, Continuum Drivers, and Whole-House Synchronization: Blue-Ocean B&W Formation Duo Powered Speakers Slay
Every detail reproduced with utmost harmony — no wires required — from a speaker system. Admittedly, the high-end goals of the multi-award-winning B&W Formation Duo powered wireless loudspeakers seem impractical. Unattainable, even. But the Roon-ready high-resolution streaming system achieves such feats and represents a blue-ocean breakthrough in its field. Taken alone, its 24-bit/96kHz streaming offers twice the fidelity of any other wireless speaker — and produces indescribably pure, clean, lifelike sound. That's just the start of its standard-setting technology, versatility, and operation.
By way of an imperceptible in-room one-microsecond sync between speakers, The Absolute Sound Product of the Year Award-winning Formation Duo perfectly synchronizes with any other Formation Series product, making it not only a standalone component but a gateway to and piece of an uncompromising whole-home-audio package that delivers engrossing fidelity — and the same uninterrupted, time-phase-true program throughout your house via a patented Robust Mesh Network developed to run independently from your Wi-Fi network. And as you'd imagine, Duo Formation comes ready to play and sets up in a flash courtesy of a forward-thinking app accessible on your smartphone or tablet. Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi compatibility add to the ease.
Equipped with a patented one-inch Carbon dome tweeter derived from B&W's celebrated 700 Series, Formation Duo provides a surgically accurate soundscape that defies wireless capabilities. Equally crucial, a 6.5-inch trademarked Continuum cone driver accounts for a vibrant midrange and alluring tones that not only draw you to the music, but make it dance before your eyes (and ears). Built-in 125-watt amplifiers, DSP, and dynamic EQ round out the other technical highlights.
Yet what cannot be overemphasized is just how dramatically these 15.5 x 7.8 x 12-inch (HWD) speakers move the meter when it comes to wireless performance. We know you've never experienced anything like Formation Duo, which makes the promise of futuristic, hassle-free high-end sound a reality today. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"It is among the finest powered loudspeakers I have ever heard, and I'm not going to mince words: I think it is one of the best loudspeakers Bowers & Wilkins has ever made. If given the choice between a new pair of Formation Duo speakers, or my old, beloved 800 Series Diamonds...can I see the Formation Duo in white again?"
—Andrew Robinson, Home Theater Review
"The Duos are among some of the best speakers I have ever heard, regardless of size or price. The integration with Roon, which is a superb music manager for music lovers, providing extensive background information on artists and the music, can't be beaten by anything else on the market."
—Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
"These are the first wireless speakers that don't sound like wireless was an afterthought. B&W has created a masterpiece."
—TONEAudio, Exceptional Value Award
"This is a great wireless product and nothing comes close to it right now. The Duos are deadly precise speakers with excellent precision and a speed of performance that makes you want to dig out tune after tune."
—What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
"The Duo has many independent sonic qualities, but more importantly, it was always musically expressive, communicative, and involving. I greatly enjoyed my time with it not just because of its sonics, but also because of the simplicity of operation and ease of access to a wide range of music. I doubt that I could assemble $4,000 worth of separate components that sounded as good."
—Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound, Product of the Year Award
"Each product, or 'pillar' so to speak, of its foundations in the Formation range, is rock solid. It has put a marker down for best-in-class wireless loudspeakers, and with products like these, the future is bright for Bowers & Wilkins."
— Stereonet, Applause Award
"They have remarkable bass extension and an articulate and revealing presentation that remains coherent even at high levels. There is also a solidity to the sound..."
—Jason Kennedy, Hi-Fi+, 2019 Wireless Stereo Loudspeaker of the Year Award
"Everything the Duo does is entirely accurate, but beyond the basics it's a head-nodding, toe-tapping musical experience rather than a lesson, ensuring that it reflects well on the likely aspirations of its would-be customers."
— Hi-Fi News