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