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Bowers & Wilkins has such a strong brand position in conventional loudspeakers that it’s easy to forget what a leader the company has been in lifestyle audio and active loudspeakers as well. Back in 2007 the Zeppelin was the first premium iPod docking speaker (remember them?) at a gasp-inducing price of $999 — surely madness!
But it wasn’t madness, it was the future. The Zeppelin’s exceptional design and performance showed that quality could sell, and an ongoing series of Zeppelins tracked the changes from ye olde iPod docks to modern wireless operation.… Read the full article
The 600 series from Bowers & Wilkins has a relatively long history for a speaker product line. First introduced as an entry-level speaker line in 1991, it has gone through many versions for almost 30 years now. In 2018, B&W unveiled their sixth iteration of the 600 series which consists of three subwoofers, a center speaker, two bookshelf speakers, and a tower speaker as you can see in our Bowers & Wilkins Revamps 600 Series Speakers preview article. This latest iteration takes advantage of a slew of technologies developed for their flagship 800 D3 series.… Read the full article
Bowers & Wilkins 800D3 Speakers and DB1 Subwoofers, McIntosh C1100 Preamp, Aurender A30 Server, Solid Tech Racks, Synergistic Research AC Conditioner
When I entered my penultimate Scott Walker Audio room, Kevin Wolff of Bowers & Wilkins was playing outtakes from a 1989 recording by Branford Marsalis. The sound of Marsalis’s sax was so distinctive and, to my ears, beautiful that I began to smile. (Trumpet was another instrument whose sound this system conveyed with perfection.) As Kevin segued into a 16/44.1 file of Thomas Dolby’s “I Scare Myself,” I scribbled in my notebook, “This is a system that reminds you of what the high end is all about.”
Despite some booming, the McIntosh midrange came through in spades.… Read the full article
Bowers and Wilkins have always impressed us with their new releases, whether it be their revamped 600 series speakers or their Zepplin wireless speaker, chances are when a new product is released from B&W it’s going to make news. So, when B&W announced the release of a whole series of wireless speakers we had to take a second look. Their newest release is the Formation Suite of wireless audio products for whole home audio. Like whole home audio products from SONOS, the new Formation Suite of products from B&W will wirelessly stream music to any room in your house that is equipped with one of the Formation Suite Speakers.… Read the full article
If you love the sound of a full audiophile Hi-Fi system, but hate the hassle of trailing cables and complex setups, the new Bowers & Wilkins Formation multi-room speaker system could be the perfect audio addition to your home – if you have a lot of cash to spare, that is.
The premium range offers an alternative to the kind of multi-room speaker system used by Sonos, and currently comprises five products: the Formation Bar soundbar, the Formation Bass subwoofer, the Formation Wedge wireless speaker, the Formation Duo stereo speakers and the Formation Audio wireless hub.
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The new range, which costs between $899 / £899 / around AU$1650 and $3999 / £3499 / around AU$6400, is currently available in the US and will be launched in the UK on April 29.… Read the full article
Having purchased venerated loudspeaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins back in 2016, the now five-year-old EVA Automation has injected their streaming platform into a suite (not a ‘series’) of new B&W models that talk to die-hard audiophiles and the man in the street alike.
The Formation Suite comprises a standalone loudspeaker (Wedge, US$899), a 9-driver soundbar (Bar, US$1199), a subwoofer (Bass, US$999), a network streamer (Audio, US$699) and – of sharper interest to Darko.Audio readers – a pair of active standmount loudspeakers (Duo, US$3999) where “carbon-domed, tweeter-on-top technology and Continuum cone drivers” are juiced by Class D amplification with a 24bit/96kHz interlink keeping left and right channels in sync.… Read the full article
Venerable British loudspeaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins has introduced a new line of powered wireless loudspeakers, called Formation, that will bring the company’s technology and aesthetic to a new generation of listeners. The Formation series is based on an advanced new wireless technology, developed entirely in-house, that could be a game-changer in the segment. I attended a press trip to the company’s factory in the south of England to get background on the technology and marketing direction of Formation, to experience the new products firsthand, and to see how Bowers & Wilkins’ premium 800-series products are manufactured.… Read the full article