Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex Bluetooth aptX HD wireless speaker can do it all

posted on Monday, 23rd September 2019 by Steve May

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Bowers & Wilkins has expanded its Formation line of wireless speakers with the Formation Flex, a standalone multi-purpose bookshelf speaker positioned as best-in-class.

Adopting the distinctive cosmetic design as other members of the Formation family, the Flex incorporates the same Decoupled Double Dome tweeter technology found in itshighly rated 600 series speakers, alongside a 10cm woven glass fibre mid/bass driver, derived from the company’s M-1 model. Amplification is rated at 100W.

The Formation Flex can be used independently, or paired with another Formation Flex to create a stereo sound system. It can also be used with other formation speakers, including the distinctive Wedge, to create a whole home audio system with no appreciable lag between zones.

Bowers & Wilkins says it has reduced image syncronisation down to “an imperceptible in-room 1 microsecond sync between speakers.”

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The Formation Flex is capable of 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution streaming and has aptX HD Bluetooth on-board. Dynamic EQ is used to optimise the performance of the system in real time. It also supports AirPlay 2, Spotify and Roon.  The Flex can also be used as part of a 5.1 multichannel home cinema system, performing duties of both front left and right, and rears.

 “The Formation Flex is incredibly quick and easy to set up with our streamlined user interface. It takes just a few minutes to set up and start playing your music,” explains Bowers & Wilkins CEO, Greg Lee. “Once again, we’re introducing world class modern design – a product that is purposely built for superior acoustics but designed to fit into your home aesthetic and make a statement.”

The Formation Flex will retail for £399 when it goes on sale October.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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