BOWERS & WILKINS ADDS FLEX TO FORMATION SERIES

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by Marc Rushton

12th September, 2019

BOWERS & WILKINS ADDS FLEX TO FORMATION SERIES

Bowers & Wilkins has barely rolled out its first foray into wireless multi-room audio products with its Formation Series, before announcing a new addition to the family.

It seems like only yesterday we were discussing the range in-depth with a representative of Bowers & Wilkins Australia as the entire suite was delivered to our office for review.

We speculated that while the range was already comprehensive at launch, it would likely continue to grow over time. We noted the absence of a more portable, or smaller alternative to the Wedge.

And it felt like only yesterday because it was. Just hours later, Bowers & Wilkins announced its Formation Flex.

The Formation Flex features the same decoupled double-dome tweeter tech found in the award-winning 600 series speakers. The Flex is also equipped with a 100mm woven glass fibre Mid/bass driver all pushed along by a 100w amp.

If our early experience with Formation Series is anything to go by, and it will be, Formation's app will see you playing music through the Flex in moments. In fact, of all the wireless multi-room audio platform we've used, Bowers & Wilkins Formation Series is hands down the most intuitive and most reliable system we've seen to date when it comes to setup.

Naturally, you can use the Formation Flex as a stand-alone wireless speaker capable of 96/24 bit audio resolution; however, you can also use two to create a stereo pair. 

You can also add the Flex to any other Formation speakers, thanks to Bowers' own patented and robust Mesh Network for a whole-home system. 

Alternatively, Flex is also said to be capable as an immersive 5.1 surround sound experience. 

We're purely speculating now, but just like the rest of the Formation Series, the Flex has been tuned by the same Bowers & Wilkins engineers that created the legendary 800 Series Diamond. You can bank on it sounding great.

Greg Lee, Bowers & Wilkins CEO, told StereoNET:

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. And one of the key features is the full home scalability, the Flex lets the consumer expand through the entire home with additional Formation products that we introduced in the Spring.

Formation Flex will be launched overseas at the end of September, but pricing and availability for Australia and New Zealand have not yet been confirmed.

You can audition the entire range of Bowers & Wilkins Formation Series at the 2019 StereoNET Melbourne Hi-Fi Show, October 18-20, Pullman Hotel - Albert Park. Tickets on sale now.

For more information, head over to Bowers & Wilkins.


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