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Make your Current Gear Part of a High-Res Wireless System
Use this wireless hub to feed streaming music sources to your home theater receiver or a pair of powered speakers. Or send audio signals wirelessly from a connected receiver, phono preamp, or CD player to Formation speakers throughout your home.
The Formation Audio has 24-bit/96kHz streaming resolution to deliver exceptionally clear and accurate sound. Formation components and speakers create their own patented, robust mesh network. This ensures proper bandwidth for high-res audio streaming, without overtaxing your home Wi-Fi® network, as well as near-perfect speaker synchronization.
Analog and Digital Connections
You can connect the Formation Audio to just about any kind of traditional audio component. That includes home theater receivers, CD players, powered speakers, or a turntable with built-in phono preamp. It has both RCA analog stereo inputs and outputs. The hub also has an optical digital input and coaxial digital output.
Simple Multi-Room App Control
Formation wireless speakers and components are easy to use, thanks to the Bowers & Wilkins Home app. Download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play to your smartphone or tablet. The app walks you through the setup process. It also lets you add other Formation components and speakers easily as you build out your multi-room audio system.
You can assign room names to your Formation products, group them to simultaneously play the same song, or play different songs from different sources in each room.
The Formation Audio features Bluetooth 4.1 for playing audio sources from a wide variety of apps on your mobile device. Built-in aptX HD and AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices.
Spotify Connect is built-in, too, so you can easily stream from this popular service if you have a subscription.
Built-in Apple AirPlay 2 technology lets you play audio directly from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac® computer through speaker systems connected to the Formation Audio. That includes soundtracks from YouTube® videos and Netflix movies.
Roon-Compatible for Serious Music Lovers
The Formation system is also compatible with Roon, a subscription digital music player for your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It gives you multi-room audio playback for all your Formation devices and more.
Roon accesses your digital music collection from your iTunes library or NAS drive. It also works with your TIDAL subscription. Roon lets you do deep dives into your music, showing artist bios, photos, reviews, and lyrics. Roon can also suggest other artists and songs based on your selections, making it easy to discover new music you'll enjoy.
A Rich History of Audio Excellence
Founded in England in the 1960s, Bowers & Wilkins is known worldwide for their innovative hi-fi speaker designs and their premium headphones. Crutchfield is proud to offer a diverse selection of products from this legendary audio brand.
- Built-in Bluetooth 4.1
- AptX HD and AAC decoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
- Apple AirPlay 2 for streaming music from an iPhone, iPod, or computer's iTunes®
- Proprietary Formation mesh network for wireless multi-room audio
- Up to 24-bit / 96kHz streaming audio resolution
- 1 microsecond sync between in-room speakers to virtually eliminate latency
Analog RCA stereo audio input and output
Toslink optical digital audio input
Supports 2-channel PCM up to 24-bit/96kHz ( not compatible with Dolby Digital / DTS )
Bowers & Wilkins Control App:
Free download from Apple® App Store and Google Play
-potify Connect built-in ( subscription required )
Control multiple compatible Formation speakers to play the same song simultaneously or different songs in different rooms
Customizable speaker and group names
Displays current song and artist information
Control volume and EQ settings
Roon-ready ( subscription required )
Connects to your home network via Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi
Requires AC power, cable included
Dimensions: 8 9/16" ( W ) x 1 13/16" ( H ) x 11 5/8" ( D )
Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Warranty: 2 years
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Audio User's Manual
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