Bowers and Wilkins Formation suite of wireless speakers was released back in the spring and aimed to provide high quality, wireless multiroom audio capability to the home, all based around their proprietary Formation mesh network.Here at AVForums, we’ve reviewed several of the speakers including the Formation Duo, the Wedge, the more recent Flex speakers and the Formation Bar and really liked them. The range is rounded off with the Formation Bass subwoofer and the Formation Audio, which allow external devices such as CD player to hook into the network.
With their unique design and high quality, Hi-Res supporting sound they all attained Recommended status. There were concerns, however, over the rather basic Android and iOS Home control app and Bowers and Wilkins have taken feedback on board and responded with an update planned for early 2020.
While the Home app provides an easy set up experience and some basic controls for volume and Bluetooth pairing, it proved frustrating having to resort to third party streaming apps when searching for and choosing music to play through the speakers.
In addressing this, Bowers & Wilkins has announced the introduction of an enhanced version of app that will allow users to broaden access to streaming music sites including Tidal, Qobuz and Deezer. Content will be aggregated through the app, enabling the listener to easily browse tracks, albums, playlists, radio stations across multiple services including personal libraries and collections, along with other high-resolution content. The company aim is for a more unifying and improved user experience since the app will enable the Formation devices to access content directly from the music providers without recourse to separate applications.
Have any readers purchased any of the Formation Suite speakers? Why not let others know what the experience has been like so far? Are you looking forward to the streaming service integration that the enhanced app will provide?
Source: Press release
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