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Old 04-18-2019, 06:48 AM
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Default Formation Series - Active and Wireless

Well, apparently I missed the hints that came out in February as a result of Apple listing 2 B&W entries on it's list of products that support Airplay 2. They were called Foundation Audio and Foundation Duo. B&W's twitter feed has been teasing a new announcement the past couple of days. If you search for Bowers Formation on Google, Best Buy has let the cat out of the bag with search results (that you can't click through to a live page yet) that include prices and a line of description.

Streaming media player ($699)
2-way bookshelf active/wirleless speaker ($799)
Wireless sub ($999)
"Wedge" Wireless Speaker {$899)
High End 2-way bookshelf active/wirless speaker ($3999)
Wireless Soundbar ($1199)

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Old 04-18-2019, 07:00 AM
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Thanks for the info. I've seen the teasers on FB this week. So glad to see B&W enter the active speaker market. Here's hoping they offer floorstanders soon.

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Old 04-18-2019, 07:52 AM
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Big press conference yesterday but the information release is embargoed until 4/22.
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:21 AM
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Wondering if news will include the new CI700 series?
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Old 04-18-2019, 11:28 AM
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Thanks, Kal. I look forward to 4/22.

I truly hope B&W embraces fully active/wireless speakers, especially at the 600 series level. We have a Sonos h/t set-up in our bedroom and it has me longing for a higher end configuration like it in our main living/listening space.

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Old 04-18-2019, 12:07 PM
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Thanks Kal for the heads up. Further limited details until the embargo is lifted:

"Bowers & Wilkins Formation Audio Streaming Media Player ... - Best Buy
https://www.bestbuy.com › TV & Home Theater › Streaming Media Players
$699.98
Get rid of cumbersome cables with this Bowers & Wilkins Formation Audio wireless audio hub. Analog ports and advanced analog-to-digital conversion ..."

"Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge Wireless Speaker ... - Best Buy
https://www.bestbuy.com › ... › All Bluetooth & Wireless Speakers
$899.98
Fill your home with immersive audio using this Bowers and Wilkins Formation Wedge speaker. An aluminum double dome tweeter produces clear high-notes, ..."

"Bowers & Wilkins Dual 6-1/2" 250W Powered Wireless ... - Best Buy
https://www.bestbuy.com › Audio › Home Audio › Speakers › Subwoofer Speakers
$999.98
Get guests on the dance floor with this Bowers and Wilkins Formation bass wireless subwoofer. Two 6.5-inch long-throw bass drivers produce deep, booming ..."

"Bowers & Wilkins Powered Wireless 2-Way Bookshelf ... - Best Buy
https://www.bestbuy.com › Audio › Home Audio › Speakers › Bookshelf Speakers
$799.98
Experience high-quality wireless audio with this Bowers and Wilkins Formation Duo speaker system. Formation wireless technology maximizes streaming audio ..."

"Bowers & Wilkins Powered Wireless 2-Way Bookshelf ... - Best Buy
https://www.bestbuy.com › Audio › Home Audio › Speakers › Bookshelf Speakers
$3,999.98
Experience high-fidelity wireless audio with this Bowers and Wilkins Formation Duo wireless speaker system. The 1-inch carbon dome tweeters and 6.5-inch ..."

"Bowers & Wilkins 2.0-Channel Soundbar Black FP40207 - Best Buy
https://www.bestbuy.com › Audio › Home Audio › Speakers › Sound Bars
$1,199.98
Experience high-fidelity home audio with this Bowers and Wilkins Formation Bar speaker system. The nine optimized drive units enrich viewing experiences with ..."


Based on the brief description above of the higher end 2-way, it sounds like an active/wireless version of the 700 series.
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:05 PM
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Any rumor about the 800 series D4 scheduled to come out next year?
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:41 PM
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Thank you very much Masterlu. Nice to be here!
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:59 PM
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Any rumor about the 800 series D4 scheduled to come out next year?
Amazing to think that it will be 5 years next September since the D3 release date.

It was reported at the time of the D3 release that the B&W R&D team were already working on the next 800 series iteration, so it will be interesting to see what they've managed to come up with in 12-18 month's time, if rumors are to be believed.
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