Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar (Black) Soundbar

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar (Black)

Soundbar

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£999
With its true 3-channel output, the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar delivers crystal-clear sound from all your favourite movies and music.

The perfect speaker for music and movies
Featuring nine, optimised drive units, the Formation Bar delivers spacious and powerful sound. Whether it’s your favourite music or movies soundtrack, Bowers & Wilkins famous speakers produce a depth of sound that most soundbars simply can’t touch. With three dome tweeters and six woven glass fibre cones, clarity and detail is exceptional.

Crystal-clear dialogue from dedicated centre channel
The Formation Bar is a 3-channel speaker, meaning it uses a separate speaker array for the centre channel. This not only firmly locates dialogue to the image on the screen but also helps you decipher muddy-sounding vocals.

Go further with optional Formation Bass and Flex
Impressive as a stand-alone soundbar and wireless speaker, the Bar can be taken to a completely new level with optional Bass and Flex speakers. Add the Formation Bass and the system goes from 3.0 to 3.1. ‘Point One’ may not sound much, but the dedicated subwoofer takes the depth and scale of sound to previously unplumbed depths. Play your favourite action movie and the intensity of sound will have you on the edge of your seat. Add two Formation Flex speakers behind you and, hey presto, you now have full 5.1 home cinema sound – without all the speaker cables. Immersive, cinema sound has rarely been so easy.

Formation sound all around your home
The Bowers & Wilkins Formation system offers high-end sound quality with effortless, multi-room versatility. It uses a patented, robust mesh network for perfect speaker synchronisation all around your home. Set-up is quick and easy and Formation is compatible with all popular streaming systems, including Bluetooth, AirPlay, Roon and Spotify. For the best possible sound, Formation is also compatible with 24 bit/96kHz Hi-Res music files.

High-resolution sound
With the ability to stream up to 24 bit/96kHz, the Formation is capable of streaming at twice the fidelity of its leading competitor. This gives the sound purer harmonics for a more life-like sound. It also means you get to hear your Hi-Res music files to their full potential.

Robust, Formation Wireless Technology
Developed to run independently from your home wi-fi, Formation Wireless Technology delivers an unbeatably stable connection. The more Formation units you add, the stronger the mesh becomes, meaning you can stretch to the furthest parts or your home where wi-fi may be patchy. The mesh also helps deliver perfect synchronisation between all the Formation speakers in your home.

Easy to set up
Simply download the Bowers & Wilkins Home app from the Apple or Google stores and you’re ready to go. Set-up is fast and intuitive, with each additional speaker clearly identified on the app.

Wide-ranging compatibility
Whichever way you choose to stream your music, the Formation is likely to be compatible. With built-in wi-fi and Bluetooth, you can stream from a huge range of sources. Formation is also compatible with the most popular streaming systems and services, including Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect (Premium account required) and the multi-room system, Roon.

Get a better class of soundbar, with the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar.

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Free UK delivery on orders over £50

Next working day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
by phone, on items over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call your local store or our Telesales team for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. Ts&Cs apply. 19.9% APR representative. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

All products that are available to purchase on the Richer Sounds website can be delivered free to blind, partially sighted or those with a disability.

Please contact web after sales for more info.
For delivery of in-store only deals, please contact your local store for more details.
T&Cs apply - see our delivery page.

Incredible offers on this Soundbar!

OFFER 1
Get £250 OFF this soundbar when bought with any TV, using voucher code SBAR250. Offer available from our stores by appointment, phone or video call, from our telesales team, or online, while stocks last. Offer excludes Clearance, Refurbished and Open Box products. Not in conjunction with any other offer.

OFFER 2
Spread the cost over 6 months on this Soundbar. Available from our stores by appointment, phone or video call or from our telesales team10% deposit required up-front, pay the balance in full before the end of the period and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. Ts&Cs apply. 19.9% APR representative. Click here for more info.
Offer excludes Clearance, Refurbished and Open Box products.


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With its true 3-channel output, the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar delivers crystal-clear sound from all your favourite movies and music.

The perfect speaker for music and movies
Featuring nine, optimised drive units, the Formation Bar delivers spacious and powerful sound. Whether it’s your favourite music or movies soundtrack, Bowers & Wilkins famous speakers produce a depth of sound that most soundbars simply can’t touch. With three dome tweeters and six woven glass fibre cones, clarity and detail is exceptional.

Crystal-clear dialogue from dedicated centre channel
The Formation Bar is a 3-channel speaker, meaning it uses a separate speaker array for the centre channel. This not only firmly locates dialogue to the image on the screen but also helps you decipher muddy-sounding vocals.

Go further with optional Formation Bass and Flex
Impressive as a stand-alone soundbar and wireless speaker, the Bar can be taken to a completely new level with optional Bass and Flex speakers. Add the Formation Bass and the system goes from 3.0 to 3.1. ‘Point One’ may not sound much, but the dedicated subwoofer takes the depth and scale of sound to previously unplumbed depths. Play your favourite action movie and the intensity of sound will have you on the edge of your seat. Add two Formation Flex speakers behind you and, hey presto, you now have full 5.1 home cinema sound – without all the speaker cables. Immersive, cinema sound has rarely been so easy.

Formation sound all around your home
The Bowers & Wilkins Formation system offers high-end sound quality with effortless, multi-room versatility. It uses a patented, robust mesh network for perfect speaker synchronisation all around your home. Set-up is quick and easy and Formation is compatible with all popular streaming systems, including Bluetooth, AirPlay, Roon and Spotify. For the best possible sound, Formation is also compatible with 24 bit/96kHz Hi-Res music files.

High-resolution sound
With the ability to stream up to 24 bit/96kHz, the Formation is capable of streaming at twice the fidelity of its leading competitor. This gives the sound purer harmonics for a more life-like sound. It also means you get to hear your Hi-Res music files to their full potential.

Robust, Formation Wireless Technology
Developed to run independently from your home wi-fi, Formation Wireless Technology delivers an unbeatably stable connection. The more Formation units you add, the stronger the mesh becomes, meaning you can stretch to the furthest parts or your home where wi-fi may be patchy. The mesh also helps deliver perfect synchronisation between all the Formation speakers in your home.

Easy to set up
Simply download the Bowers & Wilkins Home app from the Apple or Google stores and you’re ready to go. Set-up is fast and intuitive, with each additional speaker clearly identified on the app.

Wide-ranging compatibility
Whichever way you choose to stream your music, the Formation is likely to be compatible. With built-in wi-fi and Bluetooth, you can stream from a huge range of sources. Formation is also compatible with the most popular streaming systems and services, including Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect (Premium account required) and the multi-room system, Roon.

Get a better class of soundbar, with the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar.
Brand Bowers & Wilkins
Colour Black
Apple AirPlay Yes
Subwoofer Optional Formation Bass
HDMI Configuration No
Optical Inputs 1
IR repeater No
Learning TV volume Yes
Soundbar yes
Soundbar or Sound base soundbar
USB Yes (Service Only)
Weight (KG) 5.5
Remote Control No
Included Cables Optical Cable
Bluetooth Yes
Internet Radio Services Yes
Smartphone control Yes
High Resolution Audio Yes
Freq Response (Hz) 40 - 28,000
Speaker Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 1240 x 107 x 109
Wi-Fi Built In yes
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I expect the sound is very good, If only the bar would work consistently enough for me to find out. I paired the formation Bar with the subwoofer, bought especially to go with my neew LG TV. The Bowers & Wilkins app is frankly awful. The set up part was fine and went without a hitch there after all you can do with it is adjust the volume, bass treble and gain. The bar works when it feels like it, the sub when the bar works is even more random as to whether it feels like joining in. The other day the whole thing unexpectedly burst into life at full volume surprising everyone. Quite honestly the money I spent on this was not inconsiderable, but based on by one and only experience with B&W, I am going to junk this system and go for my original choice Sennheiser Ambeo
Date published: 2020-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from B&W formation - 5.1 set up bar, sub and flex Lovely sound from the bar, sub and speaker. Sub is excellent and easy to set up - a joy with no crossover to sort. However, connectivity is a nightmare and the sound balance varies with input. The system has very few controls through the B&W app so you set it up and get the balance for 5.1 uhd films fed from an optical link. Great sound and lovely feel. The sound to the rears is perfectly controlled to provided good all round feel. However, if you switch to HD, the balance totally changes, then if you switch to SD input, you get deafened from the rear speakers as the outputs are equal to the bar and the flex rears - remember in the past switching to mono. If you then switch to music, again, the output to the rears is too high and you have to readjust. Then if you go back to a movie, you have to reset it all yet again. The app allows you to adjust the forward back balance, but if you do this for music, then it is wrong for films or SD. Also, if your going to have the speakers auto wake up, then if you lose connection (which happens too frequently), it’s impossible to wake the bar up without pulling out the mains plug. Great sounds - but please sort out the connections and find a way of keeping the forward bar to real flex balance for all inputs - if you’re going to make this an auto system, please do it right.
Date published: 2019-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great set of kit! We have just bought and set up the Bowers & Wilkins Formation speaker set and they work like magic, very easy to set up via the tv and for music - considering they are wireless they are the best I have heard so far! The sound quality is like no other wireless kit .. very happy with our purchase and Richer Sounds tell you everything that you need to know!
Date published: 2019-12-29
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Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 14 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Free UK delivery on orders over £50

Next working day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
by phone, on items over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call your local store or our Telesales team for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Subject to application, financial circumstances and borrowing history. Ts&Cs apply. 19.9% APR representative. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

All products that are available to purchase on the Richer Sounds website can be delivered free to blind, partially sighted or those with a disability.

Please contact web after sales for more info.
For delivery of in-store only deals, please contact your local store for more details.
T&Cs apply - see our delivery page.