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Bowers & Wilkins wireless Formation Suite speaker setup supports AirPlay 2

Bowers & Wilkins has launched its Formation Suite of wireless audio products, a collection of wireless speakers that offer high performance sound at the same time as simplified synchronization between outputs, as well as support fro Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol.

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Audio range

The Formation Suite is made up of five products that can work together wirelessly, producing its own mesh network separate from the main home network. Capable of producing 96/24-bit audio resolution, it is claimed the speakers offer twice the fidelity of its main rivals, with a denser, richer sound.

The core of the system is the Formation Bar, which includes nine optimized drive units fr a "wide soundstage" when used with a large television. The Formation Duo are speakers that use the same carbon-domed tweeter-on-top technology and Continuum cone driver as the company's other wired speakers, but in a wireless form factor.

The Formation Wedge is a 120-degree elliptical speaker with dedicated full-range stereo sound, while the Formation bass includes opposed drivers, powerful amps, and a dynamic EQ to support the other speakers. The last section, Formation Audio, ties the entire system together while also connecting traditional passive audio sources to the mesh network.

Boasting a streamlined interface, the system takes a short time to set up initially, while at the same time making it as easy as possible to maintain. Using "Perfected speaker synchronization," the speakers have a synchronization of one microsecond, allowing for all speakers to play music correctly with minimal perceivable lag.

Along with its own Wi-Fi connectivity between speakers, the system can also connect over Wi-Fi to a home network for streaming audio, as well as over Bluetooth. Support for Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2 is also available, with the latter allowing it to be used to play content streamed from Apple's ecosystem of devices.

The suite starts from $899.99 for the Formation Wedge, rising to $999.99 for the Formation Bass, $1,199.99 for the Formation Bar, and $3,999.99 for the Formation Duo. The Formation Audio costs $699.99.