Audio model Bowers & Wilkins has disclosed the most current solution in its popular Formation selection, the Development Flex wi-fi speaker, which it claims has “the highest high quality sound at any time discovered in a standalone wireless speaker of its dimension”.
Working with the very same tweeter technologies as observed in Bowers & Wilkins’ 600 sequence, this wireless speaker promises to produce the very same audio good quality as a wired speaker – an desirable proposition for any audiophile.
The Formation Flex can be applied on its very own, or paired with another Development Flex for true stereo seem – or, if you currently have a Development speaker at property, these types of as the Formation Bar, it can type section of an “immersive 5.1 surround audio encounter”, making it a good addition to your home cinema set up.
If you do this, you should not experience any synchronization difficulties among the unique speakers, with Bowers & Wilkins saying an “in-space 1 microsecond sync in between speakers”.
Sculptural design and style
The Formation runs on the brand’s patented Sturdy Mesh Community, which performs alongside your home’s Wi-Fi. This means you can have a multi-area set up, with speakers streaming songs in each space of your residence without taking up valuable bandwidth on your network.
Regardless of Bowers & Wilkins telling us in April 2019 that Formation speakers would be acquiring voice handle in the future, the Flex will not appear to have aid for voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant.
Even so, the wi-fi speaker should sound superb, with support for “substantial resolution streaming with 2 times the fidelity of the leading wi-fi speaker brand name for the purest and clearest audio experience”.
As properly as help for 96/24 bit audio resolution, the Development Flex packs a decoupled double dome tweeter for a huge, highly effective soundstage.
Like other speakers in the range, it sports an sculptural style and design that ought to appear terrific in your living room. It will be offered from the end of September, and will value £399. We’re however waiting around on worldwide pricing, but that works out at about $495 / AU$720.