Bowers & Wilkins Formation - Review

Bowers & Wilkins Formation 3.0 Bar Soundbar Review
6 Mixed Usages
7.1 SOUND QUALITY
7.1 BASS ACCURACY :
7.3 AUDIO & VIDEO LATENCY:
1 AUDIO ENHANCEMENT FEATURES:
7.5 BUILD QUALITY :
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Specification

GENERAL

Number of Channel 3.0 Channel
Placement Type Wall-mountable
Connectivity Type Both (Wired & Wireless)
Subwoofer Feature Without Subwoofer
Rear Speaker N/A
Central Channel Speaker Yes
Audio Enhancement Features Yes
HDMI input/output N/A
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux) N/A
Loudness High Volume ( > 92db )
Warranty 24 months Months

Connectivity:

Digital Optical Audio Input ( Toslink ) 1 Optical Audio Input
HDMI ARC None
HDMI Output None
Full HDMI Input None
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux) None
RCA Ports No
USB Port None
Ethernet Jack Yes

Audio Quality ( Tested )

Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy Frequency deviation from target is less than standard error (3.4 dB ); which means soundbar is very good to reproduce dialog and instrumental music
Bass Accuracy ( for music, film scores, movies, and games) Soundbar 's Low-Frequency-Extension is more than 35 Hz. Which means It can reproduce the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass accurately.
3- Dimensional Sound Accuracy ( Sound Stage) audio seems to be coming from a more accurate pinpoint location
Total Harmonic Distortion ( Center Channel ) It has dedicated center channel speaker and Total Harmonic Distortion of center channel @80dB is less than standard value(>0.7). So soundbar produce more clear and accurate audio of the dialogue in movies.
Surround Sound Imaging ( Rear Channel ) No dedicated or alternative channel for surround content. So it downmixes surround content to stereo.
Streo Dynamics ( Loudness ): Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Volume is little bit more than standard deviation (<2 dB) and maximum valume is over 92 dB SPL
Audio & Video Latency Here no visible latency via ARC (N/A) and Optical (81 ms) but visuals difference may found via Full HDMI Input (N/A).

Audio Enhancement Features:

Digital Room Correction: N/A
Auto Volume Adjustment/ Night Mode: N/A
Equilizer Options: None
Bass Adjustment ( Thup & Punch of sound) Yes
Treble Adjustent ( Brightness and Clarity od Audio) Yes
Surround Level Adjustment: N/A
Virtual Surround Effect: N/A

Supported Audio Format ( HDMI ARC)

eARC Standard N/A
Dolby Atmos N/A
Dolby Digital N/A
Dolby Digital Plus N/A
DTS N/A
DTS: X N/A
Dolby True HD ( eARC only ) N/A
DTS- HD MA (eARC only) N/A
5.1 PCM ( eARC only ) N/A

Supported Audio Format (Full HDMI In' port ):

Dolby Atmos : N/A
DTS:X : N/A
Dolby Digital : N/A
Dolby Digital Plus: N/A
DTS : N/A
Dolby TrueHD : N/A
DTS-HD MA : N/A
5.1 PCM N/A

Audio Format Support ( Optical Port ):

Dolby Digital : Yes
DTS : Yes

Drivers Specs

Tweeter Size and Type : 1" Dome (3)
Midrange Size & Types: None
Woofer Size & Type : 2.5" Cone (6)
Subwoofer Driver Not Given

Build Material

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Finish The bar back side is made of plastic and metal plates. The fabric covering the front its seems quite premium.
Color Black
Soundbar Width 49.0" (124.5 cm)
Soundbar Height 4.3" (11.0 cm)
Soundbar Depth 4.3" (11.0 cm)
Subwoofer Width N/A
Subwoofer Depth N/A

Rating System

SOUND QUALITY 7.1
BASS ACCURACY : 7.1
AUDIO ENHANCEMENT FEATURES: 1
AUDIO & VIDEO LATENCY: 7.3
BUILD QUALITY : 7.5
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