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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass

Wireless subwoofer for Formation speakers

Item # 749FRMBASS

Accurate, hard-hitting bass that matches the high-fidelity sound of Bowers & Wilkins Formation speakers.

Accurate, hard-hitting bass that matches the high-fidelity sound of Bowers & Wilkins Formation speakers.

Item # 749FRMBASS

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$999.99

About the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass

Clean, powerful bass

Want to make the detailed high-resolution sound of a Bowers & Wilkins Formation speaker even better? Add a wireless Formation Bass subwoofer to enhance its low-frequency performance. This compact sub uses Bowers & Wilkins' proprietary high-performance mesh network technology to deliver exceptionally clear and accurate bass. Pair it with the Formation Duo, Formation Wedge, or Formation Bar.
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass

Pair the Formation Bass subwoofer with the Formation Bar sound bar (available separately) for hard-hitting sound with movies and TV shows.

Clean, powerful bass

Want to make the detailed high-resolution sound of a Bowers & Wilkins Formation speaker even better? Add a wireless Formation Bass subwoofer to enhance its low-frequency performance. This compact sub uses Bowers & Wilkins' proprietary high-performance mesh network technology to deliver exceptionally clear and accurate bass. Pair it with the Formation Duo, Formation Wedge, or Formation Bar.

Advanced speaker design

The Formation Bass features dual side-firing 6-1/2" woven glass-fiber woofers with rubber surrounds, mounted horizontally and firing in opposite directions. This dual-woofer configuration provides deep, distortion-free bass. The drivers are powered by a 250-watt Class D amplifier. Built-in Dynamic EQ optimizes bass performance in real time.

Simple multi-room app control

Setting up and wirelessly connecting the Formation Bass to a compatible speaker is simple with the Bowers & Wilkins Home app. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play to your smartphone or tablet. It walks you through the setup process. It also lets you add other Formation speakers easily as you build out your multi-room audio system.

A rich history of audio excellence

Founded in England in the 1960s, Bowers & Wilkins is known worldwide for their innovative hi-fi speaker designs and their premium headphones. Crutchfield is proud to offer a diverse selection of products from this legendary audio brand.

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Product highlights:

  • wireless subwoofer only for use with Bowers & Wilkins Formation speakers
  • two opposed 6-1/2" long-throw bass drivers
  • 250-watt Class D amplifier
  • Dynamic EQ optimizes bass performance in real time
  • frequency response: 20-150 Hz
Bowers & Wilkins control app:
  • free download from Apple® App Store and Google Play
  • Spotify Connect built-in (subscription required)
  • control multiple compatible Formation speakers to play the same song simultaneously or different songs in different rooms
  • customizable speaker and group names
  • displays current song and artist information
  • control volume and EQ settings
General info:
  • requires a Formation Duo, Formation Wedge, or Formation Bar
  • connects via Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi
  • requires AC power, (cable included)
  • 11-1/16"W x 10"-3/16"H x 10-3/16"D
  • weight; 26.7 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # FP40258

What's in the box:

  • Wireless powered subwoofer
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Bowers & Wilkins Formation Brochure
  • Safety & Warranty Information
  • Roon Brochure
  • Caution Note

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Features & specs

Connections
Ethernet Port No
USB Port No
Aux Input Ethernet, WiFi
Phono Input No
Digital Input No
HDMI Input No
Headphone Jack No
Subwoofer Output No
Wireless Features
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Bands No
Audio Specs
Max. Digital Audio Bit Depth Not given
Max. Digital Audio Sample Rate Not given
Ecosystems
Apple AirPlay No
DTS Play-Fi No
Chromecast built-in No
Roon No
Sonos No
HEOS No
MusicCast No
SoundTouch No
Bose Home Speaker No
WiSA No
BluOS No
Klipsch Stream No
KEF Stream No
Music Services
Amazon Music No
Apple Music No
iHeart Radio No
Pandora No
Qobuz No
SiriusXM No
Spotify No
Tidal No
TuneIn No
YouTube Music No
Control
Handheld Remote No
Control by app Apple iOS, Android
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Other Specs
Width (Inches) 11.0625
Height (Inches) 10.1875
Depth (Inches) 10.1875
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

Formation Series Wireless Powered Sub: The Formation Bass wireless powered subwoofer is part of Bowers & Wilkins Formation Series and pairs seamlessly with other Formation Series speakers (such as the Formation Bar, Formation Duo, Formation Flex, and Formation Wedge - all sold separately).

Opposed Dual Driver Technology: The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass features a unique patented cylindrical design that enables the use of opposed dual driver technology to reduce distortion. The Formation Bass houses two 6.5" woven glass-fiber woofers with rubber surrounds that are side-firing in opposite directions. The dual 6.5" woofers deliver deep, distortion-free bass.

Class D Amplifier w/ Dynamic EQ: The two 6.5" woofers are powered by a 250 watt Class D amplifier with digital signal processing (DSP) and a Dynamic EQ for optimized bass performance. You'll hear deep bass that is efficient, accurate, and robust.

Wired & Wireless Network Connectivity: The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bass supports a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) network connection. The Formation Bass is equipped with an RJ-45 LAN jack for a wired connection to your network router. It also offers built-in WiFi (2.4GHz) for a wireless connection to your network router. By connecting the Formation Bass to your network, you are able to create a wireless mesh connection between the powered subwoofer and a compatible Formation Series speaker.

Music Bowers & Wilkins App: The Music Bowers & Wilkins app (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) is required to connect the Formation Bass to your home network and also to establish a wireless mesh connection with your compatible Formation Series speaker in your home.

Note: Click here for Bowers & Wilkins Formation Series support page.

Controls: You can control the volume level of the Formation Bass from the Bowers & Wilkins Formation app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. The wireless powered subwoofer automatically configures its low pass crossover frequency setting based on the type of Formation Series speaker it is paired to. When partnered with a Formation Bar, the Formation Bass will automatically switch to reproducing the low frequency effects (LFE) channel of Dolby Digital encoded material.

AC Power with Auto On/Off: The Formation Bass comes with a detachable 6.5' AC power cord that plugs into the bottom of the wireless powered subwoofer and into an AC wall outlet or surge protector (sold separately - see Accessories Tab). The Formation Bass will automatically turn on when it senses a wireless audio signal from a compatible Formation Series speaker. The wireless powered sub will automatically power off after twenty minutes of no audio signal and no operation.

Placement Options: Your Formation Bass should be placed on the floor in reasonably close proximity to your wirelessly paired Formation speaker it is partnered with. The wireless powered subwoofer should be placed in front of the listening position or to the side of the listening position. The Formation Bass should not be located behind the listening position.

  • In the case of a Formation Wedge or Formation Bar, a subwoofer location directly beneath the speaker, or at least adjacent to a common wall, is likely to produce the best result.
  • In the case of a Formation Bass partnered with a pair of Formation Duo speakers, the best results are likely to be obtained if the Formation Bass is placed between the Duo speakers or in the vicinity of one of them.

Note: The Formation suite of products are not moisture resistant, as they are not designed to be used in high-humidity or moisture rich environments. Positioning a Formation product in a moisture rich environment such as a bathroom or sauna, could cause damage to the product that would not be covered under its manufacturing warranty.

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