Bower and Wilkins Formation Bass Wireless Subwoofer User Guide

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Bower and Wilkins Formation Bass Wireless Subwoofer User Guide


Welcome to Bowers & Wilkins and Formation Bass.

Thank you for choosing Formation. When John Bowers first established Bowers & Wilkins he did so in the belief that imaginative design, innovative engineering and advanced technology were keys that could unlock the enjoyment of audio in the home. That belief continues to inspire every product we design and in Formation has found its most advanced expression yet. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It is only possible to install and configure a Formation Bass using the Bowers & Wilkins Home app. Formation Bass will enable you to:

  •  Enhance the low frequency performance of Formation Duo, Wedge and Bar speakers.  The Bowers & Wilkins Home app also provides some control and configuration functions during use. Before you begin your Formation Bass installation please download and install the Bowers & Wilkins Home app on your iOS or Android device. The Bowers & Wilkins Home app requires iOS V11.4 or later, or Android V8.1 or later. Bluetooth, and WiFi services must be enabled on your iOS or Android device. You will also need to know your WiFi network password.

Installing Your Formation Bass


Your Formation Bass requires a mains power supply to operate so must be located within reach of a mains socket. If your Formation Bass speaker is to use a wired connection to your home network it will need to be located within reach of an appropriate network (Ethernet) cable. on the floor in reasonably close proximity to the  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 results. In the case of a Formation Bass partnered with a pair of Formation Duo speakers, the best results placed between the Formation Duo speakers or in the vicinity of one of them. Placing a Formation Bass to the side, but still to the front of the listeners, is an acceptable compromise if domestic considerations dictate. The Formation Bass should not be located behind the listening position. Diagram 1 illustrates subwoofer positioning.

Note: Take care when handling your Formation Bass not to damage the driver diaphragms located on each end of its enclosure.Bower-and-Wilkins-Formation-Bass-Wireless-Subwoofer-User-Guide-Image-1


Switch On and Off

Your Formation Bass will retain its settings without mains power. Pressing the button will switch the Formation Bass off and on again. On restart, your Formation Bass will enter setup mode.

Network Setup

  •  With your Formation Bass in setup mode, with its Form button illumination pulsing slowly amber, launch the Bowers & Wilkins Home app on your iOS or Android device.
  • The Bowers & Wilkins Home app will first search for Formation products in setup mode and display a screen inviting the selection of one. Tap to select your Formation Bass. If you have already set up a Formation product and are adding an additional one, select ‘Add Formation product’ from the app Settings menu.

 Using Your Formation Bass

The Basics

The only adjustment you may need to make is of subwoofer volume relative to the partnered Formation speaker. This will depend on personal preferences and the acoustic character of you listening room. To adjust Formation Bass volume, open the Bowers & Wilkins Formation app and tap on the settings icon to open the Settings menu. Now tap on the ‘Formation Bass’ to open its settings page and use the volume slider to make adjustments.

Note: Please remember that your Formation Bass subwoofer is capable of low frequency volume levels that have the potential to cause nuisance. If in any doubt, reduce the volume.

Spaces are a core concept of the Formation product family. A Formation “space” is a room or a specific area in your home in which you listen to music. Each space can include different combinations of Formation products. The possible configurations are displayed in Diagram 3

Form Button illumination
The Formation Bass Form button illumination changes to indicate a variety of operational states. The illuminations are displayed in Diagram 4.

The Bowers & Wilkins Home App

Tap on a Formation space to select from any available streams or inputs. The Bowers & Wilkins Home app Home page has a Settings icon in the top right corner. Tap the icon to open the app Settings menu. The Settings menu provides options to configure and reset your Formation devices and re-name your Formation spaces.

Note: If the Settings icon on the Bowers & Wilkins Home app displays an amber dot (icon + dot) this indicates that a Formation firmware update is available.


Should your Formation Bass need cleaning you can wipe its top surface with a clean, lint-free cloth and brush its grille with a soft brush. If you wish touse any cleaning fluid, apply it onto the cleaning cloth and not directly onto the Formation Bass. Test a small area first, as some cleaning products may damage some of the surfaces. Avoid products
that are abrasive, or contain acid, alkali or antibacterial agents your Formation Bass please visit the Formation support site here


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