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Bower and Wilkins Formation Wedge Wireless Speaker Manual

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Bower and Wilkins Formation Wedge Wireless Speaker Manual

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Welcome to Bowers & Wilkins and Formation Duo.

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. Formation Duo is a network-connected, wireless stereo active network speaker system that provides extremely high-performance reproduction of Formation audio streams.

Formation Duo are primarily intended to be configured and controlled using the Bowers & Wilkins Home app. It is only possible to install and configure Formation Duo using the Bowers & Wilkins Home app. Formation Duo will enable you to:

  • Listen to audio from streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Roon.
  • Listen to network-stored audio files.
  • Listen to audio over Bluetooth from appropriately enabled Bluetooth source devices.
  • Listen to audio playing anywhere in your home on any Formation device connected to your home network.
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The Bowers & Wilkins Home app is required to connect your Formation Duo to your home network and also to establish a connection with other Formation products in your home. The Bowers & Wilkins Home app also provides some control and configuration functions during use. Before you begin your Formation Duo 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. Note: Location Services must be enabled on Android devices during the Formation setup process. Bowers & Wilkins do not use any location services data for marketing purposes.

Installing Your Formation Wedge

Location
Your Formation Wedge requires a mains power supply to operate so must be located within reach of a mains socket. If your Formation Wedge is to use a wired connection to your home network it will need to be located within reach of an appropriate network (Ethernet) cable. Your Formation Wedge can be placed on a shelf, table, or furniture unit and can also be wall-mounted on a dedicated wall bracket. If you decide to place your Formation Wedge on a shelf, ensure that the shelf is easily able to support the weight. Furthermore, Formation Wedge audio performance may be diminished if mounting furniture or shelf panels are flimsy or resonant.

Note:
If your Formation Wedge is to be mounted on a wall bracket, be sure to install the bracket in line with its included instructions. If you are unsure of the suitability of a wall, or of your ability to install the wall bracket, you should engage specialist help. Stud work and plasterboard walls are unlikely to provide adequate strength or rigidity to support a Formation Wedge speaker and bracket.

Switch On and Off

With all connections made, and the Bowers & Wilkins Home app installed on your mobile device, your Formation Wedge is ready to be set up. Your Formation Wedge has no mains power switch and, following a short start-up routine, will be operational as soon as it is connected to mains power. It will play an audio prompt when its startup routine is complete.

When a Formation Wedge that has not been previously used is first switched on it will automatically enter setup mode to enable its connection to your home network and to any other available Formation devices. Setup mode is indicated by a slow amber pulse illumination of the Form touch buttonBower and Wilkins Formation Duo User Manual fig 4

. The Formation Wedge will also appear in the Bowers & Wilkins Home app as available for set up, either on the initial app page, or after selecting ‘Add Formation product’ from the app Settings page.

Your Formation Wedge manages its operational state and power consumption entirely automatically and will switch to a power-saving mode after twenty minutes of inactivity. There is no need ever to switch off your Formation Wedge, however, should you wish to do so, simply disconnect it from mains power. Your Formation Wedge will retain its settings without mains power.

Network Setup

  • With your Formation Duo in setup mode, with their Form buttonBower and Wilkins Formation Duo User Manual fig 4illumination pulsing slowly amber, launch the Bowers & Wilkins Home app on your iOS or Android device. The app will guide you with prompts through the setup process.
  • 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 Duo. If you have already set up a Formation product and are adding an additional one, select ‘Add Formation product’ from the app Settings menu.
  • If a wireless network connection for your Formation Duo is to be used, the next setup stage will connect your Formation Duo to your home WiFi network. The app will ask you to confirm the correct WiFi network and ask you to input its password. Alternatively, if your Formation Duo is connected to your network router using an Ethernet cable, this stage of the setup process will be bypassed.
  • With WiFi network configuration, and space selection complete, your Formation Duo is ready for use. Your Formation Duo will play an audio prompt to confirm a successful setup.

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Bluetooth Setup

You can connect your Formation Wedge to a Bluetooth-enabled audio source device, such as a smartphone, to play audio over Bluetooth. Your Formation Wedge must first be “paired” with the Bluetooth audio source device. Next, select ‘+ Pair a new device’ from the Bluetooth menu and follow the app instructions to complete pairing.

Using Your Formation Wedge

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Spaces
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 4.

The Bowers & Wilkins Home App

With your Formation Duo configured and connected to your network, the Bowers & Wilkins Home app will open to its Home screen where the Formation Duo space and any other available Formation spaces will be listed. 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.

Finding Your Way Around the Bowers & Wilkins Home App

Beneath each space, the app will display its current activity. Tapping on an active space will open a “now playing” screen that enables volume and play/pause control.

The ‘Available Spaces’ screen also provides the opportunity to control volume, both globally across all spaces or in individual spaces. The Bowers & Wilkins Home app Settings page is opened by tapping on the settings icon. The initial Settings menu lists each space and the number of Formation devices present in each one. Tapping on a space listed in the Settings menu provides access to its Space and Formation device settings. Tap the Space name to access the space settings and tap the device name to access the device settings. The device settings available will depend on the device in question.

Formation Music Streams and Sources

Using Spotify
Use your phone, tablet, or computer as a remote control for Spotify. Go to spotify.com/connect to learn how. The Spotify Software is subject to third-party licenses found here: https://www.spotify.com/connect/thirdparty-licenses.

Using Airplay
Airplay-enabled apps will display the Airplay icon. To use Airplay, open the audio app you wish to use and select the music you wish to play. Tap on the Airplay icon to display a list of available devices followed by the Formation Space you wish to use.

Cleaning

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.

Support

Should you require further help or advice regarding your Px8, please visit the Bowers & Wilkins support site: www.bowerswilkins.com/support.

Environmental Information
This product complies with international directives, including but not limited to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment, the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and the disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Consult your local waste disposal authority for guidance on how properly to recycle or dispose of this product.

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https://www.bowerswilkins.com/en-us/product/wireless-speakers/formation-duo

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