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B&W Formation products - Alexa enabled

Solo

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You can now use Alexa-enabled speakers and Amazon Alexa app to control the Formation products.
 

RoA

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I am still waiting for mine. Sevenoaks promised availability early this week but still nothing.

They were listed as in stock when I ordered but that has now changed to 'awaiting stock' ... .

May order elsewhere but they offered a 200 quid discount when a Sevenoaks guy called me last week to tell me they'd have it this Monday 🤔

Good news about Alexa even though I don't use it personally.
 

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I am still waiting for mine. Sevenoaks promised availability early this week but still nothing.

They were listed as in stock when I ordered but that has now changed to 'awaiting stock' ... .

May order elsewhere but they offered a 200 quid discount when a Sevenoaks guy called me last week to tell me they'd have it this Monday 🤔

Good news about Alexa even though I don't use it personally.
Have you seen the price of these ones:


Got a 10 per cent discount code and in stock.
 
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RoA

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Typical, I am choosing the one unreliable supplier/Sevenoaks.

Thanks gel. I call Sevenoaks and failing a concise answer will go with your suggestion.
 
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RoA

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I have been in contact with Sevenoaks. B&W seem to have a supply issue (for all product not just Formation). Something about a Warehouse move ... ? - Rather than withdrawing my order I left it as they should have stock in the next two weeks. No bother as I have a system. They offered to send me the Formation Audio but without speakers I can only use it as a paper weight. _ Should that not be the case I will cancel and get them at Gel's suggestion (and wonder if there are more sinister issues at either Sevenoaks or B&W)
 

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I have been in contact with Sevenoaks. B&W seem to have a supply issue (for all product not just Formation). Something about a Warehouse move ... ? - Rather than withdrawing my order I left it as they should have stock in the next two weeks. No bother as I have a system. They offered to send me the Formation Audio but without speakers I can only use it as a paper weight. _ Should that not be the case I will cancel and get them at Gel's suggestion (and wonder if there are more sinister issues at either Sevenoaks or B&W)
If it is a B&W supply issue than other resellers could face a similar (non) availability. Of course depending on their stock level. Quite annoying for you.

Did they offer you the Audio only for a limited time or as compensation?
 

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There’s far more often an innocent explanation for these things. Maybe the new batch were stuck on that container ship in Suez?

B&W have had some ownership changes, and I’d got the impression the Formation series hadn’t been too successful, despite a flurry of positive reviews. As long as you've used a credit card you’ll have protection should Sevenoaks have any problems.
 

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There’s far more often an innocent explanation for these things. Maybe the new batch were stuck on that container ship in Suez?

B&W have had some ownership changes, and I’d got the impression the Formation series hadn’t been too successful, despite a flurry of positive reviews. As long as you've used a credit card you’ll have protection should Sevenoaks have any problems.
True, a lot of manufactures have supplies delayed due to the Suez blockage.

Ever since the takeover from Sound United there has been more focus on the formation series again, most notably on the music app. As i said before it is not perfect yet, but definitely a big step in the right direction.
 
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RoA

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If it is a B&W supply issue than other resellers could face a similar (non) availability. Of course depending on their stock level. Quite annoying for you.

Did they offer you the Audio only for a limited time or as compensation?
No, I paid for it. Being though that the product is available elsewhere cheaper I will expect an additional discount to the 200 given already, especially if I buy the stands too which I have not yet. I know they are purpose made to lock the speakers down but I much prefer the look of upmarket Dynaudio stands (or even older B&W ones with the legs that 'spread' out)
 

RoA

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True, a lot of manufactures have supplies delayed due to the Suez blockage.

Ever since the takeover from Sound United there has been more focus on the formation series again, most notably on the music app. As i said before it is not perfect yet, but definitely a big step in the right direction.
The omission of chromecast (unless I've missed something) is a rather serious one. I get round it but not to include this is daft imho. It will put people off buying into Formation imho.

B&W should seriously re-think this. They can include Alexa and its a good start but carry on adding options. A truly integrated system is all about that.
 
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Solo

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The omission of chromecast (unless I've missed something) is a rather serious one. I get round it but not to include this is daft imho. It will put people off buying into Formation imho.

B&W should seriously re-think this. They can include Alexa and its a good start but carry on adding options. A truly integrated system is all about that.
You are right, Chromecast is still not supported. The subject of an integrated system is one all manufacturers have to tackle. I have not seen any available software /app do that, whether it is KEF, B&W, HEOS or any other.
 

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