U.K.-based speaker expert Bowers & Wilkins announced Thursday that it is extending its audio prowess to the ultra short throw projector category.

The iconic speaker brand, said it has partnered with China-based laser projector brand Formovie (a Xiaomi Technology company) on an ultra-short throw, consumer laser projector, now integrated with B&W sound technology.

The Formovie T1 is launching now exclusively for the domestic China market. B&W said there are no current plans for Formovie to market the product outside of Mainland China at this time.

The Formovie T1 projector was originally launched as a high-performing TriColor laser system, and now has been integrated with the B&W specified sound system to deliver a high-performing all-in-one home theater package.

The consolidated solution features the compact cabinet “of a cinema-pro quality, ultra-short throw laser projector.” The body measures 21.25 x 13 x 4.21 inches (WxDxH) and provides an ultra-short throw ratio of 0.23:1 – allowing a bright, sharp 100-inch image to be displayed with the projector positioned just 7.9 inches from the wall.

Bowers & Wilkins (B&W), which is part of parent Sound United’s stable of high-performance audio brands, is a 50-year-old U.K. speaker manufacturer, noteworthy for outfitting legendary recording studio Abbey Road with its flagship Nautilus monitor speakers, and more recently its new flagship 800 Series Diamond series line.

The same engineering team works on all B&W projects, regardless of size, the company said. The new Formovie laser projector T1 is the latest product to benefit from this expertise.

For the T1, the B&W team developed a stereo sound system with two forward firing 70mm glass-fiber LF/MF drivers and two 20mm titanium tweeters, each mounted in its own, rigid ABS+GF enclosure, located at the outer edges of the front baffle. This is said to ensure good sound dispersion.

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The two bass/mid drivers are ported to each side of the projector and feature B&W’s Flowport technology while the tweeters are protected with proprietary, high transparency “Star of David” speaker mesh.

The audio section supports Dolby Atmos and DTS HD surround sound decoding, and B&W specified the use of high-quality, 2 x 15W, TI amplifier and Dolby MS12 decoder while also including discrete sound modes tuned by the engineering team.

“The result is a large scale, high-resolution, impactful sound that offers both crisp dialogue, uncolored mid-range and good bass extension, all widely projected deep into the room and well beyond the confines of the speaker enclosure,” B&W said.

For the video portion Formovie Technology, which is a leading Chinese projector brand owned by giant TV/mobile device supplier Xiaomi, said it has outfitted the T1 projector for 4K UHD PQ performance using the latest ALPD RGB+ laser display technology and TI DLP microdisplay technology. The unit produces 2800 ANSI lumens of peak brightness, a wide color gamut, and a native contrast ratio of 3000:1 with smooth motion processing.

Like some previous Formovie models, the T1 carries THX certification in addition to Dolby Vision dynamic HDR approval. The projector also supports the HDR10 and HDR10+ high dynamic range profiles.

“Bowers & Wilkins currently enjoys a number of partnerships with like-minded, world beating companies and we are delighted to add Formovie to that list,” said Sound United’s Dave Sheen. Our partnership will allow the superior performance of Bowers & Wilkins True Sound to be included in a new product category and a new form factor. I look forward to working on many more projects together.”

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By Greg Tarr

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