British high-end loudspeaker maker Bowers & Wilkins has partnered with Fengmi to provide an integrated sound system for their Formovie T1 4K UST Laser Projector. UST stands for Ultra Short Throw, which means that the projector can display a very large image at a very short distance from the screen as illustrated in the photo.
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Nearly every TV manufacturer is now offering UST projectors, and because they sit front and center of the room, there’s an opportunity to bundle sound bar capabilities into one box.
It seems projector companies without audio know-how are partnering with established audio brands for credibility.
Although, it’s quite intriguing to learn that Bowers & Wilkins has partnered with a relatively unknown China-based brand. However, they’re not the only ones. Previously, we reported on Dynaudio providing audio systems for the JMGO 01 and JMGO U2 UST Laser Projectors — another company based in China.
Bowers & Wilkins Sound
The Bowers & Wilkins stereo sound system features two forward-firing 70mm glass-fiber Low/Mid frequency drivers and two 20mm titanium tweeters, all mounted in rigid ABS+GF enclosures, located at the outer edges of the front baffle to ensure good dispersion.
The two bass/mid drivers are ported to each side of the projector and feature Bowers & Wilkins Flowport technology which minimizes turbulence by incorporating dimples on the speaker surface, while the tweeters are protected by the proprietary, high transparency speaker mesh.
Bowers & Wilkins specified a high-quality, 2 x 15W, TI (Texas Instruments) amplifier and Dolby MS12 decoder while also including discrete sound modes specially tuned by their engineering team.
The built-in B&W system is designed to provide impactful sound with crisp dialogue, uncolored midrange, and good bass extension, projected into the room beyond the confines of the speaker enclosure.
Dolby Atmos and DTS HD decoding is also provided. Although no additional audio processing details are provided, it is assumed that the projector employs downmixing and virtual surround processing to provide a Dolby Atmos/DTS HD listening experience from its two-channel configuration. Also, with the projector’s HDMI-eARC port it can pass Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD bitstreams to a compatible external audio system if desired.
Formovie T1 Projector Features
The core video features of the Formovie UST include:
Product name: Fengmi Formovie Laser TV T1
Processor: MediaTek MTK MT9669
RAM: 3GB DDR4
Built-in Storage: 64GB eMMC high-speed flash memory
Imaging Chip: TI (Texas Instruments) single DLP chip (exact size/model not provided)
Resolution: 4K UHD via XPR Pixel Shifting.
Laser Light Source: ALPD® RGB+ 20,000 hour use life.
Light Output: 2800 ANSI lumens max white light output
Native Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
Wide Color Gamut: BT.2020
Screen Size: 80 to 150-inches. The T1 can project a 100-inch image from a distance of 20cm (approx 7.9 inches)
THX Certified: Formovie laser projectors were the first ultra-short throw models to receive THX certification.
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ compatibility.
Motion Processing: MEMC smooth motion.
Control: Voice Remote provided.
- HDMI 2.0 (3) – HDMI Input 3 is eARC enabled.
- USB (2)
- Headphone 3.5mm (1)
- Digital Optical Audio (1)
- Ethernet (1)
Fan Noise: Less than 28dB
Dimensions: 550 x 349.2 x 107.5mm (21.7 x 13.74 x 4.32 inches)
Weight: 9.8kg/21.6 pounds
Pricing & Availability
The Formovie T1 is initially only available in mainland China. No information is provided as to when, or if, this projector will be available in the U.S.
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