The ultimate wireless music system, Bowers & Wilkins' A7 speakers give you the best of quality audio engineering and superior electronics with wireless AirPlay streaming from your iPad, iPhone and iPod.
Superb sound wirelessly
Wireless audio is up-sampled through A7's audiophile-quality 96kHz/24bit Digital-to-Analogue Convertors (DACs), reducing noise and increasing dynamic range, for a more detailed, natural sound.
For a natural and widely spread sound, there's a 6-inch Kevlar-reinforced subwoofer delivering rich, deep bass and a bank of four high-quality drive units providing excellent dispersion. Each of the five drive units is powered by dedicated audiophile Class D amplifiers, so A7 delivers truly impressive audio quality.
The free Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App will walk you through the simple steps to connect your A7 to Wi-Fi, and choose and manage your settings, all wirelessly.
- Audiophile quality DACs for natural sound
- Five drive units, individually powered for high-quality audio
- 6-inch Kevlar-reinforced subwoofer for rich, deep bass
- Advanced Digital Signal Processing for great sound at all listening levels
- AirPlay for high-resolution wireless audio streaming
Did you notice?The discreet design means it works brilliantly in out-of-the-way places where it won’t be noticed, such as bookshelves.
Apple Recommends ForPlaying and controlling your music wirelessly, from anywhere in the room.
What's in the Box?
- Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay Wireless Music System
- Power cord
- Remote control
- Frequency Response: 36 Hz - 42,000 Hz
- Input Type: 3.5mm Stereo Jack, USB
- Other Features: AirPlay
- Connections: AirPlay
- Speaker Configurations: Stereo
- Drivers: Five
- Power Source: AC
- Height: 220 mm/8.66 in.
- Width: 360 mm/14.17 in.
- Weight: 5.7 kg
- Length: 160 mm/6.3 in.
- Mfr. Part Number: FP33502
- UPC or EAN No.: 714346314706
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Ratings & Reviews
I recently upgraded from the Zeppelin Air to the new B&W A7. I wondered if the A7 would justify the extra money and within minute I recently upgraded from the Zeppelin Air to the new B&W A7. I wondered if the A7 would justify the extra money and within minutes of the first use, I was very happy with the upgrade. First, the set up took less than a minute using the B & W app. The same app didn't work as well on the Zeppelin even though they're both using AirPlay devices. It took me over an hour to set up the Zeppelin and it I was only able to do it with an old Gateway laptop. It wouldnt take to my MBA or any of my iOS devices. None the less, it eventually connected and it sounded great. The A7 delivers (IMO) crisper fuller tones. Our great room has 25ft ceilings and the A7 easily fills the room. I took it outside to do yard work and it still sounded great without having wall to bounce sound off of. Plus, it reconnects within seconds of plugging it back in. Again, the Zeppelin takes up to 10 minutes...I moved it one time, and at first thought I had to reconfigure it. Since the A7 reconnects so quickly, I take it with me to another room if I think I'm going to be in it for a while. It's also more compact and can fit into more narrow places, ie the toilet tank. I'm planning on getting at least one more. I want every room to have one. It's so convenient with the airplay. I've never had an interruption or dropped connection. Before I had the dedicated AirPlay speakers, I used apple tv to stream Pandora, but I have to either leave the system on or turn it on every time I want to listen. This stays on standby mode until you're ready.
Lastly, the build quality is classy and conservative. It easily blends with any decor and doesn't compete for attention. I've become a little discriminating to electronics and feel like the music systems should be heard, not seen...that much. …
- Written by Edward R from Damascus
136 of 150 people found this useful
Awesome Sound & Quality
I bought this item to replace my bose soundlink to play music throughout the house. This unit fills the house with highs & lows. V I bought this item to replace my bose soundlink to play music throughout the house. This unit fills the house with highs & lows. Very well balanced and clear sound, I don't think its even possible to distort the sound even at the highest volume. Set up was extremely easy using the set up app available for ipad or iphone. I was however expecting the range using airplay to be significantly greater than I experienced with my bluetooth bose but that has not been the case. It cuts out if I walk outside or move behind 2 closed doors. That said airplay does offer other advantages over bluetooth. This unit connects to any device easy once you are logged onto the same network. I would buy this speaker alone just for the sound it produces (and I will for a second one in the bedroom). …
- Written by TODD T from Wichita
108 of 116 people found this useful
Simply, the best speaker I ever owned
2. Appearance/Form factor
Extremely good build quality. Love the minimalistic finish. Fits p 1. Unboxing
2. Appearance/Form factor
Extremely good build quality. Love the minimalistic finish. Fits perfectly in the bookshelf.
Connected to the power cord. Set it up with the App from iPhone. Just had to follow through the user-friendly wizard. It was up and running!
3. Sound quality
Simply magnificent, near sublime sound quality! Response to wide range of frequencies, from bass to tweet is well balanced. No distortions observed even at the maximum volume. (Disclaimer: I am not an audiophile)
B&W gives three months of gift subscription for the Society of Sound where you could obtain high-fidelity FLAC 24-bit albums, with which, the true potential of this system could be unleashed.
Room for improvement:
Although A7 DAC is capable of processing 96kHz 24 bits, currently Airplay (although I am not sure whether is it Apple of B&W to blame) supports only up to 44.1kHz 16 bits.
Obscurity in tech specs:
It is not clearly stated whether A7 supports Wireless N? (since I have a wireless router with a/b/g/n support, I have no way to verify) …
- Written by Sriram I from 港区
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I purchased the A5 and A7 and played them side by side, the same song, to compare.
The A7 did have a richer sound (quite reaso I purchased the A5 and A7 and played them side by side, the same song, to compare.
The A7 did have a richer sound (quite reasonable as it is quite larger and heavier) – I returned the A5. Hey, I figured if I’m going to splurge on a great unit I may as well go all the way.
The setup was relatively painless. The app didn’t seem to realize the setup was finished and froze, but once the purple light on the unit was no longer flashing, I shut off the crashed app and the A7 was setup and played.
Luckily I have not had the serious connection problems that others have reported. It’s not perfect – some dropouts - but not enough to regret my purchase.
The sound is beautiful. Songs that I know well reveal details lost on my previous speakers. The only thing missing is stereo separation, but of course it’s a single unit, not two speakers in opposite corners of my room.
The generous amount of free music to download is an unexpected present from the trial membership to the Society of Sound.
Purchasing the A7 was a fine decision. …
- Written by Michael L from Toronto
I only need three words...
Easy (set-up), Beautiful (design) and Awesome (sound)!
- Written by Bill H from London
Finally a great speaker
I have not been lucky with B&W speakers. Last year I bought the Zeppelin Air. Sound is really great but the connectivity drops out I have not been lucky with B&W speakers. Last year I bought the Zeppelin Air. Sound is really great but the connectivity drops out way to often. Having that experience I still decided to buy an A7 for our library because I really like the good sound. A7 we bought was remarkebly easy to set up but the sound was terrible - the bass speaker indisde was not functioning. After exchanging it for a new A7 from the store I can truely say this one is great. Have not had a single connectivity issue and the sound is amazing. …
- Written by Niels W from New York
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What is the difference between the B&W A7 and the Zeppelin Air from a sound quality point of view?
- Asked by Andrea F from Brooklyn
I've had both and enjoyed the Zeppelin, but replaced it with the A7. I wish I had taken the time to I've had both and enjoyed the Zeppelin, but replaced it with the A7. I wish I had taken the time to listen to them side by side, but I difference was still clear when I received the A7. I don't have the vocabulary of the audiophiles, so I'll do the best I can. There's absolutely no distortion with the A7 even at full volume whereas the Zeppelin distorted ever so slightly. I was also able to enjoy a more spacious sound from the A7 and more pronounced bass. I'd guess it's due to the new design. As I'm writing this review, I listening to a Tracy Chappman track and she sounds lie she's sitting in the room with me. Everything is so unbelievably clear. I warned you my vocab was less than par...Anyways, I hope this helps:) …
- Answered by Edward R from Damascus
can you hook the A7 up to the television for audio sound?
- Asked by Jennifer M
Yes you can. You would need a 3.5mm stereo audio cable Male to 3.5mm stereo audio cable Male.
I h Yes you can. You would need a 3.5mm stereo audio cable Male to 3.5mm stereo audio cable Male.
I have a Panasonic Plasma TV which is a few years old so I connected one end of the audio cable to headphone input of the TV and the other to A7 audio output. In the TV sound settings, don't forget to put up the headphone speaker volume to the max. …
- Answered by Sougata C from Rhodes
Can someone please confirm if this supports 802.11n (2.4Ghz only [802.11bn]) or 802.11g? tl;dr, is it 802.11n?
- Asked by Anthony N from Austin
To use your Wireless Music Systems AirPlay feature with a wireless N router, ensure the router is br To use your Wireless Music Systems AirPlay feature with a wireless N router, ensure the router is broadcasting using a wireless G (802.11g) signal, or a mixed variant including wireless G. Most routers will have this enabled automatically.
Wireless Music Systems are not compatible with Wireless N (802.11n).
This is cut and pasted, directly from Bowers & Wilkins' website (support section)
I hope this helps.
We've just had our broadband upgraded to Virgin Media which uses 802.11n but the router also supports 802.11g and the A7 is working just fine. …
- Answered by John F
The compatibility for B & W's A7 doesn't list the 5th generation iPod, is it compatible?
- Asked by Tom R from Calgary
Which speaker is the better. The Bose Sound Dock 10 with Bluetooth or the B&W A7 Airplay?
- Asked by Rod B from Ohiopyle
I don't think there is a better Airplay speaker than the A7 even the Bang & bang Olufsen A8 is hard I don't think there is a better Airplay speaker than the A7 even the Bang & bang Olufsen A8 is hard to compare, although it also sounds fantastic. I don't think Bose products are on the level of B&W or B&O personally.
On another note I think the quality of Airplay is better than Bluetooth in general but Bluetooth is more widely compatible. …
- Answered by John M from Ypsilanti
any other connection? is it only connect with airplay? is possible connect with PS3?
- Asked by Chun Lung L
The A7, and B&W's Zeppelin Air, has an input for an optical input. Even the latest, slim PS3 has an The A7, and B&W's Zeppelin Air, has an input for an optical input. Even the latest, slim PS3 has an optical output. You just need a digital audio (TOSLINK) cable to run between them. Apple sells one from Belkin for £15.
Your TV might also have a digital audio output, in which case you can send audio from its built-in TV receiver and other connected devices to the A7.
The less expensive (£400) A5 speaker doesn't have an optical input. …
- Answered by Alan S