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.
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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
122 of 134 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
106 of 119 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
99 of 106 people found this useful
Needs Volume Control
I recently purchased the A7 to use as my Airplay speakers for the AppleTV. Recently, the AppleTV added the ability to specify AirP I recently purchased the A7 to use as my Airplay speakers for the AppleTV. Recently, the AppleTV added the ability to specify AirPlay speakers. The problem is it is not very easy to change volume. (It can only be done with the IR remote for AppleTV, and then only by pausing and adjusting. Very awkward.)
Other AirPlay speaker manufactures--I won't mention names--have fixed this by adding this volume controls to their respective Apps.
This seems like an essential feature for the A7. B&W should develop an App to replace their IR remote control, thereby providing a true network experience.
As I purchased my A7 at the Apple Store, I have two weeks to decide to return the A7 and buy another AirPlay speaker. I really like the sound, but without volume control for AppleTV, it's not enough.
I give five stars to the A7 sound quality, but 0 stars to the B&W App. …
- Written by C. Bryan D from Winnetka
A truly amazing product go buy it today
I was really unsure about buying the a7, after reading a whole host of negative comments about it's AirPlay connection stability, I was really unsure about buying the a7, after reading a whole host of negative comments about it's AirPlay connection stability, but I am soooo pleased I did. This speaker is beautiful, sounds incredible, is a cinch to set up and it's airplay connection has been flawless.
Of course it's pricey, but you will not hear better sound with AirPlay convenience. For some tunes it is honestly like hearing them for the first time - as the clear sound demonstrates melodies that were just lost on other speakers.
In summary, if you have the cash and are giving the a7 serious thought - dive in and get it today - you won't regret it. …
- Written by Simon M from Barnard Castle
Simple and stunning
Setup took less time than unboxing. Easy but naturally, RTFM!
The sound is, for a single box, stunning. To qualify what I say Setup took less time than unboxing. Easy but naturally, RTFM!
The sound is, for a single box, stunning. To qualify what I say, let me tell you that I use an AK120 with an RSA blackbird and an Ultrasone Edition 8 set of cans for my portable setup after years of experimentation with portable sound.
The box can sound a little bass heavy if you position it incorrectly, but overall the trebles are clean and detailed without much discernible sibilance, the mid tones are strong and refined without being domineering. The bass is extended and clean without being boxy.
The SN ratio is excellent across the whole range at all volumes.
I have a rather extreme HiFi setup, but there are times I listen to the music and actually forget it is just the A7 I have put on and not the dual mono block valve amps and the electrostatics. Yes, it is that good if you take some time to position it right.
Solid build quality. Not as uber-stylish as some people reckon (in my opinion) but nice and discrete and easy to forget about until you stream some content through it.
Highly recommended. …
- Written by philip W from Plymouth
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
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. …
- Answered by John F
Is B&W A7 stereo sound , being a single speaker ? and does it have surround effect ?
- Asked by Rajan K
Stereo sound is always best achieved with stereo speakers and surround sound is best achieved with a Stereo sound is always best achieved with stereo speakers and surround sound is best achieved with a surround sound set up. If you're a stickler for the above, this may not be for you. It does, however, (I.M.H.O.) provide a totally excellent solution to wireless playing of iTunes, in a compact form. …
- Answered by John F
Is the B&W A7 speaker suitable for outdoor or marine use?
- Asked by Ron J from Farmington Hills
It sounds great regardless of where its at but it wouldn't hold up against heavy amounts of dust or It sounds great regardless of where its at but it wouldn't hold up against heavy amounts of dust or any kind of liquid. …
- Answered by John M from Ypsilanti
Are there any receptacles on the A7 to connect your iDevice with a cable or is it Airplay only?
- Asked by Mark K from Vancouver
There is an audio out jack on the back of the device. And you can use airplay.
- Answered by Charles H from Brooklyn
How do the MM1s compare to the other AirPlay enabled B&W speakers?
- Asked by Guillaume T from Quebec City
I have the premium edition of Spotify on my iPad, and it works flawlessly over AirPlay to my Apple T I have the premium edition of Spotify on my iPad, and it works flawlessly over AirPlay to my Apple TV - I wouldn't see why it'd be any different for the A7 (or any other AirPlay-enabled device). …
- Answered by Christian P from Surprise