• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but unstable connection

    • Written by from Hull

    I have had this classy airplay speaker in my bedroom since Summer 2014. The sound is really great. Great midtone and treble with loads of detail and clarity, and the bass really digs deep. Actually the bass is a bit to much even though I prefer the warm Bowers & Wilkins sound. I recommend stuffing a foam plug in the opening on the back which keeps the bass balanced.
    When set up correctly the speaker is supposed to show up on your Airplay list in the bottom of your iDevice's display. Most of the time my speaker does not - and yes, I have set the speaker up correctly following the instructions in the control app quite a few times. Usually I have to use the B&W control app before the speaker shows up on my Airplay list, and I have to make some attempts to connect before I succeed. I have an Apple TV and a Sonos Play1 speaker (without a Sonos bridge) on the same network. The Apple TV is always on my Airplay list on my iDevices, and the Sonos speaker plays immediately when prompted from the Sonos app. So it seems to be a B&W issue. And it simply is not good enough for a product at this price.
    One more thing to point out is how the speaker spreads the sound. It does not. There is practically no sound dispersion. Not a big issue for me but the sound really seems to come from a single spot in the room.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great, but finicky.

    • Written by from Edmonton

    WHEN it's connected to the wifi, this unit sounds great. Way better sound than the Zeppelin. But, it loses wifi connection way to often. There about 20 combinations of flashing, pulsing, and solid colours for the little led indicator on the front. Flashing red (fast as opposed to pulsing) means, literally, "invalid input - any". What in the world does THAT mean???
    There is nothing in the owners manual to tell you what to do. The Zeppelin manual says that this means the unit (Zeppelin) has entered protect mode and service is required.
    Well, I simply unplugged the A7 and plugged it back in, and presto! A solid purple ( actually visibly half blue and half red) light, and the thing started working again.
    The 7 needs to be foolproof and idiot proof. It is neither.
    But it does sound great....when it works.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Maybe I expected too much.

    • Written by from Chesterfield

    I will start by saying I'm certainly not an audiophile and don't have "golden" ears but I do know what I like. The A7 sounds like what it is, a small all in one shelf unit and possibly the best all in one shelf unit on the market. The only problem is in this segment you could probably find several speakers costing half as much that sound virtually the same to most ears.
    Airplay is another achilles heel with the A7 as others have noted. I have 2 airport extremes blanketing the house with wifi and you could be certain every 45 minutes to an hour the airplay would cut out with the A7 for a couple seconds or more. Have several Apple TV's that I havent had any trouble with using airplay so I cant help but blame the weak G wifi card in the A7. Overall probably better solutions out there for an airplay speaker.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great speaker for the size but not the price

    • Written by from San Diego

    it's a nice speaker if you have a limited space. the sound is very good (mine sounded so so at first, but did get much better after a few days of breaking in). the base is good for a small speaker, but it does not sound like a big system like bose sounddock 10 does when you turn the volumn up. it's fuller sound than bose at low to mid volume. the airplay sometimes drops if there is any interference such as when my microwave is on.
    it's a great speaker, but for the price i expected better.

    20 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound lousy streaming.

    • Written by from Mckinney

    Let me get down to the nuts and bolts of Things. Setting up the Airplay requires that you download an app and it takes at least 5 minutes or more to sync. The B&W sounds great but the Airplay does not have good range and will only steam music around 40 feet away without skipping and lagging. For $857 is should both sound good and stream music reliably. It seems B&W spent all there efforts on the acoustics side and very little time on the Airplay side. For a device that is designed to be portable and wireless I consider this a failure. You may be asking yourself maybe his wifi is not efficient enough to stream past 40 feet? My wifi has no trouble streaming music to my iPads, iPhones anywhere in my house or to my play stations that are at an equal distance as the A7 was or to my Apple TV and Samsung DA E750 which is located in the same location as the A7 used to be.

    16 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bass is way too strong

    • Written by from Tomigusuku

    The overall sound quality is excellent, however the bass is too strong to be labelled as a "natural sounding speaker". Unlike the Zeppelin Air there is no setting to change the bass level at the DSP processing side.

    Although this is not a knock on the product itself, I was unaware that Airplay is woefully inadequate for anything except iTunes playback. If you try to use as a high-quality speaker for iOS apps, for example, you either get silence or the playback is delayed heavily. In other words, useless for anything EXCEPT music playback.

    It's very good for what it does, although for something at this price I was expecting something a little more balanced.

    16 of 29 people found this useful