• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Experience over 1 year

    • Written by from london

    I have been using the A5 every day for over a year. Here is my assessment:
    -great build and looks (if you like the spaceship styling)
    -setup was easy
    -sound quality is good but obviously depending on the quality of your digital music / streams. I use it from IOS with Spotify mainly set to highest streaming quality and its awesome at 320KBS fills the large room fully and crisp
    -network connectivity is mainly stable but have had some problems connecting from a laptop, dropping out
    -using with apple TV is a mixed bag as initially airplay would not let me stream movie audio to A5, had to use a cable - now it kind of works wirelessly
    -switching sources is problematic e.g. when I switch from streaming from iPad to Apple TV the Apple TV does not remember the airplay connection and sometimes the speaker does not show up as an airplay connection at all and I have to reboot apple TV or router
    -the B&W IOS setup / control app is basic and there have not been any software updates in a year which is not a good sign from B&W

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great in a bedroom or small office

    • Written by from New York

    I just received my unit today and have been testing it out in my bedroom. The room is about 10x12' with 12' ceilings here in NYC. The B&W A5 sounds great and more then fills the room. First, I have read numerous reviews of this product which are mixed specifically regarding the sound quality. I consider myself a entry level audiophile and used to work for a very popular sound company that makes similar style products. My HIFI setup is a Rotel amplifier combine with B&W 601 speakers, which sounds very very good.

    In my opinion, the B&W A5 has a little better sonic output then a Bose Wave Radio II (last model I used). For it's size and form factor, the sound quality is very good. I was not wowed by the sound quality, however I thought again and this is certainly a small form factor unit. I understand the larger Zeppelin and/or A7 have better sound quality, however one must consider the size of those units. Those two units may be better suited for a living room or larger sized room.

    In general, I'm pleased. The sound quality could be better especially in the highs, however for the form factor, which is a bit taller then a Wave Radio, the A5 performs great. Hopefully, B&W releases updated DSP firmware to handle better high end sound.

    In regards to configuration, the setup was very easy from my iPhone. In my opinion, this is the sort of unit you purchase to have hidden away in a office bookshelf, kitchen corner or bedside table. If you are considering a larger space, the Zeppelin and/or A7 may be better suited.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers and Wilkins A5

    • Written by from ELK GROVE

    I don't usually write reviews but I have to say about bowers and wilkins A5 has to be the best speaker I have ever bought a little price but very worth it. the fact that i is airplay is better than wifi or bluetooth. and the bass is off the wall. on dropping off like some wifi or bluetooth. buy it you won't be sorry.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    very good range and clarity

    • Written by from Toronto

    Yes, Airplay is not a perfect technology. Connection will drop for a myriad of reasons which have nothing to do with the quality of sound. And this is not a problem exclusive to B&W. I also have a Bose system and the sound of the A5 is superior. I did a lot of research and while this is on the expensive side, it has been the best performer to date.

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