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. : 714346314720
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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
149 of 166 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
118 of 128 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
121 of 139 people found this useful
Your connection will be dropped. No matter what you do.
No doubt about the exceptional sound quality of this speaker.
High frequencies are crispy and bass is impecable.
But, it's ve No doubt about the exceptional sound quality of this speaker.
High frequencies are crispy and bass is impecable.
But, it's very frustrating listen to a song and get your connection dropped.
Often the led goes blinking purple and we need to re-setup the Wi-fi, or, wait a long time until it works again.
I work with IT and I didn't give up right of the bat. I troubleshooted it with all my heart to make worth my 800 bucks. Connected it to the wired network, cleaned up my iPhone, closed all applications, updated to the latest and greatest, even upgraded my Wifi to Airport Extreme, but even the six antennas in it didn't do the trick.
It's a beautiful speaker, as long as you're wired.
I'll give it two stars, for all the annoyance it caused me. …
- Written by Dalton K from Calgary
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Almost a one star until...
I was about to return this speaker - because of the wifi/Airplay link not working very well. I have a strong signal and use Airpor I was about to return this speaker - because of the wifi/Airplay link not working very well. I have a strong signal and use Airport Extreme router , so was very disappointed when the speaker kept spluttering and stalling whilst using the Airplay setting - it was happening at least once every couple of minutes and also losing the network setting. I had to keep resetting the speaker and inputting all the wifi settings. In the end I moved my modem and router into the same room as the speaker and now the Airplay works perfectly. The sound quality is excellent and cannot be faulted. The speaker is quite small so fits perfectly on a book shelf. I've connected it to my iPhone and iPad without any issues and also trialled the USB input which works really well should it ever be required. I'm now delighted with it - and it deserves the 5* …
- Written by Iain J from Wirral
1 of 1 people found this useful
The best letdown by AirPlay
The Bowers and Wilkins A7 is without doubt a 5 star product unsurpassed in terms of sound refinement and quality but its one great The Bowers and Wilkins A7 is without doubt a 5 star product unsurpassed in terms of sound refinement and quality but its one great achilles heal is its reliance on AirPlay. Whether you choose wireless or ethernet connection makes no difference you will suffer the occasional dropout to a greater or lesser degree while ever AirPlay acts as the control. You may be able to live with that but I cannot. Apple's AirPlay is robust when coupled to its own AppleTV but it is anything but rock solid with the A7. The only guarantee that no dropout will ever occur would be to connect your Apple device with a Lightning to USB converter then USB to the A7 making a direct non wireless link - but that rather defeats the object of a wireless device. For those doubters out there having read all the reviews (like me) my wifi signal is very good and suffers no dropouts at all in any other situation, so after various patient scenarios in trying to get AirPlay to play ball without issues (dlan adaptor, even a new router) I reluctantly had to return the A7 even though it wasn't faulty. A shame. Maybe B&W are working on an alternative approach to reliable hq streaming without using AirPlay - I hope they are. …
- Written by Christian W from Honley, Holmfirth
12 of 13 people found this useful
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
- Nov 12, 2012
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
- Nov 19, 2012
Can the audio played from speaker when I stream the video is streamed to TV using Apple TV?
- Asked by Aloysius L
- Jun 23, 2014
Is bowers air play like sonos where you can connect the A5 and A7 to play at the same time?
- Asked by George J
- Dec 29, 2013
You can add more speakers but they will be playing the same source material. Unlike the Sonos howeve You can add more speakers but they will be playing the same source material. Unlike the Sonos however (which doesn't use AirPlay) AirPlay is not as stable and you will at some stage, and to varying degrees, experience dropout. It also makes no difference how good your router is or whether you connect the A5/A7 by ethernet - while ever the control component is based on AirPlay you will get dropout. It was something I could not live with despite the 5-star quality of sound - I ended up with Sonos and their rock solid network protocol. …
- Answered by Christian W
- Jun 24, 2014
The compatibility for B & W's A7 doesn't list the 5th generation iPod, is it compatible?
- Asked by Tom R from Calgary
- Feb 6, 2013
if you mean the iPod Touch 5th generation, the answer is "YES IT SURE DOES" with iOS7, I mainly use if you mean the iPod Touch 5th generation, the answer is "YES IT SURE DOES" with iOS7, I mainly use the iPod Touch 5G with my A7 …
- Answered by John F
- Jan 1, 2014
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
- Nov 2, 2013
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
- Feb 6, 2014