The A5 is designed to deliver spacious sound, from the highest quality audio files, wirelessly. Drivers from our M-1 speakers, anti-resonance plug technology and dimpled Flowports combine with high-quality, digital-to-analogue converters and processors to carry a digital signal untainted by distortion, to a room-filling, yet surprisingly compact, system.
Stay in control
Play and control music wirelessly, anywhere in the room. Or, with more than one A5 forming a multiroom system you walk your music from room to room effortlessly in the palm of your hand.
Listening how you like it
AirPlay on A5 works seamlessly with your favourite music apps, like Last.fm, Pandora and Mixcloud.
The free Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App will walk you through the simple steps to connect your A5 to Wi-Fi, and choose and manage your settings, all wirelessly.
- High-quality Class-D amplifier
- Single discreet, compact unit
- Comes with Apple AirPlay technology
- Optimised to handle broadest range of frequencies
- Play music wirelessly from computer, iPhone or even apps
- Pristine sound
Did you notice?Compact and designed to perform in out-of-the-way areas, the A5 is a great choice for places where space is at a premium.
Apple Recommends ForPlaying and controlling your music wirelessly, from anywhere in the room.
What's in the Box?
- Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System
- Power supply
- Frequency Response : 40 - 24,000 Hz
- Input Type : 3.5mm Stereo Jack
- Other Features : AirPlay
- Connections : AirPlay,Wireless
- Drivers : 4
- Power Source : AC
- Height : 180 mm/7.1 in.
- Width : 300 mm/11.8 in.
- Weight : 3.6 kg
- Length : 120 mm/4.7 in.
- Mfr. Part Number : FP33936
- UPC or EAN No. : 714346314935
- Note : Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
Bowers & Wilkins Control
Welcome to the Bowers & Wilkins Control app, formerly known as Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup.
This intuitive app will help you to setup and manage your Wireless Music System. For new Wireless Music System owners, the app will walk you through all the simple steps to connect to your Wi-Fi network and start streaming your music quickly. For existing owners the app will discover your Wireless Music Systems and let you manage the name settings.
To get started with your Wireless Music System setup or management, simply launch the app and follow the on screen instructions. Help is available in each step as you go, and you can contact Bowers & Wilkins from the app if you need more assistance.
To get the best experience with your Bowers & Wilkins Wireless Music System, ensure you have the latest version of this app, as new features and improvements will be added in future updates.
• This app is only compatible with A5, A7, Z2 and Zeppelin Air.
• To use AirPlay on your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, iOS 4.2 or higher is required.
• To use AirPlay on your Mac or PC, iTunes 10.1 or later is required. …
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Ratings & Reviews
Picked up on of these from my local hi-fi shop and all I can say is WOW. Very easy to setup, you just download the free B&W app f Picked up on of these from my local hi-fi shop and all I can say is WOW. Very easy to setup, you just download the free B&W app from the app store, configure the settings and you're up ready to go in less than 2 minutes. Couldn't be easier.
The sound is great, I found that playing my music at about a third of the maximum volume was perfect, but if you need to, you can really crank up the volume and make some noise.
It looks great too.
very happy with my purchase and would highly recommend it. …
- Written by Kyle B from DERBY
76 of 81 people found this useful
Just get one today in the Regent Street Apple Store.
Really easy to set up and start playing your iTunes library.
It sounds incr Just get one today in the Regent Street Apple Store.
Really easy to set up and start playing your iTunes library.
It sounds incredible,crisp and clear..A joy listen music in this thing ..
Totally worth it .. Well done once again .. …
- Written by Rolando G from London
60 of 72 people found this useful
Beautiful Clarity and Apple Like Quality
Like other B & W products this speaker has beautiful clarity. Strings are fantastic. You hardly remember that this is only a $50 Like other B & W products this speaker has beautiful clarity. Strings are fantastic. You hardly remember that this is only a $500 speaker. The build is quality and matches up nicely with apple products detailed finishes. It took me all of 2 minutes to set-up with the handy airplay set-up app. After set-up, my speaker initially cut out a few times but I simply recycled (pulled the plug and restarted) my time capsule (Wifi). Problem solved and after 6 hours of playing; no issues. It also works great with my Zeppelin on multiple speakers airplay mode. If you want a home full of beautiful sound, you can do it very inexpensively with a few of these units.
I highly recommend this speaker. I can't wait to get my B & W A7 as well. …
- Written by Randy E from Collingwood
60 of 76 people found this useful
Amazing Audio, Superb Build Quality, Highly Recommended A+
I had done extensive research on a number of Airplay speakers from Sonos, Bose, B&W and others and ended up deciding on a Bowers & I had done extensive research on a number of Airplay speakers from Sonos, Bose, B&W and others and ended up deciding on a Bowers & Wilkins A5 and an A7.
After an initial and very easy setup on my iPhone I had a little trouble in picking the A7 up through wifi (the A5 was fine). After searching on the internet I discovered problems with Airplay devices can occur due to the router settings (so if you have problems check if your router is "n" and "g" compatible and also firewall settings etc), however once that was solved I was able to be fully blown away by the audio quality of these devices.
I had already heard them in a shop but once they had the closer acoustics of my rooms at home they sounded even better! I used to have Bose Soundocks and in all honesty these eat those for breakfast!
The build quality is excellent as is the audio quality. Personally I really like the design - they look inconspicuous yet stylish.
The balance of bass, middle and treble is perfect. Very deep bass (especially on the A7) pounds the airways with crystal clear trebles and everything in between. To say I am impressed is an understatement and considering the size of these devices I think B&W should be commended on the quality they provide.
The A5 and A7 are not cheap but I believe they are well worth the money. My only negative other than the price is that there is no instruction manual included, however they can be downloaded in pdf format from their website.
If you are looking for some serious audio equipment for your iOS device or to play from your PC/Mac, look no further… …
- Written by Joseph T from Tunbridge Wells
Experience over 1 year
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 styl 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 …
- Written by Darryl Simon F from london
Air play connectivity A5
I have exacly the same problem as William from Jackson Heights. My device is connected and colour is purple but not possible to st I have exacly the same problem as William from Jackson Heights. My device is connected and colour is purple but not possible to stream music from WIMP. It happens randomly and there is nothing I can do. My wifi connection is not a problem. Guess I have to take my A5 B & W to the shop where purchased.
When it works sound quality is great. …
- Written by Norma esther K from København V.
1 of 1 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can we use the b&w speakers as computer speakers without a cable connection to our computer?
- Asked by Pauline V
- Sep 1, 2013
I set up the B&W A7 last night and the Airplay icon only shows on the iTunes screen and not in the m I set up the B&W A7 last night and the Airplay icon only shows on the iTunes screen and not in the menu extras bar, so I can't use the A7, but for iTunes. I can't see the A5 doing something the A7 can't. Perhaps it can be used as a computer speaker with Airport Express? But, on it's own, it doesn't appear so. …
- Answered by John F
- Nov 4, 2013
Can I also connect my CD player with a wire and have my Imac connected through Bluetooth?
- Asked by Laurent H
- Aug 13, 2013
I'd like to use the A5 as my primary audio source connected to my iMac. Can AirPlay be set up to stream all sounds and not just from iTunes?
- Asked by Matt W from Kirkwood
- Dec 3, 2012
Yes. Under sound you chose the A5 for output instead of your iMac internal speaker/s.
- Answered by Paul H
- Mar 31, 2013
Does this the B&W A5 have auto on when music is detected or do you need to use the remote and actually turn on the device each time you use it?
- Asked by Ryan B from New York
- Nov 25, 2012
As long as it is in sleep mode, and not standby mode, it will detect music coming from your network. As long as it is in sleep mode, and not standby mode, it will detect music coming from your network. Because it stays connected to the network in sleep mode, it will use more power when set up this way. …
- Answered by Matt W from Kirkwood
- Dec 3, 2012