• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Fantastic

    • Written by from DERBY

    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.

    82 of 88 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Clarity and Apple Like Quality

    • Written by from Collingwood

    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.

    66 of 82 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    • Written by from London

    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 ..

    62 of 75 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Escellent Speaker for the price

    • Written by from London

    I just bought this speaker 2 days ago from covent garden apple store. I have been using the B&W speakers for ipod and iphone for long.

    Well the speaker packs some good sound. I found the sound better then the Zeppelin Air. The setup was done in less then 2 minutes. Its light and portable to carry. Fantastic sound and if you are someone who loves instrumental or classical music this is the right speaker.

    Was comparing it with the Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit and I found the B&W much better in terms of sound. Design wise B&O is great but we are not paying for the design.

    Dont have any second thoughts go for this model. Found the sales women not very smart when explaining about the speaker. It was like she was least bothered. Take your time in listening to the sound when buying.

    55 of 62 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good for the size

    • Written by from Smyrna

    Bought this to use in a small room. The sound quality and available volume are very good for such a small device. It does, however, start distorting near full volume, but we would never use that volume for anything other than testing the speaker.

    B&W are noted for producing realistic sound. If you are looking for silly bass levels, look elsewhere. If you want true to life sound quality, B&W is your brand.

    The A5 is perfect for a small to medium sized room. For a bigger room the A7 may be more suitable, depending on how loud you play your music.

    Setup was very easy and worked first time. I downloaded the setup app before the speaker arrived, and had it playing within a couple of minutes of plugging it in. Have your WiFi password handy for installation.

    Price: It is B&W, so it will have a premium price. I believe the value is worth it.

    44 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sublime sound

    • Written by from Kettering

    Picked this up from the Leicester apple store. AirPlay set up took a minute! And what a beautiful speaker it is. Very pleased. Beats the Bose sounddock 10 hands down. A lot of depth to the sound. Ideal for people who do not want the massive thumping produced from the subwoofer of zeppelin air or sounddock 10.

    37 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent so far

    • Written by from Hilliard

    On the technical side, everything just worked. Very simple set up procedure—best AirPlay setup I've used so far, in fact. (I've set up 4 different AirPlay speakers.)

    On the audio side, I can't imagine much better sound coming out of a similar size package. I am especially glad there isn't an artificially inflated bass or other gimmicks that make it sound big on the showroom but not so good at home. Instead, this simply delivers crisp audio without distortion.

    As long as you aren't expecting a wide open stereo sound stage or to experience the kind of sound you'd get out of a larger system with dedicated speaker, receiver, and amp, you will be very pleased with this product.

    It's so good I'm thinking about getting the MM-1 computer speakers, which this is apparently similar too.

    40 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    poor setup and no wireless n

    • Written by from Markham

    I'm on my way to the store to return this product. I couldn't have been more disappointed with the setup - I worked at it for hours before I found the two key issues, 1) you can't have a special character in your password, 2) you have to have wireless g compatible network. So what do these things have in common, they aren't documented anywhere. You will be searching the web for hours like I did in order to find this stuff. The product is less than 6 months old and it doesn't have wireless n, how crazy is that. I live in an apartment with 30-40 wifi networks around me…there is too much competition on every channel for me to be using wireless g. So here is the suggestion that I got, get an airport express. I just paid $500 for this thing and now I should spend $100 to get it working and doesn't that go against the whole reason I purchased an airplay speaker?!?! So you might be wondering why I gave this two stars instead of one, well I thought it did have nice sound when I plugged it directly into my router…and besides who takes those guys seriously that post 1 or 5 stars. ;)

    36 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Magnificent

    • Written by from Milford

    A magnificent product, tremendous piece of industrial design and performance. Musical excellence, coupled with cutting edge technology, create an incredibly compelling product.

    //Design
    Minimalist, classy, expensive.

    //Build Quality
    Absolutely what you would expect from Bowers & Wilkins - top notch. From the nautilus tweeters, to the class D amplifiers powering each driver, this speaker oozes quality.

    //Sound
    Sublime! Detailed throughout the range, well balanced, and delivering the vinyl-esq warmth that is the B&W trademark. The soundstage produced from one box is incredible. The DAC upscales lossy MP3s to deliver a depth that only the most discerning of audiophiles will be pick holes in. In a word, incredible.

    //AirPlay
    Flawless, delivering lossless streams from iPad, iPhone and iMac without issue. One cautionary note, lossless streams require a strong WiFi connection to prevent break in streams from packet loss.

    //Setup
    A doddle, the app from B&W is simple and effective.

    //A7 or A5?
    I have both the A7 and the A5, so can make a real life comparison between the two. The A7 provides a more dynamic range from the seperate sub-woofer, offering greater detail in the low to mid range. The A5 therefore has a 'fresher' feel, with greater reliance on mid range. However, both are incredible, and in a blind test the average consumer would be hard pushed to notice the difference. If you have the money, get the A7, however if you get the A5 you will be more than happy.

    //Summary
    This speaker will make you love with music again. Get one without hesitation.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great system just needs the right app!

    • Written by from Ash Vale

    I wanted to post a review on here as I’ve discovered a few important points in the last couple of days with this product that I feel need to be shared.

    I bought one last weekend on a bit of a whim to replace a Bose Companion 3 I had connected to my tv so I could gain airplay streaming. At first the TV results were disappointing compared to the Bose mainly due to the lack of bass adjustment. I have now replaced the phono headphone lead from the TV with a DAC made by CYP AU-D3 (£40) using a fibre optic cable from the TV and then a phono lead. This gave an immediate improvement and was a lot better, and to be honest using this as a tv sound bar is missing the point slightly!!

    As for “the not very impressed” comments below he does have a point both the tones were slightly off and the minimum volume level is high using the apple music app on the iPad. HOWEVER download the EQ10 app from the app store (69p) and this gives a great equaliser that you can use to get the sound spot on and also allows you to reduce the minimum volume past the previous level to barely audible. I highly recommend it.

    This is a great system for anyone like me who has a small lounge and wants great sound.

    The conclusion I have come up with is that it is far superior than the native music app on any idevice and these apps are the shortfall. Upgrade your app to one designed to work with anything bigger than head phones and you will be blown away by the quality.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound; awful wireless connectivity

    • Written by from Chicago

    This speaker was fairly easy to set up and the sound is perfect--when you get sound. Frequently, but erratically (it doesn't happen every time), when I pause my music or turn the speaker off for a time, it disconnects and cannot be reconnected via Airplay. B&W support suggested that I use a different Wi-Fi channel, but changing channels does not resolve the situation. Looks like a common problem among the reviewers here.

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    i'm still gonna give it chance

    • Written by from North York

    Before I begin, i will explain my technology setup:

    i have a BRAND NEW wireless network (Netgear3800) that handles 300mbs sec, dual band, I've got a NAS 323 setup, and i live in a condo. The router is in the living room, as is the B&W A5 speaker, and my macbook air 13 inch 2012, all in the same room. I also have a brand new airport express in bedroom 2 to use airplay on the speaker there.

    So the speaker sounds AWESOME, and even without the sub, it's got a nice amount of lows and bass sound that doesn't take away from the clarity of the highs and mids sounds. I'm using lossless Apple Songs when playing and for some reason, any time i'm shopping or purchasing new songs online, while playing, it totally CUTS OUT. My wife can also be playing songs of her iPhone and even if we aren't doing anything at all on the network except playing music, it will still chop the songs up. I'm trying to figure out what else i can do to avoid this from happening, like running this on the 5ghz router band, but then some of the components wont be able to attach to the speakers.

    I also tried last week the pioneer A4, and have to say the bass was way too much and muffled the mids and highs, i really do like this A5 speaker, and want to keep it, but this chopping up songs is quite annoying cause it sounds REALLY good

    27 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best AIrplay Compact System..Period!

    • Written by from Boston

    I've tried several systems (10+) that are sold in the apple store and I can tell you from my experience this is the best sounding airplay speaker you can buy. I wish I could afford the A7, but still very happy with the A5 and quality sound.
    Setup was a breeze, just download the APP and follow the instructions. There is also a MAC DMG version you can use to configure. Only a few times have I lost signal from an iOS device. I've never lost using my macbook pro. I've listened for hours and cannot express how great the sound is, clear and great bass. I plan on saving up to buy for another room in my house.
    If you buy it you will not be disappointed.

    24 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Setup failed

    • Written by from Zürich

    Setting up with with Mountain Lion on my MacBook Pro 13'' Retina failed. Easy setup turned out to be anything else than easy. The B&W setup App did not discover the device and any possible solutions provided by the step-by-step problem solving did not work either. There is no help line to call. Leaves me in a frustrated state, having spent a lot of money.

    34 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How very disappointing

    • Written by from Sidney

    I am so very disappointed in this product. I previously owned a Bose sound dock but, after hearing a friends B&W Zeplin Air I decided to purchase a B&W unit and bought the A7. Setup was difficult due to lack of detailed instructions. I eventually accomplished the setup and settled in to listen to the crystal clear sound from the speaker system. No disappointment here at all! It's a spectacular unit. However, after a day of working almost seamlessly, it now quits within ten minutes of starting. I have rebooted the speakers and checked the router without finding any problem. Both my iPhone and my wife's iPad experience the same problem and both of these devices are within 10 feet of the speaker system. I have scoured the internet for a solution and nothing comes up. The person who recently wrote that all these complaints are likely "user caused" has prompted me to submit this saga. It is one more example of the problem and is definitely NOT my fault. A perfect example of great speakers but poor wireless technology. I will be returning this speaker next week.

    30 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I gave up...

    • Written by from Fort Lee

    great when you can connect to it via wi-fi. Worked may be 2 hours out of the past 20 days. Luckily apple took it back.

    30 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    • Written by from Copenhagen

    The sound quality is excellent when it is working. But how often is that? it may work wirelessly for a few months (90% of the time) and then something happens to it and no matter how many times I re-install it works for 4 seconds and then cuts out. I have a very strong airport wireless network but this makes no difference.

    If only I had a dollar for every time i have re-set the system, and all to no avail. A very expensive disappointment!

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Purchase

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I made the mistake of thinking that because this item was expensive and sold in an apple store, it would work well. All airplay devices are challenged, but being in a one bedroom apartment with 2 aiport speakers, an apple tv with speakers, and an airport express with bose speakers, all running through an airport extreme, i can tell you that this device is the worst of the bunch. And their customer support contact is very hidden, and barely helpful. I've spent hours trying to reconfigure my airport express to work. Buy and airport express and speakers, save money, and thank me later.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    does not perform as advertised

    • Written by from Newberg

    For Christmas '12 bought an A7 and an A5. The A7 works well, the A5 cannot hold a connection to the wireless. I have the latest Airport station. Add to frustration is sending an email to B&W and not getting any results from them. In order to send one email you have to enter so much information....various serial numbers, model numbers for the airport, what type of computer, software, etc. It is a bit maddening. There seems to be an acute issue with the software. I suggest you avoid this model, I am returning mine.

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    keeps disconnecting

    • Written by from New York

    Just awful. Buyer beware. Keeps disconnecting, no matter how strong your network. Do not buy.

    13 of 16 people found this useful