Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay Wireless Music System

Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay Wireless Music System

NZ$ 1,499.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 74 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    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.

    Powerful drivers

    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.

    Easy set-up

    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.

  • Highlights

    • 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 For

    Playing 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
  • Tech Specs

    • 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.
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: FP33502
    • UPC or EAN No.: 714346314706

    Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products

    • Note: Apple's One Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer - Please see your product box and literature for details. Rights under the product manufacturer's warranty are in addition, and not instead of, any rights that you have under consumer protection laws.

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iPhone models

iPad models

  • iPad 2 (2nd generation)

  • iPad (3rd generation)

iPod models

  • iPod touch 2nd Generation

  • iPod touch 3rd Generation

  • iPod touch 4th Generation

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Outstanding

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Damascus

    146 of 162 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Outstanding
  • Awesome Sound & Quality

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Wichita

    116 of 125 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Awesome Sound & Quality
  • Simply, the best speaker I ever owned

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    1. Unboxing
    Apple-like experience.
    2. Appearance/Form factor
    Extremely good build quality. Love the minimalistic finish. Fits p 1. Unboxing
    Apple-like experience.
    2. Appearance/Form factor
    Extremely good build quality. Love the minimalistic finish. Fits perfectly in the bookshelf.
    2. Setup
    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)
    4. Extras
    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 from 港区

    118 of 135 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Simply, the best speaker I ever owned
  • The best letdown by AirPlay

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Honley, Holmfirth

    3 of 3 people found this useful

    Was this useful? The best letdown by AirPlay
  • A7 USB in Connects Directly iPad USB out

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I just discovered that My iPad air connects directly to my B&W A7 Via USB. I use the apple Lightning to USB adapter ( part of th I just discovered that My iPad air connects directly to my B&W A7 Via USB. I use the apple Lightning to USB adapter ( part of the camera connection Kit) This way you get much better sound than going in aux since it goes in digitally and uses the internal D/A convertors. The sound is phenomenal but I guess most of the folks are busy trying to connect this system to bad wifi networks and aren't to bright

    I have no problems with wifi connectivity. it is average performance and does drop out once in a while but no more or less then my apple tv or airport mini airplay.

    The important thing of a speaker is the sound and this is the most tonally accurate and pleasing I have heard in this size. This is comparing it to the Bose sound touch 30, Sonos and some others in the price range. The Bose sound touch 30 was very good too and has some advantages in wifi over this one, though the sound was like watching a TV where the color, contrast sharpness were tuned up all the way lacking in Midrange.

    • Written by from Glen Gardner
    Was this useful? A7 USB in Connects Directly iPad USB out
  • Fantastic Quality and sound

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is one fantastic product, supper quality and unbelievable base and clarity from such a small box. If you want the flexibility This is one fantastic product, supper quality and unbelievable base and clarity from such a small box. If you want the flexibility of having this unit positioned in various places around the house, the airplay is a great option. I have a robust wifi system and the whole setup was straight forward. I get the odd dropout or break in a sound for a second but soon comes back. I've read other people have had real issues with airplay but it is dependent on a good wifi signal. Wifi will never be 100% reliable and is always susceptible to interference and dropout. Depends what's important to you, you'll never beat a piece of wire for reliability but it has it's limitations.

    So if you want a great sound and the freedom to utilise the device all over the house, then this is ideal. If you want 100% uninterrupted music then you need to invest in some wire. The most important thing is, they sound fantastic and would recommend one if you have the cash

    cheers

    Chris

    • Written by from Birmingham
    Was this useful? Fantastic Quality and sound

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