Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System

Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System

S$ 849.00

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 75 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    Pristine sound

    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.

    Easy set-up

    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.

  • Highlights

    • 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 For

    Playing and controlling your music wirelessly, from anywhere in the room.
  • What's in the Box?

    • Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System
    • Power supply
    • Remote
  • Tech Specs

    • 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.
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: FP33936
    • UPC or EAN No.: 714346314935

    Warranty

    • 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.

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Absolutely Fantastic

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from DERBY

    80 of 85 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Absolutely Fantastic
  • Beautiful Clarity and Apple Like Quality

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Collingwood

    64 of 80 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Beautiful Clarity and Apple Like Quality
  • Brilliant

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from London

    61 of 74 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Brilliant
  • Pretty darned good!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very impressed. Astonishing sound quality from a little box. Maybe the A7 is better, but the A5 is pretty darned good. Doubt I cou Very impressed. Astonishing sound quality from a little box. Maybe the A7 is better, but the A5 is pretty darned good. Doubt I could appreciate the difference.

    Unlike some reviewers I found Airplay easy to set up. Using iPad Air and ios 7.1 with the B&W app through a BT Homehub 3 router it worked first time.

    Not cheap, but worth the money.

    • Written by from Ashbourne
    Was this useful? Pretty darned good!
  • Don't like the way this speaker manages volume setting

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pros: Strong amplifier. Beautiful design

    Cons: Depends on digital volume (i.e. the iTunes volume slider) to control volume. Pros: Strong amplifier. Beautiful design

    Cons: Depends on digital volume (i.e. the iTunes volume slider) to control volume.

    The speakers have volume buttons (+/-) but what these do is send a digital signal through AirPlay asking the controlling computer/phone to lower the volume. Press the + button and you'll see the volume slider on iTunes or your phone going up.

    This means that the amp is fixed at a given gain, and the speakers depend on the input coming at a lower level when the volume is down. Two problems I see from this:

    a) at lower volumes, you get less resolution. Digital music use numbers to represent the amplitude of the sound. If you have 8 bits, then there are 256 possible values. If you have more bits, the digital sound signal will be more accurate to the original analog signal. When you are forced to use the digital volume control to keep the sound to a reasonable volume (say 10%) you are using only 25/26 out of the 256 possible values. So your accuracy is equivalent to have only 5 bits, instead of 8. This is something similar to what happens on a digital camera when you have to use the digital zoom (less quality) vs. using a true lens zoom.

    b) drivers may get damaged when you accidentally switch from computer speakers or headphones to the A5. I personally use the iTunes volume at around 80% when using the speakers of my MB Air, and around 60% when using headphones. If you forget to lower the volume to 20% before switching to the A5, you'll jump out of your chair...

    • Written by from Dexter
    Was this useful? Don't like the way this speaker manages volume setting
  • Superbly musical

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I already own a zeppelin air, which is fantastic, even if care needs to be taken to tame it's sometimes unruly bass. I needed to r I already own a zeppelin air, which is fantastic, even if care needs to be taken to tame it's sometimes unruly bass. I needed to replace my ageing separates system in the bedroom (4 x 4m) with something more stylish and 'wife friendly'. I didn't honestly expect too much from a product this compact, but I have to say, it's stunningly good, better than the zeppelin on balance. The sound is incredibly transparent, vocals sparkle, and treble is perfectly articulated, whilst bass is tight, fast and rythmic, and surprisingly abundant given the small size (obviously nowhere near the zeppelin in quantity). It may not be as warm as the usual b&w products and it's all the better for it since it's so musical.

    Super impressed!

    • Written by from London

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Superbly musical

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