Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay Wireless Music System

Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay Wireless Music System

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.: 714346314720

    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 (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

    154 of 175 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

    124 of 137 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

    126 of 147 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Simply, the best speaker I ever owned
  • if only I'd read the reviews

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    If only I'd read the reviews before I spent £700+ on the A7. I so much wanted it to work. It sounds great... yes we all know tha If only I'd read the reviews before I spent £700+ on the A7. I so much wanted it to work. It sounds great... yes we all know that, but it just fails to stay connected. 2 years or so I've had it now. It works wonderfully for a week or two then... gone. drops off the network, won't reset, nothing to do.. then miraculously there it is again. talk about frustration!!! Every Time I got the box out to return it it started working again... I know.. that sounds stupid. Please Mr B+W do something to stop us regretting our major cash outlays or take this product off the market.

    • Written by from wotton-under-edge

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? if only I'd read the reviews
  • sound is amazing, connectivity is inexcusable

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm joining the chorus here. Gorgeous sound until it drops out and the speaker needs a hard reset.

    The speaker is not far from I'm joining the chorus here. Gorgeous sound until it drops out and the speaker needs a hard reset.

    The speaker is not far from the AirPort, nor are the MacBook and iPhone I've used to play music. I've never had problems with any other wifi or AirPlay devices but this one just won't work consistently. The longest I've gone before a total ker-splat is maybe four songs.

    Help! Isn't there some kind of firmware update that can solve this? I'm obviously not the only one having this problem.

    • Written by from Palm Beach Gardens

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? sound is amazing, connectivity is inexcusable
  • Great sound when it works

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Constant source of frustration. I have spent hours and hours trying to get this speaker to work consistently but it continues to d Constant source of frustration. I have spent hours and hours trying to get this speaker to work consistently but it continues to drop signals and require hard resets. I have tries everything, complete waste of money

    • Written by from Toronto

    6 of 7 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great sound when it works

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