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: 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. Benefits under the manufacturer's warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law. For details, click here.

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (5.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Simply Magnificent

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    A magnificent product, tremendous piece of industrial design and performance. Musical excellence, coupled with cutting edge techno 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.

    • Written by from Milford

    40 of 42 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Simply Magnificent
  • Powerful and Detailed

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have been a fan of Bowers and Wilkins since I got the MM-1's, so I was interested in listening to the A7 particularly as I'm lim I have been a fan of Bowers and Wilkins since I got the MM-1's, so I was interested in listening to the A7 particularly as I'm limited for space in my flat.

    The unit itself is stylish and more importantly sonically packs detail and power, from New Order to the Clash it handles really well. Just be careful where you place it, I have it 2 inches away from the wall and the bass is really tight.

    Not cheap, but great piece of hardware.

    • Written by from Manchester

    28 of 29 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Powerful and Detailed
  • Simple and stunning

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Setup took less time than unboxing. Easy but naturally, RTFM!

    The sound is, for a single box, stunning. To qualify what I say Setup took less time than unboxing. Easy but naturally, RTFM!

    The sound is, for a single box, stunning. To qualify what I say, let me tell you that I use an AK120 with an RSA blackbird and an Ultrasone Edition 8 set of cans for my portable setup after years of experimentation with portable sound.

    The box can sound a little bass heavy if you position it incorrectly, but overall the trebles are clean and detailed without much discernible sibilance, the mid tones are strong and refined without being domineering. The bass is extended and clean without being boxy.

    The SN ratio is excellent across the whole range at all volumes.

    I have a rather extreme HiFi setup, but there are times I listen to the music and actually forget it is just the A7 I have put on and not the dual mono block valve amps and the electrostatics. Yes, it is that good if you take some time to position it right.

    Solid build quality. Not as uber-stylish as some people reckon (in my opinion) but nice and discrete and easy to forget about until you stream some content through it.

    Highly recommended.

    • Written by from Plymouth

    18 of 18 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Simple and stunning
  • Wonderful

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Marvellous quality and seamless operation.

    • Written by from Upton upon Severn

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Wonderful
  • Almost a one star until...

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was about to return this speaker - because of the wifi/Airplay link not working very well. I have a strong signal and use Airpor I was about to return this speaker - because of the wifi/Airplay link not working very well. I have a strong signal and use Airport Extreme router , so was very disappointed when the speaker kept spluttering and stalling whilst using the Airplay setting - it was happening at least once every couple of minutes and also losing the network setting. I had to keep resetting the speaker and inputting all the wifi settings. In the end I moved my modem and router into the same room as the speaker and now the Airplay works perfectly. The sound quality is excellent and cannot be faulted. The speaker is quite small so fits perfectly on a book shelf. I've connected it to my iPhone and iPad without any issues and also trialled the USB input which works really well should it ever be required. I'm now delighted with it - and it deserves the 5*

    • Written by from Wirral

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Almost a one star until...
  • Fantastic

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Having been a Bower & Wilkins fan and owning a good few of there products for many years another fantastic product .
    Bass and c Having been a Bower & Wilkins fan and owning a good few of there products for many years another fantastic product .
    Bass and clarity superb .
    I know the price is maybe high but you get a product that is built by craftsmen that know how to build speakers.
    Well done again to Bower & Wilkins
    Mike

    • Written by from Doncaster

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Fantastic

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