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.
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.
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.
- 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 ForPlaying 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
- 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.
- Mfr. Part Number: FP33502
- UPC or EAN No.: 714346314720
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Ratings & Reviews
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.
Minimalist, classy, expensive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This speaker will make you love with music again. Get one without hesitation. …
- Written by Jamie V from Milford
37 of 39 people found this useful
Powerful and Detailed
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 Michael S from Manchester
27 of 28 people found this useful
Simple and stunning
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 philip W from Plymouth
17 of 17 people found this useful
Almost a one star until...
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 Iain J from Wirral
1 of 1 people found this useful
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
- Written by Michael B from Doncaster
1 of 1 people found this useful
I only need three words...
Easy (set-up), Beautiful (design) and Awesome (sound)!
- Written by Bill H from London
0 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What is the difference between the B&W A7 and the Zeppelin Air from a sound quality point of view?
- Asked by Andrea F from Brooklyn
I've had both and enjoyed the Zeppelin, but replaced it with the A7. I wish I had taken the time to I've had both and enjoyed the Zeppelin, but replaced it with the A7. I wish I had taken the time to listen to them side by side, but I difference was still clear when I received the A7. I don't have the vocabulary of the audiophiles, so I'll do the best I can. There's absolutely no distortion with the A7 even at full volume whereas the Zeppelin distorted ever so slightly. I was also able to enjoy a more spacious sound from the A7 and more pronounced bass. I'd guess it's due to the new design. As I'm writing this review, I listening to a Tracy Chappman track and she sounds lie she's sitting in the room with me. Everything is so unbelievably clear. I warned you my vocab was less than par...Anyways, I hope this helps:) …
- Answered by Edward R from Damascus
Can the audio played from speaker when I stream the video is streamed to TV using Apple TV?
- Asked by Aloysius L
Is bowers air play like sonos where you can connect the A5 and A7 to play at the same time?
- Asked by George J
You can add more speakers but they will be playing the same source material. Unlike the Sonos howeve You can add more speakers but they will be playing the same source material. Unlike the Sonos however (which doesn't use AirPlay) AirPlay is not as stable and you will at some stage, and to varying degrees, experience dropout. It also makes no difference how good your router is or whether you connect the A5/A7 by ethernet - while ever the control component is based on AirPlay you will get dropout. It was something I could not live with despite the 5-star quality of sound - I ended up with Sonos and their rock solid network protocol. …
- Answered by Christian W
The compatibility for B & W's A7 doesn't list the 5th generation iPod, is it compatible?
- Asked by Tom R from Calgary
if you mean the iPod Touch 5th generation, the answer is "YES IT SURE DOES" with iOS7, I mainly use if you mean the iPod Touch 5th generation, the answer is "YES IT SURE DOES" with iOS7, I mainly use the iPod Touch 5G with my A7 …
- Answered by John F
Can someone please confirm if this supports 802.11n (2.4Ghz only [802.11bn]) or 802.11g? tl;dr, is it 802.11n?
- Asked by Anthony N from Austin
To use your Wireless Music Systems AirPlay feature with a wireless N router, ensure the router is br To use your Wireless Music Systems AirPlay feature with a wireless N router, ensure the router is broadcasting using a wireless G (802.11g) signal, or a mixed variant including wireless G. Most routers will have this enabled automatically.
Wireless Music Systems are not compatible with Wireless N (802.11n).
This is cut and pasted, directly from Bowers & Wilkins' website (support section)
I hope this helps.
We've just had our broadband upgraded to Virgin Media which uses 802.11n but the router also supports 802.11g and the A7 is working just fine. …
- Answered by John F