Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System

Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System

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: 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 (4.5 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

    84 of 90 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Absolutely Fantastic
  • 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

    62 of 75 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Brilliant
  • Escellent Speaker for the price

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I just bought this speaker 2 days ago from covent garden apple store. I have been using the B&W speakers for ipod and iphone for l I just bought this speaker 2 days ago from covent garden apple store. I have been using the B&W speakers for ipod and iphone for long.

    Well the speaker packs some good sound. I found the sound better then the Zeppelin Air. The setup was done in less then 2 minutes. Its light and portable to carry. Fantastic sound and if you are someone who loves instrumental or classical music this is the right speaker.

    Was comparing it with the Bang & Olufsen PLAY Beolit and I found the B&W much better in terms of sound. Design wise B&O is great but we are not paying for the design.

    Dont have any second thoughts go for this model. Found the sales women not very smart when explaining about the speaker. It was like she was least bothered. Take your time in listening to the sound when buying.

    • Written by from London

    55 of 62 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Escellent Speaker for the price
  • An Excellent Airplay Speaker

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have had this speaker for five months now. It is very simple to set up using the ios app. The speaker does need a 20-30 hour bed I have had this speaker for five months now. It is very simple to set up using the ios app. The speaker does need a 20-30 hour bedding-in period as they were quite muffled when they came out of the box. However, once they settle in they have wonderful clarity, especially in the mid and higher ranges. The A5 doesn't have a sub-woofer, therefore relative to other speakers like the Zeppelin Air (which does) or the Bose Soundlink Air (which doesn't but is quite bass-heavy anyway) they are slightly lacking in the bass frequency range particularly at lower volumes. However, at a higher volume the bass is more prominent and can be increased further by placing the speaker close to a boundary wall or in the corner of a room (about 2 inches from a wall seems to work best). I have tried many Airplay speakers and to be frank they all drop network connections at some point. The A5 is about similar to the Bose Soundlink Air in this regard. I now use my A5 connected to the network by LAN cable and it hasn't dropped off the network in the last 3 months. If you are able to play this speaker at moderate or high volumes you will be get the best opportunity to experience the full clarity of it's soundscape!

    • Written by from Chippenham

    3 of 3 people found this useful

    Was this useful? An Excellent Airplay Speaker
  • Good sound - dreadful setup

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I purchased an A5 speaker 2.5 months back and since that time it has been nothing short of a painful experience trying to connect I purchased an A5 speaker 2.5 months back and since that time it has been nothing short of a painful experience trying to connect it our wireless network, and when it is connected it keeps dropping out. Originally I thought it was just our network, but since moving into our new office which has super fast fiber I realise its the fault of the speaker. I contacted the store I purchased it for (Apple, Churchill Square, Brighton) and the sales person said they had the same speaker and experienced the same issue. I have spent countless times trying to connect it, resetting, etc. and to be quite honest I have given up with it. I've been using computers for 25 years now, so am no technophobe when it comes to these things. I'm also so disappointed, seeing as its my fist B&W product. Apart from the setup issue, the speaker does have a good sound for its size. However, if you're looking for an amazing sound, I'd recommend the B&O A8.

    • Written by from Lewes
    Was this useful? Good sound - dreadful setup
  • 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!

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