Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay Wireless Music System

Bowers & Wilkins A7 AirPlay Wireless Music System

$799.95

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 76 reviews

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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-Analog 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.

  • 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?

    Four drive units and a 6-inch subwoofer deliver realistic, widely spread audio.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Experience the superb sound of music from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod via AirPlay wireless.
  • What's in the Box?

    • Bowers & Wilkins A7 Wireless Music System
    • Power cord
    • Remote
  • Tech Specs

    • Frequency Response: 36Hz - 42kHz
    • Input Type: 3.5mm Stereo Jack, USB
    • Other Features: AirPlay
    • Connections: AirPlay
    • Speaker Configurations: Stereo
    • Drivers: Five
    • Power Source: AC
    • Height: 8.66 in./22 cm
    • Width: 14.17 in./36 cm
    • Weight: 12.57 lb./5.7 kg
    • Length: 6.3 in./16 cm
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: FP33502
    • UPC or EAN No.: 714346314744

    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.
    • Warranty: Two years

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.5 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

    165 of 188 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

    127 of 141 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

    132 of 155 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Simply, the best speaker I ever owned
  • Great sound but unstable connection

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    I have had this classy airplay speaker in my bedroom since Summer 2014. The sound is really great. Great midtone and treble with l I have had this classy airplay speaker in my bedroom since Summer 2014. The sound is really great. Great midtone and treble with loads of detail and clarity, and the bass really digs deep. Actually the bass is a bit to much even though I prefer the warm Bowers & Wilkins sound. I recommend stuffing a foam plug in the opening on the back which keeps the bass balanced.
    When set up correctly the speaker is supposed to show up on your Airplay list in the bottom of your iDevice's display. Most of the time my speaker does not - and yes, I have set the speaker up correctly following the instructions in the control app quite a few times. Usually I have to use the B&W control app before the speaker shows up on my Airplay list, and I have to make some attempts to connect before I succeed. I have an Apple TV and a Sonos Play1 speaker (without a Sonos bridge) on the same network. The Apple TV is always on my Airplay list on my iDevices, and the Sonos speaker plays immediately when prompted from the Sonos app. So it seems to be a B&W issue. And it simply is not good enough for a product at this price.
    One more thing to point out is how the speaker spreads the sound. It does not. There is practically no sound dispersion. Not a big issue for me but the sound really seems to come from a single spot in the room.

    • Written by from Hull
    Was this useful? Great sound but unstable connection
  • No regrets ...

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    ... and worth every penny.

    It's worth mentioning that the A7 does require a solid wireless network to function as it should.
    ... and worth every penny.

    It's worth mentioning that the A7 does require a solid wireless network to function as it should.

    I'm running BT Infinity at a stable +60Mbps through an AirPort Time Capsule base station. I run iMac, iPad, iPhone and Apple TV over AirPlay and don't experience any problems. I also utilise the A7 as a sound bar for the occasional film, which works a treat and a very immersive experience at that.

    I purchased through John Lewis so still fifteen months of guarantee to go.

    My wife also loves the A7 and if she's happy then I'm happy. She's big on full screen YouTube music videos on 27" iMac or the TV with the A7 output. The whole sync works perfectly.

    • Written by from Strood

    0 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? No regrets ...
  • 802.11n incompatible!

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    About to throw this fabulous speaker in the bin. Had returned it to have it serviced because it refused to be set up wirelessly, e About to throw this fabulous speaker in the bin. Had returned it to have it serviced because it refused to be set up wirelessly, even back at the shop by the shop technician. It had stumped three people trying to get it to operate wirelessly. One a young tech geek from an electronics store, the Hi Fi tech that sold it to me and myself with 20+ years mac history.

    So it turns out it's WiFi isn't compatible with 802.11n. Yes, the flagship mac WiFi thats three times as fast and double the range of the next one down that it is compatible with - g. Its not in the manual mind you. Its buried on one of their customer help pages.

    So I have connected it to the second Wifi signal I happen to have coming out of the ADSL router which is 802.11g. Set up ran smoothly. Playback seems clear and uninterrupted so far. Finally enjoying after a year.

    NEEDS A BIG FAT STICKER SAYING WHAT IT WORKS WITH OR AN UPGRADE.

    Amazing sound, disappointing on fast mac networks, saved from the bin.

    • Written by from South Melbourne

    2 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? 802.11n incompatible!

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