Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System

Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System

$499.95

3.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 53 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    Pristine sound

    The A5 is designed to deliver spacious sound, from the highest quality audio files, wirelessly. Drivers from Bowers & Wilkins M-1 speakers, anti-resonance plug technology, and dimpled Flowports combine with high-quality, digital-to-analog 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 favorite 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
    • Optimized 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: 7.1 in./180 mm
    • Width: 11.8 in./300 mm
    • Weight: 7.94 lb./3.6 kg
    • Length: 4.7 in./120 mm
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: FP33936
    • UPC or EAN No.: 714346314959

    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-year limited

    Manufacturer Note

    • Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bowers-wilkins-airplay-setup/id506471253?mt=8

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Beautiful Clarity and Apple Like Quality

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Like other B & W products this speaker has beautiful clarity. Strings are fantastic. You hardly remember that this is only a $50 Like other B & W products this speaker has beautiful clarity. Strings are fantastic. You hardly remember that this is only a $500 speaker. The build is quality and matches up nicely with apple products detailed finishes. It took me all of 2 minutes to set-up with the handy airplay set-up app. After set-up, my speaker initially cut out a few times but I simply recycled (pulled the plug and restarted) my time capsule (Wifi). Problem solved and after 6 hours of playing; no issues. It also works great with my Zeppelin on multiple speakers airplay mode. If you want a home full of beautiful sound, you can do it very inexpensively with a few of these units.

    I highly recommend this speaker. I can't wait to get my B & W A7 as well.

    • Written by from Collingwood

    66 of 82 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Beautiful Clarity and Apple Like Quality
  • Very good for the size

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought this to use in a small room. The sound quality and available volume are very good for such a small device. It does, however Bought this to use in a small room. The sound quality and available volume are very good for such a small device. It does, however, start distorting near full volume, but we would never use that volume for anything other than testing the speaker.

    B&W are noted for producing realistic sound. If you are looking for silly bass levels, look elsewhere. If you want true to life sound quality, B&W is your brand.

    The A5 is perfect for a small to medium sized room. For a bigger room the A7 may be more suitable, depending on how loud you play your music.

    Setup was very easy and worked first time. I downloaded the setup app before the speaker arrived, and had it playing within a couple of minutes of plugging it in. Have your WiFi password handy for installation.

    Price: It is B&W, so it will have a premium price. I believe the value is worth it.

    • Written by from Smyrna

    44 of 55 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Very good for the size
  • Excellent so far

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    On the technical side, everything just worked. Very simple set up procedure—best AirPlay setup I've used so far, in fact. (I've se On the technical side, everything just worked. Very simple set up procedure—best AirPlay setup I've used so far, in fact. (I've set up 4 different AirPlay speakers.)

    On the audio side, I can't imagine much better sound coming out of a similar size package. I am especially glad there isn't an artificially inflated bass or other gimmicks that make it sound big on the showroom but not so good at home. Instead, this simply delivers crisp audio without distortion.

    As long as you aren't expecting a wide open stereo sound stage or to experience the kind of sound you'd get out of a larger system with dedicated speaker, receiver, and amp, you will be very pleased with this product.

    It's so good I'm thinking about getting the MM-1 computer speakers, which this is apparently similar too.

    • Written by from Hilliard

    40 of 52 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Excellent so far
  • Dissapointed

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    I am a HUGE Bowers & Wilkins fan (I own 6 of their CM9s and a full surround set of their XT series) so I pretty much bought this c I am a HUGE Bowers & Wilkins fan (I own 6 of their CM9s and a full surround set of their XT series) so I pretty much bought this completely disregarding all the negative reviews I read. Alas, I have now had it for 2 hours and it is going back to the shop tomorrow. I have a white light flashing rapidly which, if you go to their site and download a manual (they don't give you one in the box!) will tell you that it is because there is a firmware error. I'll exchange this for a new unit and see what happens.

    • Written by from Spring Hill

    1 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Dissapointed
  • Simply Amazing!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Set-up: simple, easy. I downloaded the Control App from B&W onto my Mac as well as iOS device. If you're setting up the A5 using y Set-up: simple, easy. I downloaded the Control App from B&W onto my Mac as well as iOS device. If you're setting up the A5 using your Mac, and you're running a dual-band Wi-Fi network; make sure you selected the 802.11g band. After set-up completes, you can switch back to the faster band. Set-up took about 5-minutes and the A5 was ready to go.

    Sound: currently breaking in the A5 but the sound is fantastic. I'm using the A5 as a speaker on my balcony. Even with all the city noises in NYC, the A5 can easily output clear, crisp music to your listening content. The only thing louder than the A5 is the occasional ice truck when it comes around. My range of musical taste varies from electronic dance music to rock to classical to R&B, basically everything except for country. The bass is tight, while the mids and highs are crystal clear.

    Design: what can I say, it's B&W. Simple, elegant, clean and well constructed. The use of aluminum is tastefully done. Sadly there is a power brick, although not obnoxious in size.

    Overall impression: highly recommended if you're in the market for great looking, amazing sound AirPlay speaker. Others have written about AirPlay connection with the A5 and how it keeps dropping. I live in a NYC 33-floor high-rise apartment and there are a lot of Wi-Fi networks, problem but I haven't experienced any (knock on wood). I am using Apple's 802.11ac Time Capsule with dual-bands, in which the A5 is connected to 802.11b/g/n. My Macs and iOS devices are connected 802.11ac and easily see the A5 for wireless streaming.

    • Written by from Long Island City
    Was this useful? Simply Amazing!
  • Solved audio dropouts problem (apparently)

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    As most opinions here I agree, loved the design and the sound quality is very good for the kind of compact device it is. The probl As most opinions here I agree, loved the design and the sound quality is very good for the kind of compact device it is. The problem comes from connectivity, since I purchased it a few months ago I experienced constant dropouts in the sound when playing from my Mac, very annoying.

    I looked for some solution and found some advices at B&W support page (unfortunately this review page doesn't accept to copy links). I have just turned off the bluetooth and not a single dropout in the last hour… I hope it keeps this way… and this comment is useful for others… good luck!

    • Written by from Barcelona

    0 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Solved audio dropouts problem (apparently)

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