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.
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.
- 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 ForPlaying and controlling your music wirelessly, from anywhere in the room.
What's in the Box?
- Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System
- Power supply
- 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
- Mfr. Part Number: FP33936
- UPC or EAN No.: 714346314959
- 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
- Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bowers-wilkins-airplay-setup/id506471253?mt=8
Bowers & Wilkins Control
Welcome to the Bowers & Wilkins Control app, formerly known as Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup.
This intuitive app will help you to setup and manage your Wireless Music System. For new Wireless Music System owners, the app will walk you through all the simple steps to connect to your Wi-Fi network and start streaming your music quickly. For existing owners the app will discover your Wireless Music Systems and let you manage the name settings.
To get started with your Wireless Music System setup or management, simply launch the app and follow the on screen instructions. Help is available in each step as you go, and you can contact Bowers & Wilkins from the app if you need more assistance.
To get the best experience with your Bowers & Wilkins Wireless Music System, ensure you have the latest version of this app, as new features and improvements will be added in future updates.
• This app is only compatible with A5, A7, Z2 and Zeppelin Air.
• To use AirPlay on your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, iOS 4.2 or higher is required.
• To use AirPlay on your Mac or PC, iTunes 10.1 or later is required. …
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Ratings & Reviews
Beautiful Clarity and Apple Like Quality
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 Randy E from Collingwood
72 of 90 people found this useful
Very good for the size
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 Craig H from Smyrna
47 of 59 people found this useful
Excellent so far
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 Jed L from Hilliard
41 of 53 people found this useful
My kids got me the A5 for Christmas 2012 to go with my new Mac and I can't begin to express how disappointed I am with this speake My kids got me the A5 for Christmas 2012 to go with my new Mac and I can't begin to express how disappointed I am with this speaker. When it works the sound is awesome, however, it has never worked for more than 15 minutes without dropping out, EVEN WHEN HARD WIRED!! Took the A5 along with my hard drive to the Apple Store for evaluation--they confirmed there was nothing wrong with my internal speakers, and when they hooked the A5 up to one of their computers they had the same issue with it in the store! After many hours of over the phone trouble shooting with a B&W rep, I sent it in its original packaging back to B&W for diagnosis/replacement ($55 shipping cost). A few weeks later they sent "a new one" back to me (without an original box) with diagnostics on my "old one" that said no issues were found. Within 20 minutes of playing the replacement A5, it started dropping out again. I'm passed the 2 year mark from original purchase date, and one year of replacement date, but given the amount of time, energy and money I've already spent on this speaker in addition to the $599 price tag, I have simply given up. SO FRUSTRATED!!!!!!! They should refund my money....!!! …
- Written by Cris S from louisville
Doesn't stay connected
Sometimes it works, but most times it doesn't. Sometimes it won't even connect at all. Sometimes it loses connection every few min Sometimes it works, but most times it doesn't. Sometimes it won't even connect at all. Sometimes it loses connection every few minutes. Sometimes it works for a few hours. If you enjoy disconnecting from your wifi over and over again but you don't care too much for actually hearing sound come out of your speaker, this is the speaker for you. …
- Written by Laurent P from Montreal
I had similar problems to many of the other people here. Audio drops out frequently when streaming music and film and there is a c I had similar problems to many of the other people here. Audio drops out frequently when streaming music and film and there is a constant delay in audio vs picture when streaming live TV. Despite several attempts to fix the problems without resorting to wires (the whole point of the product) I was unable to so both the A5 and A7 that I bought are going back to the shop. …
- Written by William A from London
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
if i watch a movie on my macbook pro, will these speakers work?
- Asked by Matthew K from New York
- Nov 29, 2012
No, not through Airplay. The speakers will work but there will be a few seconds (1-2) of delay betwe No, not through Airplay. The speakers will work but there will be a few seconds (1-2) of delay between your mac and the speakers, so watching a movie won't be an option. …
- Answered by Alexis D from San Francisco
- Feb 16, 2014
Will the Bowers & Wilkins A5 airplay system allow BBC iPlayer Radio to stream to it from iPhone or iPad?
- Asked by Christopher M
- Mar 18, 2013
Yes, no problem. Whatever plays on your iPhone or iPad speaker will, when using airplay to redirect Yes, no problem. Whatever plays on your iPhone or iPad speaker will, when using airplay to redirect the sound, go to the A5. The quality is excellent. …
- Answered by Paul H
- Mar 30, 2013
If I use my Apple TV to play music, will these speakers work through that?
- Asked by Andy M
- Oct 22, 2012
YES, as long as it is a 2nd or 3rd generation ATV.
- Answered by Todd T from Wichita
- Nov 7, 2012
Can two or more A5 speakers be used together simultaneously? If I have the B&W Zeppelin Air, will it be able to play simultaneously with the A5?
- Asked by Lauren N from Houston
- Nov 10, 2012
Yes, via the computer. IOS device, you can only use one speaker at a time. So in iTunes select mu Yes, via the computer. IOS device, you can only use one speaker at a time. So in iTunes select multiple speaker option and choose all the speakers you want. Select the sone or playlist and you are ready to go. …
- Answered by Brian U from Boston
- Nov 14, 2012
Can we use the b&w speakers as computer speakers without a cable connection to our computer?
- Asked by Pauline V
- Aug 31, 2013
You can on a Mac anyway! If you go into audio preferences you have the option to select these as the You can on a Mac anyway! If you go into audio preferences you have the option to select these as the audio output rather than the built in speakers.. …
- Answered by Aaron F
- May 1, 2014
Can I Airplay video to my Apple TV and sound to this?
- Asked by Jack D
- Oct 14, 2013
I have not tested the 1st scenario but I use my Apple TV and output the sound to an A5...it works a I have not tested the 1st scenario but I use my Apple TV and output the sound to an A5...it works a treat and sounds great :) …
- Answered by Aaron F
- May 1, 2014