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
67 of 83 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
44 of 55 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
40 of 52 people found this useful
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 NJ H from Spring Hill
1 of 2 people found this useful
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 Maximilien N from Long Island City
Solved audio dropouts problem (apparently)
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 Enrique R from Barcelona
0 of 1 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
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
Is this wall mountable?
- Asked by Esther S
- Nov 26, 2013
- Answered by Juan C M from Dexter
- Apr 4, 2014
Can we use the b&w speakers as computer speakers without a cable connection to our computer?
- Asked by Pauline V
- Aug 31, 2013
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
if i watch a movie on my macbook pro, will these speakers work?
- Asked by Matthew K from New York
- Nov 29, 2012
Yes simply go to settings, sound, output and choose the B&W's as your preferred speaker.
- Answered by Christopher C from Bellflower
- Mar 10, 2013