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
- 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
60 of 76 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
38 of 49 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
36 of 48 people found this useful
Experience over 1 year
I have been using the A5 every day for over a year. Here is my assessment:
-great build and looks (if you like the spaceship styl I have been using the A5 every day for over a year. Here is my assessment:
-great build and looks (if you like the spaceship styling)
-setup was easy
-sound quality is good but obviously depending on the quality of your digital music / streams. I use it from IOS with Spotify mainly set to highest streaming quality and its awesome at 320KBS fills the large room fully and crisp
-network connectivity is mainly stable but have had some problems connecting from a laptop, dropping out
-using with apple TV is a mixed bag as initially airplay would not let me stream movie audio to A5, had to use a cable - now it kind of works wirelessly
-switching sources is problematic e.g. when I switch from streaming from iPad to Apple TV the Apple TV does not remember the airplay connection and sometimes the speaker does not show up as an airplay connection at all and I have to reboot apple TV or router
-the B&W IOS setup / control app is basic and there have not been any software updates in a year which is not a good sign from B&W …
- Written by Darryl Simon F from london
Air play connectivity A5
I have exacly the same problem as William from Jackson Heights. My device is connected and colour is purple but not possible to st I have exacly the same problem as William from Jackson Heights. My device is connected and colour is purple but not possible to stream music from WIMP. It happens randomly and there is nothing I can do. My wifi connection is not a problem. Guess I have to take my A5 B & W to the shop where purchased.
When it works sound quality is great. …
- Written by Norma esther K from København V.
1 of 1 people found this useful
Speaker is fine. AirPlay, not so much.
I'm not an audiophile so I won't get into the merits of the sound. To me it's great, and even 40% of its max volume is loud in my I'm not an audiophile so I won't get into the merits of the sound. To me it's great, and even 40% of its max volume is loud in my one-bedroom apartment.
The problem is AirPlay. The technology isn't reliable. The speaker might stream for hours without issue, and suddenly the audio will drop. It will stay that way until it's ready to resume. Nothing you, dear user, can do will fix it, if indeed you can isolate the source of the problem at all. Sometimes iTunes can't connect to the speaker, even though the speaker's status light says it's available. Other times the audio drops, but iTunes shows the song is playing and the speaker's light says it's on. What exactly is going on then? Network interference?
This speaker has both an aux audio port and an ethernet port, so there are wired options for backup. Those ports may be the only thing keeping the speaker from becoming a $500 brick on your bookshelf at some point. …
- Written by William W from Jackson Heights
2 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can we use the b&w speakers as computer speakers without a cable connection to our computer?
- Asked by Pauline V
- Aug 31, 2013
I set up the B&W A7 last night and the Airplay icon only shows on the iTunes screen and not in the m I set up the B&W A7 last night and the Airplay icon only shows on the iTunes screen and not in the menu extras bar, so I can't use the A7, but for iTunes. I can't see the A5 doing something the A7 can't. Perhaps it can be used as a computer speaker with Airport Express? But, on it's own, it doesn't appear so. …
- Answered by John F
- Nov 3, 2013
Can I Airplay video to my Apple TV and sound to this?
- Asked by Jack D
- Oct 14, 2013
No answers yet
Can I also connect my CD player with a wire and have my Imac connected through Bluetooth?
- Asked by Laurent H
- Aug 12, 2013
I'd like to use the A5 as my primary audio source connected to my iMac. Can AirPlay be set up to stream all sounds and not just from iTunes?
- Asked by Matt W from Kirkwood
- Dec 2, 2012
Yes. Under sound you chose the A5 for output instead of your iMac internal speaker/s.
- Answered by Paul H
- Mar 30, 2013
Does this the B&W A5 have auto on when music is detected or do you need to use the remote and actually turn on the device each time you use it?
- Asked by Ryan B from New York
- Nov 24, 2012
As long as it is in sleep mode, and not standby mode, it will detect music coming from your network. As long as it is in sleep mode, and not standby mode, it will detect music coming from your network. Because it stays connected to the network in sleep mode, it will use more power when set up this way. …
- Answered by Matt W from Kirkwood
- Dec 2, 2012