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
71 of 88 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
46 of 58 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
I keep waiting for a software update to fix this thing, no luck. Save your money and get something else. I had the Zeppelin and I keep waiting for a software update to fix this thing, no luck. Save your money and get something else. I had the Zeppelin and it worked flawlessly, great sound, but much pricier. This thing will not hold a connection - using an airport extreme, iPhone, iMac, iPad, you name the apple product. It just doesn't work. …
- Written by Matthew M from Houston
Great sound when it works
The sound of the A5 is great compared to other speakers of its size. It looks great, and the sound fills an average size room a l The sound of the A5 is great compared to other speakers of its size. It looks great, and the sound fills an average size room a lot better than most bluetooth speakers. For the price I expected this. What I didn't expect was the troubles using it with Airplay. I can not get through a single song without it cutting out or just completely stopping the song. I have to connect it back to Airplay so many times that I end up just using an AUX cable which defeats the main purpose of this speaker. If I wanted to be tethered to my speaker I would not have spent $500. I've tried everything I can and everything recommended by B&W and it just won't stay connected. The only solution I have found is to hardwire the speaker to an ethernet port, but considering my router is in another room of my house, I would need to either run a very long cable or use a wi-fi relay to make this happen. For something that is supposed to make listening to music easy, this is too complicated for the price. …
- Written by David M from Chicago
WiFi Drop outs constantly
I too have had constant flaky WiFi dropouts making me revert to using the A7 in the adjacent room. Waste of $599 !!
- Written by Mark H from Blackheath
1 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Are you able to play different music at the same time (A5 and desktop) from same library?
- Asked by Fillicia W
- Aug 13, 2014
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
Is the JBL Flip Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker able to pair through Bluetooth or Airplay with Apple TV?
- Asked by Joel S from Astoria
- Jun 29, 2013
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