• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    If you have the patience...

    • Written by from Round Top

    The A7 took two day out of my life to set up and configure!

    Having said that, now that it is working I am very pleased with the quality of the sound and all my music is streaming nicely from my iPlaid.

    Afterglow (Of Your Love) by the Small Faces has never sounded better!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible connectivity over Wifi

    • Written by from Toronto

    Constant headache trying to reset it. Thought it was the unit and got a replacement for it, but the second one has the same connectivity issues. The unit looses connection to the local wifi network.
    At this price it should be flawless.
    Skip this one and save yourself the trouble!

    27 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, Wifi Tricky

    • Written by from London

    OK. I loooove the sound of this thing. Plus, does it get any easier than Airplay for iOS and iTunes users? I think not. So here is the catch. As other have mentioned, the WiFi connection is a bit shaky. It runs on G so it's stuck at 2.4GHZ as I understand it. I use an Airport Extreme which runs both 2.4 and 5 GHZ at the same time. I changed my channel on the 2.4G to 11 - anything above 5 should work. Since then it's been solid. It sounds so good that I'm willing to tolerate the occasional signal drop. Another wicked feature is the mini TOSLINK optical input. I have my TV as my hub so I can run the optical out of it and into the A7. Presto, big sound on my HD Cable, DVD's and Apple TV, all with the smallest and arguably most stylish footprint going. I don't need/want a bit HT set-up in my living room so this is just perfect. Finally, as a last workaround for signal integrity, I can just Airplay to my Apple TV, and use the optical into the A7.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A7 Bowers & Wilkins

    • Written by from calvert city

    Nothing compares with the sound quality of B & W A7 as I have owned the Bose Soundlink & JBL Extreme both excellent units .
    I use this unit as a sound bar for the TV and wireless music through iPhone and iTunes in computer.
    Balance, Clarity, sub woofer are as close to perfection as it comes for its size .
    Both side by side and my Onkyo, Klispch and Velodyne home system is 10% versus B&W A7 gets 90% usage.
    Also the tech support is excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W A7 - Outstanding sound.. The best if you want the best

    • Written by from West Des Moines

    Outstanding sound. The sound is clear, clean, dynamic and detailed. You can hear every instrument. Tight bass. You get a wall of sound out of a small box. You can't get a lot of stereo effect from a box that is 14 inches wide. It is there but not real noticeable. Not big deal for me. Very pleasing and accurate sound. Great looking speaker. People are having problems with set up. They need a better router. I too could not get the A7 to connect to my wireless system. I wanted the A7 so I purchased new router to see if it would solve my problem. I purchased a stronger router that was good for networking. With the new router my wireless was connected to the A7 n less than 60 seconds. B&W says you need a wireless "N" router. My new router had "B", "G" and "N" signals. The " N" did not work but the "G" signal did. The connection/sound has not failed one time. No loss of signal or drop outs. I just purchased a 2nd A7 to put in my kitchen. It too connected to my wireless system in less than 60 seconds. No loss of signal or drop outs. So maybe people should not blame the B&W app but instead make sure they have a good wireless router. I am totally pleased with the B&W A7 wireless speaker. It is kind of expensive but worth the price. With the sound it gives I would give more than $800 for it. You get the B&W quality and design. B&W makes the best speakers.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely breath taking sound

    • Written by from Ypsilanti

    I'm a huge B&W fan. I've never really been disappointed by one of their products. But the A7 totally amazed me. Its a heavy price but the quality is perfect. Its hard to top Bose and B&O but I think B&W has.

    If you're having drops, disconnects, and loss of signal, make sure the ports for Airplay are opened on your router. Airplay plays best with an Apple Airport Extreme, Express, or Time Capsule. Apple Support article "TS1629" gives you all the ports that need to be opened in order for Airplay to work. Apple won't allow me to post the link in this review. Just web search TS1629.

    I've owned many Airplay speakers, I've been through the ups and downs, and all the trial and error. Most connectivity issues are miseducation or user error. Your router ports are important.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nightmare - great sound for sure - but, honestly, it just doesn't work

    • Written by from london

    No question, when it works the sound is awesome. Very cool.

    But I spend a long hour fighting with the software over the course of an evening. Finally it works just fine - everything is connected - and its all good. In fact, its awesome.

    Next morning - it just doesn't work. How is this possible? More hours wasted trying to get back to where we were.

    Hours and hours of frustration - btw, I am (honestly!) hyper tech savvy, it ain't me, its just garbage!

    Whatever - it does sound good, but only a fool would buy it at this point in time.

    19 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    • Written by from Wulagi

    I love it! What a great speaker, very stylish to the eyes and the best sound I've heard from a speaker of this size. I couldn't recommend it enough.
    I've had it streaming music all day from both my iPad and iPhone with no glitches at all. I even moved both devices down to the back room some 15 metres away from the speaker and still the music kept pumping without missing a beat with the same clarity.
    Thinking about now purchasing a couple of A5's to spread around the house.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Take the streaming issues seriously

    • Written by from PORTLAND

    Please take the streaming issues seriously - this is the best sounding speaker period - but you will have to reboot it once a week - at parties, with friends, as you demo your awesome and expensive cool gadget. I am very tech aware and there are serious technical issues that prohibit consistent airplay connection. For the price someone should have done a proper Q&A test pass - I have an ipad1,2 and 3 iphone 3 - 5 and no device can reliably find this device when it goes "unaddressable"

    46 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    airplay

    • Written by from 昆明

    many person has praised the quality of the sound, so i don't want to talk about this time.
    How to keep the airplay stability, it's my experience. The key point is to use apple router. when i use others, the airplay is almost a nightmare, make me crazy.
    Next time i will comment the difference between A7 and liberatone.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sadly Disappointed

    • Written by from Orange

    Obviously when choosing this unit, price wasn't an issue. I wanted the best wireless sound dock I could find. I intended on using the unit outside on our patio. I typically get good wirless signal out there with my Iphone. After several failed attenpts at connecting while outside, I decided to bring the unit inside and give it a try. After resetting it 5 seperate times and going through all the steps again, I finially was able to play music through the A7! Sounded great. Unplugged it and took it outside...This is when I learned that anytime i move the unit I would have to go through the long hassle of trying to get it to connect to my wireless network. Not worth the trouble! I boxed it up and exchanged for a Bose Sound Dock 10. Easy to sety-up and great sound quality.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The A7 is amazing.

    • Written by from Arlington

    My family has been using this A7 Airplay system since Christmas. Everyone gets to listen to their music as soft or as loud as they like - the system handles it all. From the softest acoustic jazz, through classic rock blues R&B soul psychedelic with thumping bass and high-pitched vocals and on through electronica and hip-hop running those 808s. It all sounds great. There is zero distortion. We're programming it off our iMac, off iPhones, iPads, and a dedicated iPod Touch. Then - here's the kicker and real selling point - we jacked our flat screen audio through it. Instantly incredible sound out of our Samsung. Somewhere along the line I picked up a tip to experiment with angling the unit rather than having it play straight into the room, thereby taking advantage of open space behind the unit to throw the bass off other walls. Even better still! I am in-the-tank with B&W when it comes to the A7 and their C5 earbuds.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful design; poor streaming quality :-/

    • Written by from SAINT LOUIS

    The A7 was a bit smaller than I had expected, but had pretty good sound for a single speaker as it was clear and had decent bass. The sound quality however was NOT phenomenal by any standard.

    Unfortunately the A7 has very poor streaming capabilities. If your phone or streaming device is merely one room away, nearly every song will skip, hiss, or lose connection. I've tried repositioning the unit, my wireless router and my phone/macbook (streaming device).

    Overall the unit is VERY beautiful, however the sound quality is not as good as I would have hoped, and the airplay streaming is below average to poor.

    If you are buying this unit and your plans are to plug in (wire) your phone to the speaker, you will likely be satisfied (minus the price). Otherwise I cannot imagine how people could give this unit such great reviews for $799. You can build an entire professional sound system and add airplay for that.

    I returned mine after 1 week.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Added to a Sonos system - ideal

    • Written by from Santa Cruz

    My first generation Zeppelin died a loud and unpleasant death. Having been on for several days and getting a lot of play, I heard - grrrrrr, BANG! My Zeppelin self destructed. For a moment I thought it just didn't want to play any more Bob Dylan - that can't be true. It was five years old and had provided many hours of enjoyment. I loved it's deep, rich, full sound.

    Now it came time to select a replacement. Having had a previous occurrence with my Zeppelin of a bad power supply requiring me to send it to the service depot for repair, I was reluctant to buy another B&W product. I had a Sonos Connect allowing the Zeppelin to be part of my home listening system. So, I was looking for powered desktop/book shelf speakers to connect to the Sonos. I also have several Sonos powered speakers scattered around in various rooms, but I never thought the sound was any better than passable. I listened to several other offerings. None of them had the richness of my Zeppelin. I did not need a iPhone/iPod/iPad dock. I just needed a good powered speaker for my office. I had no way to listen to the A7 prior to purchase, but I was taken by B&W's claim that the A7 had their highest quality amps for best playback on their renowned speakers. Digital optical input to the amps should be ideal. So, I bought it.

    I thought that my Zeppelin was the hottest thing on the market for my purposes. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the A7 out performed the Zeppelin - to my ears. The sound is rich and dynamic. I generally don't like heavily accented bass. But the A7 has very clearly distinguished bass while not being overdone. The channel separation is as good as one can expect from a single desktop speaker. I like to use Bob Dylan's "Man in the long black coat" as a measure of my sound systems. The opening provides very clear channel separation and instrument isolation. The A7 is not my Mark Levinson/Thiel CS2.7 combination, but it's pretty darn good.

    Several reviewers have been disappointed with the WiFi, and I am too. It's the only reason I rated the A7 as four stars rather than a perfect five. Luckily, my Sonos Connect has an ethernet output that connects directly to the A7. This way when I want to use the A7 independently from the Sonos music system, the A7 can access the internet via the B&W app. WiFi problem solved.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the Bowers & Wilkins A7

    • Written by from New York

    I purchased this about a couple of months ago and love it. The sound is incredible for any office or any small room.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very impressed and completely satisfied with my A7 purchase.

    • Written by from Pomona

    If you want great quality sound, this is the unit to purchase. Setting it up is not as easy as a bluetooth system would, but it was still fairly easy. For those people that have/had problems with skipping, look into your network/router settings or the strength of your wi-fi range.

    Download the B&W Control app first and the whole set up should be done within 10 minutes or less. Updating the firmware is very easy as well. Download the update from B&W website and access device properties by right-clicking on it's icon in the network folder. This is obviously done using your PC/MAC.

    One more thing, I do own other B&W speakers and they require their speakers to be broken in. I found this to be the same with my A7. Sound is flawless!!! Never once had a skipping problem.

    Network: Verizon FIOS
    Rouer: Actiotec

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disapointed!!

    • Written by from Stockport

    I bought an A7 and an A5 at christmas time in readiness for a big new years party we were having. They weren't easy to set up as the connection kept dropping out. The music stopped half way through the party and has worked intermittently ever since. I have hung on to them hoping that i may need to change a setting here or there in order to sort the problem out but after tens of hours sat at the computer changing settings to no avail i have decided to take them back. I am gutted because when they work they sound fantastic but I cant even listen to one song now without it dropping out.

    30 of 43 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing!

    • Written by from Sidney

    I am about to leave home to return the B&W A7 and am quite sad about having to do so. The sound is brilliant! Period! However, in a classic example of doing some things to perfection and ignoring other aspects of a device, the streaming is terrible. I am using a dual band router with wifi G and N compatibility. It is new and serves our condo extremely well. My iPhone and iPad are within ten feet of the speakers but they quit after 10 - 15 minutes of play and require a reconnect! We had three iPads in the condo this weekend and each of them experienced the same problem. Worse, instructions for the device are sorely lacking and there is nothing on the internet to help out. Even getting the plastic out of the remote in order to activate the battery was difficult. Why not put a slot in the battery cover to allow twisting instead of making one twist it through friction? This is not a new idea! Setup was easy except that there are virtually no instructions and if things don't go as expected, it takes a bit of technical knowledge to get the speakers working.
    The first day we enjoyed endless music with hardly a "skip". However, the device will now quit entirely after 10 or so minutes of play and a manual reconnect is required.
    Here's another "novel" idea B&W. Why not write software that allows updating through the internet? The speakers already have an ethernet connection so it would be easy to do so. That way we owners can update our software as improvements come along in much the same fashion that so many other electronic devices work these days.
    Disappointed ... that's the word. I'll get something but it won't be a B&W speaker even though I believe they are one of the best. Their software is not up to the speaker standards and is very obviously their weakest point.

    35 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Orange

    Best wireless speaker! Keeps up with Zeppelin Air and beyond.

    6 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W A7

    • Written by from Sydney

    B&W is known for their balanced sound and they have managed to retain their signature sound in a small bookshelf speaker with the A7.

    Before deciding on B&W I was interested in small footprint wireless speaker system with great sound. I looked at both bluetooth and wifi speakers, including Sonos. Bluetooth just does not have the sound due to bandwidth and speaker sizes on the market, and Sonos whilst offering a great solution sounds muffled. Bang of Olufsen has some interesting speakers on offer, however they are far more expensive and do not sound as balanced as B&W. I ended up comparing the A7 and McIntosh McAire. I did like the McAire but at 4x the price of the A7 it did not sound 4x much better, and it looked like a typical stereo where the A7 has a unobtrusive style.

    Some people complain of the A7 only supporting 802.11g rather than n, I ended up running it via ethernet using powerline ethernet.

    Apart from what appears to be some networking issues with TP-Link powerline gear (not related to B&W) and some minor bugs for Apple to sort out in Airplay the A7 provides a truly amazing sound for such a small footprint speaker.

    5 of 8 people found this useful