• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A7 USB in Connects Directly iPad USB out

    • Written by from Glen Gardner

    I just discovered that My iPad air connects directly to my B&W A7 Via USB. I use the apple Lightning to USB adapter ( part of the camera connection Kit) This way you get much better sound than going in aux since it goes in digitally and uses the internal D/A convertors. The sound is phenomenal but I guess most of the folks are busy trying to connect this system to bad wifi networks and aren't to bright

    I have no problems with wifi connectivity. it is average performance and does drop out once in a while but no more or less then my apple tv or airport mini airplay.

    The important thing of a speaker is the sound and this is the most tonally accurate and pleasing I have heard in this size. This is comparing it to the Bose sound touch 30, Sonos and some others in the price range. The Bose sound touch 30 was very good too and has some advantages in wifi over this one, though the sound was like watching a TV where the color, contrast sharpness were tuned up all the way lacking in Midrange.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Quality and sound

    • Written by from Birmingham

    This is one fantastic product, supper quality and unbelievable base and clarity from such a small box. If you want the flexibility of having this unit positioned in various places around the house, the airplay is a great option. I have a robust wifi system and the whole setup was straight forward. I get the odd dropout or break in a sound for a second but soon comes back. I've read other people have had real issues with airplay but it is dependent on a good wifi signal. Wifi will never be 100% reliable and is always susceptible to interference and dropout. Depends what's important to you, you'll never beat a piece of wire for reliability but it has it's limitations.

    So if you want a great sound and the freedom to utilise the device all over the house, then this is ideal. If you want 100% uninterrupted music then you need to invest in some wire. The most important thing is, they sound fantastic and would recommend one if you have the cash

    cheers

    Chris

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Music is not where you Compromise

    • Written by from Surrey

    I am sure that if you are at this level of your research for a music system ,your must be a music lover.If you really love Music then do yourself a favour. Get A7. No doubt it is expensive but do not compromise with Music. Voice quality is so rich it can make you move automatically. No doubt streaming is an issue here but at the same time you are having some portability. Listening takes more energy than talking in that sense A7 is an energy saving device as well. I felt relaxed even after long music listenings.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE IT!!

    • Written by from Ottawa

    Super easy to set up with Airplay. I live in a two bedroom brownstone walkup, and if i wanted, the whole building could hear it. But unlike other speakers, it sounds amazing even at lower volumes (which is important); all the instruments and voices coming through as though live. There is more than one speaker in the thing - I don't remember the exact number.

    The whole range of sounds is soooo crisp and accurate from each guitar to the tiniest bell; you don't lose anything through these speakers. I can move it from room to room and it picks up the signal again in seconds.

    I shopped around for the right speaker(s) to use and after having listened to others and finally this one, I just had to spend the bucks on this one because it really is the next best thing to being next to the music as it was recorded in the studio. Their website explains more. Plus it's a beautiful thing that takes up surprisingly little room considering the huge amount of pristine sound that it gives. I would definitely say this thing is worth the money!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers Wilkins a7

    • Written by from Cardiff

    Purchased my a7 yesterday an easy set up had no problems whatsoever sound is quality good base crisp highs if you closed your eyes you would think the speakers were seperate Tried the bose soundtouch 30 not a patch on the a7 if your thinking about buying one don't hesitate you won't be disappointed

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A truly amazing product go buy it today

    • Written by from Barnard Castle

    I was really unsure about buying the a7, after reading a whole host of negative comments about it's AirPlay connection stability, but I am soooo pleased I did. This speaker is beautiful, sounds incredible, is a cinch to set up and it's airplay connection has been flawless.
    Of course it's pricey, but you will not hear better sound with AirPlay convenience. For some tunes it is honestly like hearing them for the first time - as the clear sound demonstrates melodies that were just lost on other speakers.
    In summary, if you have the cash and are giving the a7 serious thought - dive in and get it today - you won't regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb quality, sound and versatility

    • Written by from BROAD BROOK

    I purchased the A7 to replace an old Cambridge Soundworks system and I am extremely pleased. The A7 is a well-crafted powered speaker system that incorporates the versatility of Airplay with the proven sound quality for which B&W is famous. I am using it in my office to stream from iTunes and from my Apple TV. Setup was accomplished in about 3 minutes with no issues. In fact the most difficult task was removing the protective tape from the remote control battery. The volume level is more than adequate for a small-to-medium sized room. Somehow the single A7 unit provides imaging and separation that rivals a 2-speaker system. Regarding the "soft issues," the unboxing experience was very Apple-like and the A7 feels substantial and well-built. Yes, it's expensive, but the A7 supports the old adage, 'you get what you pay for.'

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Crystal clear sound

    • Written by from laval

    I purchased this unit on a whim and don't regret it for a second. Watching vevo on my apple TV now feels more immersive and enjoyable

    2 of 2 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Airplay Speaker!

    • Written by from Richmond hill

    If you like your music and want the best Airplay speaker available...this is it!!! I have always liked the sound of Bowers and Wilkins speakers and actually have the 704's hooked up to my separates which sound unbelievable! I wanted something for my bedroom and auditioned several speaker docks. The A7 was by far the best sounding speaker I heard. I find Bose WAY overhyped and very tinny. The A7 won't replace floor standing speakers with a separate receiver but it does sound excellent for what it is and looks very elegant as well. It is a very balanced, neutral sounding speaker that can play any genre of music well...and LOUD! It's not cheap but in life...you do get what you pay for.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W has another winner on their hands.

    • Written by from Toronto

    The A7 sounds bigger and more palpable than the Zeppelin Air. I purchased an A7 Yesterday and from the first song I played there was a noticeable difference in sound.
    I find that the A7 has a slightly wider soundstage with a little more depth into the music. During my comparison with the Zeppelin Air, I played several unplugged jazz songs. The Zeppelin Air managed to hold it's own in terms of dynamics and the delicate handling of vocals and upper mid range, but the A7 just seemed to do all of the above more accurately. It's surprising how B&W managed to take the same components and amplification of the Zeppelin Air and make it sound more lifelike. It bogles my mind how such big sound can come out of such a small box.

    I would say that the extra $200.00 is worth it.

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