I don't usually write reviews but I have to say about bowers and wilkins A5 has to be the best speaker I have ever bought a little price but very worth it. the fact that i is airplay is better than wifi or bluetooth. and the bass is off the wall. on dropping off like some wifi or bluetooth. buy it you won't be sorry.
I just received my unit today and have been testing it out in my bedroom. The room is about 10x12' with 12' ceilings here in NYC. The B&W A5 sounds great and more then fills the room. First, I have read numerous reviews of this product which are mixed specifically regarding the sound quality. I consider myself a entry level audiophile and used to work for a very popular sound company that makes similar style products. My HIFI setup is a Rotel amplifier combine with B&W 601 speakers, which sounds very very good.
In my opinion, the B&W A5 has a little better sonic output then a Bose Wave Radio II (last model I used). For it's size and form factor, the sound quality is very good. I was not wowed by the sound quality, however I thought again and this is certainly a small form factor unit. I understand the larger Zeppelin and/or A7 have better sound quality, however one must consider the size of those units. Those two units may be better suited for a living room or larger sized room.
In general, I'm pleased. The sound quality could be better especially in the highs, however for the form factor, which is a bit taller then a Wave Radio, the A5 performs great. Hopefully, B&W releases updated DSP firmware to handle better high end sound.
In regards to configuration, the setup was very easy from my iPhone. In my opinion, this is the sort of unit you purchase to have hidden away in a office bookshelf, kitchen corner or bedside table. If you are considering a larger space, the Zeppelin and/or A7 may be better suited.