• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Amazing!

    • Written by from Long Island City

    Set-up: simple, easy. I downloaded the Control App from B&W onto my Mac as well as iOS device. If you're setting up the A5 using your Mac, and you're running a dual-band Wi-Fi network; make sure you selected the 802.11g band. After set-up completes, you can switch back to the faster band. Set-up took about 5-minutes and the A5 was ready to go.

    Sound: currently breaking in the A5 but the sound is fantastic. I'm using the A5 as a speaker on my balcony. Even with all the city noises in NYC, the A5 can easily output clear, crisp music to your listening content. The only thing louder than the A5 is the occasional ice truck when it comes around. My range of musical taste varies from electronic dance music to rock to classical to R&B, basically everything except for country. The bass is tight, while the mids and highs are crystal clear.

    Design: what can I say, it's B&W. Simple, elegant, clean and well constructed. The use of aluminum is tastefully done. Sadly there is a power brick, although not obnoxious in size.

    Overall impression: highly recommended if you're in the market for great looking, amazing sound AirPlay speaker. Others have written about AirPlay connection with the A5 and how it keeps dropping. I live in a NYC 33-floor high-rise apartment and there are a lot of Wi-Fi networks, problem but I haven't experienced any (knock on wood). I am using Apple's 802.11ac Time Capsule with dual-bands, in which the A5 is connected to 802.11b/g/n. My Macs and iOS devices are connected 802.11ac and easily see the A5 for wireless streaming.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    • Written by from Redondo Beach

    We received this as a gift and its been great so far. We AirPlay Pandora using my wifes iPhone. I love the bass and the clear sound it provides. Have not experienced any drops or any issues so far at all.
    My wife loves it and it easy for her to use via her phone, so I'm happy.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pure Listening Bliss.

    • Written by from Old Fort

    The Bowers & Wilkins A5 has amazing clarity and sound integrity in a very low profile and discrete envelope. Not only does it fashion a timeless design, but it's the perfect size for small and secondary rooms - meaning, and I'm guessing, any room ranging up to 1,200 SF, possibly more. The A7 is obviously the bigger brother, but for small areas the A5 is just as stunning in a smaller package. Don't even hesitate.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and ease of connectivity

    • Written by from STudio city

    I've been a fan of Bowers & Wilkins for many years after building my first audiophile setup with a pair of B&W Matrix 804's many years back.

    This past year after moving and wanting to build a simplified wireless home audio system - I purchased the B&W Zeppelin Air which has been filling our living room with rather impressive sound ever sense.

    Based on the experience of the Zeppelin and needing to add music to our kitchen area, I picked up the B&W A5. I was a little concerned after reading a multitude of AirPlay connectivity reviews posted online. I decided to take a leap of faith as I hadn't had any issues w/ the Zeppelin and the A5 would be located closer to my 5th Gen Airport Extreme (roughly 25' and three walls away to the kitchen).

    The setup was simple. After unboxing - I started setup on my MBA following the instructions. This was straight forward but did require a firmware update to complete. Outside of that - the process was a breeze.

    Once setup - the sound was incredible. I had previously listened to the A5 in the flagship Apple Store in downtown San Francisco but with a huge amount of ambient background noise, it was difficult to get a real sense of the unit.

    At home the sound was excellent in my kitchen. The projection is great and there is actually a sense of decent stereo separation. Even at high volumes - Lows are solid and highs are crisp and clear. After a week I brought the A5 outside to listen to music during a weekend pool party in and was even more blown away by the sounds in a large open backyard! I couldn't believe the projection and clarity at sustained higher volumes which was amazingly clear and resonated well through our backyard and beyond.

    As we have a fairly broad taste in music in my house, the unit has had everything from Bach's Partita N 6 to Interpol to Kanye West played through it.

    As for the AirPlay connectivity - there have been little to no issues. That said - there have been 2 - 3 times (in 4 months) where the audio dropped out which I determined to be the further away Zeppelin having a interference/connection issue. This was with simultaneous streaming to both units which is the norm and not exception for us and once I switched to stream to just the A5, audio sustained 100%

    One other item to note WRT our setup is that we have roughly 25 wifi enabled devices spread throughout our house so w/ that variable in the mix - I'm very pleased w/ the A5's handling of AirPlay and wireless streaming.

    Overall, I would definitely recommend this unit.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W A5 from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    • Written by from Pembroke Pines

    Im reading all frustration with the network issues, and so far I haven't experienced any. Im using AT&T UVerse in my home. works flawlessly so far (knock on wood). I used B&W control Version 1.0.3 (3339), setup on my mac laptop first then added apps to iphones, three different phones they all work great. Only drops happened when the phone was used for sms or other functions, occasionally. So far we are amazed at the sound quality. We tried different positions, we found that up high, at an angle, with a wall behind it, sounds best. It really fills a room up with quality sound. This is definitely the "party in a box" solution i was looking for. My daughter and her friends are planning an iPhone/A5 party. That will surely be the acid test.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Taking sound to the next level

    • Written by from Cali

    Enjoying my living room with masterful sound. Bose has a new player on the market and it does it a whole lot better in sound and quality.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome speaker - highly recommend

    • Written by from WEST VANCOUVER

    I originally purchased the Phillips Fidelio airplay speaker, It was constantly disconnecting, and cutting out while playing songs. Based on the other reviews, I thought it must be a hardware issue on my end.

    Exchanged it and brought home the A5 - what a difference! Easy to set up, worked flawlessly immediately and the sound cannot be compared.

    The A5 is completely worth the extra $$. The sound is much richer, and the base is a lot stronger - at full volume, I'm pretty sure my neighbours across the street can hear it, ha ha! Seriously though, this is the quality I wanted for my home - something that would sound like a great home system in my kitchen and livingroom for when I'm entertaining. The A5 definitely will fill this requirement.

    For someone who knows very little about speakers and technology, I can hear a huge difference between this and the Phillips. I also listened to the Bose Airplay that's around $370, and the A5 sound is far superior to the Bose, too, in fact.

    I would highly recommend it, and it's worth spending the extra $. You won't need anything else!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I expect nothing less from B&W

    • Written by from Ypsilanti

    As someone who has multiple Airplay speakers I can say nearly every poor review I've seen post for this has been user error.

    The best way to get this setup is the Bowers and Wilkins Setup App for iOS. I had my A5 on my network and sounding great about 2 minutes after opening it. It was much less complicated to set up than my Zeppelin. My Zeppelin had to be updated before I could use the B&W Setup App for it.

    It sounds great, highs and lows are even better than the Zeppelin Air, although the Zeppelin Air has MUCH better lows.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from New York

    Just what I expected. Did research on B&W for almost a year while I was still a student finding that almost everywhere, everybody rated the Zeppelin as the best AirPlay product in the market (along with most B&W state-of-the-art products). Now that I started earning some money, I bought the A5 instead of the Zeppelin or the even more expensive A7 (a reduced price makes it very attractive).
    It took me less than 15 minutes overall to carefully enjoy unwrapping it, placing it, removing the pastic lid from the remote (which task was awfully impossible for another reviewer here (?)), downloading the B&W installation app, instaling it to both my iPhone 5 and my MacBook Air, and enjoying its amazing sound.
    I love my A5. It has been playing music almost every morning and every night for me.
    Can't lie and have to tell that it disconnected from my devices one time out of the blue and unexpectedly, but it took me a couple of minutes to get it playing again with the B&W installation app. It has never happened again in 2 months.
    My A5 is the best $500 I've spent in my life as a music lover. Extremely pleased.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A5 B&O

    • Written by from Markham

    Having previously purchased Bose systems in the past, I always wanted to try B&W
    First product is the A5 - Looks and Sounds Amazing. Very easy to setup using the B&W App available from app store for FREE
    True test of this system would come when i played (Edgar Winter Group-FRANKENSTEIN) Which exceeded my expectation, then second test (Phil Collins In the Air Tonight) felt like Phil's drum set was right beside me, awesome then tossed in a JOSH GROBAN and 3 out of 3 - this product is excellent! big sound from a small box and very clear sound at that...great product! for those audiophiles who might not want to spend $700+ on the A7 like me.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent so far

    • Written by from Hilliard

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This Speaker is Great

    • Written by from Thornhill

    Picking out a speaker at the Apple Store is impossible due to ambient noise, however, I jumped for B&W due to previous experience and after hearing this in our bedroom I was so impressed with the sound I bought a second one for the living room that is already decked out with 10 speakers. Having the convenience of AirPlay mixed with the genuine warm, balanced sound from this speaker is really a pleasure. I was planning on springing for the A7 but for the size of rooms and subtler size I decided this is the better way to go. Setup is a synch with the B&W iOS app. If only Apple could make optimizing home networks for AirPlay as good as this speaker and Christmas really would have come early as getting the network optimized for AirPlay is not what I would call plug n'play.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning.

    • Written by from Garden City

    This speaker is awesome in so many ways. After deciding that Bose was too mainstream and Bang and Olufsen was to expensive, I decided that Bowers and Wilkins was the perfect balance between sound quality and price. I do not regret my decision. It is the best of the best.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    awesome

    • Written by from New york

    awesome product!

    way better than bose and other beats whatever...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good for the size

    • Written by from Smyrna

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best AIrplay Compact System..Period!

    • Written by from Boston

    I've tried several systems (10+) that are sold in the apple store and I can tell you from my experience this is the best sounding airplay speaker you can buy. I wish I could afford the A7, but still very happy with the A5 and quality sound.
    Setup was a breeze, just download the APP and follow the instructions. There is also a MAC DMG version you can use to configure. Only a few times have I lost signal from an iOS device. I've never lost using my macbook pro. I've listened for hours and cannot express how great the sound is, clear and great bass. I plan on saving up to buy for another room in my house.
    If you buy it you will not be disappointed.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply awesome!!!

    • Written by from San Diego

    I like this speaker so much I have decided to use them throughout the house. Set-up is simple, as it seems to be with anything linked to Apple. I like that I can use the Remote App to control different zones and that I can move these around for different environments. The sound blew me away and I listen to music everyday so my experience has become pretty extensive over my 45+ years. Apple has a tremendous return policy so what can you lose - take on home and try it!!! I would be surprised if many come back!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Clarity and Apple Like Quality

    • Written by from Collingwood

    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.

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