• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

    • Written by from Wedel

    For an Airplay speaker it is a great system with a decent sound, but not as good as a normal stereo setup, like Peter from Denmark said in his review.
    Maybe he works for B&O... maybe this is why he mentioned that the A9 replaced Bowers & Wilkins and Denon equipment...
    But back to the system.
    Setup is easy, design and build quality is good but the sound is not worth the nearly 3k. I listened to the system at a B&O store in Hamburg.
    It can fill a large room with sound but mono sound. It even become a little unaccurate at higher volumes like the Beoplay A8.
    To say it clear 2 middle priced bookshelf speaker around 1k and e.g. a Marantz Melodie Media which is also Airplay capable performs better in clarity, volume and Stereo separation for less than 2k.
    If you need the all in one design, go for an Zeppelin Air or the Marantz Consolette and still saving 2k without loosing sound and power qualities.
    If you're a B&O lover go for it instead of the Beoplay A8.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless connection is glitchy during peak hours

    • Written by from Vancouver

    This speaker looks and sounds amazing, and I would have one in every room if I could. However, the wireless connection is poor during peak hours. Sound cuts in and out, sounds like static disruption, took me a long time to figure out why. This happens everyday around 8-10pm, which leads me to believe it has something to do with high usage of internet in the building, and the wireless hardware for the A9 is poorly made. Every other device works fine at the same time, I've never had this problem with anything else. This is hugely annoying because that's potentially when I would have people over. You can plug your device into the speaker from the back, but that defeats the purpose of Airplay. I suspect if you were in a house it would be fine.

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