The A5 is designed to deliver spacious sound, from the highest quality audio files, wirelessly. Drivers from Bowers & Wilkins M-1 speakers, anti-resonance plug technology, and dimpled Flowports combine with high-quality, digital-to-analog converters and processors to carry a digital signal untainted by distortion, to a room-filling, yet surprisingly compact, system.
Stay in control
Play and control music wirelessly, anywhere in the room. Or, with more than one A5 forming a multiroom system you walk your music from room to room effortlessly in the palm of your hand.
Listening how you like it
AirPlay on A5 works seamlessly with your favorite music apps, like Last.fm, Pandora, and Mixcloud.
The free Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App will walk you through the simple steps to connect your A5 to Wi-Fi, and choose and manage your settings, all wirelessly.
- High-quality Class-D amplifier
- Single discreet, compact unit
- Comes with Apple AirPlay technology
- Optimized to handle broadest range of frequencies
- Play music wirelessly from computer, iPhone or even apps
- Pristine sound
Did you notice?Compact and designed to perform in out-of-the-way areas, the A5 is a great choice for places where space is at a premium.
Apple Recommends ForPlaying and controlling your music wirelessly, from anywhere in the room.
What's in the Box?
- Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Wireless Music System
- Power supply
- Frequency Response: 40 - 24,000 Hz
- Input Type: 3.5mm Stereo Jack
- Other Features: AirPlay
- Connections: AirPlay, Wireless
- Drivers: 4
- Power Source: AC
- Height: 7.1 in./180 mm
- Width: 11.8 in./300 mm
- Weight: 7.94 lb./3.6 kg
- Length: 4.7 in./120 mm
- Mfr. Part Number: FP33936
- UPC or EAN No.: 714346314959
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: Two-year limited
- Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bowers-wilkins-airplay-setup/id506471253?mt=8
Bowers & Wilkins Control
Welcome to the Bowers & Wilkins Control app, formerly known as Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup.
This intuitive app will help you to setup and manage your Wireless Music System. For new Wireless Music System owners, the app will walk you through all the simple steps to connect to your Wi-Fi network and start streaming your music quickly. For existing owners the app will discover your Wireless Music Systems and let you manage the name settings.
To get started with your Wireless Music System setup or management, simply launch the app and follow the on screen instructions. Help is available in each step as you go, and you can contact Bowers & Wilkins from the app if you need more assistance.
To get the best experience with your Bowers & Wilkins Wireless Music System, ensure you have the latest version of this app, as new features and improvements will be added in future updates.
• This app is only compatible with A5, A7, Z2 and Zeppelin Air.
• To use AirPlay on your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, iOS 4.2 or higher is required.
• To use AirPlay on your Mac or PC, iTunes 10.1 or later is required. …
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Ratings & Reviews
Beautiful Clarity and Apple Like Quality
Like other B & W products this speaker has beautiful clarity. Strings are fantastic. You hardly remember that this is only a $50 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. …
- Written by Randy E from Collingwood
72 of 91 people found this useful
Very good for the size
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 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. …
- Written by Craig H from Smyrna
47 of 60 people found this useful
Excellent so far
On the technical side, everything just worked. Very simple set up procedure—best AirPlay setup I've used so far, in fact. (I've se 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. …
- Written by Jed L from Hilliard
41 of 54 people found this useful
Can't stay connected to wifi
Everytime I want to use the speaker I have to reconnect it to the wifi network. It's so bad I have given up using it and B&W custo Everytime I want to use the speaker I have to reconnect it to the wifi network. It's so bad I have given up using it and B&W customer support just say I am too far from the router. Not true as the same thing happens if I put it right next to the router. Yes I can hardware it to the router but I don't want the speaker next to the router. WIth many others experiencing the same issue I do hope B&W read this forum and do something about this issue to help us all use the products to the design specificationsthey were bought for. Anyone cosindering investing in a quality speaker, avoid the A5! …
- Written by Mark N from Wellington
wifi connection drops out a lot. Even audio jack connection doesn't work.
- Written by David E from Reading
2 of 2 people found this useful
B&W makes sweet sounds
I have been eyeing this puppy for a while. Finally picked it up. So easy to set up you'll laugh. The sound is exquisite and I have I have been eyeing this puppy for a while. Finally picked it up. So easy to set up you'll laugh. The sound is exquisite and I haven't had issues with AirPlay giving out. I queried that and it would seem the router is often the issue. The distance between my computer and the speaker is three rooms and several walls apart, my friends were highly impressed. I also decided to subscribe to iTunes Match as my music library is vast and I am now able to access my entire library from all my apple devices and they all stream beautifully to my A5. …
- Written by Sandra M from Scarborough
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Will the Bowers & Wilkins A5 airplay system allow BBC iPlayer Radio to stream to it from iPhone or iPad?
- Asked by Christopher M
- Mar 18, 2013
Yes, no problem. Whatever plays on your iPhone or iPad speaker will, when using airplay to redirect Yes, no problem. Whatever plays on your iPhone or iPad speaker will, when using airplay to redirect the sound, go to the A5. The quality is excellent. …
- Answered by Paul H
- Mar 30, 2013
if i watch a movie on my macbook pro, will these speakers work?
- Asked by Matthew K from New York
- Nov 29, 2012
No, not through Airplay. The speakers will work but there will be a few seconds (1-2) of delay betwe No, not through Airplay. The speakers will work but there will be a few seconds (1-2) of delay between your mac and the speakers, so watching a movie won't be an option. …
- Answered by Alexis D from San Francisco
- Feb 16, 2014
Does this work with an 802.11n network running at 5Ghz?
- Asked by J Lynton J
- Feb 6, 2013
B&W website state that "Wireless Music Systems are not compatible with Wireless N (802.11n)". Hi,
B&W website state that "Wireless Music Systems are not compatible with Wireless N (802.11n)".
In order to use it with this class of router, you'll need to "ensure the router is broadcasting using a wireless G (802.11g) signal, or a mixed variant including wireless G. Most routers will have this enabled automatically." …
- Answered by Frédéric L from Saint-lambert
- Feb 14, 2013
Can two or more A5 speakers be used together simultaneously? If I have the B&W Zeppelin Air, will it be able to play simultaneously with the A5?
- Asked by Lauren N from Houston
- Nov 10, 2012
Yes, via the computer. IOS device, you can only use one speaker at a time. So in iTunes select mu Yes, via the computer. IOS device, you can only use one speaker at a time. So in iTunes select multiple speaker option and choose all the speakers you want. Select the sone or playlist and you are ready to go. …
- Answered by Brian U from Boston
- Nov 14, 2012
Can we use the b&w speakers as computer speakers without a cable connection to our computer?
- Asked by Pauline V
- Aug 31, 2013
You can on a Mac anyway! If you go into audio preferences you have the option to select these as the You can on a Mac anyway! If you go into audio preferences you have the option to select these as the audio output rather than the built in speakers.. …
- Answered by Aaron F
- May 1, 2014
Can I Airplay video to my Apple TV and sound to this?
- Asked by Jack D
- Oct 14, 2013
I have not tested the 1st scenario but I use my Apple TV and output the sound to an A5...it works a I have not tested the 1st scenario but I use my Apple TV and output the sound to an A5...it works a treat and sounds great :) …
- Answered by Aaron F
- May 1, 2014