• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Premium Quality - But the reality is, it isn't

    • Written by from Zürich

    For about one year the device (rather the connection over AirPlay) worked just fine. But since a few weeks, it is just a bad experience. It makes me angry every time I try to enjoy music: the connection breaks down all the time.... Horrible!!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    connectivity FIX

    • Written by

    Try to setup your A7 with the ethernet cable connected to your pc

    Go to your router settings and set up your wifi signal as b/g/n
    the system does not work with the new n wifi system.

    now everything should work !!!
    enjoy

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AVOID

    • Written by from Auburn

    Had this unit for one year and it will not stay connected to the wifi. You have to reset the system every few days. Called customer service and they just tell you to check your router settings.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound drops 9 out of 10

    • Written by from Houston

    The sound of A7 is great for it size no doubt it may be the best small box "sound-wise" out there but.... the AirPlay is a total nightmare, I am not the only one experiencing all sort of issues, read other reviews and you see they are plagued with similar comments.

    B&W I paid a premium for this product and I am greatly disappointed with the AirPlay quality, it always drop in the middle of a song... It is your fault or is it Apple? Please release a firmware to solve this issue ASAP!!!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    • Written by from Panevezys

    Sounds good, but operates realy bad, drops the signal every few days...

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The sound is superb, the Airplay is a deal-breaker

    • Written by from Carmel

    I bought the A7 earlier this spring 2014. It's worked fine for months, until now. My devices that are on iOS 8.1.1 can no longer see the A7 in the Airplay list. I tested an iPhone on iOS 8.0 that could see the A7 for about 15 minutes until it lost connections again. It needs to be restarted every 15-20 minutes now.

    I'm running the latest Airport Extreme that sits maybe 12 ft away from the A7. Every other devices on my network has excellent connection...except the A7.

    If B&W doesn't offer a solution soon, this beautiful piece of audio equipment is getting returned. Seriously disappointed in this TOP dollar devices that has worse network connection than a $50 iHome speaker.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious Connectivity Issues

    • Written by from Madison

    The connectivity over wifi is a real problem; works approximately 60% of the time. I love this sound quality, but have just about had it with the thing. It's going back tomorrow.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nightmare speaker

    • Written by from grasse

    This speaker was never easy to use with my WIFI, always dropping the signal. Now after one year the red lights flashes continuosly and the speaker no longer works. For such premium price i expected a lot lot better. Will avoid this brand in the future.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    if only I'd read the reviews

    • Written by from wotton-under-edge

    If only I'd read the reviews before I spent £700+ on the A7. I so much wanted it to work. It sounds great... yes we all know that, but it just fails to stay connected. 2 years or so I've had it now. It works wonderfully for a week or two then... gone. drops off the network, won't reset, nothing to do.. then miraculously there it is again. talk about frustration!!! Every Time I got the box out to return it it started working again... I know.. that sounds stupid. Please Mr B+W do something to stop us regretting our major cash outlays or take this product off the market.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    sound is amazing, connectivity is inexcusable

    • Written by from Palm Beach Gardens

    I'm joining the chorus here. Gorgeous sound until it drops out and the speaker needs a hard reset.

    The speaker is not far from the AirPort, nor are the MacBook and iPhone I've used to play music. I've never had problems with any other wifi or AirPlay devices but this one just won't work consistently. The longest I've gone before a total ker-splat is maybe four songs.

    Help! Isn't there some kind of firmware update that can solve this? I'm obviously not the only one having this problem.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound when it works

    • Written by from Toronto

    Constant source of frustration. I have spent hours and hours trying to get this speaker to work consistently but it continues to drop signals and require hard resets. I have tries everything, complete waste of money

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    impossible to connect

    • Written by from San Diego

    I just bought this today so take my reivew with the appropriate grains of salt. I have connected and reconnected this thing to airplay over and over again for about 3 hours. the one time it stayed connected, I heard the best portable speaker ever. sounds great, I just can't get it to stay connected, and I have perfectly fine internet that gets up to 30mb.

    I haven't given up on it yet, but I am understanding these other reviews...

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great big sound and sophisticated looks

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    After buying this 2 years ago I haven't a bad word to say about the, albeit, expensive, but worth it, A7 speaker. While I bought it to augment my "main stereo", *it* soon became "my main" stereo because it sounds better than my Onkyo (which I love BTW) and I've never had an issue streaming to it. Also, everyone who hears it loves it, without any prompting from me. If you have the money, you couldn't do better than the A7.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Your connection will be dropped. No matter what you do.

    • Written by from Calgary

    No doubt about the exceptional sound quality of this speaker.
    High frequencies are crispy and bass is impecable.

    But, it's very frustrating listen to a song and get your connection dropped.
    Often the led goes blinking purple and we need to re-setup the Wi-fi, or, wait a long time until it works again.

    I work with IT and I didn't give up right of the bat. I troubleshooted it with all my heart to make worth my 800 bucks. Connected it to the wired network, cleaned up my iPhone, closed all applications, updated to the latest and greatest, even upgraded my Wifi to Airport Extreme, but even the six antennas in it didn't do the trick.

    It's a beautiful speaker, as long as you're wired.

    I'll give it two stars, for all the annoyance it caused me.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The best letdown by AirPlay

    • Written by from Honley, Holmfirth

    The Bowers and Wilkins A7 is without doubt a 5 star product unsurpassed in terms of sound refinement and quality but its one great achilles heal is its reliance on AirPlay. Whether you choose wireless or ethernet connection makes no difference you will suffer the occasional dropout to a greater or lesser degree while ever AirPlay acts as the control. You may be able to live with that but I cannot. Apple's AirPlay is robust when coupled to its own AppleTV but it is anything but rock solid with the A7. The only guarantee that no dropout will ever occur would be to connect your Apple device with a Lightning to USB converter then USB to the A7 making a direct non wireless link - but that rather defeats the object of a wireless device. For those doubters out there having read all the reviews (like me) my wifi signal is very good and suffers no dropouts at all in any other situation, so after various patient scenarios in trying to get AirPlay to play ball without issues (dlan adaptor, even a new router) I reluctantly had to return the A7 even though it wasn't faulty. A shame. Maybe B&W are working on an alternative approach to reliable hq streaming without using AirPlay - I hope they are.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 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.

    1 of 7 people found this useful

  • 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

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wifi updates that never works!

    • Written by from West Hollywood

    Very disappointed with this product!

    15 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound Quality is Great, Airplay is Not

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I have 3 of these throughout my home. I started off setting them up wirelessly, through Airplay. Sound quality is incredible for the size and the ability to place them freely. However, the overarching problem is that the wireless connection is unreliable. You'll see many complain that they cut out, lose their connection frequently, or have lags in the ability to control them. They are all true and you'll find yourself getting annoyed and the sound quality will matter less and less.

    The B & W machines probably don't have a great wi-fi antenna, but I don't know technically what they use. What I do know is that I set them up as passive speakers by plugging them in either via ethernet cable directly to my router or to Airport Expresses via optical mini, and this is MUCH more reliable. Basically use the Airports you have to manage the data portion and just use them for the amazing speakers they are. If you want a great speaker that is beautiful then these are for you. But be prepared to be disappointed with the wireless aspect and plan accordingly. Spending $800 bucks is a lot for a speaker; you may as well put up the extra $100 for the airport express and $8 for the cable so you aren't completely let down.

    21 of 22 people found this useful