• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Drops connection

    • Written by from Silver Spring

    I have the same issue as several other people on this forum. The sound is great, but recently, it drops the connection and I have to go through the process of resetting it all over.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound when it works

    • Written by from Chicago

    The sound of the A5 is great compared to other speakers of its size. It looks great, and the sound fills an average size room a lot better than most bluetooth speakers. For the price I expected this. What I didn't expect was the troubles using it with Airplay. I can not get through a single song without it cutting out or just completely stopping the song. I have to connect it back to Airplay so many times that I end up just using an AUX cable which defeats the main purpose of this speaker. If I wanted to be tethered to my speaker I would not have spent $500. I've tried everything I can and everything recommended by B&W and it just won't stay connected. The only solution I have found is to hardwire the speaker to an ethernet port, but considering my router is in another room of my house, I would need to either run a very long cable or use a wi-fi relay to make this happen. For something that is supposed to make listening to music easy, this is too complicated for the price.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Spring Hill

    I am a HUGE Bowers & Wilkins fan (I own 6 of their CM9s and a full surround set of their XT series) so I pretty much bought this completely disregarding all the negative reviews I read. Alas, I have now had it for 2 hours and it is going back to the shop tomorrow. I have a white light flashing rapidly which, if you go to their site and download a manual (they don't give you one in the box!) will tell you that it is because there is a firmware error. I'll exchange this for a new unit and see what happens.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unstable Airplay Implementation

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I returned the A5 speaker system due to unstable Airplay implementation. Half the time I wanted to play music to the A5 speakers, I had to first power-cycle the speaker to make them appear in the list of available Airplay speakers.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A5 Airplay Connection

    • Written by from SELKIRK

    Had a year of hit and miss with my A5 as it would not, reliably, connect to my BT HomeHub.I was about to sell it on but recently connected it via my airport Express and it has never failed to connect yet!
    A 5 star product once you get connected!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hate it

    • Written by from Lisboa

    It has a nice sound indeed... BUT it's always loosing connection to the network i have to unplug and replug so the music may continue... the music stops all of the sudden. Arhhhggg!!!
    Gonna switch to Bluethoots speakers..

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Air play connectivity A5

    • Written by from København V.

    I have exacly the same problem as William from Jackson Heights. My device is connected and colour is purple but not possible to stream music from WIMP. It happens randomly and there is nothing I can do. My wifi connection is not a problem. Guess I have to take my A5 B & W to the shop where purchased.

    When it works sound quality is great.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    When connected - great

    • Written by from Surbiton

    I have a number of B&W products and I can't fault the sound quality on any of them.

    I have ongoing serious connectivity issues with this product, the help and troubleshooting options on the app, are mediocre at best.

    The sound is great and build quality too.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    poor setup and no wireless n

    • Written by from Markham

    I'm on my way to the store to return this product. I couldn't have been more disappointed with the setup - I worked at it for hours before I found the two key issues, 1) you can't have a special character in your password, 2) you have to have wireless g compatible network. So what do these things have in common, they aren't documented anywhere. You will be searching the web for hours like I did in order to find this stuff. The product is less than 6 months old and it doesn't have wireless n, how crazy is that. I live in an apartment with 30-40 wifi networks around me…there is too much competition on every channel for me to be using wireless g. So here is the suggestion that I got, get an airport express. I just paid $500 for this thing and now I should spend $100 to get it working and doesn't that go against the whole reason I purchased an airplay speaker?!?! So you might be wondering why I gave this two stars instead of one, well I thought it did have nice sound when I plugged it directly into my router…and besides who takes those guys seriously that post 1 or 5 stars. ;)

    39 of 57 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    • Written by from Land O Lakes

    Look of product is great. I pulled it out, set it up - first problem was getting the plastic tab out of the remote control, I twisted and pulled. Couldnt get a real good grip so attached some packing tape to the plastic tab to get more leverage. Still couldn't get it out. Plastic tab broke off without me even managing to budge the battery lid. Second - the AP for the mac doesn't work. I bought this to use with my computer, not my phone/Ipad. Couldn't get it to connect via Ethernet cable either.
    With the money this cost it should have been easy to set up. I got it this afternoon, I will be returning it to Apple store in the morning. Disappointing to say the least.

    13 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I really wanted to like these Speakers

    • Written by from Orange

    Bought 2 of these speakers have them hooked up to 2 different networks. Both I'm having same problems, music skips/fades in out, or just QUITS playing.

    Using itunes on Mac Pro, as well as 2 different new ipod touch. Also using on PC laptops. All are having same issues.

    Bought these Speakers for wife and other female friend. They will not want to deal with aggravation so will be returning.

    And yes speakers sound okay but of no value if I can't play music when I want.

    24 of 39 people found this useful