The A5 is designed to deliver spacious sound, from the highest quality audio files, wirelessly. Drivers from our M-1 speakers, anti-resonance plug technology and dimpled Flowports combine with high-quality, digital-to-analogue 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 favourite 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
- Optimised 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: 180 mm/7.1 in.
- Width: 300 mm/11.8 in.
- Weight: 3.6 kg
- Length: 120 mm/4.7 in.
- Mfr. Part Number: FP33936
- UPC or EAN No.: 714346314911
Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products
- Note: Apple's One Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer - Please see your product box and literature for details. Rights under the product manufacturer's warranty are in addition, and not instead of, any rights that you have under consumer protection laws.
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
Picked up on of these from my local hi-fi shop and all I can say is WOW. Very easy to setup, you just download the free B&W app f Picked up on of these from my local hi-fi shop and all I can say is WOW. Very easy to setup, you just download the free B&W app from the app store, configure the settings and you're up ready to go in less than 2 minutes. Couldn't be easier.
The sound is great, I found that playing my music at about a third of the maximum volume was perfect, but if you need to, you can really crank up the volume and make some noise.
It looks great too.
very happy with my purchase and would highly recommend it. …
- Written by Kyle B from DERBY
85 of 91 people found this useful
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 93 people found this useful
Just get one today in the Regent Street Apple Store.
Really easy to set up and start playing your iTunes library.
It sounds incr Just get one today in the Regent Street Apple Store.
Really easy to set up and start playing your iTunes library.
It sounds incredible,crisp and clear..A joy listen music in this thing ..
Totally worth it .. Well done once again .. …
- Written by Rolando G from London
64 of 77 people found this useful
Bad wireless AirPlay connectivity - Good Sound if everything is plugged
Honestly It is really really really really disappointing for so much money to have issues with the main thing of the Bowers & Wilk Honestly It is really really really really disappointing for so much money to have issues with the main thing of the Bowers & Wilkins A5 !!AIRPLAY?? Music System... I will going to change back for the WIRED Harman/Kardon stuff. :( …
- Written by Vagyim A from Budapest
Setup is beyond easy. Took 3 minutes. Good speaker.
Anyone who criticizes this speaker based on setup needs to put down the bowl and read the directions in the app... or get a decent Anyone who criticizes this speaker based on setup needs to put down the bowl and read the directions in the app... or get a decent wifi access point.
Great build quality as you would expect from B&W. My only gripe is the apparent inability to adjust bass & treble for placement and room EQ. The mid bass is muddy and there's a little too much bass at high volume based on the corner placement for spousal aesthetic requirements. I shoved some napkins in the rear bass reflex port to clean up the mid-bass. Sounds better. The big bass sells in the store but does not translate well to the home listening sitch, unless you're 18 and hooked on the EDM drops.
Does the job, though I prefer my Sonos Play 5s for similar money and ability to do room EQ. …
- Written by Theodore F from Dayton
Just got my second replacement. First one got locked into not recognizing any networks, nor being able to play through cable. Havi Just got my second replacement. First one got locked into not recognizing any networks, nor being able to play through cable. Having owned the new unit for 2 months I can now only play this one through laptops not running Yosemite, and then it only works for between 12-30min before the signal drops unexplainably, if there was a way to upgrade the hardware it might be a good buy but as it stands it's only good for if you want to play it wired in, then it sounds great and works. Don't buy it, even if it sounds great, it won't keep up with software updates, my iphone, my ipad and my airbook can't see it, my old macbook from 2010 can play it fine. …
- Written by Marcus W from London
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Does this work with an 802.11n network running at 5Ghz?
- Asked by J Lynton J
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
Does this accessory work with the iPod nano 7th generation?
- Asked by Nick P
Yes it will work with a 3.5mm Auxiliary cable but it will not work wirelessly through airplay as the Yes it will work with a 3.5mm Auxiliary cable but it will not work wirelessly through airplay as the Nano does not support airplay. …
- Answered by Justin I from Wooster
if i watch a movie on my macbook pro, will these speakers work?
- Asked by Matthew K from New York
Yes simply go to settings, sound, output and choose the B&W's as your preferred speaker.
- Answered by Christopher C from Bellflower
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
Yes, you can select multiple speakers in iTunes from airplay. There are two options, one for single Yes, you can select multiple speakers in iTunes from airplay. There are two options, one for single input and an option for multiple inputs. Your speakers have to be on the same network in order to select and play simultaenously from a single source. Please note that from iOS you will need an App in order to stream to multiple B&W speakers. WHAALE might be a good option to achieve this. …
- Answered by Tom W
Can we use the b&w speakers as computer speakers without a cable connection to our computer?
- Asked by Pauline V
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