Excerpt: Happily, the sound quality is mostly commensurate with this super-sizing. The A5 may be the smaller of B&W’s two new AirPlay speakers (the other being the hulking A7 ) but this impeccably designed 80-watt rig has no trouble delivering the natural, refined sound the company is known for. Much of that is thanks to dual 1-inch Nautilus tube aluminum tweeters and a pair of 4-inch mid/bass drivers.
Conclusion: At just a whisker under $500, the Bowers and Wilkins A5 may be one of the pricier AirPlay music systems on the market today, but it’s also one of the best. Its refined tonal character puts it a few steps above much of the lower-priced competition, and its bass output can be stunning given proper placement. While we wished it could also be networked for a multi-room setup, there’s no denying that the A5’s simplicity makes using it a no brainer.
Pros: Clean, clear and refined sound quality, Huge, jaw-dropping bass response when boundary-loaded, Enjoyable sound with all kinds of music, Plays loudly with very little distortion, Well-finished, inert cabinet design
Cons: Midrange and treble response a bit uneven, Sound quality somewhat sensitive to placement, Can’t handle multiple sources or rooms
Excerpt: B&W is a premium speaker manufacturer and is well known for its Zeppelin dock for iPods and iPhones . The A5 is smaller than you might imagine, but retains a similar design with black cloth and polished metal details.
Summary: Bowers & Wilkins’ kompakte AirPlay-højttaler A5 er en værdig efterfølger til flagskibet Zeppelin. Et betydelig mere kompakt format gør den lettere at placere, hvor man vil have den. Takket være app’en er den let at installere, og så kan du glemme alt om det og sende alt fra dit Apple-apparat. Men frem for alt lyder den uforskammet godt af at være så lille, uanset hvordan man torturerer den. Det i kombination med en rimelig pris gør, at den bliver bedst i test.