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B-w-a5.33788256
9.2 out of 10

B&W A5

Great Deal: $499.99

Reviews and Problems with B&W A5

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Overall 10
10

No issues with mine

RichardK, Crutchfield
19 May 2014
  • Summary: Have had no of the issues the others reported. Setup took less than 5 min to load the app into my Mac and run it found my network immidiately it was then visable to all my other devices. I was looking for a light airplay speaker I could easily take outside. The A5 seemed to fit the bill but even with the refurbished discout it was still costly and the reviews have been mixed for all A5's all reviewed the soud as very good to excelent but very mixed on ease of...
  • Pros: Sound and ease of setup
  • Cons: Still pricey even with dicound but sound quality makes it worth it
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Overall 2
2.0

Bowers & Wilkins A5

Anonymous, Crutchfield
19 May 2014
  • Summary: The product looks great but does not connect to AirPlay as it advertises. I tried multiple times and also tried with the tech support representative, and it did not work. Inaccurately advertised as AirPlay compatible.
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Overall 2
2.0

Looks great, but I decided to return it right away.

Amazon Customer, Amazon
1 April 2014
  • Summary: Pros: Strong amplifier. Beautiful design Cons: Depends on digital volume management, which leads to the problems I describe later I ordered mine, and the packaging is excellent. The product is beautifully designed, and setting up with AirPlay is very easy once you download the control app.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good on it's own, so-so compared to big brothers

JoseC, Crutchfield
1 April 2014
  • Summary: As an audio enthusiast, I currently own the wonderful A7 and used to own the iconic Zeppelin Air (30 pin). Based on B&W's audio expertise, I purchased this unit for my small dining room. If you haven't heard the big brothers (A7 or Zeppelin Air), you might consider that this unit sound amazing. Yes, the openness and warmth of B&W is present and it is a definite improvement over a Bose sound dock.
  • Pros: Sleek design, open and warm sound. Airplay.
  • Cons: No subwoofer compared to its big brothers, no 24/96 up sampling dac, no toslink input.
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Overall 4
4.0

Can't recommend these speakers

Juan, Crutchfield
1 April 2014
  • Summary: Unfortunately, the drivers on my unit came damaged. Even at low volumes, you'd hear a raspy sound. Crutchfield gladly offered to send right away a replacement unit, but I declined, because I believe depending on digital volume management (i.e. the iTunes volume slider) is a fundamental flaw of this product. The speakers have volume buttons (+/-) but what these do is send a digital signal through AirPlay asking the controlling computer/phone to lower the volume.
  • Pros: Strong amplifier. Beautiful design. Packaging is excellent. Setting up with AirPlay is very easy. Did I say beautiful design already?
  • Cons: Depends on digital volume management, which leads to the problems I described above
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Overall 8
8.0

Great sound, beautiful design, unstable airplay

Francisco O Perosa, Amazon
31 March 2014
  • Summary: Great sound. Beautiful design and materials. AirPlay not that good. Dropped a few times while playing. Had to reset the espy to start working again.
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Overall 10
10

Love it!

keith k, Amazon
23 January 2014
  • Summary: I bought this and a few other systems to compare and wanted to keep one. The sound quality was the best of all (Panasonic, Bose, Sony, iHome, and a Libratone), design is far superior, and I like the remote. For those who complain about the Airplay... it's probably not the unit. I found the problem to be with the wi-fi connection and sound quality (podcasts which are very low quality never freeze but a high quality song will occasionally freeze).
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Overall 10
10

Sound quality unbelievably the best

Shankar Rathnam, Amazon
5 January 2014
  • Summary: I had a Bose sound dock and thought I had the best until the A5 entered my living room. Set up was easy. Install the app on the phone and within minutes you are connected.
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Overall 10
10

Easy setup Great sound

KD, Crutchfield
16 July 2013
  • Summary: Great product. Streaming seamlessly in less than 10 minutes. Have had the speaker for about a month and have not dropped the airplay signal yet. Sounds great at medium sound. At very low sound levels product seems a littly bass heavy to me.
  • Pros: Easy set up, great sound
  • Cons: Cord is long and a little hard to hide.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great for bedroom or small office

doriang, Amazon
28 June 2013
  • Summary: I just received my A5 unit today and tested it out in my bedroom. My bedroom is 10' x 12' with 9' ceilings here in NYC. Sound quality was great considering the system form factor and overall size. The unit could use a bit more emphasis on the highs, however that may be due to room placement. I consider myself a moderate level audiophile and own other higher end B&W gear.
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