Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: The A7 sounds better than any sound system I've ever owned. Period. However the wireless connectivity is very unstable and is a real pain. To try and address the problem I even purchased an Apple AirPort Extreme, which is an amazing router, but the A7 still drops the wireless connection atleast once a week. So frustrating! Certainly you can hardwire it to an iPod, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having Airplay and multiple devices.
Summary: Constant headache trying to reset it. Thought it was the unit and got a replacement for it, but the second one has the same connectivity issues. The unit looses connection to the local wifi network. At this price it should be flawless. Skip this one and save yourself the trouble!
Nightmare - great sound for sure - but, honestly, it just doesn't work
james F, Apple Store
28 July 2013
Summary: No question, when it works the sound is awesome. Very cool. But I spend a long hour fighting with the software over the course of an evening. Finally it works just fine - everything is connected - and its all good. In fact, its awesome. Next morning - it just doesn't work. How is this possible? More hours wasted trying to get back to where we were. Hours and hours of frustration - btw, I am (honestly!) hyper tech savvy, it ain't me, its just garbage!
Summary: Please take the streaming issues seriously - this is the best sounding speaker period - but you will have to reboot it once a week - at parties, with friends, as you demo your awesome and expensive cool gadget. I am very tech aware and there are serious technical issues that prohibit consistent airplay connection.
Summary: The A7 was a bit smaller than I had expected, but had pretty good sound for a single speaker as it was clear and had decent bass. The sound quality however was NOT phenomenal by any standard. Unfortunately the A7 has very poor streaming capabilities. If your phone or streaming device is merely one room away, nearly every song will skip, hiss, or lose connection. I've tried repositioning the unit, my wireless router and my phone/macbook (streaming device).
Summary: Obviously when choosing this unit, price wasn't an issue. I wanted the best wireless sound dock I could find. I intended on using the unit outside on our patio. I typically get good wirless signal out there with my Iphone. After several failed attenpts at connecting while outside, I decided to bring the unit inside and give it a try. After resetting it 5 seperate times and going through all the steps again, I finially was able to play music through the A7! Sounded great.
Summary: I bought an A7 and an A5 at christmas time in readiness for a big new years party we were having. They weren't easy to set up as the connection kept dropping out. The music stopped half way through the party and has worked intermittently ever since. I have hung on to them hoping that i may need to change a setting here or there in order to sort the problem out but after tens of hours sat at the computer changing settings to no avail i have decided to take them back.
Summary: I am about to leave home to return the B&W A7 and am quite sad about having to do so. The sound is brilliant! Period! However, in a classic example of doing some things to perfection and ignoring other aspects of a device, the streaming is terrible. I am using a dual band router with wifi G and N compatibility. It is new and serves our condo extremely well.