Summary: B&W designed this to be a discreet speaker in your living room, aimed at almost being hidden amongst your books on your bookcase. I've had the A7 for around a year and just continue to be impressed with the sound quality. I've got a pretty big open living/kitchen area & the volume is just over half to fill the area adequately. It has plenty of volume for a house party if needed. However it times it can be a little bass heavy and its a shame this can't be adjusted.
Summary: I was about to return this speaker - because of the wifi/Airplay link not working very well. I have a strong signal and use Airport Extreme router , so was very disappointed when the speaker kept spluttering and stalling whilst using the Airplay setting - it was happening at least once every couple of minutes and also losing the network setting. I had to keep resetting the speaker and inputting all the wifi settings.
Summary: Having been a Bower & Wilkins fan and owning a good few of there products for many years another fantastic product . Bass and clarity superb . I know the price is maybe high but you get a product that is built by craftsmen that know how to build speakers.
Summary: Connected to our wifi very easily using the B&W app. Works faultlessly without any dropouts, sound is excellent and blows away BOSE docking stations I have used before but I guess that should be expected for the price. We have quite a large house, our wifi setup is Netgear Wifi Router + Range Extender + Time Capsule. This just about covers the whole house.
Summary: I had done extensive research on a number of Airplay speakers from Sonos, Bose, B&W and others and ended up deciding on a Bowers & Wilkins A5 and an A7. After an initial and very easy setup on my iPhone I had a little trouble in picking the A7 up through wifi (the A5 was fine). After searching on the internet I discovered problems with Airplay devices can occur due to the router settings (so if you have problems check if your router is "n" and "g" compatible and also...
Summary: Setup took less time than unboxing. Easy but naturally, RTFM! The sound is, for a single box, stunning. To qualify what I say, let me tell you that I use an AK120 with an RSA blackbird and an Ultrasone Edition 8 set of cans for my portable setup after years of experimentation with portable sound.
Summary: I love my new A7. It's convenient, it sounds great and it doesn't take up space. If I'm only popping home for 10 minutes, I can play from my iPod Touch iOS 7, at the drop of a hat. I don't need to power up the Mac. Listening to classical music through this speaker is ab fab. No problems with Airplay, so far, fingers crossed. Well done Bowers & Wilkins.