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This review is from: Bowers & Wilkins A5 Wireless Music System B&W (Electronics)
We were after a small but good quality dock for our living room, and the A5 has fitted perfectly. It took ages to wade through all the different docks/streaming systems on the market, and just as long to translate all the jargon into english, so for all you people who want to choose a stereo without having to take a degree in computer science first here's what I've learned.
This is a "streaming device" so there is no need to connect your computer or ipod to it directly, it has no dock - it turns out that docks are becoming old fashioned. This is not a bad thing - I can sit on the sofa with my ipod touch and stream music from it to the A5 without turning the computer on or fiddling about connecting the ipod to the dock. If you like you can use the "remote" app from iTunes to select music stored on iTunes on your computer and play that through the A5. This is good if you want to listen to high quality lossless files but don't have the space for these on your ipod. You can also listen to internet radio this way.
Setting it up was easy - I downloaded the Bowers & Wilkins airplay setup app onto my ipod & followed the prompts, it took 10 minutes, you just need your WEP key off your router to hand (skip the bit where it asks for IP addreses etc). We have a BT home hub 3 and it works fine, despite some reports of it causing problems when streaming.
It looks very cool, sits well on the coffee table & is not too massive or weird looking. It has one cable coming out of the back (power) and an audio input & a ethernet socket. There are 2 buttons - power & volume & a light on the front.
The sound is excellent, you can pick out each insrument and hear the vocals clearly. Cymbals sound like cymbals and not just a hissing sound. The bass is clear & tight, but won't shake you off your seat. The volume is good enough for regular listening, but won't fill the whole house. As the unit is only a foot long the stereo seperation is not wide, so if thats you thing look elsewhere. It can reproduce different genres of music well - I've tried classical, jazz, some Pantera, Anthrax, Emmylou Harris, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa and Emmliana Torrini- they all sounded good. I draw the line at dubstep - so don't know about that. Above all I can listen too it for a long time without my ears feeling like they have been assaulted as they do after listening to my sony dock & stereo.
Overall it's sounds fantastic, looks good, is unobtrusive & despite all the technology that has gone into it, is easy to use - I'm well pleased!