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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb audio and build quality... A+, 16 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Bowers & Wilkins A7 Wireless Music System B&W (Electronics)
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 A7 for my house - mainly to stream music through Airplay to both at the same time.

After an initial and very easy setup on my iPhone (which then also automatically setup on my PC and iPad) 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 firewall settings etc), however once that was solved I was able to be fully blown away by the audio quality of these devices.

I had already heard them in a busy shop but once they had the acoustics of my rooms at home they sounded ten times better still. I used to have Bose Soundocks but in all honesty these eat those for breakfast!

The build quality is just as good as the audio quality and personally I really like the design as they look inconspicuous yet stylish.

The balance of bass, middle and treble is perfect. Very deep bass (especially the A7) pounds the airways with crystal clear trebles and everything in between. To say I am impressed is an understatement and considering the size of these devices I think B&W should be commended on the quality they provide.

Of course the A5 and A7 are not cheap but I believe they are well worth the money. My only negative other than the price is that there is no instruction manual included in the box, however this can be downloaded in pdf format from their website so it's no big deal.

To get the best quality sound from any device, you should use high bit rate mp3's. The best is 320kb and are CD quality. Most tunes you download from iTunes etc are lower quality so if you can burn your CD's to your PC and change the burn settings to 320Kb. This will ensure you get the most from your Bowers & Wilkins. Low quality mp3's will still sound ok but if you're spending good money on devices like these you owe it to yourself to get the most out of them!
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2014 16:58:07 GMT
YouG says:
320kb is not cd quality, at all.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2014 17:00:09 GMT
JT says:
Ok. You want to elaborate on that by telling us what is?
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