Bowers & Wilkins A7 wireless Airplay speaker first impression

Bowers & Wilkins A7 Airplay speaker

With their new A-range of wireless AirPlay speakers, Bowers & Wilkins have gone more subtle in the design, perhaps aiming to create a multi-room system that naturally blends in. Besides the design, there is however little that seems subtle about the powerful B&W A7 speaker.

Bowers & Wilkins A7 Airplay speaker

The design might be understated compared to the Zeppelin Air, but still, the A7 oozes quality in the build with its black mesh and brushed metal finish, subtly telling everyone that this is indeed a Bowers & Wilkins speaker. All the required ports and connection options are located at the back of the speaker, offering up USB connection, 3.5mm line-in, and an Ethernet socket should you choose to hardwire the connection instead of using the built in wifi support in the speaker. At the back you also find the bass flowport, ensuring smooth airflow and reduced turbulence. Since it does not feature any docking station, it allows the surface of the A7 speaker to remain largely untouched. With the supporting Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Set Up application, getting the system going and start streaming your music is also a simple process that requires a minimum of technical skills.

Behind the black mesh and brushed metal you find the high quality components that you expect from Bowers & Wilkins. The A7 features a 6-inch Kevlar-reinforced subwoofer, dual 3-inch midrange drivers, and dual 1-inch Nautilus tube aluminium tweeters, offering up a total power output at 150W (2x25W, 2x25W, 1x50W). To ensure the best possible sound, the A7 features 24bit audiophile DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor), allowing for a more natural sound.

I hope to be back with a hands on review in the near future.

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