Bowers & Wilkins A5 Speaker with Apple AirPlay, Black

Product information

Purity, simplicity and stunning sound. The B&W A5 is built from the ground up to deliver the best in high-quality listening. It makes streaming your music a pleasure with its integrated AirPlay compatibility, putting an end to dragging your music around on hard drives. The A5 is also finished with attractive machined aluminium trim for a modern look that’s at home in any space.

Key benefits:

  • Designed for discretion. The Bowers & Wilkins A5 is designed to perform in out-of-the-way areas with a compact design that’s right at home on bookshelves and desks.
  • Even though the Bowers & Wilkins A5 is small in size - this doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on power. With a combined 80W output, it’s powerful enough to fill any room.
  • Apple AirPlay allows you to enjoy your music wirelessly or via Ethernet from your iPod, iPhone, iPad or computer through your network. Easy to use - your favourite tunes can follow you all over the house without tricky wired audio setups. A standard line-in port even lets you connect through a regular 3.5mm wire.
  • Digital signal processing and high-quality digital-to-analogue converters help produce the kind of natural, spacious sound you’d expect from much larger systems.
  • Dedicated drive units create a more natural soundscape. Two 1-inch Nautilus tube aluminium tweeters deliver soaring highs, and two 4-inch mid/low range drive units provide amazing boom and depth.
  • Enjoy three months membership to Society of Sound when your register your A5. Curated by Peter Gabriel and the London Symphony Orchestra this services will open up a world of lossless music downloads.
  • Take control of your listening - the A5 also comes with a handy remote control.
Bowers & Wilkins
Compatible with
AirPlay-enabled devices
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, 3.5mm minijack
H18 x W30 x D12cm
Eligible for International Delivery
Model name / number
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
Power Supply
Radio tuner
Speaker output Information The total output measured in watts. The higher the number, the louder the sound.

About Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins, then called B&W Electronics, was founded in 1966 as a manufacturing company which supplied the local clients of Worthing with hand-assembled speaker systems. Now a very large company with distribution chains all over the world, Bowers & Wilkins have gone from strength to strength updating signature technologies and entering new markets.

In pursuit of the perfect loudspeaker, the brand have leveraged innovative use of materials such as Kevlar and Diamond, derived new solutions to complex engineering and experienced moments of absolute brilliance. As a result, the product range now includes headphones, wireless speakers and computer speakers to produce the best possible sounds.


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We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Q & As

Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 25 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Superb sound for that size Nice surprise sound quality from such a small device ! 01 September 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Do not buy Agree with a lot of comments on here. I've had the A5 for over a year and it has always been temperamental. I've tried it in different places and different wifi connections. The wifi seems to have no trouble streaming films but cant get a signal for the A5. Then it loses signal or inexpiably needs to be reset all the time etc... and B&W have not been much help. Not their fault as down to the connection apparently - rubbish. The quality of the sound is great when it works but if you want a device that makes listening to music seamless, DO NOT BUY THIS EXPENSIVE thing. 01 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent product as you would expect from B&W I went for this product over a similar Sonos product because of past experience of having B&W speakers and the fact it was more appealing to the eye. I wasn't disappointed, sound is superb, more than loud enough, no connectivity issues at all and looks good on show in the house. Very easy to set up for Airplay and incredibly simple to use thereafter. The only issue I can foresee is it is limited to Apple so if you want to play other brands through it you are limited to the Aux socket. As we all have Apple products anyway this wasn't much of an issue but certainly something to consider before purchasing. 12 February 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Avoid this very poor product I have been a great fan of B&W's speakers for several decades but this product is a disaster. It is simply unusable given the unreliable and inconsistent wifi connectivity. I use it for 10 minutes and it drops the connection and have to reset software and reinstall, of which I'm now an expert. I contacted B&W who advised me to switch off and not put on standby but this didn't solve a thing. I would avoid for a few years until they have brought the software into the 21st century or get a plug in speaker. Shame, but there it is. This is a total waste of money. 24 December 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by GREAT SOUND IF YOU CAN GET IT TO LAST! Great sound but connectivity a real problem. Have persevered for months and still can't prevent this unit dropping signal. Barely get through a track before I have to switch off and start again. Methinks Bowers&Wilkins are in denial! 23 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by B&W A5 Speaker with Apple AirPlay, Black Great product for listening to music over internet and with the ability to move from room to room with ease. Sound quality very good. 07 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by well designed, great sound I was quite nervous about choosing this product after numerous reviews stated that wireless connection could be an issue. we've connected the speaker via a talk talk router to an iPad, iPhone and through iTunes on a pc and connection has been flawless! The speaker does seem to benefit from being switched off at the mains every few days, otherwise it 'appears' to forget the connection details. power it on and off and those connection details are all still there though. 22 July 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by So Sad Have just finished re-packing my A5 for return to John Lewis. It sound amazing but constant drop-outs of the wireless connection makes it unfit for purpose. Despite my best efforts it has not been possible to maintain a connection with any device (i-pad, i-phone or MacBook) in any area of the house. If you can make it work, you will love the A5. But good luck, you will need some! 12 May 2014
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