B&W A7 Speaker with Apple AirPlay, Black

Product information

The B&W A7 is built from the ground up to deliver the most expansive sound from a compact package. Streaming your music is a pleasure thanks to AirPlay compatibility, and puts an end to dragging your music around on hard drives. It also supports USB streaming, and with a dedicated internal subwoofer, you’ll feel every note. An attractive machined aluminium trim completes this leading-edge piece of sound engineering.

Key benefits:

  • Designed for discretion. The B&W A7 is designed to perform in out-of-the-way areas with a compact design that’s right at home on bookshelves and desks.
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  • Even though the B&W A7 is compact, this doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on power. With a combined 150W output, it’s powerful enough to fill any room.
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  • 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. The USB port also allows for direct streaming from devices, while a standard line-in port even lets you connect through a regular 3.5mm wire.
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  • The B&W A7 is optimised to create a speaker capable of handling the broadest range of frequencies, from the deepest bass upwards. Dedicated drive units create a more natural soundscape. Two 1-inch Nautilus tube aluminium tweeters deliver soaring highs, two 3-inch mid-range speakers push your treble and a powerful 6-inch subwoofer delivers bass that thunders.
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  • Enjoy three months membership to Society of Sound when your register your A7. Curated by Peter Gabriel and the London Symphony Orchestra this services will open up a world of lossless music downloads.
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  • The A7 also comes with a handy remote control.
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Brand
Bowers & Wilkins
Compatible with
AirPlay-enabled devices
Connections
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, 3.5mm minijack
Dimensions
H22 x W36 x D16cm
Eligible for International Delivery
NO
Model name / number
FP33499
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
NO
Power Supply
Mains
Radio tuner
NO
Speaker output Information The total output measured in watts. The higher the number, the louder the sound!
150W
Weight
5.7kg

Delivery

Click & collect

Free Click & Collect from John Lewis and Waitrose shops for collection tomorrow from 2pm
262 participating John Lewis and Waitrose shops
Free

Standard UK delivery within 5 working days

Free

Next, named or Saturday UK delivery.

£6.95

Next/named working day UK delivery pre-10.30am.

£9.95

Collect+ from a local shop from Monday - postcode exclusions apply for Collect+ deliveries

5000+ participating Collect+ shops
£3.00

International delivery not available

Returns

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Q & As

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B&W A7 Speaker with Apple AirPlay, Black 4.4 5 10 10
Frustration Sounds wonderful, superb clarity and tone but oh oh oh the sheer frustration of getting this machine to work on a wireless network. Utterly ruined the joy of owning a really top class piece of kit. 25 February 2014
Fantastic sound quality! Very impressed with the sound quality, even before a bit of running in it produced a very accurate and full sound, with very impressive bass response and natural open sound. I must say that it does need a storing WFI signal which caused some annoyances even though mymipad was showing 2 out of 3 bars, the poor A7 did annoyingly struggle, but getting a wifi extender thingy sorted things. For a compact all in 1 device I can't think of anything better, loads of clear, full and loud sound! 07 January 2014
Brilliant. Far better than expected. I started off looking at the Pure, Cambridge and Sonos ranges then became aware of Bowers & Wilkins. It's absolutely wonderful the sound quality that comes from such a small and discreet cabinet. I've always been a hi-fi buff and have a high quality traditional separates system, but I wasn't expecting this unit to be as good as it is. The in-store demo in a noisy section of John Lewis with terrible acoustics was pointless but I stuck with my instincts. (Unfortunately the AV demo room at the High Wycombe store is long gone.) I am now re-ripping all my cd's to my iMac in lossless format and will then be able to put a lot of my cd's into storage in the loft. If you can possibly rake up the money, buy one. You will not be disappointed. 16 December 2013
In a class of its own Having researched and listened to a number of iPod speakers, I settled on the A7. The clarity and depth of sound is second to none whilst the design is simple and not over-stated. It is true that the stereo separation is limited as the speakers are in a single unit, however, the musical quality more than compensates for this. I compared it to my old Denon hi-fi with Mission speakers and found the sound to be brighter and warmer. Many will say that to get real sound quality you need to purchase a hi-fi system with freestanding speakers. That may be true for an audiophile, but for someone that wants the convenience of an iPod speaker system, that's compact, good looking and still delivers, then the A7 sets the standard. The Airplay setup app is easy to use and airplay works well. However, a common complaint is that unless the network signal strength is of a high quality at all times, the unit can intermittently stop playing. It has happened to me about 4 times in 2 months but has not spoiled my listening. It does not have a dock, relying on AirPlay, which means no ugly bits hanging off the box and no need to worry about different types of connectors depending on which Apple device you have. Pros: Superb sound quality Simple styling Good build quality Convenience Cons: The price. Everywhere sells it at the same price so you cannot pick up a bargain, however, John Lewis gives a 2 year guarantee. If it is within your budget, you will not be disappointed. It is designed primarily for use with Apple devices using AirPlay. AirPlay relies on a good quality network signal (although it does have an Ethernet port and 3.5mm jack if AirPlay is a problem) Verdict: If you are looking for a high quality iPod speaker and can afford it, then in my opinion the A7 is the best you can buy. 22 February 2013
Great sound, but needs strong WiFi signal The sounds quality is undoubtedly excellent. I wanted to set up the speakers in a room where I thought I had a good WiFi signal. I can happily work with my laptop and/or iPad and get consistent good connections to the Internet. However, this signal strength does not appear to be good enough to reliably connect between the A7, my router and my iPad. When I connected the A7 it would work for a while and then the connection would break up. I would either have a break in the music for a second, or the iPad would revert to it's own speaker. This made the WiFi connection unacceptable. Having tried to reposition the A7, upgrading the router, and adding WiFi boosters I eventually gave up on the WiFi and have put in an Ethernet connection. I now works perfectly but I don't have quite the flexibility to move the speakers around I had been expecting. In the process I found out that the A7 uses 802.11g and not 802.11n and therefore can't use the 5GHz channels which are typically less congested than the 2.4 GHz ones. So I would recommend one to a friend, but I would make sure they had a very strong WiFi signal where they are planning to put the speakers. 20 January 2013
an impressive product expensive but worths the money. Good indepth sound and quite capable of handling various type of music from classical to modern. Connexion is quite straight forward and simple (though there is a need to have wi-fi with a router at home) 04 December 2012
Hesitant to purchase, but definitely keeping. I was hesitant to buy this product online without first trying it in store. I went into the Bluewater store today and received amazing help. Needless to say I went home with one knowing I could take it back for a full refund if I change my mind. I am not going to need to take it back. The sound is amazing, clarity and range is reproduced perfectly. A greater concentration of higher tones can be heard compared to similar products in this price range; alongside an amazing bass (worth getting the A7 over the A5 - tried both in store and the A7 is worth spending the extra on unless your tight on space). Rather easy to set up, contrary to some reviews I have read on this product. The instructions it comes with are rather simplistic - you just need to plug the thing in and go to B&W's website to download the set-up application. Easy, it just needs to be set up to access your home network. (i.e. your wireless password) I was initially sceptical about paying such a high price; I believe it is worth it if you have an ear for detail. 19 November 2012
Fantastic Brand. Fantastic Product. Ordered online and delivered next day for collection at my local Waitrose, excellent service. Well Done JL. This is my second purchase of a Bowers and Wilkins product, I already have the Zepellin Air, the A7 is far better looking and more compact really easy to set up with the downloadable App. The sound is fantastic as I expected. Really really pleased just need the A5 now to complete the family. 02 November 2012
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£699.00


Product code :

82370744

Additional services

  • 2 year guarantee included


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