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Bowers & Wilkins A5

Bowers & Wilkins A5
alaScore 91

125 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 reviews of Bowers & Wilkins A5. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design, whereas many are negative about the reliability and price.

usability, design, size

price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Bowers & Wilkins A5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Bowers & Wilkins A5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Bowers & Wilkins A5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the size. The design also gets good feedback. Many are less positive about the reliability and price.

usability, design, size

price, reliability

73% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Bowers & Wilkins A5 Wireless Music System B&WBowers & Wilkins A5 Wireless Music System B&W

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

B&W A5 review

 

A masterclass in wireless speaker design

Great design ; Easy AirPlay set-up ; Tons of detail that competitors lack

Sound is on the small side ; Treble can be a little bright

A masterclass in wireless speaker design. At this price, there are few AirPlay devices that can better the A5

Jan, 2013

Expert review by (t3.com)

B&W A5 review

 

Can the B&W A5 make us fall in love with Airplay all over again?

Style and build ; Superb sound ; Effortless setup

Lack of display ; Wobbly bass ; Premium price

Expert review by : Jim Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

Bowers & Wilkins A5 review

 

B&W is a premium speaker manufacturer and is well known for its Zeppelin dock for iPods and iPhones. The A5 is smaller than you might imagine, but retains a similar design with black cloth and polished metal details.

B&W speakers are never cheap, but the A5 seems a little overpriced. Sound quality is good but not excellent, and it's strictly for Apple devices since there's no Bluetooth. For £70 less, the Minx Air 100 is much more versatile, yet sounds just as good.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Wired (wired.com)

British Audio Powerhouse Delivers Another AirPlay Hit

 
Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Bowers & Wilkins A5

 

Bowers & Wilkins is now several products deep into its consumer-level headphone and speaker line, and as pricey as these offerings are, they're nothing compared to the high-fidelity speakers B&W manufactures for recording studios and living rooms of...

Robust, crisp audio performance over AirPlay. Substantial bass response at moderate-to-loud volumes. Easy set up process using free app. Attractive, sleek design

Distorts on deep bass tracks at top volumes. Egg-shaped remote is awkward to operate. A tad overpriced

The Bowers & Wilkins A5 delivers excellent wireless audio via AirPlay at moderate levels, but struggles at top volumes on some deep bass material.

Nov, 2012

Consumer review (johnlewis.com)

Superb sound for that size

 

Nice surprise sound quality from such a small device !

Sep, 2015

Consumer review (johnlewis.com)

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...

Apr, 2015

Consumer review (johnlewis.com)

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...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review (johnlewis.com)

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...

Dec, 2014

Consumer review (johnlewis.com)

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!

Dec, 2014
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Product Specifications

Audio

Frequency range:47 - 22000
RMS rated power:48

Design

Colour of product:Black
Housing material:ABS synthetics

Loudspeakers

Amplifier:Built-in
Audio output channels:2.0, 1.0
Driver diameter:10
Driver Size:10.2
Mid-range driver diameter:10.2
Mid-range driver diameter (imperial):10.2
Mid-range driver size:10.2
Number of drivers:4
Number of mid-range drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1
Number of tweeter drivers:2
Recommended usage:Universal
Speaker placement:Floor, Tabletop/bookshelf
Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):10.2
Suitable for outdoor use: No
Tweeter: Yes
Tweeter diameter:2.54
Tweeter size:2.54
Woofer: No

Other features

Audio output channels:2.0
Bluetooth: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Wi-Fi: Yes

Performance

Equalizer: No
Remotely operated: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Apple docking compatibility:iPad, iPhone, iPod
AUX In: Yes
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Power

AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power Consumption (Standby):0.5

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12
Height :18
Weight:3.6
Width:30