B&W A5 AirPlay Speaker Review
It’s an impressive AirPlay speaker that, like the A7, is understated whilst being beautifully built and delivering exceptional sound quality.
The B&W Zeppelin Air revolutionized the speaker dock with its daring styling, great build quality and brilliant sound. The A5, and A7 for that matter, dispense with the dock and focus purely on delivering a great AirPlay experience in a box that looks elegant wherever it is placed, delivers amazing sound quality and most of all lives up to the B&W reputation.
Size And Build Quality
The A5 looks stunning. Its simple brushed metal top and matching band contrasts perfectly with the black cloth. There’s no plastic on show and even the volume and power buttons are built into the metal band.
This is clearly a premium product at a premium price. It is quite hefty for its bookshelf-friendly dimensions (180mm x 300mm x 120mm) but this probably helps it deliver that great sound.
Being a wireless speaker there are very few connector options on the A5. It has an Aux-in and an Ethernet port to compliment the wireless connection.
The B&W A5 features two 1-inch tube aluminium tweeters and two 4-inch mid/low range drivers. These allow the A5 to project a sound so great for its size that it’s sometimes easy to forget that it is a one-box system.
Setup is simple, as it always is with wireless B&W speakers these days. Simply install the iOS B&W AirPlay Setup app and you will be up and running in a few minutes.
This is a premium product at a premium price but you can’t expect this smaller speaker to give the same amazing sound quality and volume that its big brother, the A7, does.
The A7 is aimed at the living room. The B&W A5 is not quite equipped for that. B&W seem to want the A5 to compliment that amazing living room setup with the A5. They want it to be the speaker of choice for slightly smaller areas like the bedroom, study or kitchen.
The B&W A5 isn’t cheap, but with excellent build quality and incredible sound it is certainly value for money. It won’t replace the A7 as our speaker of choice but it is a great option for smaller rooms where the A7 would be overkill.
It is another great product from the masters at Bowers & Wilkins.