55 posts / 0 new
Last post
NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

A5,

+

Small, like a table top radio

-

Midband a bit constrained

More like a table top radio sound wise, which can be found cheaper

 

A7,

+

Bass

Never stressed

-

Not quite 2 separate speakers

A little bit big

 

Actually ordered one A7!

NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

Do you reckon this to be Hi-Fi  Smile ?

 

Will actually stream my 30 classic CD's.

 

Will probably get an iMac as the streaming hub. With iTunes 11 all pieces will fall into place.

chebby's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 50 min ago
Joined: 02/06/2008 - 09:40
Posts: 15993
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

NHL wrote:
Do you reckon this to be Hi-Fi  Smile ?

I'll tell you later this week.  I am going to be trying out a couple of 'next system' ideas including the A7.

"We are currently awaiting the loading of our complement of small lemon-soaked paper napkins for your comfort, refreshment and hygiene during the journey."

NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

WHF seems to rate A7 as the current Airplay leader.

Have also auditioned the B&O (even more expensive) Airplay. Not quite as impressive as the A7, B&O did sound very class D.

Cypher's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 8 hours ago
Joined: 08/06/2007 - 06:45
Posts: 1400
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

IMO the A7 has a very natural sound. Does not sound digital at all.

NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

Have also auditioned Focal Bird 2.1, the sound was uneven. Some passages of the music did fit great while others not. Also, at low volume level, the very tiny left/right speakers did not impress.

NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

Design wise, I believe the A7 hints to old Klipsch speakers (although not equal in size).

NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

Online review:

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/blog/2012/11/21/review-bowers-wilkins-a7-airplay-speaker

 

chebby's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 50 min ago
Joined: 02/06/2008 - 09:40
Posts: 15993
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

NHL wrote:
Online review:

http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/blog/2012/11/21/review-bowers-wilkins-a7-airplay-speaker

Their reviewer didn't find the mini Toslink connection. (It doubles up with the analogue 3.5mm input.)

"We are currently awaiting the loading of our complement of small lemon-soaked paper napkins for your comfort, refreshment and hygiene during the journey."

Twill's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 06/10/2007 - 12:38
Posts: 146
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

Interested in what you're thinking of for your next system ideas Chebby?

As you'll know from chats on other threads about the MCR603, I'm looking at this area myself. I love B&W sound, and still like my ancient DM601 speakers, but I can't help thinking £700 is a lot of money for what is, essentially, an airplay speaker with a couple of aux input.

I need something with a network streaming option because I can't fit much of my lossless collection on my iPhone for beaming across, and buying a nettop or something to stream my main collection from a NAS would only add to the A7's cost.

I like the look of the Denon Ceol from that point of view, and wonder how something like Ceol+Q Acoustics 2020i would compare to the A7 in terms of sound.

All very interesting anyway. May trial the A7 just to see.

NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

Carried the box home yesterday. Felt reassuringly heavy. Our home is being rebuilt, will unpack it in a weeks time. Have installed iTunes 11 and are ripping classic CD's in the meantime.

NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

Just got it working!

 

Not for the inexperienced computer user!

Had to

* reset the A7 like 7 times, really

* try both with a computer and iPad to register the A7 on the home network

* re configure the firewall, otherwise error message -15000, really

bigboss's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 24 min ago
Joined: 25/03/2009 - 21:40
Posts: 12817
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

I had this for about a week:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Altec-Lansing-Airplay-Speaker-System/dp/B0061JQ0RG

Sold it for 2 reasons:

1) Sound kept dropping even when connected via Ethernet to the router.

2) Didn't want to get stuck with AirPlay which is Apple proprietary. This has allowed me to not get restricted with iDevices only in the future.

NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

Chopin in CD quality, perfect for a Friday evening!

Airplay wasn't as easy as I'd thought.

Cypher's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 8 hours ago
Joined: 08/06/2007 - 06:45
Posts: 1400
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

Do you like the sound NHL ? 

Some people don't hear it but IMO there's a big difference between the A5 and the A7. The A7 should be better (more expensive) and it is.

 

NHL's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/11/2009 - 07:57
Posts: 544
RE: B&W A5 and A7 auditioned

@cypher: the sound is very dynamic, not the most forward speakers, more balanced. Makes a good complement to the Rega combination in the living room. The A7 is the one to go for, skip the A5.

 

One more setup thing: if using a guest network, then communication between devices has to be enabled, otherwise the device pairing will get stuck (no error message, of course).

Pages

Log in or register to post comments