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B&W A7/Spotify

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Hi, I'm a Spotify Premium customer and currently play my music via Airplay through my Apple TV and Pio Plasma display.I'm wanting to upgrade but due to her in doors and space etc I'm looking at a one box solution and the B&W A7 has caught my eye. I'm a huge Apple fan so relying on Airplay is not a problem and given the A7 appears to have the sonic edge on the Sonos S5 for example, its ticking all my boxes.However what I would like to know is whether anyone has one and whether they use the Spotify Premium account with it. Specifically do you notice any difference when streaming at 320k? I have to say when playing through my iPad2 and through Apple TV on my Pio I can't notice much difference if any. I'm hoping an upgrade to the Bowers & Wilkins will do the trick.  Also can you confirm whether it can play native 24bit tracks from the B&W website?  I understand iTunes can't handle Hi Res audio so just wondered if it can, how this would work in practice.

Indeed even if you haven't got one I'd appreciate your thoughts.

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RE: B&W A7/Spotify

Anyone? Smile

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RE: B&W A7/Spotify

Have not yet tried spotify premium via airplay so can't answer that I'm afraid. Generally speaking, I do not year a difference between streaming 320 files via airplay or going straight USB > DAC. 

 

Airplay cannot do 24 bit tracks, as it is limited to 16/44 (CD quality). Itunes itself can actually handle HD audio, but airplay cannot. 

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RE: B&W A7/Spotify

Would you get the 24 bit tracks if you plugged your computer into the A7 via USB and played through iTunes?

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