With the AirPlay systems A5 and A7, B & W sends a team of specialists on an important mission. The mission: The musical conquest of the living quarters – of course wireless.
It has still the Zeppelin air by Bowers & Wilkins: dock, iPhone, iPod and iPad can sit up to refuel energy and passing on of digital music. The dock is however not so attractive since the change of the 30-pin port for the tiny Lightning-universal connector to the Apple devices. Although it works as before with an adapter, but the rickety piece of white plastic in the middle of the stylish design is little satisfactory.
B & W A5 and A7: Facilities
So, probably calculus behind when B & W the latest generation of AirPlay enabled sound systems called A5 and A7 equips completely without docking point. A Yes never quite knowing when Apple again may dream up a new interface, which replaced revisions and additional license fees. And on the other hand: If this thing’s got AirPlay, including even a dock?
After all, that is the great strength of AirPlay Streaming Standards: The source must not only painfully somewhere be connected, everything goes through a Wi-FI enabled network. Both B & W-AirPlay speakers are fully equipped with everything you need to: Ethernet and faster WI-FI, Digital amplifier, Stereo speakers, and of course the necessary software intelligence. The biggest difficulty is to engage the displaylosen devices using only their single LED and their Morse-color code on the local network. This B & W has created specially an Setup-App , leading the owner step by step through the installation process. And in the event of an unexpected failure, there’s the reset button on the back.
B & W A5 and A7: Connections
Once hooked into the network, can be casual about the Apple-Portis both systems – and by means of the Pebble-shaped remote control. Its only drawback: the Missing mute button that brings the system quickly silenced. When the input selector (the LED shows the currently selected input with different colors) even the first differences between the compact A5 and the significantly increased A7 show up – in addition to the obvious size -. While the A5 can have only one other 3.5 mm aux input , the A7 offers analog as well as digital optical access in addition to a USB-2.0 – interface. Practical: There computer might dock, to play music via non-AirPlay enabled software (such as decibel, media monkey) or in resolutions no longer supported by AirPlay above 16/44.1.
B & W A5 and A7: Construction
Also in terms of chassis Assembly, there are differences in the class a – models of course. The A5 is equipped with two high – and low-midrange drivers under the black cloth grille, an extra woofer, the A7 get added to support his two midrange drivers. Inherited both true B & W sprouts have the Nautilus technology: The aluminum tweeters in both systems is equipped with the same principle of tube-type air outlet, which is used in the high-end boxes of the brand.
And also called ‘Flowport’ bass reflex opening with the distinctive golf ball bubble has already proven in noble-HiFi. A DSP takes over the role of active crossover in both systems and assigns the perfectly tuned frequencies to the drivers. It has its meaning: Compact systems, this is sometimes the only way, despite close-spaced speakers to produce still figure.
B & W A5 A7; Hearing test
The A7 was able to expect better than the A5, with both with impressive level strength played up – like Active boxes of double size. Even the very compact A5 could rock alone easily a living room, the A7 with adjoining dining room. The strength of the A7 was the insanely powerful bass Foundation, the A5 impressed with remarkably homogeneous and voluminous sound for its size. Particularly Gittar body in conjunction with delicate female voices sounded outstanding on both boxes. A not too low placed shelf close to the wall, and on a solid surface (such as a sideboard) can do very well. Only on the naturalness and figure of the Zeppelin air, carrying the tweeters on the lobes of its cigar shape, they could not quite match.
B & W throws his task with flying colors the A-team: sounds great and fits with design and function really in each apartment – how small or it may be hip. It’s good, if such a plan work, or?
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