Bowers & Wilkins is a respected name when it comes to sound systems but instead of creating a speaker system that would be messy especially with Apple’s two types of connection dock, they decided to incorporate AirPlay to their latest product. We are talking about the new AirPlay speakers which are the A5 and the A7. As far as the looks, the two are quite similar with each other although the A7 is slightly bigger than the A5.
The A7 comes with two 25-watt “tube-loaded” tweeters, two 25-watt 3-inch drivers as well as a 50-watt 6-inch subwoofer. For the A5 on the other hand, there are no subwoofers lying around and the speakers are much smaller than the A7. This is because the A5 comes with two 20-watt tweeters as well as two 20-watt mid-range drivers. In addition to that, there is also a built-in “audiophile grade” DAC that makes it possible to upstream the music to a bit rate of 24-bit/96kHz.
If you are interested in having one of these, do take note that the A5 and the A7 aren’t cheap. This is because the A5 alone comes with a hefty price tag of $500 while the A7 is available for $800.