Decidedly demure compared to the legendary Zeppelin, but the B&W A5 is one of the finest wireless speakers we've tested
The B&W Zeppelin Air revolutionised the speaker dock offering the holy trinity of elegant styling, solid build and brilliant sound. Following a design classic is never easy, but with the Bowers & Wilkins A5 (and its bigger brother the B&W A7) the brand has produced an impressive Airplay speaker.
But with fierce competition from the Philips AW9000 and the Denon Ceol Piccolo, can the A5 deliver?
B&W A5: Size and build
It's weighty too - often a good sign - and despite the bookshelf-friendly dimensions (180 x 300 x 120mm) it feels every inch a premium product.
The only slight niggle is the power connector. Once plugged in it sticks straight out making it awkward to position, not ideal for a bookshelf speaker. A simple L-Shaped design would solve the problem.
B&W A5: Features
B&W A5: Setup
Setting up an Airplay speaker can be a right pain in the router, but getting the A5 steaming from your iOS device couldn't be easier thanks to the AirPlay Setup app (Hi-fi designers please take note).
The simple step-by-step guide navigates the networks effortlessly, and we were streaming soft rock from our iPad 4
B&W A5: Sound quality
B&W A5: Value
B&O Beolit12 costs £200 more.
B&W A5: Verdict
B&W A5: Available now
Review by Chris Haslam