Bowers & Wilkins A7 Review
Bowers & Wilkins is a top-notch speaker manufacturer with accordingly expensive products. These include the A7, a wireless speaker that supports Apple AirPlay. A Bowers & Wilkins A7 review from PC Mag acknowledges the speaker's steep price (starting at $500) but says the A7 is an elite system with very rich bass and loud, clear, detailed audio. At Tech Crunch, a Bowers & Wilkins A7 review concludes that this speaker is worth the money -- it simply sounds that good. It's also incredibly easy to set up, the reviewer says.
The Bowers & Wilkins A7 (starting at $500, Amazon) uses Apple's wireless AirPlay technology to stream music from Apple devices. That means it's tied to a Wi-Fi network (or Ethernet port) but can stream from any compatible device within range. The speaker also has a USB port, where you can plug in and play music from a PC and a 3.5 mm audio input for plugging in other non-Apple devices. There is no dock connector for charging. The system Bowers & Wilkins A7 a pretty powerful, 50-watt subwoofer and weighs about 10 pounds. It measures 8.6 x 14.2 x 6.3 inches, so it's not nearly as compact as the portable speakers on our list of budget options.
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If you have the funds, the Bowers & Wilkins A7 is worth it, reviewers say. It's no doubt one of the best speakers for an iPod, iPhone, or iPad and can even function as an all-in-one home audio system.