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.

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.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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