B&W A7 Wireless Music System: The Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) A7 is a
wireless powered speaker system that employs Apple's AirPlay technology. Apple's
AirPlay technology offers high-quality wireless audio streaming from your iPod
touch, iPhone, or iPad; as well as your Windows or Mac computer with iTunes. The
A7 uses audiophile-grade Bowers & Wilkins audio technology for a high-fidelity
sounding music system that can handle the broadest range of frequencies. The Bowers & Wilkins A7 works great in "out-of-the-way"
spaces where it won't be noticed, such as on bookshelves or against walls.
High Quality Audio Design: The Bowers & Wilkins A7 wireless music
system is equipped with a Class-D amplifier and digital signal processing (DSP).
The Class-D amplifier provides 25W x 4ch (tweeters/mids) + 50 x 1ch (subwoofer).
The B&W A7 features two 1" Nautilus tube aluminum tweeters, two 3.0" midrange
drivers, and one 6" subwoofer. The wireless music system's enclosure is
made from glass-filled ABS and feature's Bowers & Wilkins proprietary Flowport
technology. The Bowers & Wilkins Flowport technology dramatically improves the
system's overall bass performance. The unit's rear-firing port is dimpled
to improve air flow, reducing turbulence. The result is less chuffing noise and
less compression at high levels; which means better bass no matter how loud you
like your music.
Apple AirPlay Technology: Apple's AirPlay technology allows
music, downloaded to iTunes, to be streamed (wired or wirelessly) from your Mac or PC to the B&W A7. You can
even bypass the computer entirely, and stream high-quality audio directly from
your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (all without the need to dock the
device). The A7 supports Apple Lossless and MP3 audio file transfer. The B&W A7
and your AirPlay audio source must be connected to the same wireless network via
a WiFi (802.11g/n) router or hub.
- iTunes Streaming: The B&W A7 is able to wirelessly play
audio from your computer's iTunes account either wirelessly (WiFi) or via a
wired (Ethernet) connection using AirPlay streaming technology.
When connected to the same network as a computer running iTunes, the A7 can
appear as an output option in the pop-up menu at the bottom of the iTunes
window. You can then browse your iTunes collection on your computer and stream
music to the A7. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or
Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later) connected to the same wireless
(WiFi) network as the A7.
- Apple Device Streaming: AirPlay also lets you wirelessly
stream your iTunes music and a variety of music apps (such as Pandora,
iHeartRadio, etc) stored on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the A7. So
there's no need to dock your Apple device. The Bowers & Wilkins A7's AirPlay
feature works with iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), iPad
(1/2/3/4), and iPad mini with iOS 4.4.3 or later; connected to the same wireless
Simple Setup: In order to connect your Apple device to the B&W A7
wireless music system, you will need to download the
Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App to your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad
(running iOS 4.4.3 or later). The Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App is also available to download for
computer or Windows PC from the
Bowers & Wilkins Support Site, allowing you to set up and manage the wireless
music system from your computer.
Auxiliary Input: The rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input
accepts an analog stereo minijack cable or mini-Toslink digital cable from your
external analog or digital audio device. The A7 is able to play stereo digital
audio up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution (not compatible with surround-sound
encoded 5.1 channel digital audio).
USB Audio Streaming: The A7's USB (type-B) port can be used
to stream and playback music that is stored or being streamed on your Mac
computer or Windows-based PC. It can also be used for firmware updates.
supplied wireless IR remote offers Power, Volume Up/Down, and Playback controls.
Playback controls include Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. The remote is
powered by a single CR2032 3V lithium battery (pre-installed).
AC Power: The Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) A7 operates off of standard
household AC current, using the supplied 6.5' AC power cord. The A7 will automatically enter Sleep
mode if left inactive for more than 30 minutes.
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