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Bowers & Wilkins T7 wireless speaker review

Our take on B&W's first portable Bluetooth® speaker

T7 portable Bluetooth speaker

If you think the term “conversation piece” sounds too strong for a portable Bluetooth® speaker, consider the Bowers & Wilkins T7. It looks at home in a nicely decorated room, or outside on a picnic table decked out with an elaborate food spread.

About the size of a thick paperback novel, this lightweight yet rock-solid speaker is easy to pick up and take with you. Music plays wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. I took the T7 home to check it out.

A sound legacy

For those unfamiliar with Bowers & Wilkins, this prestigious British audio company has built high-quality loudspeakers for over 50 years. You can find their speakers in famous recording studios like Abbey Road Studios and Skywalker Sound. In recent years, Bowers & Wilkins has earned a stellar reputation in the world of personal and wireless audio.

In kitchen

The Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth speaker plays music wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet.

A test run for the T7

The portable T7 has a built-in rechargeable battery, which offers up to 18 hours of use on a full charge. Large rubber buttons on the top panel offer controls for volume, play/pause, and Bluetooth pairing.

I charged it up with the included AC adapter in preparation for taking it along on a picnic. For something so small, the T7 plays incredibly loud. It has dual 2” drivers, along with two passive radiators for enhanced bass response. At half-volume it delivered more than enough sound while I mixed up a fruit salad in the kitchen.

X-ray view of speaker

This cutaway view show the dual 2” drivers and one of the center passive bass radiators.

When we got to the park and set up our picnic spread, I paired my wife's iPhone® with the T7. The sound was quite substantial, even outside, where sound can potentially get lost. It provided more than enough volume for background music while we relaxed, ate, and talked. 

Striking Micro Matrix™ design

With the sun shining in the park, I noticed that the T7 appeared to be glowing. Sunlight was peeking through the speaker’s edges at different angles, like light shooting from a mirror ball. The outer edge of the speaker features a unique and attractive honeycomb frame structure.

Bowers & Wilkins calls this design “Micro Matrix.” It consists of tiny interlocking panels that make up the frame of the cabinet, which is then wrapped in a solid rubber lining. Besides looking gorgeous, B&W says this Micro Matrix design cuts down on vibration and distortion. It definitely keeps the speaker from moving around. When the T7 sat on the edge of the counter, no matter how thumping the bass, it was never in danger of falling off.

Honeycomb frame

A close-up of the honeycomb-like Micro Matrix frame.

Personal listening session

After returning home from our picnic, I took the T7 down to my home office in the basement for some critical listening. I placed it against the wall and cranked up the volume. I quickly received a text from my wife upstairs, asking “What’s going on down there?”

So it’s definitely got some muscle. It also didn’t distort at very high volumes.

From the TIDAL music streaming app on my phone, I played Sly & the Family Stone's Live at Fillmore East: October 4th and 5th, 1968. The conclusion to show number two was a “Life/Music Lover” medley with a percussive, head-bobbing groove. With the T7, it felt really fun and full of energy. Sly’s voice was front and center as he sang and shouted his way through the animated call-and-response performance. Horns, harmonicas, and backup vocals all came through clear and natural.

The T7 also sounded great with studio performances, too. On Galactic’s Into the Deep, “Long Live the Borgne,” leads into “Right On,” my favorite 1-2 punch on the album. The former’s bassline was satisfying and full, and the trance-inducing organ and guitar riffs were well-placed. Guest vocalist Charm Taylor then picked up the pace and energy on “Right On.” The T7 handled it all wonderfully. The bass stayed true and tight throughout while the horns dominated the chorus, lifting the whole spirit of the song. I'm not sure how long my toes were tapping before I noticed their movement.

The bottom line

The Bowers & Wilkins T7 offers a sterling combination of looks, sound, and portability. It's very well-built yet light enough to take anywhere. And its output and sound quality are impressive given its small size. You can find less expensive portable Bluetooth speakers. But the T7 is a clear step above. If you value better performance, this one's a great choice.

  • Lester Williams Jr from North Hollywood

    Posted on 8/2/2015

    Cool design

  • Robert from Onset

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    Have bluetooth speaker, but not really good sound. This looks like the real deal.

  • Demitri Bryant from Alexandria

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    I gotta Question is this speaker loud

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    Dimitri, The T7 puts out a healthy amount of volume for its small size. There are certainly larger, louder speakers, but this thing is the size of a book and can fill an average-sized room with sound.

  • Sherri from Manistee

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    This would be awesome

  • Kevin Lawhorne from Staunton

    Posted on 8/3/2015

    Very cool

  • Carlos Ventura from Sacramento CA

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    I have to try it!!

  • Ira Sims from Dewar

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    Would like to win..

  • Matthew Winkel from Grand Ledge

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    Bowers & Wilkins are some of the best speakers I've ever heard. It would be nice to own a pair of those head phones.

  • Matthew Winkel from Grand Ledge

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    Bowers & Wilkins are some of the best speakers I've ever heard. It would be nice to own a pair of those head phones.

  • Keith from Woodbridge

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    I have been a fan of B&W for years.

  • Don from Toledo, OH

    Posted on 8/5/2015

    If its B&W it's got to be good!

  • Michael Thornton from United States

    Posted on 8/7/2015

    I've just learned how to use Blue Tooth. If you have a good quality portable speakers, then you and can really enjoy yourselves.

  • Randy Olson from Coal City

    Posted on 8/8/2015

    I look forward to listening to the wireless speaker , I DJ and am looking for a speaker I can use to listen for the next song to cue with my Bluetooth ear buds.

  • Matthew Winkel from Grand Ledge

    Posted on 8/8/2015

    I want those speakers!

  • Gabriel Hernandez from Austin

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    Nice looking design

  • John-Paul Rojas from Austin, TX

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    Best Bluetooth speakers ever!

  • Matthew Winkel from Grand Ledge

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    I want some of those speakers!

  • Tony Jackson from United States

    Posted on 8/9/2015

    Sounds like a great speaker,and I'm not suprised. They have a stellar reputation for high quality products.

  • Michael Reed from Greensboro

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    I have always wanted Bowers & Wilkins speakers, but have been too pricey. Question: I have an iPod Touch, latest version. Will I be able to pair that easily to this T7 with Bluetooth?

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Michael- Yes...to make sure we took both the T7 and an iPod touch down to the Crutchfield Labs and they paired up quickly.

  • Preston Barnes from Philadelphia

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Might take a chance on the T7.

  • Doug martin from Fremont

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Love

  • Bill Greenwell from Chemainu, Canada

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Your reviews are apleasure to read and invalauble to me and our friends in making buying decisions. Thasnk you and keep them coming!

  • Jeff Miller from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/10/2015

    Thanks for the kind words, Bill.

  • Todd Karman from Atoka

    Posted on 8/11/2015

    I love Bowers & Wilkins and Cruthcfield

  • Kathy Buresh from Littleton

    Posted on 8/11/2015

    Sweet! Me want.

  • Wayne Cobb from Prattville

    Posted on 8/11/2015

    Love listening to music.

  • Eric D. Ciquera from Port Washington

    Posted on 8/12/2015

    I love my bowers & wilkins zeppelin!

  • Brian C Hyden from Nitro, WV

    Posted on 8/12/2015

    Seems to be a great design, have to hear it live to really judge it.

  • Julio Q from Leesburg

    Posted on 8/12/2015

    Sounds like a another great b and w product. I have the mini zeppelin 2. It is a great speaker.

  • Pstrick Dexter from Lake Zurich, IL

    Posted on 8/13/2015

    I love that Crutchfield checks out what they sell first. It allows customers to buy with confidence with competitive pricing and great customer service. Crutchfield is not going to offer products that don't make the grade.

  • Larry from Houston

    Posted on 8/14/2015

    the 18hours battery life is what impresses me.

  • Jake from Indianapolis

    Posted on 8/14/2015

    I've always wanted Bowers & Wilkins : )

  • Jon Hornbeck from Pittsfield, MA

    Posted on 8/14/2015

    Own many B&W's. The best!

  • Michael Fugleberg from st cloud

    Posted on 8/14/2015

    I'm a Veterans hospital patient . I know of 2 people who have your head phones and cannot speak enough about pleased they are. I can't afford to purchas a pair myself so I'm entering this contest with hopes to win big . Thanks !!!

  • Robert Edison from Greenville

    Posted on 8/15/2015

    I would like to try this one out!

  • Joseph Gendernalik from United States

    Posted on 8/15/2015

    nice - and it looks like it sounds great!

  • Justin caudill from austin

    Posted on 8/15/2015

    Very nice!!

  • Robert Alexander from Desert Hot Springs

    Posted on 8/16/2015

    Make sure you save me one of these!

  • Cara Lamumba from Sacramento

    Posted on 8/16/2015

    :)

  • Caroanne Carman from magee

    Posted on 8/16/2015

    I hope I win

  • Chuck Wallace from Tallmadge

    Posted on 8/16/2015

    Looks sweet! Good luck to me!

  • Tony Pahls from little Rock

    Posted on 8/17/2015

    Good Artical, sounds like great speaker system!

  • David Rivas from New York City

    Posted on 8/17/2015

    Would make a wonderful gift for my wife's birthday, which falls on the deadline of Aug. 31.

  • Hua Nguyen from bozeman

    Posted on 8/18/2015

    love your product

  • Maria Lynn from Howell

    Posted on 8/20/2015

    love the design and the small size

  • Will Lamb from Howell

    Posted on 8/20/2015

    LOOKS COOL. NICE AND SMALL TOO.

  • Keith kelly from Knox

    Posted on 8/20/2015

    Awesome speaker.

  • Keith kelly from Knox

    Posted on 8/20/2015

    Awesome speaker.

  • David Pecchia from Attleboro

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    Have the P5 headphones. Best sounding ones i auditioned. Would love a T7 speaker.

  • Pete Dawood from atlanta

    Posted on 8/21/2015

    looks rad to me

  • Darrel Tomlinson from Skiatook Oklahoma

    Posted on 8/22/2015

    Love the design

  • Shauntea Crutcher

    Posted on 8/23/2015

    I like the design of this speaker.

  • Eron Richmond from Littleton

    Posted on 8/24/2015

    cool

  • Mike from Watertown

    Posted on 8/25/2015

    Cant wait to try it!

  • WILLIAM J MAUPIN JR from Northglenn

    Posted on 8/25/2015

    Cool Design...

  • Abel from Whittier

    Posted on 8/25/2015

    Heard the A7 and it's the best speaker in its class. I bet this wireless speaker stands over the competition too.

  • Simon Morales III from San Antonio Tx

    Posted on 8/26/2015

    Nice design.

  • hua nguyen from bozeman

    Posted on 8/26/2015

    looking good ... i want it

  • Cole McKinnon from Salem

    Posted on 8/26/2015

    thank you for the giveaway

  • Diane M from Gig Harbor

    Posted on 8/26/2015

    Very nice

  • Jennifer jenkins

    Posted on 8/27/2015

    Looks like great quality. My speaker recently broke, so I've been putting my phone in a cup to listen to music. Lol

  • Rizaldy Manabat from Union City

    Posted on 8/27/2015

    I want to try this T7 I'm sure this is one of the best wireless speakers.

  • kathy agate from banner elk

    Posted on 8/27/2015

    sounds great!

  • Marco Moreno from Mission

    Posted on 8/29/2015

    Awesome

  • Tim from Kyle

    Posted on 8/29/2015

    Good design.

  • Donald Wilkins from Sandown Nh.

    Posted on 8/30/2015

    This looks like it would be great at a party,we could have people take turns playing music from there phones.

  • mark shacklett from chandler tx.

    Posted on 8/30/2015

    It seems like an amazing product

  • TOM HOMRICH from BELMONT

    Posted on 8/30/2015

    MUSIC ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DENISE WINDLEY from SANTAQUIN

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    This is awesome!!

  • Pamela Lloyd from Wichita

    Posted on 8/31/2015

    amazing product

  • Francine ONeill from Laguna Woods

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Great for listening while sitting by the pool.

  • colleen roe from aurora

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    really, a great look !

  • keith butts from fort wayne

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Sounds..... nice

  • Michael Walmsley from Monaca

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Awesome.

  • Michael Metz

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Great

  • Nancy P

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Elegant, sleek design...awesome!

  • Susan Jordan from Union Springs

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Neat Design, Cool Look!

  • Susan Brown from Conover

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Really would love to win this!

  • joseph s from brooklyn ny

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    really sounds amazing

  • john from chicago

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    need a pair of these

  • Kathryn Ainsworth from Shreveport

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Nice design

  • Howard Mock from Freeport

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    The Bluetooth speaker looks very well put together.

  • Otha Williams from Columbia

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Awesome look !

  • Joanne Ahearn

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Love the look

  • Rita Christian from Irving

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Love to get a upgrade for my electronic music! Looks great!

  • Charles Goode from Talbott

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Love the design.

  • Josephine Greco from Waltham

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Good

  • Larry Paquette from Lisbon Falls

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Great look and design, would love this

  • Jonathan D. Mannings from Little Elm

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Bowers and Wilkins looks solidly well made.

  • Nina Washington from Victorville

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Il like the look and if it sounds as good as it looks I want one.

  • Nak from Kissimmee

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Design Looks Streamlined. Looks Powerful.

  • Barb Carlson from Caldwell

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Damn...this looks sharp and versatile!

  • mark kurdas from Lakewood

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Nice!

  • Theresa Liford from hanford

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    This would be so wonderful for my Husband's man-cave.

  • E. Margaret King from Mandeville

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    I like it...

  • Jeff thomas from Brandon

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    great

  • Ingrid Jackson from Pendleton

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Both seem to be very nice.

  • Charles Martell from Gloucester

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Very Innovative - Love the design

  • Kevin McKernan

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Looks great

  • Gerald Fornoff from Lafayette

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    great look

  • Pennie Britz from Algona, Wa

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Nice look!

  • gwen williams

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    sounds great

  • Diane Nakashima from San Jose

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    like

  • Linda Dart from sebastian

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    great looking item

  • Danniel Cardwell from St.Joseph

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Cool

  • denise birdsong from osage city

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Love it! Looks sleek and isn't bulky.

  • darrell julius from new hope

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Your products are awesome.

  • Robert Pacheco from Fall River

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    I HOPE I WIN MY SPEAKERS JUST LET GO WISH I WIN EVERYONE

  • colleen null from mount clemens

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Very nice

  • Kris m from Southfield

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    Love the design

  • George L.Selph Jr. from Castaic

    Posted on 9/5/2015

    I like the looks

  • christina tuck from gainesville

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    Looks pretty awesome to me!

  • Kelly Porter from Fort Collins

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    cool

  • Donna Zdanovec from Jacksonville

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    The Bowers & Wilkins T7 will be a great addtion to my Florida room !

  • Gladis Rodriguez from Hialeah

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    I want to try the bluetooth speakers

  • Donnie from Island

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    "WOW" How sweet it is.

  • Sohair from Alsip

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    Never had a speaker like this all I have is the one that u plug in this seems fantastic

  • Cindy Sheldon from Beaver Dams

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    looks like it might be a keeper

  • Kristi Mortensen from Bernalillo

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    Love it

  • Jerry Hunter from Apopka

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    Awesome

  • Theresa Liford from hanford

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    My husband would love this for his man cave.

  • Alexander from Bay City

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    hmmm

  • stacy Silva from Johnston

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    Love this

  • frank agate from banner elk

    Posted on 9/6/2015

    this design and sound is outstanding!

  • Jill Rivera from Pennsville

    Posted on 9/7/2015

    I like the design of a picture frame.

  • Kaycee from Madison

    Posted on 9/7/2015

    Neat product I use wireless electronics I don't own a Bluetoothdpeaker like this

  • lizzette martin from saugus

    Posted on 9/8/2015

    would love to try your speakers. Love the small size .

  • Nancy Livengood-Miller from Skiatook

    Posted on 9/8/2015

    NEAT COOL SMALL

  • Renard Mcfarland from Toledo

    Posted on 9/9/2015

    the T7 sounds great.

  • joe losardo from havertown

    Posted on 9/9/2015

    modern design with modern components

  • Helen Chin from Bklyn

    Posted on 9/9/2015

    So compact, yet stylish.

  • Marty from Rock HIll

    Posted on 9/9/2015

    Would be perfect on my screen porach

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