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Bowers & Wilkins T7

Portable Bluetooth® speaker

15 Reviews | 3 questions - 13 answers

Overview

Our take on the Bowers & Wilkins T7

When new compact speakers arrive at Crutchfield, we often compare them to Bowers & Wilkins models. Why are they the measuring stick for performance? The company's stand-out speakers take up little space while consistently producing premium sound. The Bowers & Wilkins T7 is their first truly portable speaker.

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The Bowers & Wilkins T7 delivers top-flight sound, everywhere you go.

The acclaimed company's first Bluetooth-powered portable

When new compact speakers arrive at Crutchfield, we often compare them to Bowers & Wilkins models. Why are they the measuring stick for performance? The company's stand-out speakers take up little space while consistently producing premium sound. The Bowers & Wilkins T7 is their first truly portable speaker.

It's about the size of a hardcover beach-read and easily slips into a bag or tote. The rechargeable battery gives you 18 hours of music on the go. Play music wirelessly from your phone or tablet via high-fidelity Bluetooth aptX® audio coding.

Exclusive Micro Matrix™ technology

Notice the see-through honeycomb frame around the T7? Not only does this give the speaker a unique look, it also serves an acoustic purpose. Made of small, interlocking panels collectively known as the Micro Matrix system, this sturdy cabinet keeps the T7 stable as the dual drivers and bass radiators rock out. This exclusive Bowers & Wilkins technology was originally developed for their larger high-end speakers. The structure acts as a sponge, soaking up music-killing resonance.

From our article Bowers & Wilkins T7 wireless speaker review

"With the T7, [Sly and the Family Stone's live album] 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."

— Jeff Miller, A/V writer

Big sound from a small speaker

Bowers & Wilkins find ways to make the most out of any size cabinet. The T7's two 2" full-range drivers are constructed of lightweight, quality parts and deliver a natural sound. Two high-output radiators enhance the bass. Finally, the sound has been tweaked and fine-tuned to make sure you have a smooth listening experience, everywhere.

Bluetooth with aptX

The Bowers & Wilkins T7 features aptX audio coding. This is an advanced type of Bluetooth wireless streaming that retains virtually all the detail of the audio signal it carries. And the speaker is backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth. So you can play your music wirelessly from almost any portable device and still enjoy outstanding sound.

Product Highlights:

  • Bluetooth wireless streaming from compatible audio sources
  • aptX technology for high-fidelity streaming with compatible devices
  • wireless range: 32 ft
  • built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery lasts up to 18 hours
  • Micro Matrix™ technology provides resonance-dampening structure with a honeycomb-like design
  • two 2" drivers constructed of lightweight steel and glass fiber
  • two high-output bass radiators to enhance low end
  • two Class-D amplifiers
  • large button controls for quick and easy operation
  • stereo minijack input for connecting portable devices
  • AC power adapter
  • 8-3/8"W x 4-9/16"H x 2-3/16"D
  • weight: 4 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 5.5' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug inserts (US/UK/EU)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Instructions/Warranty
  • Bower & Wilkins brochure

Very nice, good sound, looks really nice. My dad loves it!

Holly, Austin, TX

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Weather-resistant No
Waterproof No
Speakerphone Mic No
NFC Touch Pairing No

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Features

Bluetooth Music Streaming: The Bowers & Wilkins T7 features Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming and AVRCP control, as well a aptX audiophile-quality streaming. You'll be able to wirelessly pair your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, Mac computer, Blackberry, and more. Up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices can be paired, but only one device can be used at a time.

  • A2DP Audio Streaming: Via Bluetooth A2DP, you'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your compatible Bluetooth-enabled device to the Bowers & Wilkins T7 speaker system.
  • AVRCP Playback Control: Through Bluetooth AVRCP, you can control basic playback functions of your wirelessly streamed music from the T7's top-panel controls. Playback controls include Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track.
  • aptX Compatible: The B & W T7 even employs aptX audio coding technology for lossless, audiophile-quality streaming from compatible aptX-enabled devices, like Android (OS 4.0+) smartphones & tablets.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the B & W T7.

Class D Amplification w/ DSP + High-Quality DACs: Class D amplification (12Wx2ch) and digital signal processing (DSP) keeps the T7 sounding clean and balanced, even at high volumes for distortion free sound. High-quality digital-to-analog converters (DACs) offers superior sound quality from your Bluetooth and aptX streamed music.

Dual 2" Full-Range Drivers & Twin Bass Radiators: Two front-firing 2" full-range drivers are specially designed to produce the best possible sound from a small speaker. Each driver is mounted in a ridged steel basket, keeping movement tight and controlled, while allowing ample air flow. The T7 also utilizes unique rear-firing twin bass radiators that have been designed for the optimum balance of movement and stiffness, so they deliver midbass and bass with serious depth and impact.

Rigid Cabinet Design: The B & W T7's polycarbonate enclosure employs a rigid honeycomb of interlocking cells that brace the cabinet and reduce vibration and distortion.

Intuitive Controls: The T7's controls are designed to be as easy to use as possible. The speaker keeps buttons to a minimum, while an array of simple light signals and audio cues convey basic functions quickly and intuitively.

Aux Input: In addition to Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the T7 is fitted with a minijack (3.5mm) input for connecting an external audio device with a headphone jack or analog output.

Rechargeable Battery: The Bowers & Wilkins T7 features a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery which provides up to 18 hours of playback. The included AC power adapter charges the built-in battery and provides power to the Bluetooth speaker system. A full charge takes approximately 4 hours.

Auto Standby: If the T7 is unused for more than 10 minutes it will automatically enter sleep mode. Wake the T7 by starting a Bluetooth audio stream from a paired device. The  T7 will also wake from sleep mode if either the Bluetooth or power button is pressed. If T7 is unused for more than 20 minutes it will switch off automatically.

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Why did you buy this?

Currently have 803s speakers for home. Love B & W sound! [ Terry  Jun 08, 2018 ]
This is actually for someone else and they already have 2 that I sold them previously. These are great speakers. [ David  Mar 14, 2018 ]
I read the reviews online [ TRAVIS  Sep 11, 2017 ]
THE BRAND NAME, MAKE GOOD HIGHEND PRODUCTS [ C  Jul 02, 2017 ]
Portable music for when I travel [ RUSSELL  Mar 07, 2017 ]
highly recommended based on a listening test. [ JOHN K  Dec 20, 2016 ]
I picked this speaker as recommended by my adviser Ringo. Will comment more after I have received it and tried it out. Ringo's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=164 [ David  Aug 23, 2016 ]
Great reviews and audiophile sound of B&W speakers. No boomy bass and very silky highs. No shirilly mids. [ JOSE C  Feb 21, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

I have a house full of 7 Bose speakers and I really like them in all ways--but they are rich and full and offer considerable base. I have a $2k set of Bowers and Wilkins and they amazing and natural just like the T7, which still has nice base. It is a taste thing--but the T7 battery life and sound are the tops IMHO. wer to this question. [ Gregory  Apr 16, 2016 ]
Try this speaker its load enough (and sounds great), you probably wouldn't need two of them but to answer your question - no - you can't "pair" up two speakers to one device (contact B&W, they have a quick tech support e-mail response). You could try a Bluetooth splitter, some people have had varying degrees of success with that device. [ Michael  Jul 18, 2015 ]
No, I don't think there's a way to sync up multiple Bluetooth speakers at the same time. Unless there's some cool app I'm unaware of? [ CADE  Jul 18, 2015 ]
No, as the T7 uses Bluetooth technology to connect one device at a time. I also own two B&W A7s which use Airplay technology (versus Bluetooth) and with those I can play to multiple devices using my iMac. This is nice and I do it often to fill the house with music. Back to the T7s..personally I would go with Bose vs. the T7 as if haven't been that impressed with the sound. The T7 has an advantage when traveling as it is smaller and lighter and the battery last longer than the Bose, but if you are using them in one place the Bose sounds better (to me anyway). [ M  Jul 18, 2015 ]
This is entirely down to preference. Personally, I don't have any issue using without a remote simply because as you mentioned the device you are playing from acts as a remote - pause/play, volume, FF/RW. I also own B&W A7s and I love the sound; I have been less impressed with the T7 and actually wish I had gone with Bose. That said the unit is light and small so it travels well and the battery last a lot longer than any other unit I am aware of. [ M  Jul 18, 2015 ]
It really is a non issue because it is easily and effectively controlled with the media player. Maybe you will notice a hardly noticeable time delay between your commands and the speaker receiving them but that is all. The rest is impressively natural sound and practicality in a very small package. Enjoy. [ Omar  Feb 20, 2015 ]
You'll have no use whatsoever for a remote. The volume control on your phone will control the volume, unlike the bose Bluetooth speaker that has a separate volume for the unit itself separate from your phone or tablet [ CADE  Feb 20, 2015 ]
No remote. You have to use the volume on the source device. [ CHARLES  Feb 20, 2015 ]
No remote for the T7 but the all the functions are on the top of the unit and you can also use the controls on you Bluetooth device (which acts like a remote). [ Michael  Feb 20, 2015 ]
I own the T7 and don't a lack of a remote control an issue for me personally. As you said I just my iPhone a d iTunes to control volume a d song selection. Great sound but bass levels off fast as you increase volume. I believe it's done to reduce bass distortion and boost highs. No distortion at top volume. Good clean sound at all volume levels. [ William  Feb 20, 2015 ]
It's not a problem for us, the unit has volume controls on top of it or you can use your device's controls. The t7 is a mobile unit that you can take anywhere, it's battery's life is excellent. The sound quality is amazing for such compact unit. [ Gregory  Feb 20, 2015 ]
Hi I don't think a remote would make a difference. The sound on this unit is amazing. It's portable and controlling the sound from your phone is adequate enough. I highly recommend this unit. I have a zeppelin air and I never use the remote. Anuj [ Anuj  Feb 20, 2015 ]
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