Excerpt: I’ve read in a few audiophile articles that a good, reasonably priced set of stereo speakers paired with an amplifier will trump the best iPod speaker/dock no matter the cost. While that may be true, when I heard the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air , I began to have some doubts. The British company, Bowers & Wilkins is famous for some of the best (and expensive) speakers available.
Pros: Apple AirPlay which blows Bluetooth away., Stunning looks and even more stunning sound., Solidly built., Music sharing app.
Cons: Very Expensive., Different colored lights on the front of the unit mean something. I can never remember what, plus it's hard to see what color is showing far away., Frustrating AirPlay setup. But once done, it's simple to use., Beware the firmware updates.
Excerpt: Equipped with Apple’s new AirPlay technology the new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air has wisely left the sumptuous, and now iconic, design alone and undergone a massive internal overhaul. Besides wireless streaming from an AirPlay enabled iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, the Air utilizes an entirely new fully-active 2.1 design using 5 individual drivers powered by new and more powerful amplifiers, and a redesigned glossy-black back panel made from glass-fibre filled ABS...
Summary: Looks can thrill but with a sound quality to match, the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is the king of the roost for those who need an audio boost for their iPod or iPhone. In fact, we can’t praise the overall gadget quality of this system enough, it’s simply that good!
Conclusion: So is the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air really worth the $599 price tag? Well, is a Ferrari really worth $250K? Both of these products are in a league of their own in some regards. Sure you are paying more for an incrementally better product, but value was never really part of B&W’s plan in the first place. The Zeppelin Air offers exceptional sound quality for an iPod dock, has a look that screams for attention, and is made by the Ferrari of home audio, Bowers & Wilkins.
Pros: Amazing sound, Great build quality, Stylish design
Cons: Finicky network connectivity, Lacks true iTunes Windows instructions, Minor network interference, Faux plastic chrome
Conclusion: With Bowers and Wilkins, you definitely pay for the name and visual design as much as the audio quality. But excellent-sounding Zeppelin Air iPod dock with wireless streaming via AirPlay does not disappoint.
Pros: Top-notch audio performance. Sleek, minimal design. Streams audio via AirPlay from Apple devices. Output for sending video content to television.
Cons: Expensive. Remote control is awkwardly shaped, missing key features.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air – With AirPlay support
1 May 2011
Excerpt: Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is a high end, sleek looking stereo speaker for iPod or iPhone. It supports Apple’s AirPlay capabilities for audio streaming. On the rear end of the device, there is Ethernet port, USB 2.0 port for connecting to computers, 3.5 mm aux stereo input jack, and composite video output for TV connectivity.