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B&W Zeppelin Air

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

16 March 2014
  • Summary: Words like "striking" and "distinctive" show up in most reviews, and Wolbe describes the black ovoid as "13.5 pounds of mesh-coated minimalism designed to look fierce on your coffee table or bookshelf." Users are generally impressed with its build quality, as well. Its biggest drawback is its sheer size: At 25 inches wide and 13.5 pounds, it's not likely to do a lot of moving around.
  • Pros: Excellent sound quality, Easy to use app, Sleek design
  • Cons: Awkward controls, Streaming can be unreliable, Not truly portable
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Overall 8

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air (With Lightning Connector)

PC Magazine
13 February 2014
  • Conclusion: The striking B&W Zeppelin Air sounds as excellent as it did when the company first released the 30-pin version of this speaker in 2011, but it still has lingering AirPlay-related flaws.
  • Pros: Top-notch audio performance. Distinctive style.
  • Cons: AirPlay-only. Irritating input lag when using AirPlay. Slightly processes sub-bass. Useless remote.
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B&W’s Zeppelin Air

29 July 2013
  • Excerpt: B&W began a revolution of sound, style and function in 2008 with the original Zeppelin. Competing with a plethora of cheapo iPod docks that sounded dreadful, B&W created an aural and visual tour de force, functioning much more than an iPod dock, with multiple inputs (line level, USB, Toslink and S-Video) to make the Zeppelin a true compact hifi system.
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Overall 8

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

8 December 2011
  • Summary: While the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is as pricey as the earlier Zeppelin, Apple AirPlay support and improved sound quality make it a better value.
  • Pros: The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is a sleek, high-end iPod/iPhone stereo speaker with built-in Apple AirPlay audio-streaming capabilities. Ample speaker drivers--two 1-inch tweeters, two 3-inch midrange drivers, and one 5-inch woofer--provide solid sound. AirPlay compatibility is available via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  • Cons: The Zeppelin Air is very expensive, and it offers little stereo separation unless you're sitting or standing near the speaker. AirPlay setup may be tough for first-timers, and there are some compromises when controlling via iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Speaker/Dock Review

The Gadgeteer
1 November 2011
  • 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.
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Airly New

Gear Patrol
5 October 2011
  • 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...
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Overall 7
Value for money 6
Features 7
Performance 8
Ergonomics 6

B&W Zeppelin Air iPod Music System

Sound & Vision Magazine
2 October 2011
  • Excerpt: I've never been a big fan of paying for brand names for their own sake. Build quality? Yes. Performance? Absolutely. Aesthetics? Sure. Ease of use? Certainly. Each of those has value, and it often makes sense to pay more, even a lot more, for any one of them. But sometimes, in the course of shopping for whatever, you encounter an entry from a well-respected or even elite brand that at first glance seems so outlandishly priced you have stop and wonder: what am I really...
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Overall 8

Expert Review

27 September 2011
  • Conclusion: 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!
  • Pros: The stunning looks of the original Zepplin are in place, but you’ll find it’s now a whole lot lighter, weighing in at an almost portable 6.2kg. To differentiate the look, you’ll find a black piano lacquer backplate is now in place, rather than the metallic backing of yore but it’s still a striking look. Never before has an iPod dock looked so good, with the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air iPod dock looking even slimmer and more streamlined than the original. Connections...
  • Cons: You’d think with its looks and great sound the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air would be a clear winner. Sadly, it’s not all plain sailing as actually setting up the beast in the first place can be something of a chore. Not only is it a laborious process, once you’ve got it up and running with your iTunes account, you’ll find that it doesn’t really want to stray too far away from it. Then there is the rather limited format support, which purists will hate.
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Overall 10

B&W Zeppelin Air

26 September 2011
  • Summary: A thumping party-starter with a new wireless dimension for Apple devotees.
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Home Audio Review: Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Gear Diary
23 August 2011
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