Summary: While the B&W Zeppelin Mini's sound didn't blow us away, this stylish, compact iPod/iPhone speaker is appealing for its size, swiveling dock, and decent performance.
Pros: Decent sound from a compact, single-speaker; elegant design; simple to operate; dock swivels so you can watch videos on your iPod or iPhone; GSM shielded for iPhones; USB connection for synching your iPod or iPhone with iTunes on your PC and upgrading firmware.
Cons: Fairly expensive; no radio or other additional features; doesn't work with several early iPod models; bass is thin.
Excerpt: The Bowers & Wilkins name is practically synonymous with high-end sound. Since the original B&W 801 first appeared in 1979, the English company has enjoyed a great deal of success by producing some of the worlds finest and most stylish speakers found in recording studios and homes around the globe.
Pros: Smart, stylish aesthetic, Digital USB input provides cleaner sound, Works with all iPod and iPhone devices, Unique, rotating dock arm
Cons: Very aggressive high frequencies, No tone control, Poor off-axis response, Limited remote functions, High price for an iPod dock
Conclusion: The Zeppelin iPod dock costs a ton because of its graceful design and excellent sound, but don't expect any fancy functions such as a FM radio, alarm, or even useful iPod navigation on the remote.
Pros: Excellent sound. Exotic design. Video-out for iPod-to-TV. USB connection to perform software updates. Rubber mount to change speaker angle.
Cons: Limited remote. Takes up a lot of space. Expensive for a featureless dock.
Excerpt: Recently, Gear Patrol procured a B&W Zeppelin for testing. We wanted to know what all the hulabaloo was about and why all the critics were raving about what amounts to a $600 iPod dock and speaker system. Why, you might ask, would I ever spend that much on an periperhal for my iPod.
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) Zeppelin iPod Dock Speaker System Review
30 April 2009
Conclusion: A marvel of design and performance, the B&W Zeppelin is almost an oxymoron, as a truly high-end iPod dock. A full three-way stereo speaker system in a single-piece device, it delivers music better than a lot of people have ever heard, and looks badass while doing it. Where to Buy Manufacturer's Specifications Inputs/Outputs What's in the Box?
Pros: Oh my heavens, does this thing sound good!, Incredibly gorgeous, artistic design including a stainless steel derriere..., Oh my heavens, does this thing sound good!, Incredibly gorgeous, artistic design including a stainless steel derriere...
Cons: ...that collects fingerprints better than a CSI, Remote provides only basic functionality, we still need to handle the iPod
Conclusion: B&W isn't full of hot air, arf! This is one of the most stylish and sonically adept iPod speaker docks we've ever laid eyes (and ears) on.
Pros: This is B&W’s first iPod-compatible product and it's a real high flyer. It looks like something Batman might have under Wayne Manor to play his Bat tunes on (Bat Out Of Hell, perhaps?). Sonically it’s awesome, with a 100W of digital amplification built in, two speakers and a bass-blasting sub. The speakers deliver clear audio across the whole range without overdoing it on the bass. The iPod Shuffle aside you can dock any iPod, and the Zeppelin even interacts with them...
Cons: Only a couple of negatives. The USB port is for software upgrades only, so there's no way to connect the Zeppelin to your computer for iPod syncing. Also it costs £400 – that’s pricey for any iPod dock.
Excerpt: is many things: the biggest, heaviest, most expensive, most beautiful, unusually-shaped iPod accessory to date, with the best bass, most magnificent overall audio clarity, plus most peculiar iPod dock, and weirdest remote control of all.
Conclusion: We test the Bower and Wilkins Zeppelin iPod dock to see if it really is worth its massive £399 price tag or if its just hot air. Supporting 4G iPods and above and styled like a work of art we hoped it would be worth the cash.
Summary: Peerless build quality sets apart from the crowd this iPod speaker. The B&W Zeppelin feels solid and exudes high-class attention to detail. And the Zeppelin's audio quality soundly complements its design, giving a detailed and insightful sound, with a tight and musical low end that gives real body to all music. B&W has ably translated its competence in loudspeaker design to an iPod speaker anyone will be proud to own.
Excerpt: For many, the initials B&W will conjure images of Ansel Adams photographs and Hollywood classics; the thoughts of audiophiles, however, will turn fondly to the legendary speakers of Bowers & Wilkins. The idea of B&W turning its thoughts to the iPod will blanch the cheeks of many a blue blood, but we’re damn happy the Zeppelin has landed.
Pros: The best sound we've heard in an iPod dock; incredible looks.