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
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.
Summary: The Zeppelin delivered more than enough power to fill the 16x12-foot media room we’re now using to test audio products: We experienced chest-thumping bass and crisp highs at all levels while listening to Ben Harper’s “Excuse Me Mr.” (from Fight for Your Mind). If you can swing the fare, the Zeppelin delivers a high-flying audio experience.
Pros: The best sound we've heard in an iPod dock; incredible looks.
Conclusion: So, what does a $600 speaker sound like? Well, it sounds like a really nice $400 speaker. However, I will admit that the Zeppelin looks and feels like a $600 speaker, and the analogy can be made between the Zeppelin and an expensive car, such as the Mercedes I don’t drive. Sure, you can spend thousands less on a car and get a similar driving experience, but little things â€“ like the sound the door makes when you close it, or the way the interior controls feel in your...
Pros: Amazing sound for an all-in-one speaker, extremely high volumes with no distortion, quality build and unique design
Excerpt: The Zeppelin airship was to be a supreme affirmation of German superiority… and we all know how well that turned out. However, British speaker company Bowers & Wilkins has high hopes for its own 21st cen-tury Zeppelin – the difference being that this product relies on its shape, not to be airworthy, but rather “audio-worthy” instead.
Pros: Striking design; impressive audio; works with most iPods
Cons: Clumsy remote; expensive; cannot navigate iPod menu with remote control