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.
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: 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
Excerpt: B&W 's knack for turning out occasionally iconic products is as enviable as it is admirable. The PV1 subwoofer, for example: next month's 2010 Awards issue will reveal if it's managed to defend its title for the seventh consecutive time.
Pros: Chord Company iChord, Enduring allure of the looks, hefty, detailed and invigorating sound
Cons: Chord Company iChord, Loses a little composure at higher volumes, lacks features, excellent new rivals
Conclusion: Compared to other iPod docks we've tested, the Zeppelin sounds fantastic. Songs are rich, full and meaty, but our credit card-grabbing hand is slowed a little by the fact that it does cost a thousand dollars. Still, if you charge your friends an entry fee every time you have a party, the Zeppelin will quickly pay for itself.
Pros: Very pricey, Remote control is a little shonky
Cons: Best iPod speaker we've heard, Looks gorgeous, Deals well with bass
Summary: The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin effectively combines substantial build quality and detailed sound -- but you're still paying a hefty premium for the iPod speaker's stunning good looks
Pros: Three-way stereo system with two tweeters, two midrange drivers and one woofer, 100W of power, Mirror-polished stainless steel cabinet with black cloth grille, Matching remote control, Video output for hookup to a TV
Cons: Very expensive, Sounds better on acoustic music than bass-heavy genres such as rock and hip-hop, Rubberised mounting stand seems better-suited to a cheaper product, Light on features