Excerpt: While there is much to be said for high-performance iPod/computer audio systems that feature dedicated docks, DACs, amps, speakers and even subwoofers, the fact is that many people want something much simpler than that—and preferably better looking. This, of course, is where today’s nicer standalone iPod/USB audio systems, such as the B&W Zeppelin Mini, come into play.
Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) Zeppelin Mini iPod Dock Speaker System Review
16 February 2010
Conclusion: Even though it doesn't stand out as well as its predecessor, the Zeppelin Mini is mighty nice. At $400, it's still slightly expensive for an iPod dock. However, B&W don't come cheap, and it shows in this unit's performance at reasonable volume levels. That said, the unit does have a few sound and control glitches. B&W could do better -- or at least cheaper.
Pros: Oh-so-pretty, Nice audio experience overall, Remote reaches pretty far, USB connection makes computer upgrades easy, Rotating dock for proper video playback, Ability to play and control iTunes
Cons: Limited remote control, Mystery button on the remote, Chassis & controller are cruisin' for a bruisin', Doesn't always sync right away, Sound can break up at higher volumes
Conclusion: The B&W Zeppelin Mini is an artfully designed, easy to use iPod dock with an exceptionally small footprint that will look excellent in almost any home or office. We enjoyed the USB interface and its significantly better sound quality but its aggressive high frequencies and slightly pinched sound when playing directly off an iPod may be off putting during longer listening sessions, and is cause for concern when considering a $400 piece of audio equipment.
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
Excerpt: There aren't many iPod speaker docks that have had the impact of B&W 's Zeppelins. The original B&W Zeppelin set the bar for systems of this ilk back in 2008. And then, last year, the British manufacturer brought that Zeppelin ethos to a smaller box and budget with the Mini.
Pros: Chord Company iChord, Accomplished performance across the board, stylish, compact design, great to use
Cons: Chord Company iChord, Could struggle to fill large rooms