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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air
alaScore 89

301 reviews

Sep, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 301 reviews of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other iPod Docking Speakers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other iPod Docking Speakers the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 301 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air


alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other iPod Docking Speakers on

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air


alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 user reviews of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other iPod Docking Speakers on

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Wireless AirPlay Speaker Dock - ZEPAIRLC

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: Ray Aguilera (

Zeppelin Air Review


Zeppelin Air

Improved sound quality. AirPlay for wireless playback. AUX input and composite video pass-through. Can connect via USB for iTunes syncing

Remote is so-so. Includes printed catalogue of other B&W gear, but no hard-copy owner's manual. Price puts it out of reach of lots of music fans. Cloth speaker covers are a dust magnet

May, 2011

Expert review by: Michael Brown (

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Review


The original Zeppelin sounds fantastic, but the Zeppelin Air sounds even better. After performing blind listening tests comparing the sound quality of a docked iPod Touch to the same song (Steely Dan's “What a Shame About Me,” from the band's Two...

The most important of the Zeppelin Air’s many design improvements is the manner in which it interfaces with the iPod: The dock on the new model taps the iPod’s digital audio output (carried on one of the pins inside the iPod’s docking port). B&W’s...

Feb, 2011


Expert review by: Ian Bell (

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air


Shaped like the iconic flying airships of our past, the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is designed to make a statement, both aesthetically and acoustically. The original Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin entered our offices more than three years ago and has...

Amazing sound ; Great build quality ; Stylish design

Finicky network connectivity ; Lacks true iTunes Windows instructions ; Minor network interference ; Faux plastic chrome

The Zeppelin Air offers exceptional sound quality for an iPod dock, has a look that screams for attention, and is made by the Ferrari of home audio, Bowers & Wilkins.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Trent Wolbe (

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air review


What's that, an alien egg? Nope. Memory foam iPillow? No, silly, it's a Zeppelin, a Zeppelin Air more specifically. Bowers & Wilkins brought us

Huge, fulfilling sound ; Sparkly-clean design ; Easy to use

Overwhelming bass ; AirPlay is laggy ; Pricey

May, 2011

Expert review by: Michael Calore (

B&W Soars Again With New AirPlay-Capable Zeppelin


B&W has improved on the design of its original Zeppelin and added AirPlay support, while keeping the price the same.

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Clint DeBoer (

Bowers Wilkins (B&W) Zeppelin Air iPod Speaker Preview


redefined what could be expected from an iPod speaker system. Now Zeppelin Air provides another seismic shift in audio performance, design and functionality with completely updated drive units, up-rated amplification and the latest in Digital Signal...

Jan, 2011

Expert review by: (

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air


Best AirPlay speaker

Excellent sound quality ; Easy to use app ; Sleek design

Awkward controls ; Streaming can be unreliable ; Not truly portable

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Andrew Robinson (

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Reviewed


Bowers & Wilkins has added a new version of the Zeppelin to the company's offerings with the Zeppelin Air. The Zeppelin Air adds some fun new features, but does it stand up when it comes to performance?

The Zeppelin Air's fit and finish, much like all Bowers & Wilkins products, is simply beautiful. Within its class of iOS dock/speakers, it is among the more sculptural ; Unlike other Bowers & Wilkins' wireless loudspeaker setups, the Zeppelin Air...

Some have mentioned (or complained) about the Zeppelin Air's copious bass. If you're unwilling to experiment with placement and/or your iDevice's EQ setting, this issue may persist. Just because a loudspeaker is aimed at the lifestyle crowd doesn't...

While $599.95 may seem steep for a lifestyle-oriented loudspeaker that isn't a soundbar, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I can find instances where the Zeppelin Air's cost is justifiable. Years ago (10 plus), my mother spent over a grand on...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Bill Henderson (

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Speaker/Dock Review


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...

Apple AirPlay which blows Bluetooth away ; Stunning looks and even more stunning sound ; Solidly built ; Music sharing app

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

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (

Review: Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) Zeppelin Air AirPlay-enabled audio system


Five after Apple positioned the iPod Hi-Fi as a "home stereo replacement," to much criticism, B&W's Zeppelin Air really can replace a home audio system for many listeners.

At first glance, the Zeppelin Air looks almost identical to the original Zeppelin. You get the same pill- (or, if you will, dirigible-) shaped enclosure—approximately 25 inches wide, 7.5 inches high, and 8 inches deep—with the entire front covered in...

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications


AirPlay: Yes
DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No
Remote Control: Yes
Subwoofer: Yes


Android Docking: No
Apple Docking:iPod / iPhone / iPad Docking
Bluetooth: No
PMP Docking:iPod Docking
Signal Input:Digital
TYPE OF DOCKING:Cradle / Wireless Pairing

Energy Information

Battery Powered: No

General Features

Construction:Single Case Speaker System
Signal Connection:Wireless / Wireless + Wired
Speaker Type:Active