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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air
alaScore 98

202 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 202 reviews from magazines and websites.

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 98/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 202 reviews)

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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

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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...


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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.


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Zeppelin Air


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 the first iPod-centric Zeppelin in the middle of the great iPod dock flood of '07. A few years later they...

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

Overwhelming bass ; AirPlay is laggy ; Pricey

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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.

Killer sound, period. Wireless AirPlay streaming adds convenience while maintaining HD audio quality. So many upgrades over the original, yet the price is the same. Consumes only 0.8 watts in standby mode. Oh, and it charges your iPhone, too

If you’re not an Apple person, you’re limited to USB use. Doesn't work with iPods older than the Classic. AirPlay requires setup and maintenance smarts. Status indicator LED on the front will have you reaching for the manual to decode. Looks like a big...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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

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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...

Product Specifications


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


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