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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

alaTest has collected and analyzed 364 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 Speakers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and usability also get good feedback, but views are divided on the price.

usability, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 user reviews of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the reliability and size. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the price.

design, usability, size, reliability

73% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air B&W Wireless Speaker with AirplayBowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air B&W Wireless Speaker with Airplay

Aug, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 user reviews of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Speakers on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments are divided on the price.

usability, design, reliability, size

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

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

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Michael Brown (maximumpc.com)

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: Trent Wolbe (engadget.com)

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 (wired.com)

Review: Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

 

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...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Clint DeBoer (audioholics.com)

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: (consumersearch.com)

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 (hometheaterreview.com)

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 (the-gadgeteer.com)

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

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Expert review by: Rob Sabin (hometheater.com)

B&W Zeppelin Air iPod Music System

 

I've never been a big fan of paying for brand names for their own sake. Build quality? Yes. Performance? Absolutely. Aesthetics? Sure. Ease of use? Certainly. Each of those has value, and it often makes sense to pay more, even a lot more, for any one...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (macworld.com)

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

Expert review by: (ilounge.com)

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

 

Overall, there are some decided pros and cons to Zeppelin Air as a sequel to the original Zeppelin. We love the fact that Bowers & Wilkins is delivering better value for the asking price in this model, as the addition of AirPlay wireless functionality...

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Android Docking: No
Apple Docking:iPod / iPhone / iPad Docking
Audio Line-In Interface: Yes
Bluetooth: No
Docking System:Apple Docking
PMP Docking:iPod Docking
Signal Input:Digital
TYPE OF DOCKING:Cradle / Wireless Pairing
USB:USB 2.0

Energy Information

Battery Powered: No

General Features

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