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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

alaTest has collected and analyzed 383 reviews of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the price.

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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. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The usability and design are also appreciated, whereas there are some mixed opinions about 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

Dec, 2017

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. Comments about the size and reliability are on the whole positive. The design and usability also get good comments, whereas there are some mixed comments about 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

Dec, 2017

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: David Carnoy and Steve Guttenbe (cnet.com)

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air review

 

Editors' note (March 2013): Bowers & Wilkins will begin shipping a version of this product with a Lightning-compatible dock (for iPhone 5 charging compatibility) in April 2013. It should be otherwise identical to the 30-pin model reviewed here. Read...

The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is a sleek, high-end iPod/iPhone stereo speaker with built-in Apple AirPlay audio-streaming capabilities. Ample speaker drivers--two 1-inch tweeters, two 3-inch midrange drivers, and one 5-inch woofer--provide solid...

The Zeppelin Air is very expensive, and it offers little stereo separation unless you're sitting or standing near the speaker. AirPlay setup may be tough for first-timers, and there are some compromises when controlling via iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

While the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is as pricey as the earlier Zeppelin, Apple AirPlay support and improved sound quality make it a better value.

Mar, 2011

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Expert review by: Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

 

With Bowers and Wilkins, you definitely pay for the name and visual design as much as the audio quality. But excellent-sounding Zeppelin Air iPod dock with wireless streaming via AirPlay does not disappoint.

Top-notch audio performance. Sleek, minimal design. Streams audio via AirPlay from Apple devices. Output for sending video content to television.

Expensive. Remote control is awkwardly shaped, missing key features.

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Mar, 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

Expert review by: Rob Sabin (soundandvision.com)

B&W Zeppelin Air iPod Music System

 

Suffice to say that was me when Bowers & Wilkins first suggested I take a little ride with the Zeppelin Air, the company's $600 iPod dock. I'd heard occassional demos of the Air's predecessor, the original Zeppelin introduced in 2008, and although it...

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications

Amplifier

Amplifier output power:150
Amplifier/receiver input interface type:Terminals
Amplifier/receiver output interface type:RCA

Audio

Audio output channels:-, 1.0 / 4.1
Frequency range:36 - 42000 / 51 - 36000
RMS rated power:150
Sensitivity:-6

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Stainless Steel
Housing material:Stainless Steel
Tweeter:Y
Tweeter diameter:0.984
Tweeter Size:0.984
Woofer Diameter:2.95 / 4.92
Woofer Size:2.95

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (standby):0.8
Power consumption (typical):100
Power source type:AC

Loudspeakers

Amplifier:Built-In
Audio output channels:-, 1.0
Mid-range driver diameter:2.95
Mid-range driver size:2.95
Number of drivers:5
Number of Speakers:1
Speaker enclosure:Closed
Speaker placement:Portable
Tweeter: Yes
Tweeter diameter:0.984
Tweeter Size:0.984
Woofer: Yes
Woofer Diameter:4.92
Woofer Size:4.92

Other Features

I/O ports:1x RJ-45
Number of products included:1
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Performance

Apple docking compatibility:iPhone 5, iPod Nano 7, iPod Touch 5 / iPhone,iPod
Equalizer: No
Mobile operating systems supported:iOS 4.3, iOS 5.0, iOS 6.0, iOS 7.0
Remote controlled: Yes
Remotely operated:Y

Ports & interfaces

AirPlay: Yes
Apple docking compatibility:iPhone, iPod
Apple Lightning docking connector:Y
Bluetooth: No
Composite video out:1
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Speaker interface type:USB
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Power

AC input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (standby):0.8
Power consumption (typical):100
Power source type:AC

Radio

FM radio: No

Subwoofer

Subwoofer driver diameter:4.92
Subwoofer driver size:4.92

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.19
Height:6.81
Weight:13.7
Width:25.2