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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Powered speaker system with Apple® AirPlay® and 30-pin iPod®/iPhone® dock

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Our take on the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

by Ralph Graves
Bowers & Wilkins
Zeppelin Air AirPlay

Take to the air!

Sure, you can dock your iPod or iPhone on the Zeppelin Air and hear your music with breathtaking sound. But thanks to Apple AirPlay technology, you can also stream music wirelessly from your computer, iPod, iPhone or iPad® through this high-performance powered speaker system, for super-convenient access to your music library.

Apple's AirPlay technology lets you wirelessly connect any Wi-Fi®-enabled device that uses iTunes® — such as your iPod touch, laptop, or iPhone — with the Zeppelin Air. AirPlay can support multiple speaker systems simultaneously, so you can have two or more Zeppelin Airs throughout your home playing music from your iTunes library.

Choose songs and playlists, select your speakers, and adjust speaker volume all from your iPod as you walk about. Or from your laptop as you relax on the couch. Imagine watching a movie on your iPad with the soundtrack booming out of the Zeppelin Air. Or playing a game on your iPhone and hearing every detail clearly. AirPlay makes it possible.


Audiophile sound quality from a single powered speaker

The Zeppelin Air looks the same on the outside as the original award-winning Zeppelin powered speaker system — that unique and unmistakable shape actually helps improve sound dispersion. But internally it's been entirely redesigned to deliver even better sound.

FlowPort
Two rear ports reinforce the bass frequencies. Their dimpled contours minimize air turbulence, resulting in cleaner bass without distortion — even at maximum volume. The system consists of two aluminum dome tweeters, two midrange speakers and a woofer for the low tones. Each of these five speakers is powered by its own amplifier, ensuring accurate and responsive performance.

The system's audiophile-quality digital-to-analog converter (DAC) delivers every detail in your music with stunning accuracy. Advanced digital processing optimizes the incoming signal, giving you amazingly realistic sound.


FlowPort

Multiple connections for versatility

You can play your iPod or iPhone either docked to the Zeppelin Air or wirelessly through AirPlay, but that's just the beginning. Use the system's video output to connect the Zeppelin Air to a TV and enjoy videos and photos from your player as well.

An Ethernet jack lets you make a wired connection to your home network. Play music from other portable devices through the system's stereo minijack input. And there's an optical digital input so you can connect a high-end CD player or other component. There's also a USB port for software updates and syncing your player.

From the review The Zeppelin Air — Airplay and beyond!

"The Zeppelin Air does sound substantially better than the first-generation Zeppelin. And the added functionality of Apple AirPlay made it a definite asset in my wireless iTunes-centric home... If you're just getting into serious listening with your iTunes music, and don't already have an advanced audio playback system to do it justice, then a Zeppelin Air would be an excellent investment."


— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • powered speaker system with 30-pin dock for iPods and iPhones
  • Apple AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad®, or computer
  • two 1" tweeters and two 3" midrange woofers
  • internal 5" subwoofer with rear-firing ports
  • 25 watts x 2 for tweeters, 25 watts x 2 for midranges, plus 50 watts for subwoofer
  • gloss black and polished stainless steel construction
  • minijack auxiliary input accepts both analog and optical digital connections
  • composite output for connection to a TV
  • USB port (for firmware and syncing)
  • RJ-45 Ethernet port
  • remote control
  • AC power cable
  • weight: 13.5 lbs.
  • 25-1/4"W x 6-13/16"H x 8-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: You might experience network dropouts when using AirPlay with an iPhone 4S. Apple is working to fix this software problem.

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  • Powered speaker system for iPod/iPhone
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR2032 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 6.5' AC cord
  • 42" Ethernet cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Connection/Control diagram
  • Safety Instructions/Warranty
  • Zeppelin Air brochure

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Variety of Sources

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Improved Sound Dispersion: The original Zeppelin's unique shape was designed to help sound dispersion. Zeppelin Air retains that shape, but now features smaller mid-range drive units to help the sound dispersion even further. This produces a more open, natural sound. Combined with the same tweeters as the award-winning B&W MM-1 computer speakers, Zeppelin Air delivers an incredibly detailed, wide, room filling performance.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP): Zeppelin Air's proprietary Bowers & Wilkins Digital Signal Processing (DSP) using double-precision processing and in-house algorithms optimizes speaker control. Simply put, this means Zeppelin Air performs like a considerably larger loudspeaker and produces room filling, controlled bass no matter how loud you like your music.

Audiophile DAC: In the digital world, the Digital to Analog Converters (DAC) are vital for getting the best from high-quality speakers. On Zeppelin Air all inputs are up-sampled through the audiophile-quality 96kHz/24bit DAC, including wireless music using AirPlay. This has the effect of lowering distortion, creating a smoother sound.

2.1 Speaker Design: Its fully active 2.1 design means that all five speakers are individually driven by dedicated audiophile class D amplifiers, which were specially designed for Bowers & Wilkins.

  • Tweeters: The high frequencies are handled by a pair of 1" aluminum dome tweeters. The sound is enhanced by an adapted version of B&W's trademark Nautilus tweeter tube.
  • Midranges: The unit features two 3" cone midranges, made from highly-optimized glass fiber.
  • Woofer: The single 5" woofer features an oversized magnet, a 4-layer voice coil, and a Kevlar-reinforced cone. The woofer is mounted in the center--the deepest part of the Zeppelin Air's sleek enclosure--with rear-firing ports on each side.

Discrete Digital Amplifiers: Powering the speakers are five high-quality digital amplifiers with a total of 150 watts. The single woofer is driven by a dedicated 50 watt amplifier, while each tweeter and midrange is driven by a dedicated 25 watt amplifier.

Flowport Technology: The Bowers & Wilkins Flowport technology dramatically improves the system's overall bass performance. The unit's dual rear-firing ports are dimpled to improve air flow, reducing turbulence. The result is less chuffing noise and less compression at high levels; which means better bass no matter how loud you like your music.

Bass Enhancement: When you place the Zeppelin Air with its back against the wall, the bass level is boosted, and more so if it is in a corner. The unit's "Speakers" setting has a tone control option which allows you to adjust the bass output. The default setting (Bass 0) should be used when the Zeppelin Air is on an open table. The Bass -1 setting should be used when the Zeppelin Air is against a single wall, and Bass -2 when placed in a corner to compensate for the added bass boost from the speaker's positioning. Personal preference settings (Bass +1 and Bass -3) are also provided.

Note: It is recommended that you turn off your iPod or iPhone's built-in equalizer.

Variety of Sources

AirPlay: Apple's AirPlay technology allows music, downloaded to iTunes, to be streamed (wired or wirelessly) from your Mac or PC to the Zeppelin Air. You can even bypass the computer entirely, and stream high-quality audio directly from your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (all without the need to dock the device). The Zeppelin Air even supports Apple Lossless audio file transfer. The Zeppelin Air and your AirPlay audio source must be connected to the same wireless network via a WiFi (802.11g/n) router or hub.

  • iTunes Streaming: The B&W Zeppelin Air is able to play audio from your computer's iTunes account either wirelessly (WiFi) or via a wired (Ethernet) connection using AirPlay streaming technology. When connected to the same network as a computer running iTunes, the Zeppelin Air can appear as an output option in the pop-up menu at the bottom of the iTunes window. You can then browse your iTunes collection on your computer and stream music to the Zeppelin Air. To use the Zeppelin Air AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network.
  • Apple Device Streaming: AirPlay also lets you wirelessly stream music and music apps stored on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the Zeppelin Air. So there's no need to dock your Apple device, unless you want to charge it. By downloading Apple's free "Remote" application onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. The Zeppelin Air AirPlay feature works with iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad with iOS 4.3.3 or later - connected to the same wireless network.

Note: If you have more than one Zeppelin Air, you can use them in an multi-room system. You can play the same music soundtrack from your computer's iTunes account on every Zeppelin Air in your home or select which Zeppelin Air you want to listen to from your computer. A maximum of three Zeppelin Air units are recommended. Multi-room streaming is not supported via your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.

B&W Control App: In order to connect your Apple device to the B&W Zeppelin Air wireless music system, you will need to download the Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Control App onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (running iOS 4.4.3 or later). The Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Control App is also available to download for your Mac computer or Windows PC from the Bowers & Wilkins Support Site, allowing you to set up and manage the wireless music system from your computer.

iPod/iPhone 30-Pin Dock: The Zeppelin Air is equipped with a 30-pin iPod/iPhone dock connector which complements the Apple device's user interface, allowing you to grasp the iPod/iPhone as if it were in your hand. It accommodates iPods and iPhones of differing depth through a spring loaded docking port that flexes to accommodate each model. Zeppelin Air's dock connector works with the iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod nano (2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod touch, (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen), and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4/4S).

  • Controls: The Zeppelin Air offers power and volume control on the top of the unit, but no track playback controls. When docked, the iPod/iPhone is positioned at an angle that makes it easy to select tracks or change settings, as if the iPod/iPhone was in your hand. The supplied wireless remote offers power and volume controls, as well as play/pause, next track, previous track, and select. When playing back a device using the auxiliary input jack, the remote's play/pause button acts as a mute button.
  • Video Output: The Zeppelin Air is fitted with a rear-panel composite video output that enables video on a docked iPod or iPhone to be sent to a connected TV or computer monitor. Video can be displayed on your connected monitor, which audio is reproduced by the Zeppelin Air.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Zeppelin Air has been certified "Made for iPod" and "Works with iPhone", compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/25/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Dock Connector AirPlay Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
2 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
3 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
4 7.0 Y* Y Y N Y Y N N Y
mini 7.0 Y* Y Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
5 7.0 Y* Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5C 7.0 Y* Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5S 7.0 Y* Y Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y N N Y
5th 7.0 Y* Y Y N Y Y N N Y
nano
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
7th 1.02 PC Y* N Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N N Y
Note:
  • *Requires the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or cable is required (both sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

USB Connectivity: The USB (type-B) input enables you to connect the Zeppelin Air to a Mac/PC in order to play stored or streamed audio, or to synchronize data held on your Mac/PC with your iPod or iPhone.

  • USB Audio Streaming: The Zeppelin Air's USB (type-B) port can be used to stream and playback music that is stored or being streamed on your Mac computer or Windows-based PC.
  • iPod/iPhone Sync: There's no need to undock your iPod or iPhone if you want to sync it with iTunes or add more playlists - you can do it all through Zeppelin Air (via its USB type-B port). Simply connect the Zeppelin Air to your computer via USB and your iPod/iPhone will be linked directly to iTunes. Syncing contacts, apps, bookmarks, calendars and playlists couldn't be easier.

Auxiliary Input: The rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input allows you to listen to an external analog audio device.

 

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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

by Ralph Graves
7/7/2011
 
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Ralph tries out the Zeppelin Air, and compares it to the original Bowers & Wlikins Zeppelin which he also reviewed. Can the addition of Apple's AirPlay wireless technology really make that much...

 
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5 out of 5

Worth Every Penny

Written By Lookout777, Apple Canyon Lake Illinois on Monday, July 07, 2014
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We recently moved to a new house and wanted something simple to replace the old component wired system from our old house. I cannot believe the sound quality and range of the unit. The sound quality is richer and deeper than my high end bose speakers with my previous system and takes up 1/100th of the space with no wires. I will run off of any device connected to our router including satellite, netflicks, and DVD player.

Several dinner guest have looked for the source of our Music and have gone on line immediately and bought one for themselves.

We have two units one on each level and our house is filled with music.

I was a little afraid of the price for a single unit but it is worth every penny.
Pros:
Sound Ease of operation Size compatibility to all devices
Cons:
Shape is a little unusual
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5 out of 5

Terrific All In One

Written By Bill, Chicago, IL on Thursday, June 12, 2014
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I was knocked out by the B&W Zeppelin. It is the best sounding all-in-one system I've ever heard, and it is very well built. It looks and feels like a quality unit. That makes me feel a lot better about how expensive it is. I had no issues with the Airplay feature. It works just fine. My only reservation is that it's pretty large and a bit heavy. It's not as portable as one might like in this type of device. Highly recommended!
Pros:
Well made Great sound
Cons:
Expensive
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5 out of 5

Zeppelin Air

Written By northfoot, Allentown, PA on Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Beautiful sound. On a par with a great 2.1 stereo system in a portable, attractive package. I did not find setting up to identify the wireless network a problem, once I downloaded the iPhone app to help.
Pros:
beautiful sound and appearance. Airplay streaming.
Cons:
expensive, but worth it.
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5 out of 5

Love IT!

Written By Kathy, Stafford Springs, CT on Sunday, May 19, 2013
 
I'd give a 10 star rating if I could...When I started teaching ZUMBA I needed a quality speaker system that is portable, light, and can project my music in large studio's, gyms, auditoriums, and rooms. I needed bass and no distortion! I have yet to have to turn my speaker up 100%. The ladies love my music and that it doesn't hurt their ears like other speaker systems used ZUMBA Instructors. It was so worth every penny spent. It's been over a year now, and my speaker is working as great as the day it was purchased.
Pros:
Quality, quality, quality. No background noise, no distortion, plays to large rooms with lots of people yet it is also great for smaller rooms situations. Whether you play it LOUD or quietly, the sound quality always come through! Wish they had a 10 star rating!!!
Cons:
If transporting and using as a portable sound system, the odd shape makes it difficult to find a quality protective bag to carry it in.
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5 out of 5

Zeppelin Air Scores Big!

Written By BlueSky, Ashburn, VA on Friday, April 12, 2013
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This, the second iteration of the B&W Zeppelin, continues where the Zeppelin Classic left off. The sound is exemplary and even a bit more refined for an iPod or a computer speaker system. The sound level output is massive as is the sound stage. I like the added advantage of being able to use the "Air' feature with both my iTunes and my iPod Touch devices. Also, the Zep Air functions via USB as a computer speaker so the green 1/8 inch phone jack is no longer needed (at least in my installation). You simply cannot ask for more in a powered speaker system!
Pros:
Looks, undistorted power output, B&W quality.
Cons:
Unlike the Zeppelin Classic, the Zep Air does not include the wedge-shaped base that the Classic came with. I did, however, order a base wedge and it fit with minor modifications.
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5 out of 5

Great

Written By Anonymous, Astoria NY on Monday, March 18, 2013
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It sounds amazing. The best dock ever. AirPlay is glitchy when you haven't used it for a while. It says that it's playing on your phone but sound doesn't come out of the speaker. Maybe they'll throw out a firmware update. Other than that this dock is well worth the cash.
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5 out of 5

b & w zepair

Written By phonedoc, jax,fl on Saturday, January 12, 2013
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it's the best. buy it .
Pros:
see review.
Cons:
see review.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect Sound for Small Room

Written By Tessie, Torrance, CA on Monday, August 27, 2012
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We needed a high fidelity, wireless sound system for a small room. We also wanted the option of being able to easily transport the system to other venues. The Zeppelin Air fits our needs completely.
Pros:
Quality sound; stylish appearance; compact design; flawless wireless execution with Apple iPhone 4S
Cons:
Set up was a little confusing. Software accompanying the product was old. Go to the web to download current drivers.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

BOW - ers and Wilkins

Written By Nitish Garg, New York, NY on Friday, July 27, 2012
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This things knows how music should be played. After a lot of research I settled with zeppelin and I must say I am really really happy with my decision. It's definitively not BOSE where you feel sound is surround. For music, I want sound to come from an epicenter like it would really happen when someone is playing guitar or singing. This thing is real music, fantastic BASS, fantastic VOCALS. fantastic EVERYTHING. Baby you're a rich man - The Beatles has the best sound
Pros:
BEST Ergonomics for any DOCK out there perfectly balanced sound Beautiful Design Amazing remote
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Outstanding Listening experience

Written By Carl, Caneyville, KY on Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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Amazing service, increadible product and amazing listening experience. Wife ordered for me as a fathers day gift on Saturday night and was delivered 3days later. Setup was very simple using the B&W zeppelin setup app I'd downloaded to my IPad...if you know your network name and password it's almost too easy! Sound this stylish speaker puts out can only be believed by hearing it. Even my wife is amazed by the quality of music this small speaker puts out...and she's hard to impress. WELL WORTH THE COST.
Pros:
Easy setup Airplay Amazing sound
Cons:
None yet....will see as my user experience continues
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

B&W Zeppelin Air powered

Written By SimonE, Danville, CA on Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Easy set-up, looks great and great build quality. I would say the sound is really good; but for the money, not what I would call awesome or amazing. A pretty simple separate system would blow this thing away in terms of sound quality. But if you take it for what it is which is a very stylish, portable component it does everything you'd want it to do! I knew i was paying a high price for the design, but i am OK with that. Don't waste your money on Bose...buy this!
Pros:
Looks Build Quality Sound Quality
Cons:
Price
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Simply AWESOME

Written By MattL, Coon Rapids, MN on Saturday, April 14, 2012
 
I love this. This sounds is awesome and I couldnt be happier. I use my Zeppelin everyday. I do have troubles with the AirPlay working correctly. I do know for a fact that is on Apple. It is an actual flaw within the operating system. Not B&W. I have 3 devices that I use with AirPlay and one of them gives me problems. That is because the software is no longer be updated on it. It's the iPod Touch 2nd gen. Our iPad and 5th gen iPod touch work seemlessly. Dont let the other reviews scare you away. Buy it.
Pros:
Sound, appearance, everything.
Cons:
None!
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5 out of 5

Mr. Merchant

Written By Michael, Katy, TX on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Easy to setup, and delivers AMAZING sound. I will probably order one for the game room as well. I have tried several other brands and nothing even comes close! B&W makes excellent products. Make sure to use Safari instead of Internet Explorer during setup and install as IE has a bug and it will mess up your install. Also be sure to do a firmware upgrade from B&W's website, it's fairly simple and all u need is a USB cable. Enjoy!!!
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5 out of 5

Zeppelin Air is worth the money

Written By MR V, Schaumburg, IL on Monday, March 19, 2012
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It looks great and sounds even better! I setup the AirPlay before wrapping the unit back up as a present for my wife, 3 weeks later she opened it and 30 seconds later her iTunes music was playing. As soon as we closed iTunes our daughter, without help, was playing wirelessly via her ipod (which is why I think the neighbors can too). I made a call on our VoIP phone and surfed the web at the same time, the Zeppelin didn't skip a beat. Music fills the Air.
Pros:
Sounds better than any other ipod speaker dock on the market! Wireless setup was a breeze once I enabled SSID broadcast on my router (I disabled it after setting everything up).
Cons:
Neighbors can play thier music on it when I'm not using it, if I leave the power on.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Garbage

Written By MikeT, Chicago on Thursday, March 08, 2012
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I'm sure this thing sounds beautiful, but since I can't maintain an AirPlay connection to it for more than 20 seconds at a time, I wouldn't know. Biggest waste of money of my life. I've setup and re-setup the wifi at least a dozen times. Used to maintain a connection if I used a Mac instead of iPhone / iPad, but even this isn't working anymore. The only thing that works is physically mounting an iOS device to the cradle, which completely defeats the purpose of having AirPlay.
Pros:
Looks interesting.
Cons:
Can't maintain an AirPlay connection for more than a few minutes at a time, and then it completely drops off the WiFi network.
2 out of 18 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best Birthday Present EVER

Written By Monte H, Hawarden, IA on Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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I purchased this for my wife to use in her sewing room. The sound is amazing! B&W Zepplin Air can deliver nuances to music that I have never heard before. I can hear the difference between 320kbps and flac music. This is the first time I have had speakers that provide that clarity.

They made my wife happy, and that is a very good thing. If you have the money, and the location -- Go for it! It is worth the money.
Pros:
Superior midrange and highs. Connects to our home network without a hitch. I could play with airplay after 5 minutes.
Cons:
Bass leave a little to be desired. Of course, the cost is steep, but I knew that going in.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Incredible!

Written By Jerry, Troy on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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It's rare for me to be 100% satisfied with with a product, but this little unit far exceeded my expectations! Airplay setup was a snap using my iPhone and only took about 2 minutes. After a few hours of breaking in at low volume, I cranked it up to hear how it performed on some blues, jazz, classical, and rock. Stellar! Crisp, clear, transparent sound with unbelievably clean, deep, satisfying bass response. (I actually ended up turning the bass down a notch.) People come into my shop, look around for the stereo system, and are blown away when I show them the little cigar that is producing all these awesome sounds.

OK... will it play at realistic rock concert levels? No, but it's got way more power than you would suspect for such a small unit and more than enough for me. Will it play the lowest octave? Again.. no, not quite, but unless you listen to a lot of Organ music or Synth, you will probably never notice a lack. All in all it's a full, pleasant, slightly warm sound that will satisfy all but the most extreme audiophiles, and I suspect quite a few of them would consider it at least "listenable".

Great piece of engineering... Kudos to B&W!
Pros:
Wireless! Sounds Great! Small & unobtrusive. Looks like a piece of art.
Cons:
Narrow sound stage. I overcame this to a certain extent by placing it near the ceiling which seems to improve dispersion. If your iPhone or iPod has an OtterBox or similar case, you will need a dock extender, as the case will prevent you from connecting to the dock.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best AirPlay speaker

Written By jose, Granger, IN on Tuesday, December 06, 2011
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Highly recommended if you want high quality sound and wireless
Pros:
Quality of sound is super and exceeds other speakers like the Bose, Beatbox and iHome.
Cons:
Nothing
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Frustrated

Written By Kelly W., Indiana on Friday, November 18, 2011
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The sound quality is fantastic. Unfortunately the reason I purchased the system was for the Airplay feature. Crutchfield was very helpful in sending me another unit after the first one would not connect to wifi. After spending an additional 7 hours trying to set up the second unit, I have decided not to use this system. Many thanks to Crutchfield for your help and great customer service. Because of the difficulty in getting the Airplay feature to work, I highly recommend against purchasing this system. Too bad, the sound quality rocks.
Pros:
The sound was incredible when ipod was docked.
Cons:
After trying to configure 2 different units, and over 20 hours of time, I could not get the speaker to connect to the wifi. Upgraded firmware, changed network password, and repacked two units to return back. Too bad, the sound is incredible, but Airplay feature does not work. After reading other reviews, many have had the same problem.
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5 out of 5

Oh . . . my . . . goodness.

Written By Steve H, Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday, September 17, 2011
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I read the previous reviews here before buying my Zeppelin Air. They were on the money. Remarkable sound for such a compact unit -- which was exactly what I was looking for, since I wanted to downsize and simplify my audio equipment and save space. Plus, the higher the volume, the better the sound and nuanced detail, including a surprisingly three-dimensional (although narrow) soundstage. I've been streaming my iTunes library and have also connected a CD player to the Zeppelin for added versatility. As one reviewer indicated, don't be disappointed with your first impression. It won't take long before you discover that you're hearing more than you first realized. For my needs, this is a terrific solution.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By Mbrat, Williamsburg, VA on Thursday, August 11, 2011
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B&W does not disappoint. This is an 'iPod dock' that truly sounds phenomenal. Airplay setup is very easy. Considering the size, bass performance is very impressive. However, it would be nice if the unit had a 'subwoofer out' connection. Currently, I have a Velodyne subwoofer connected to an Airport Express in the same room, in order to reproduce the lowest frequencies; very impressive indeed. But don't let that discourage you. I cannot tell you how often I look over at the Zeppelin, and simply cannot believe 'all that sound' is coming from an iPod dock. Purchase now!
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5 out of 5

The best, period.

Written By DJ, Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday, May 21, 2011
 
I have had Bowers and Wilkins speakers, and jumped at the chance to buy the first Zeppelin. But was frustrated with the bass response on some songs, and the distracting glowing LED. All that is a distant memory, the Zeppelin Air is SO MUCH BETTER! I sold my first Zeppelin, and ordered my Zeppelin Air. WOW! Just took it out of the box, attached my iPod, and played Miles Davis (an Apple Lostless file), and Miles Davis and the band were in my bedroom! I then switched to Fleetwood Mac, and the same thing, glorious sound, lifelike, stunning realism, flawless highs, perfect mids. (voices), and bass. No more chuffing noises on heavy bass notes like the first Zeppelin. I then discovered that the Zep. Air bypasses the analog signal of the iPod, and uses it's own internal DAC to convert the iPod's digital signal to analog. That's why it sounds so good!! That, and the upgrade of the drivers. The new tweeters are Nautilus tube loaded to quell unwanted treble vibrations, just like their high end speakers. And the stunning thing is Bowers and Wilkins is charging the same price!!! Amazing! This thing blows every other dock away, BOSE? Get real, B&O's $1,000.00 Dock? Again, blown away! By the way, why does a B&O $1,000.00 Dock have paper cones?? The Zeppelin has: Kevlar woofer, glass fiber mid drivers, aluminum Nautilus tube loaded tweeters. And I forgot to mention, it up-samples your music to 24/96 Khz. All for $600.00! A STUNNING bargain! You will love this Dock!
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1 question already asked

Can this be connected to a smart tv and be used as an audio system? I did not see HDMI. So how does it connect? [ Adam Kallish  Mar 06, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • You can use analog stereo minijack cable or mini-Toslink digital cable. it doesn't have HDMI. You can also AirPlay from your Apple TV. [ GEORGE   Mar 09, 2014 ]
  • Have had no luck connecting to tv. The system connects via apple airplay but there is an application for android to connect. There is a USB and an ethernet plug on the system so it may be able to connect to the TV if it is on the same network but haven't tried it myself [ CORBETT   Mar 07, 2014 ]

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