2.1Ch Discrete Audio: The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless features
a 2.1ch speaker design with five speakers individually driven by dedicated
class-D amplifiers totaling 150 watts. The high frequencies are handled by a pair of 1" double dome
tweeters, while midrange frequencies are provided by two 3.5" FST (Fixed
Suspension Transducer) cone drivers; each tweeter & midrange driver is powered
by a discrete 25 watt amplifier. A single 6" woofer driven by a dedicated 50
watt amp delivers deep bass sound.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP): Zeppelin Wireless speaker's proprietary
Bowers & Wilkins Digital Signal Processing (DSP) using double-precision
processing and in-house algorithms optimizes speaker control. Simply put, this
means Zeppelin Wireless performs like a considerably larger loudspeaker and produces
room filling, controlled bass no matter how loud you like your music.
Wireless & Wired Network Connection: The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin
Wireless supports wired (Ethernet) and wireless (WiFi) network connectivity, so
you can access AirPlay for Apple iOS devices & your iTunes account on your
Windows PC or Mac computer; plus Spotify Connect for Apple iOS devices & Android
- Built-in WiFi: The Zeppelin Wireless is equipped with
built-in WiFi for a wireless network connection. The Zeppelin Wireless is
compatible with the 802.11a/b/g/n IEEE WiFi standards, as well as
2.4Ghz/5Ghz bands. WEP and WPA/WPA2 personal encryptions are supported. WiFi
setup can be configured through the B&W Control App on your Apple iOS
device, Windows PC, or Mac computer.
- Ethernet Jack: The Zeppelin Wireless is fitted with a
Ethernet (RJ-45) LAN jack, so you can connect to your home's network via an
Ethernet cable (sold separately). A high-quality, shielded network cable
(CAT5 or CAT6) is recommended. You will need a computer with an Ethernet
jack and access to the internet to open a dedicated web browser
(192.168.11.1) in order to setup this type of hardwired connection.
B&W Control App: With the B&W Control app, it's simple
to set up the Zeppelin Wireless, manage your settings, and control what's
playing from your
Apple iOS (7.0+) device,
Windows PC, or
Mac computer. The Bowers & Wilkins Control app is not available to download on
Android devices. Android users can either setup the Zeppelin Wireless via the
Mac or PC version of the Control app, or via the dedicated web browser for Mac
AirPlay: Apple's AirPlay technology allows music, downloaded
to iTunes, to be streamed wirelessly from your Mac or PC to the Zeppelin Wireless.
You can even bypass the computer entirely, and wirelessly stream high-quality
audio directly from your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. The Zeppelin
Wireless even supports Apple Lossless audio file transfer. The Zeppelin Wireless
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 Wireless 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 Wireless
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 Wireless. To use the Zeppelin Wireless AirPlay
feature you need a Mac (OS X Mountain Lion - up) computer or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 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 Wireless. So there's no need to dock your Apple device,
unless you want to charge it. By downloading
Apple's free Remote app 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
Wireless AirPlay feature works with iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad with iOS
4.3.3 or later - connected to the same wireless network. The Zeppelin
Wireless will require a
firmware update for Apple iOS (9.0+) devices.
- Multi-Room Streaming: If you have more than one Zeppelin Wireless, 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 Wireless in your home or
select which Zeppelin Wireless you want to listen to from your computer. A
maximum of three Zeppelin Wireless units are recommended. Multi-room streaming is
not supported via your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.
Spotify Connect: Spotify Connect
lets you play Spotify through the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless, using the
Spotify app on your
Apple iOS (7.0+) or
Android device as a remote. You'll need a
Spotify Premium account to use Spotify Connect. Spotify is a digital music
service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in
the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than
ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse
music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music
library with customized playlists.
Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP/AVRCP): The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless
offers built-in Bluetooth (version 4.1) for wireless music streaming of stored
music files and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad,
Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, or Mac computer/laptop. You are
able to control basic playback functions like Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, &
Previous/Next Track from the Zeppelin Wireless. Advanced navigation and
song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth-enabled device.
- SBC, AAC, & aptX: In addition to support for the standard SBC
Bluetooth audio codec, the Zeppelin Wireless offers support for AAC & aptX
codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple & Android
devices. By supporting AAC, the Zeppelin Wireless offers better audio
performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
aptX audio coding technology provides even better sound quality with
lossless, CD-quality streaming for compatible aptX-compatible smartphones,
like many Android smartphones with OS 4.0+.
- Multi-Device Pairing: You can
pair up to 8 devices with the Zeppelin Wireless, but only one device can be
active at a time. The Zeppelin Wireless will automatically connect to the last
connected audio source device if the two are brought within range (up to 33') of
one another, even if another paired device is also within range.
Note: The Zeppelin Wireless will wake from standby mode when a Bluetooth
connection is made, but will not switch from an active stream to the Bluetooth
audio device until an audio stream is initiated on the Bluetooth audio device.
Aux Input: The rear-panel stereo minijack (3.5mm) input
allows you to listen to an external analog audio device that has a headphone
jack or analog audio output. The Zeppelin Wireless will select its Aux input
automatically when a cable is inserted and deselect the input when the cable is
removed. When the Zeppelin Wireless is playing back another source, it will
detect audio activity on the AUX input and switch to this input automatically.
Top-Panel Controls: On the top of Zeppelin Wireless are
the volume and playback controls. These can be used to raise or lower the
volume, to play or pause a music stream and to select the next or previous
track. The Zeppelin Wireless is designed to be simple and convenient in
operation and will automatically play the most recent audio stream or input
signal it receives. There is no need to manually select sources or the AUX
LED Indicator: A status indicator is located within the
Bowers & Wilkins logo on the front of the Zeppelin Wireless. The status
indicator changes color and illumination pattern to indicate different
operational states. The Zeppelin Wireless also provides some audible feedback
during Bluetooth pairing and connection.
AC Power: The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless speaker operates off
of standard household current (100-240V; 50/60Hz) using its built-in power supply and detachable AC
power cord. This speaker is not battery powered.
Auto Standby: If there is no signal or operation for
approximately 20 minutes, the Zeppelin Wireless will automatically switch to
standby mode. It can be switched back on by pressing the power button.
Mounting Options: The B&W Zeppelin Wireless speaker can simply be
placed on a flat table-top surface, like a shelf, desk, stand, or end-table. The
speaker can also be wall mounted using Bowers & Wilkins' proprietary wall-mount
bracket (sold separately).
Firmware Updates: Firmware updates may from time to time be
available for the Zeppelin Wireless. Firmware update notifications, download,
and installation is managed using the Bowers & Wilkins Control app for Apple
iOS, Windows PC, or Mac.