High Quality Audio Design: The Bowers & Wilkins Z2 music
system is equipped with a Class-D amplifier and digital signal processing (DSP).
The Class-D amplifier is rated at 20-watts x 2 channels. The B&W Z2 features two
3.5" full-range drivers for quality sound. The music system's enclosure is made
from glass-filled ABS and feature's Bowers & Wilkins proprietary Flowport
technology. The Bowers & Wilkins Flowport technology dramatically improves the
system's overall bass performance. The unit's rear-firing port is 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.
Lightning Connector Dock: The Bowers & Wilkins Z2 is equipped with a
Lightning connector dock which supports Apple's new portable devices with
Lightning connector; such as the iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5/5C/5S,
and iPhone 6. The iPhone 6+, iPad 4 and iPad mini are too large to fit into the dock
opening. The Z2 supports audio playback, remote control (basic playback
and charging of your docked compatible Apple device.
AirPlay Technology: Apple's AirPlay technology allows music,
downloaded to iTunes, to be streamed wirelessly from your Mac or PC
to the B&W Z2. 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 Z2 supports Apple Lossless and MP3
audio file transfer. The B&W Z2 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 Z2 is able to wirelessly play
audio from your computer's iTunes account via WiFi or Ethernet connection
using AirPlay streaming technology. When connected to the same network as a
computer running iTunes, the Z2 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 Z2. To use the AirPlay
feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.2.2 or later)
connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network as the Z2.
- Apple Device Streaming: AirPlay also lets you
wirelessly stream your iTunes music and a variety of music apps (such as
Pandora, iHeartRadio, etc) stored on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the
Z2. So there's no need to dock your Apple device. The Bowers & Wilkins Z2's
AirPlay feature works with iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone
(3GS/4/4S/5), iPad (1/2/3/4), and iPad mini with iOS 4.3.3 or later;
connected to the same wireless network.
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Z2 has been
certified "Made for iPod" and "Works with iPhone" compatible and supports the
following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 5/24/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Connection Type||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
AirPlay||Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Artist/Song Text||Track Info |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
Simple Setup: In order to connect your Apple device to the
B&W Z2 music system, you will need to download the
Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App to your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad
(running iOS 4.3.3 or later). The Bowers & Wilkins AirPlay Setup App is also
available to download for your Mac computer or Windows PC from theBowers & Wilkins
Support Site, allowing you to set up and manage the wireless music system
from your computer.
Auxiliary Input: The rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input
accepts an analog stereo signal from any portable audio device with a headphone
Remote Control: The supplied wireless IR remote offers Power, Volume
Up/Down, and Playback controls. Playback controls include Play/Pause and
Previous/Next Track. The remote is powered by a single CR2032 3V lithium battery
AC Power: The Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) Z2 operates off of
standard household AC current, using the supplied AC power adapter. The Z2 will
automatically enter Sleep mode if left inactive for more than 30 minutes.
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