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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air (Factory Refurbished)

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

9 Reviews | 4 questions - 8 answers

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Our take on the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air (Factory Refurbished)

This factory-refurbished Zeppelin Air wireless speaker from Bowers & Wilkins has undergone rigorous testing to ensure it meets their strict quality standards for both sonic performance and mechanical integrity. The unit is repacked in special packaging, complete with all documentation. Best of all, it comes with a full 2-year factory warranty, so you can buy it with confidence.

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Save with this factory-refurbished Zeppelin Air

This factory-refurbished Zeppelin Air wireless speaker from Bowers & Wilkins has undergone rigorous testing to ensure it meets their strict quality standards for both sonic performance and mechanical integrity. The unit is repacked in special packaging, complete with all documentation. Best of all, it comes with a full 2-year factory warranty, so you can buy it with confidence.

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.

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.


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

Product 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.

Great sound and power

Anonymous, Salinas

What's in the Box:

  • Refurbished 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

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air (Factory Refurbished) Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

B&W Zepplin air

Anonymous from Salinas on 7/12/2014

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Great sound and power


Cons: Made to sit below line of sight

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air (Factory Refurbished)

miked from texas on 5/28/2014

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great sound, easy setup (yes even with wifi)



It is not worth this price

Jasim from Hammond in 46323 on 5/28/2014

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It is not worth this price You can buy something cheaper and better



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Anonymous from Charlotte, NC on 5/19/2014

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Great looking speaker but it does not work. The AirPlay feature, which is the sole reason for my purchase of this product, does not work. I tried multiple times, then contacted tech support with no success. The product should not be advertised as AirPlay compatible.



Crutchfield response on 6/2/2014 We have confirmed that the Bowers & Wilkins A5 is AirPlay compatible. AirPlay speakers, like other network-connected devices, depend on your home Wi-Fi equipment, how that equipment is configured, and the wireless environment in your home. Malfunctions may be caused by the positioning of your network equipment relative to your AirPlay speaker or by interference from a device that operates on the same wireless frequency. For more information, see this tech bulletin from Bowers & Wilkins.


Frank K. from Brandywine MD. on 5/16/2014

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I recently purchased the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air (Factory Refurbished) unit for $399. I tried too think of one Verb or Adjective to best describe it. No matter which way you use it, the word is CLEAN. it is a CLEAN and modernly beautiful design. More importantly, the best way too describe the sound, is simply CLEAN. The sound that comes from the Zepp Air is just CLEAN, well balanced, and distortion free. The "only thing" it lacks is the octave of bass below about 50 Hz. The combination of the DAC's & Driver"s in the unit, just do a beautiful job. The reduction in price of the Factory Refurbished unit meant something too me, so I tried it. I could not be happier. It looks and sounds BRAND NEW too me, in every way. The Apple Air Play works perfectly. Set up was mostly easy & smooth. I also own the PeachTree Deep Blue (no longer made), which I also paid $399 for, last August. The PeachTree is an EXCELLENT unit. It has it over the Zepp Air on Deep Bass. But, on overall CLEAN undistorted well balanced sound, personally I wold give the nod too the Zepp Air. Plus, Apple Air is superior to Bluetooth. I say BUY THIS Factory Refurbished unit, You will not be disappointed. It is a 5 STAR purchase, all the way. And, in my opinion, Crutchfield is the only place to buy it. They have been 5 Star Merchant for over 40 years. B&W one of the Best, Crutchfield one of the Best, Not Bad, Not Bad at all.

Pros: Clean Design. Clean undistorted, well balanced sound. Cannot tell any difference at all, between Factory Refurbished & New unit.

Cons: Lowest octave of bass response missing. No subwoofer output, like new Martin Logan unit.


RIP from Portland ME on 4/2/2014

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Refurb product exactly the same as brand new...could not distinguish! Fantastic sound! Not using Wi-Fi but using 30 pin extension cable for iPod perfect for me.

Pros: Great value! Gorgeous sound. Great assistance from Chad at Crutchfield. Did I mention Bowers Wilkins amazing sound?

Cons: None

As good as new

Michael from Germantown, TN on 3/28/2014

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The factory refurbished unit was as new quality and the box and packaging were indistinguishable from new. The unit sounds great and was easy to set up.

Pros: Less than new price, same quality

Cons: Factory refurbished but as I say above I can't tell the difference.

Pretty Good sound, not friendly wi fi connection

ERAD from Miami, FL on 1/7/2014

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This is probably one of the best sound ipod/iphone speakers systems I have ever heard. It is not wi fi friendly at all. Mine arrives with and old software version after following instructions, I downloaded the new version of the wifi software. Then after following the step by step couldn´t get wifi connected. Unfortunately I can only use it directly connecting iPod/iPhone.

Pros: Good Sound quality, as expected from a a B&W speaker.

Cons: Poor wifi connection, not friendly software.

Zepplin Review

PeteT from Guam on 1/2/2014

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If first and foremost is the sound quality you seek with these mini speakers you will not be dissapointed. Understanding also that you will not get the full stereo effect as you do with seperates. For the most part, most who buy these sorts of speaker systems use it mainly for easy listening, conveniance and ease of use. Well, at least the first 2 of 3 that I listed. The airplay is a lot more involved with regard to set up as compared to bluetooth which seams to be more intuative to set up vs airplay. With this you get outstanding looks and good sound. If you care to invest the time to fully appreciate what it can do this could be a another hifi machine in your get-up.

Pros: Good sound and high end looks from a pedigree company.

Cons: Set up and cost. Years past you could understand why the premium price, but now with other kids on the block that can match performance, alternative looks and cheaper pricing it would not be hard to ask the question!


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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 DeviceGenerationTested VersionConnection TypeMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
Dock ConnectorAirPlayAudioVideoRemoteiPod/iPhoneSong/Artist TextTrack Info
5th1.0.2YNYY YYNNY
classic 80GB1.1.2YNYYYYNNY
  • *Requires the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter is required (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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4 questions already asked

it doesn't work, i have tried that.[ Anshul  Jul 30, 2015 ]
Yes, you can use a Bluetooth dongle or receiver with the B&W Zeppelin. You would connect one such as the, Peachtree BT1 Bluetooh receiver, using a 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable. It would work just fine. Also, the Zeppelin will accept either a Digital or Analogue stereo signal and automatically adjust. If your Bluetooth receiver had RCA audio outs, you would use a RCA too 3.5 mm cable to connect. Still works just fine. The Peachtree BT 1 is a quality unit with a good internal DAC. The B&W Air Zeppelin is a QUALITY PIECE. The Air connection works Great, but it would also work direct wired or with a Bluetooth receiver. Frank K.[ FRANK  Jul 29, 2015 ]
No. It has to be airplay through itunes. Sorry. Great speakers though.......[ Patrick  Jul 29, 2015 ]
Yes you can provided you have the correct output cables, Here are the specs for the device as listed on Crutchfield: down to this part: composite output for connection to a TVHope that helps: Bobby[ BOBBY  Jul 21, 2015 ]
Definitely! My Zeppelin is connected to my TV and the sound quality is so, so much better than the TV speakers. And, of course, it looks awesome. Just beware that it is quite wide, so make sure if you're using at TV unit, that it has compartments wide enough to fit.[ KATLYN  Jul 21, 2015 ]
yes if you connect the audio out from the tv to the Zeppelin using an 1/8" stereo phono cable or you can use AirPlay if you are using an Apple TV unit with the TV[ MICHAEL  Jul 20, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: There is no difference in sound quality between a brand new product and the refurbished model. The warranty is also the same on this particular product, but there will be literature stating the product is refurbished.If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.[ Krissy  Jul 15, 2014 ]  Staff
This unit does work with the iPhone 5. You can find out more about the compatibility by clicking on the "Details" tab.[ Jeff  Dec 12, 2013 ]  Staff