• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good speaker, but..

    • Written by from Chicago

    This is a really great speaker! It has very nice sound quality and is a lot smaller than I expected (a good thing!). I've had the B&W A7 previously and while the sound quality of the Z2 is not as good, it's pretty hard to tell the difference. The only complaint I have is that this product is a little difficult to set-up. There are not very many instructions other than Airplay options, and it took a little bit to figure out how to play music through the dock and not Airplay. All in all though a good speaker and I do not regret my purchase!

    63 of 67 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Musical wonder but technical blunder...

    • Written by from Quebec

    Packaging "à la Apple". Musical quality is better than anything I had had before in this format: Boston Acoustics, Bose, Geneva Labs. Plays louder than I would have thought considering the size, same for the BASS, it's very decent for the size. The sound is precise, just like B&W's MM-1. Me being literate in network settings and audio video connections, I had to look for an online instructions manual as my Z2 would not connect to to my WiFi (Airport Extreme most recent version)... in the end, I had to disable the 5 Ghz to be able to join anything other than the Guest Network. That's a shame, Macs have had 5 Ghz for years now.

    Next, I have not managed to be able to play anything from the dock whether from iPod Touch, iPod nano, or iPhone 5. The Z2 does not switch input either from the button on the back or from the remote. I like the thing and I want it to work, I am starting to think my unit could be defective.

    One other thing, the online instructions mention charging whilst docked with the Z2 off... does not work for me... with it being in a bedroom, I want a WiFi free zone during the night so it's disappointing...

    57 of 82 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Small with good sound quality

    • Written by from Auburn

    Big fan of B&W. The sound is good in small size. I'm not sure if A7 has a much better quality. However, this one is much cheaper, andI think it's the best speaker at this price.

    31 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker let down by Airplay on ios

    • Written by from Sandbach

    This is a brilliant little speaker. I bought the Z2 based on my experience with the B&W Zeppelin which I have in my living room which I love. The sound is fantastic for such a small speaker and the design is very attractive.

    My only issue with the speaker is the poor airplay implementation on ios. Ok, this isn't directly an issue with the speaker but it may sway your choice if you're thinking go buying into airplay speakers; ios doesn't allow you to stream to multiple speaker at a time like itunes on a computer does. I was very disappointed to find this out, i was hoping to stream to my z2 in my kitchen and my zeppelin in my living room. It's shame this has been overlooked by apple as Sonos has always enabled streaming to multiple speakers and it is now compatible with google play music on android. I hope apple review this as the b&w airplay speakers really are excellent.

    27 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really??? Only wireless G??? Returning this product

    • Written by from New York

    Just bought the product. Looks beautiful and after plugging my iphone, sounds great!

    But wireless connection....that is a whole other story. I would have to bring all my devices (mac, apple tv, iphone, printer, etc) to the slow Wireless G. This is a 2003 wireless technology already replaced by "n" in 2009. But the Z2 does not have it!

    I will have to return the product next week. Shame. It looked good. But I feel cheated because they do not advertise in the box or the website this very important detail.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Reasonable sound - Appalling wireless connectivity.

    • Written by

    The Z2 speakers from my use has reasonable sound. The mistimes are full and the treble is balance, with subtle bass. Sound does get very muddy at higher volumes, particularly in the treble end, to the extent that I would describe it disappointing compared to B&Ws flagship Zeppelin Speaker.

    Regardless, the wifi connectivity is appalling. Even with the Airport Express in the same room, airplay regularly dropped out, and would fail to connect until rebooting the speaker. Connecting directly to the inbuilt wifi, the same issue occurred. I have seen in several B&W speakers (including the A5) and in every case, the wireless cuts out anything as soon as 5 minutes into a song. Having also tried a host of other Airplay speakers, including the Bose Soundlink, and AirPlay from an airport express, I know this is not an issue with the airplay technology itself, but with the wifi built into the speakers.

    My advice? Plug in, connect via Ethernet, or don't buy it.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from London

    Great little speaker, great build and sound.
    Dock is really nice with the genius moving moving lighting, works really well.
    Didn't try much airplay because haven't wifi but I get to connect it with the B&W app and before connect it to wifi it connect to my iPhone 5s and really works well,a few strange things after a while but overall is ok.
    Probably a high volumes is a bit of distortion but for using it in the room you are a normal loud volume is more than great,just brilliant.
    And now at almost half price.
    Isn't a reason to don't buy it.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's actually really good

    • Written by from Calgary

    So lots of people have had issues with Airplay until they realized that they need to use 802.11.G to set it up. Okay so that is somewhat misleading. But beyond that, I have an Apple HiFi and compared to that this B&W Z2 is 95% there. And, it is clearer. I think that B&W designed a very good product. For the size of it, the sound that comes out of it is nothing but remarkable. Incredible in fact.

    Forget the airplay issues - yes it is a bit finicky but worth the hassle believe me and I am listening now,

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent audio, wimpy wireless

    • Written by from Boston

    I have no point of comparison with the more expensive B&W wireless speakers, but in absolute terms, the audio from the Z2 is excellent. I haven't been able to discern a noticeable difference in the quality between streaming via AirPlay and the direct connection to the player via the iPhone dock. Excellent for its size.

    The wireless networking features are another story. The Z2's antenna system leaves a lot to be desired. I wasted an hour trying in vain to set it up only to realize that the wireless radio only operates on 802.11g while my router was configured to 802.11n-only mode on 2.4 GHz. Switching my router to mixed mode on 2.4 GHz got the player onto the network in the end. In my kitchen, where I keep the device, the wireless connection drops out occasionally whereas my laptop and IPad have no issues. It's far from inoperable, but I'm on the verge of running Ethernet to the device to eliminate the once-a-day cutout for a minute or two.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing [Airplay/iOS] Speaker

    • Written by from Platte City

    Bowers & Wilkins has once again made an amazing speaker system. I chose to purchase this speaker over the A5, because I still like to have the choice to use my speaker as a dock (this comes in handy especially when internet is down or you take it where internet is nowhere to be found: I know... there are still such places). The speaker has unparalleled balance, from solid bass to warm mids to crystal-clear highs. The only negative (if such a word applies to this system) is at maximum volumes, there is some distortion, but that applies to across the board, especially at this price. It is also worth to mention that, at half-volume, the B&W Z2 fills a room with a very spacious and warm sound; but if party-level sound is what you are looking for, the B&W Z2 (or A5 or A7 for that matter) is not your speaker - go for Beats by Dre where volume surpasses quality.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W Z2 Review

    • Written by from AUSTIN

    Purchased for $199.00. (Was $399.00) Easy to set-up... Great sound... Perfect for my 900 square foot apartment, etc. Songs played: Ludovico Einaudi "Fly", Pearl Jam "Crazy Mary" (Live) The Cure "Open" (Live) James Hand "Shadows Where the Magic Was", Wilco -Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Album, Tom Waits "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six", Tom Petty -The Live Anthology, Sigur Ros "INNI", Heartless Btds "Only For You". All Sounded Great... Well-Balanced sound... At $199.00, a steal.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Listen up...

    • Written by from NEWARK

    ... because you will not get a better sound at this price. It's extraordinary, but not surprising given Bowers & Wilkins many years of experience at designing and building speakers. It was worth the previous price of £299, but now it's an absolute bargain.

    I also own the predecessor, the Zeppelin Mini, but the improvement on (an already excellent) sound is clear; you wouldn't expect this quality from a speaker system of this size. And to compare further, I also own a Bose SoundDock Series II which is trumped by the Mini and Z2.

    Surprisingly, I've not had a problem with AirPlay. In fact, connecting the Z2 seems to have stabilised the streaming. Beforehand I only connected to AppleTV as an AirPlay speaker, but I kept losing the connection. Since buying the Z2 a few weeks ago, not one problem (and I use it daily). Weird.

    And if you have no problem with AirPlay, the Z2 is probably the cheapest way to set up a multi-room sound system.

    My only slight criticism (I'm being picky) is with the lowest volume setting. Sometimes I like to play music quite low whilst reading, but the Z2 doesn't seem to have a really quiet setting (unlike the Mini). But I really am being picky.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Salisbury

    I'm a software engineer and I couldn't get this thing to work. It took me about 10 attempts at resetting and going through the setup process before finally realizing that it's not compatible with 5Ghz wireless networks, which is going to be a huge problem and disappointment for a lot of people. PS: The sound quality at low volumes is unimpressive. Buy something else.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounded ok... But returned it

    • Written by from Mechanicsburg

    We liked the size, features and sound of the Z2 but when we got it home it would only work on a wired connection. We couldn't get it connected to wifi. Their slow support said it doesn't support special characters in the wireless password. I returned it. Hacker-friendly passwords just aren't an option for me.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow! Speaker quality beyond my wildest imagination.

    • Written by from Portland

    I just purchased the Z2 after four years of vacillation and reading useless reviews. Finally a diligent relative went and listened to at least a dozen contenders for "best Airplay speakers" and concluded that the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin series had the best sound [within a reasonable budget]. I opted for the Z2 because it is smaller in size than the Zeppelin itself and has an option for light gray color.

    The quality is something previously unknown to me except in high end audiophile equipment. There is a crispness and clarity of tone that allows you to hear every note and which works equally well with vocal as well as instrumental music. It will fill a room and, yet, not seem overwhelming.

    Set up is so easy that some people will feel disoriented [see previous reviews]. You download an app from the B & W site; THEN you plug in the speaker; the app will ask you to select your WiFi network and password, and "ecco" your speaker will appear in the iTunes list.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor docking functionality

    • Written by from denver

    I use my Z2 at work and it will not connect over the wireless network, but I knew that when I made my purchase. Instead, I using the docking feature of the Z2. Unfortunately, it is extremely unreliable. Some days it works fine while on others I need to reboot the Z2 in order for it to detect my iPhone.

    When it is connected, the sound is good, not outstanding.

    In the end, this product creates more problems than its worth.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W A2 is a nice speaker, indeed.

    • Written by from Dartmouth

    I know this means something new and improved is likely on the horizon, but as I sit here listening to Tom Petty's Wildflowers album, I am reminded of how much I appreciate the sound of my B&W products over Bose et al.

    Any connectivity issues have been minor and infrequent.

    A great buy at $199.00

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers & Wilkins Sound Quality but...

    • Written by from Barcarena

    PROS: Good Construction, Great Sound at medium level, decent bass, and good looking.
    CONS: Sound at high levels but the best i have heard on this size, no bluetooth, only Apple device can connect, Airplay Issues

    If you want a Good Dock for apple devices with great sound at medium sound level this is the right choice.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers and wilkins z2

    • Written by from Solihull

    The Z2 you will find has a real good quality feel, it's got a good weight to it and ticks all the boxes for a quality build as you would expect spending £329.99.
    I can't understand the people that have trouble setting these up as Airplay it's really simple.
    Not as good as a Zepplin understandably , I have both but sits in the lounge not noticed.
    The wife wouldn't let me have another Zepplin.��
    In short you won't be disappointed with the sound,but it does have limitations on volume

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Z2 the best little airplay speaker!

    • Written by from Fairfax

    I picked up the Z2 last night from the Apple store, I originally wanted the bigger A5 but when I saw these have been marked down by half ant only $199 I couldn't pass it up. I was a bit skeptical at first because this is the entry level model but when I heard it I was very impressed. I listen to industrial music mostly I also tried some classical and world music they all sound immaculate. The instruments and the vocals the violin drums and synths all sound like you are there and it has a very natural base and mids and treble..I like the fact that it has lightning connector I will charge my phone on it from now on it freed up one plug by my bed.i uses it on my iPad iPhone and also as my imac speaker..highly recommended I don't know how long this price break will last.

    2 of 4 people found this useful