Bowers & Wilkins Z2 AirPlay Wireless Speaker

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 AirPlay Wireless Speaker

HK$1,898

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 27 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    Get pristine sound and wireless connectivity all within a package that fits into your life with the Z2 speaker and docking station from Bowers & Wilkins. Dock your latest generation iPhone or iPod using the Lightning connector or use AirPlay to stream any track from your iTunes library from wherever you are.

    Z2’s design and sleek styling make it a versatile speaker suited to practically any home environment. The Lightning connector vanishes from view when not in use, it’s constructed from a sleek and highly durable combination of rubber and stainless steel and comes in a choice of white or black.

  • Highlights

    • Full-range drive units
    • Lightning connector for docking and charging latest iPhone and iPod
    • Flowport technology for great bass sound
    • AirPlay for high-resolution wireless audio streaming
    • Class D amplifier technology
    • High-quality digital-to-analogue convertors (DAC)
    • Digital signal processing (DSP) monitors for great sound at all volume levels
  • Did you notice?

    You could even link up several Z2s to create a wireless multi-room sound system.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Getting high-quality sound with the added convenience of WiFi.
  • What's in the Box?

    • Bowers & Wilkins Z2 AirPlay Wireless Speaker
    • Remote control
    • Power supply & cable
    • Quick start guide
  • Tech Specs

    • Frequency Response : 42 Hz - 22,000 Hz
    • Input Type : 3.5mm Stereo Jack, Lightning Connector
    • Other Features : AirPlay, Lightning Connector
    • Connections : AirPlay, Lightning
    • Drivers : 2 x 87.5 mm
    • Power Source : AC
    • Height : 180 mm/7.09 in.
    • Width : 320 mm/12.6 in.
    • Weight : 2600 g
    • Length : 100 mm/3.94 in.
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number : FP33634
    • UPC or EAN No. : 714346318421

    Warranty

    • Note : Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Good speaker, but..

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 th 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!

    • Written by from Chicago

    63 of 67 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Good speaker, but..
  • Musical wonder but technical blunder...

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Packaging "à la Apple". Musical quality is better than anything I had had before in this format: Boston Acoustics, Bose, Geneva La 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...

    • Written by from Quebec

    57 of 82 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Musical wonder but technical blunder...
  • Small with good sound quality

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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, 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.

    • Written by from Auburn

    31 of 41 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Small with good sound quality
  • Listen up...

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    ... because you will not get a better sound at this price. It's extraordinary, but not surprising given Bowers & Wilkins many year ... 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.

    • Written by from NEWARK

    2 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Listen up...
  • Poor docking functionality

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    • Written by from denver

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Poor docking functionality
  • Terrible

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 set 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.

    • Written by from Salisbury

    2 of 2 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Terrible

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