Bowers & Wilkins Z2 AirPlay Wireless Speaker

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 AirPlay Wireless Speaker

NZ$349.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 17 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.: 714346314775

    Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products

    • Note: Apple's One Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer - Please see your product box and literature for details. Rights under the product manufacturer's warranty are in addition, and not instead of, any rights that you have under consumer protection laws.

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.0 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

    43 of 47 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

    44 of 66 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

    19 of 29 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Small with good sound quality
  • B&W Z2 Review

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Purchased for $199.00. (Was $399.00) Easy to set-up... Great sound... Perfect for my 900 square foot apartment, etc. Songs played 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.

    • Written by from AUSTIN
    Was this useful? B&W Z2 Review
  • Reasonable sound - Appalling wireless connectivity.

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    The Z2 speakers from my use has reasonable sound. The mistimes are full and the treble is balance, with subtle bass. Sound does ge 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.

    • Written by

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Reasonable sound - Appalling wireless connectivity.
  • Great speaker let down by Airplay on ios

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 wh 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.

    • Written by from Sandbach

    3 of 7 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great speaker let down by Airplay on ios

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