Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Music System

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Music System

$399.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 13 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    The Bowers & Wilkins Z2 music system gives you the convenience of both a Lightning connector dock for the latest iPhone and iPod models and simple-to-use AirPlay technology for all your AirPlay-enabled devices such as iPad and iPad mini.

    Pristine sound

    Many of the same innovations responsible unsurpassed audio performance of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air can be found in Z2. Proprietary technologies such as Digital Signal Processing, together with audiophile grade electronics and high-quality Digital to Analogue Converters keep music sounding wonderfully rich, controlled and fully-formed, no matter how loud you play it.

    Versatile connectivity

    With Z2, how you play your music is up to you. You can dock your latest generation iPhone or iPod using the Lightning connector. Or, thanks to built-in AirPlay technology, you can stream any track from your iTunes library from wherever you are, directly from an iPad, MacBook, or any AirPlay-enabled iOS device. You can even link up several Z2s to create a wireless multi-room sound system.

    Fits into your life

    Z2's design and sleek styling make it ideally suited to practically any home environment. Featuring a Lightning connector that vanishes from view when not in use, it's constructed from a sleek and highly durable combination of rubber and stainless steel.

    Easy set up

    The free Bowers & Wilkins Control App will walk you through the simple steps to connect your Z2 to Wi-Fi, and choose and manage your settings, all wirelessly.

  • Highlights

    • Lightning connector dock for latest iPhone and iPod models
    • AirPlay wireless audio streaming
    • Full-range drive units
    • High quality Class-D amplifiers
    • Digital-to-Analogue Convertors
    • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
    • Flowport
    • Switch mode power supply
    • Free Bowers & Wilkins Control app for easy setup and management
  • Did you notice?

    Lightning connector dock for playing music from and charging your latest iPhone and iPod models.
  • Apple Recommends For

    Experience superb wireless audio via AirPlay from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod.
  • What's in the Box?

    • Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Music System
    • Remote control
    • Power supply
    • 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: 7.1 in./18 cm
    • Width: 12.6 in./32 cm
    • Weight: 5.16 lb./2.34 kg
    • Length: 3.94 in./10 cm
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: FP33634
    • UPC or EAN No.: 714346318438

    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.
    • Warranty: Two years

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
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  • 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

    39 of 43 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

    43 of 65 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

    18 of 28 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Small with good sound quality
  • Really??? Only wireless G??? Returning this product

    1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    But wireless connection....that is a whole 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.

    • Written by from New York
    Was this useful? Really??? Only wireless G??? Returning this product
  • Cannot Use An iPhone With A Case Whilst Docked ... What's The Point Then?

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Let me to save you some frustration; avoid the Z2 until a redesign comes along. The dock is not properly designed or constructed Let me to save you some frustration; avoid the Z2 until a redesign comes along. The dock is not properly designed or constructed to allow an iPhone 5 or 5s to fit with a small case or bumper into the dock for charging and playback. This means it is impossible to use the Z2 as advertised for charging your iPhone and playback of music housed on the iPhone when docked. Sure the sound is great, AirPlay is great, and setup is great. But, when the most basic design element is fatally flawed you should not waste your money. I'm a diehard Bowers & Wilkins fan too. It pains me greatly to pan one of their products. It's surprising to see their team so botched the design of the Z2. Such a shame.

    • Written by from Daly City
    Was this useful? Cannot Use An iPhone With A Case Whilst Docked ... What's The Point Then?
  • Excellent audio, wimpy wireless

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    I have no point of comparison with the more expensive B&W wireless speakers, but in absolute terms, the audio from the Z2 is excel 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.

    • Written by from Boston

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Excellent audio, wimpy wireless

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