Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Music System

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Music System

$399.95

4.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 11 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 (4.5 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

    36 of 40 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

    39 of 61 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

    17 of 27 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Small with good sound quality
  • 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
    Was this useful? Excellent audio, wimpy wireless
  • Great Sound, easy set up

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Set up was as easy as it gets! Great sound, good bass response. Looking forward to purchasing more Bowers products!!!

    • Written by from Laguna Niguel
    Was this useful? Great Sound, easy set up
  • Great sound in small spaces.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I picked up a Z2 recently, replacing my Zeppelin Mini, it's predecessor. It's sound is superb for the purpose it fills. You will I picked up a Z2 recently, replacing my Zeppelin Mini, it's predecessor. It's sound is superb for the purpose it fills. You will frankly get better sound from the larger B&W speakers such as Zeppelin Air, the A5 and the A7, but these units are much larger and much more expensive. The Z2 fills a perfect niche for a small space where you don't need to go overboard with A/V gear, but still want great sound. I have a small corner area in my kitchen that it is perfect for. I still have plenty of space on my countertops, but have a wonderful speaker system and area to dock and charge my iPhone. I also like that it's cabinet (compared to the Zeppelin Mini before it) now features a rubberized top and metal grill. This is much more durable and easy to clean for an area such as a kitchen that may be within 5 or 6 feet of a wet space. Easy setup through the B&W app, and very simple to either dock and play music, or stream through Airplay. You can even choose to play via Airplay while your iPhone or iPod is docked in the station. This is nice if you may be taking it on and off the dock frequently, and your music will continue to play. The lightning connection also swivels forward slightly so you will not damage your connection if removing your iPhone/iPod at a slight angle. Still a little pricey for an iPhone/iPod speaker dock, but I doubt that you will find one of this size that sounds so great and carries the Bowers and Wilkins name and backing. A small gloss riverbed stone style remote control is also included. A great speaker for expanding where you have quick music capability in your home. Highly recommend.

    • Written by from Windermere
    Was this useful? Great sound in small spaces.

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