What's the sound quality like compared to my current "wired" zepp when used wirelessly?

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Speakers with 30-Pin Connector

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Speakers with 30-Pin Connector

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4 Answers from the Community

  • It depends on what you mean by "sound quality". I tried both the Zeppelin and the Zeppelin Air today and they are definitely different in sound style. To me the Zeppelin Air had slightly more bass and for my ears was preferable. Both are great speakers with a great sound and I could live with either as both are a step (or more) better than cheaper "rivals".

  • AirPlay transmits an uncompressed digital audio signal, meaning that unlike Bluetooth audio, or most wireless speakers that connect to a receiver, there will be no loss of audio quality.

  • The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is the result of extensive hardware changes and additions, which have resulted in a dramatically improved audio performance over the original Zeppelin.

    The Zeppelin Air features a fully active 2.1 design, which means that all five of its improved drive units are individually driven by audiophile class D amplifiers. Bass performance has been dramatically improved by implementing Flowport technology and advanced Digital Signal Processing, and the DACs have also been upgraded with brand new 24bit-96KHz capability, which further improves the audio performance of the Zeppelin Air over the Zeppelin.

    Whether audio is being streamed wirelessly via Airplay, or whether an iPod or iPhone is being directly docked on its docking arm, the sound quality produced by the Zeppelin Air will produce a more refined sound compared to its predecessor, the original Zeppelin.

  • Answer

    The sound quality is better in the air model, and has a new design and speakers inside, over airplay no quality is lost at all so yes it would be better,