• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Speaker System Ever

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I have been using the Zeppelin for hours and hours, and I must say it is far superior to ANY competition. Originally, I was looking at getting the Bose SoundDock 10. But when I listened to the Bose, I was not as pleased. I am very confident in saying that this is the best sound system that there is to offer. It is very balanced, and even shows up on the ipod with a speaker EQ for bass, and some ipod settings. It was great that you could turn up and down the bass. I am very pleased with Bowers and Wilkins, and will be getting a lot more products by this company. B&W by far is the leading speaker brand for anything you may need. I would recommend them to anyone.

    596 of 669 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W Zeppelin air

    • Written by from Tulsa

    The online reviews of this don't do it justice. The sound is truly amazing for an ipod/iphone dock and I could honestly give it a nod over a decent home stereo as it's simply that good. The only reason I can't go 5 stars is the occasional drop out of the air play. It's possible it's my home network, but I was honestly hoping it would be a little stronger than what it is. Overall though, the occasional drop out was far outweighed by the sound.
    I didn't find airplay set up too hard, just connected it to my imac via the supplied ethernet cable and followed the diagrams that were provided. Pretty sure I was up and running in about 5 mins. B&W have done it again with this one and I'm very happy to have it!

    358 of 414 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, difficuly wireless setup

    • Written by from Franklin

    Packaging is beautiful. And the hardware design is stunning. Very solid and it looks great in any room. Obviously, it is very easy to get going. Plug it in the wall, hook up an iPod, and you’re off.

    HOWEVER, getting it on the network was a problem. Followed the instructions to a T. I kept ending up with a red flashing light. I reset, reset, reset to no avail. I started getting quite frustrated. Finally, I just began turning it on and off and it eventually showed up in iTunes. No idea how or why and I can’t recall the steps so it can be reproduced. Just glad I got it going. Works fine now from my iPhone and MacBook Pro.

    Initial feeling is that the sound is great but needs some breaking in to get to max enjoyment.

    316 of 399 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker!!!!!

    • Written by from Gainesville

    Makes your music on your iPhone sound great but you have to use decent music. "But my music sounds muddy on it"... yes your lime wire, free 40kbps will sound bad almost every speaker. I use a aux cord from my mac and some 96000kHz/24bit music. There is not a time I use this speaker and am not impressed. Plus if you don't like it, take it back and get your cash back. You have 30 days. Or if in the rare case you get a bad egg. Take it back and get a new one. No questions asked. The bass is not as punchy as the Bose of the same price. The quality of sound, however, is far better. So if you want to hear details in your music you never known where there. Go B&W. If you just want a speaker to play loud, thumping music for parties. Go Bose. Or, if you can, just go listen to them both.

    89 of 90 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Advantages Of Zeppelin

    • Written by from Vashon

    I have been waiting for Bowers & Wilkins to begin selling the A5 and A7 Airplay speakers. In the meantime I spent a lot of time comparing the specs to the Zeppelin Air that was released last year. In the end I bought the Zeppelin at the beginning of October 2012. It's a crackerjack and I think better value for money than the A7. That said the Zeppelin arrived without the latest software that I downloaded and then proceeded to walk through the steps with the BW App, but despite following the direction to the letter airplay failed to work. After a few emails to England, their support staff told me to reboot my router. Bingo!!

    All in all I top notch product and must be one of the best airplay systems for the IPhone or IPod.

    87 of 91 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, poor all around otherwise

    • Written by from Palm Springs

    Other than the good sound, there is great difficulty in its formula to connect to your wifi, and very poor performance if you do. Intermittent play at best, not consistent as with my bluetooth experience.
    The remote control and buttons on the speakers work poorly and are often non responsive.
    The speakers default to tv play when a video or youtube media is play, thereby only giving sound.
    Software restore would not fix my no longer working wifi connection in the unit, and support said I had to send it in to have it looked it.
    I sold it as is

    69 of 75 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    proud owner of both zeppelin air and bose sounddock 10

    • Written by from scarborough

    both of the systems are almost equally good having their own positives.
    its been more than a year since i have my sounddock 10 n recently i purchased zepplin air. now here is my description of both the systems
    bose sound dock 10: overall sound quality is really good i tried playing it outdoors too and no doubt it covers more area than zeppelin and bass is at least 2 times more powerful than zeppelin air. overall volume(loudness) of bose is approximately 25% more than zeppelin air. this system has been roughly used through out the summer it was sitting in my car trunk for like months i used it for the basement parties, beaches , backyard and it pretty much satisfied everyone involved.
    Zeppelin air: the design of this system doesn't make it much portable and it has been designed in a way that you get a feeling that this system is not meant for keeping it in a car trunk. i use this system for my bedroom for soft music. the sound quality is so pleasing that your ears wont get tired after continuous listening. the vocals are so soft and it has a more natural sound unlike bose which has some sort of fake crispiness due to those twiddlers i guess. the wifi option in the sound system works flawlessly.
    overall if your a party animal who hosts basement parties and beach parties every weekend and likes to listen to loud music with roof shaking bass then go with the bose. however, if you are more of a sophisticated listener and want some back ground music while having a dinner than choose zeppelin air.

    67 of 77 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Hands Down the Best iPod Speaker System

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    I've had the Zeppelin Air for a little over a week and, like any speaker, it's now starting to open up. Setup was not as difficult as other reviews have described. As long as you follow the included instructions it will only take 10 minutes at the most, and given its price I'm sure most are willing to kill 10 minutes setting it up.

    You start by connecting the Air to your computer via included ethernet cable. Then you access an offline website to name the Air and log it onto your router. After waiting about 2 minutes for the flashing purple LED to turn solid, you open iTunes and start streaming music.

    The streaming process is very good. I've had the sound cut off twice, each time was for less than 1 second. Having connected other speakers through airplay, I can tell you this is normal and just a minor bug in Apple's software.

    The build quality is quite good. B&W built a rubber base into the Air, which allows the system to grip most surfaces very well. There is no handle to hold the Air, which makes moving it from room to room kind of difficult. Overall the build quality seems very solid.

    Since B&W is known for their audiophile grade equipment, it should come as no surprise that these speakers sound very good. Any serious audiophile most likely would not buy the Air however, since at this price range a bookshelf system would sound better. However, I didn't buy this system only for sound quality but also convenience and portability. The treble is clean and detailed, I would say about equal to the B&W MM-1. Mids are warm and powerful. The Bass is surprisingly good for a speaker this size. While I wouldn't say it has strong punches, it does sound very natural and present. Whenever I hook a new sound system to my iTunes library, I always open up and adjust the equalizer to fine tune each frequency. When I performed this tradition on the Air, I ended up keeping nearly all the frequencies at +/- 0, which in other words means the sound is very well balanced. My only real complaint about the sound quality is that the stereo separation isn't great, but is definitely the best I've heard from an iPod speaker system.

    The remote as others have mentioned could use improvement. The aesthetics are great, but it can be difficult to determine which end is up. B&W indented the back of the remote to help determine the correct end, but the design could be better. The remote can turn the system on and off, either adjust the iTune's or the speaker's volume, skip between songs on your iPod or iTunes, and switch between audio sources.

    I would say the design of this system is its strongest feature. The sound is very well balanced and detailed, and loudness is extremely impressive given its size. The connectivity is very convenient, with only a few glitches that will certainly be fixed with software updates. The price is high, but you get what you paid for... The nicest looking, most technologically advanced, and best sounding iPod/iTunes speaker on the market.

    54 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb sound for the size, an excellent choice!

    • Written by from WINNIPEG

    Picked one of these up the other day for my living room as I had been spending the last few months trying to decide the best way to get a sound system setup for casual listening. Something that wouldn't take up a lot of space, but still sound great. This definitely fits the bill. My main use will be streaming to it from my iTunes library.

    I have a bit of a background in audio production / mixing so I'm quite picky when it comes to what I spend my money on, let me tell you when you read a review that says this thing sounds great, it really does. Of course, it helps to start with good quality music. I imagine low bit rate MP3's would be awful, and this system might even bring out the flaws in them more so than another speaker of lesser quality.

    My iTunes library is all in Apple lossless format and whether I'm playing The Beatles, Neil Young, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Tracy Chapman, Gorillaz, Eminem, Nine Inch Nails, or Tool this system performs. It sounds clear, smooth, full and balanced. Separation between instruments / vocals is excellent. Anybody who says "there's not enough bass" is simply misspoken. They may prefer more bass sure, but this system has a balanced and natural amount of bass as far as I'm concerned. For me, more would be bad. If you need more, EQ to your own personal preferences.

    Just to wrap it up, a lot of the online reviews complain about two things a) it's expensive and b) the stereo imaging / separation is poor unless you are listening from within 2-5'.

    Well my answer to that is;

    a) You get what you pay for, and when it comes right down to it for an all in one compact system of this quality, the price is what it is. Personally I don't think it's unreasonable.

    b) This is not a flaw in the unit, but a limitation of physics. The way stereo imaging works (your ability to distinguish between the left / right speaker channels for a good stereo effect), is that the closer the left / right channels are together, the closer you have to sit in front of the speakers. The farther apart they are, the farther you need to sit. If you want good stereo imaging from 10' away, then the left / right speakers have to have a distance of 10' between them. Now I don't know about you, but I think having this thing 10' wide would defeat the purpose no? This is after all a speaker dock is it not? It's meant for quality, casual listening. If you want the ultimate hi-fi stereo setup where you can adjust your listening distance accordingly then buy the ultimate hi-fi stereo system, but be sure to have the proper sized room for it!

    51 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was DRUNK!

    • Written by from Groveland

    I was aware of this product but had decided it was more than a non-audiophile needed. I was leaning toward Bose ($300 cheaper). I went to PF Changs for lunch yesterday - had 4 Vodkas and bam - I dropped by the Apple store after lunch and acquired a TOP NOTCH I Touch speaker system. I am totally happy - though I will note that the set-up guide displayed screen shots did not AT ALL match my Airplay set-up. However - EVERYTHING connected and I am playing songs from my Mac Book Pro I Tunes and my I Touch. I am more than pleased. If you have some free bucks (or get drunk at lunch) buy this product!!

    58 of 71 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What a Revelation!

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    Well, the Apple guy said this was the best Airplay enabled speaker, but that was a MAJOR understatement. I have owned a number of high end HiFi systems in my time, the price of which might make your hair curl. So, I had zero expectation that this little offering from B+W would meet my very high audio standards, but, I am listening spellbound to it now; to a selection of classical, jazz, female vocal, folk guitar and blues music from my collection that I know extremely well and I can tell you this is an amazing performer - deep, but well controlled bass, clear mid-range and sizzling treble with an overall sweet and very musical balance. I am tapping my feet, now, unresistably, to grooves I could never imagine this little Air could ever render favorably. It has verve and persuasively fills the room with big musical images - you could listen all day, which is exactly what I've just done!

    If you think this is an expensive unit then I can tell you that you need to consider that this is the ONLY unit you will ever need to invest in. I also have the Bose unit, but this Zeppelin Air puts it deep in the shade on every level. A masterpiece of engineering in a surprisingly compact design - excellent; enchanting, ethereal and exciting all at once!

    Installation was very easy!! Just follow the notes precisely and position it carefully to let it breath and place it on a solid base or table to get the best from it.

    43 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Questionable reliability

    • Written by from Provo

    I bought three Zeppelin Airs (as employee gifts) about 4 months ago. One of them has already died. I contacted Bowers & Wilkins and was told that I need to ship the unit back to them at my cost. These devices are very large & heavy, so shipping's not going to be cheap. Maybe I'm just used to the stellar shipping/return policies of Amazon, but when you buy a "luxury" brand like Bowers & Wilkins, I would expect a little bit better customer service. And the fact that 1/3 of our Zeppelins has already failed doesn't speak well as to their reliability.

    42 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money with terrible wireless performance

    • Written by from Pasadena

    After owning this device for almost 2 years my experience with Zeppelin Air is it great IF it works but for most of the time it just doesn’t.

    Wireless airplay works sporadically at best with constant pauses & complete failures to stream. The lovely device has now decided to keep resetting its network name every time it sleeps on top of all they other annoyances. Don’t waste your money on this device if you plan to use on a wireless network you will be very disappointed. After every firmware release I get excited in the hope that it will finally work but it never does.

    I say as a very loyal fan to the BW brand with 600 series speakers for my home theater setup along with M1 computer speakers, P5 & C5 headphones.

    Worst of all is B&W support who take days to get back to you with very generic answers which never solve the problem. B&W should stick to just making speakers without embedded amplifiers !

    46 of 61 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Sound, Bugs w/ Connection Fixed w/ New Updates

    • Written by from Gloucester

    First of all the sound on this device is really great. I consider myself a bit of an audiophile, and this is by far the most balanced compact stereo I have ever heard. Unlike most systems where you have to sacrifice thumping base in pop songs for a clean and balanced reproduction of more classical music, the Zeppelin Air pleases my ears across the whole spectrum. Everything from Lady Gaga to Yo-Yo Ma sounds great. There were some seriously annoying issues with this machine when I first bought it. The air-play set up was arduous and overly complicated, and wireless playback was unreliable. Since the release of a new iphone app that completes the set up for you, these problems have been completely resolved.

    38 of 48 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product one big issue!

    • Written by from Mississauga

    I purchased this unit for 2 things, it's sound quality and the air play feature. It sound is great. The zeppelin works perfect with the iphone4s docked. however when you use air play it drops the zeppelin off the network within 30 seconds of playing! Causing you to have to restart the zeppelin air. I have tried all the items mentioned on the B&W sire to no avail. My IPad 2 and my spouses iPhone 4 works perfectly. It seems to be an issue with the 4s. I hope they can come up with an update soon. If not for this issue it would have gotten 5 stars.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound; bit finicky on network connection

    • Written by from Chelsea

    Overall I'm still extremely happy with my Zeppelin Air. It has superb sound -- really amazing for its form factor. Even at louder volumes we're happy. However, it does fall off our network fairly often. It's a good distance from an access point, so I suspect it would be less of a problem if it were closer. I have an Altec Lansing inAir that seems to have some of the same issues with wireless, so I'm not sure how much better the competition is. If your Zeppelin is close to its source it probably won't be too much of a problem.

    28 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular sound but terrible AirPlay setting

    • Written by from Warsaw

    Zeppelin looks great and sounds great, no doubts it one of the best or the best speaker system for iPhone, iPod or iPad. Design beats Harman Kardon, Bose or any other equipment. I would give 5 star but AirPlay connection is not acceptable. I have tried set up connection several times using Ethernet cable, PC, iPhone or iPad wireless system and achieved nothing. Zeppelin is not able to connect to my home WiFi network. I believe B&W was aware about this issue because they recommend to install latest firmware 1.1.3 but good luck when you try to do it. I have a feeling that IT Department of B&W lives in last century. If you want to update firmware first you have to install dedicated B&W software on your PC, connect Zeppelin to PC and manually install driver. I tried to do it several times but my Windows Vista only shows info that device is not recognized. I wonder why it's so complicated when other companies can provide updated firmware as a file which can be installed without any software by connecting directly any external flash/hard drive.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great product

    • Written by from Mumbai

    a fine product thats gives excellent deep yet warm sound .
    however setup was a mess took me hours and plus airplay was patchy. after returning it to the B&W service center they informed me that i needed a firmware update and needed to change my wifi password settings to WLAN2/psk TKIP.
    i have played songs on it for 6 hours at a stretch and there was no hassle.
    it gives distortion free sounds even at full volume(which can wake up several of your neighbors)

    35 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Four Stars only because perfection invites the contrarians to argue

    • Written by from NORMANDY BEACH

    A pure audiophile I'm not and those who are might talk techy stuff I don't get; but as an average Joe who has spent thousands in the 1980's and 90's on supposedly "top shelf" audio systems, the B&W Zeppelin Air is mighty impressive. I have a Bose Soundek for my original 5th gen iPod, and it's not bad. When I compare the Zep to the Bose, there is no comparison. With astounding range from lows to highs, it's hard to believe this little package delivers so much solid, crisp sound. Wireless setup with my existing network over my Airport Extreme was a snap that took only minutes. All my devices, including my iMac, Mac Air, iPad, iPhone and iTouch control the Zep beautifully from the original one-time setup. I would highly recommend this product.

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny!

    • Written by from Stoney Creek

    It's been 3 Months and it's been a pleasure to use. No issues and Air Play works so well. I held out on my review to be sure I get past the Honeymoon period and that same feeling of pure satisfaction is still here. Don't hesitate if you're on the fence!

    32 of 40 people found this useful