• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4.5 stars

    • Written by from Mauriceville

    I just purchased this product at the Apple store in Houston. Been playing music through it for about 8 hours now. Set up the air play feature as instructed and there was no issue. The only thing I've found so far is if you try to adjust the volume through the volume slider on iTunes, it automatically goes to the loudest setting on the zeppelin, even if you don't turn it up that far on the computer. Scares me because I don't want to bust the speakers. Also, I find the quality of the sound (as far as equalizer settings) sounds better through the docked iPhone. I was constantly having to play with the equalized through iTunes to get a sound i liked.

    As someone mentioned on another review, this product sounds amazing with acoustic guitars. Bluegrass music sounds AMAZING! Piano solo music from Pandora sounds amazing as well. I don't care for the quality of the bass on pop music. Perhaps it's just the placement of the unit in my room that's the issue because many people say they think it sounds great. This replaced a 10 year old bose wave radio that I really love. The Zeppelin sounds much, much better. It does seem that you have to listen to the zeppelin at a higher volume to hear it at its best. May be something to consider if you are using it in a smaller room.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    • Written by from Canyon Country

    Best speakers imaginable in such a small package. Very rich bass and excellent clarity, gets very loud, easily used for parties. If you have the money, awesome investment!

    20 of 25 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

  • 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

    Comparison between B&W DM110 and Zeppelin Air for home office

    • Written by from Stow

    I compared my B&W DM110, which are ~30years old. They were entry level back then and are found used today very cheaply. I run them with an Airport Express and I stream all my music.

    The Zeppelin Air is a $600 IPod dock, which is excellent because it is portable. If you're going for sound quality alone though, this isn't as good as dedicated speakers. The bass is stronger, which I didn't really prefer. The spacial imaging is quite good, but the sense of space is quite narrow.

    Setup on IOS was great. I updated the firmware with a USB (not supplied btw) and that was also effortless. Since I already own B&W I thought I'd test out. But I'll be returning them. Too expensive for no improved quality over my dedicated loudspeakers.

    16 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    How crisp is your music

    • Written by from Plano

    I was new to B & W when I bought my original Zeppelin, I enjoyed every track on this dolphin nose speakers. Extremely satisfied with the product. I have to say, I had few docking issues on my original zeppelin. But, no issues the way it plays.

    I couldn't wait to upgrade to Zeppelin Air, Wireless is awesome. Music is soo crisp and clear. This upgrade is a worth every penny, Thanks to holding on the price.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Great AirPlay Terrible

    • Written by from Soquel

    I just returned my Zeppelin to the Apple Store yesterday for the same reason so many people complained, AirPlay problems. It would be playing fine for a few minutes then total loss. The Zeppelin would be indicating that the connection was there, but nothing showed on, iPad, iPhone4s or Macbook Air. I wrote to B&W and got a very fast response indicating that the problem was with Apple and had been corrected with iOS 5.1. For me it was too late, I had already returned it and don't feel inclined to try again. I took a look at the Kliptch, which has a similar problem which they acknowledge on the opening page, saying that they will post the information when the problem is corrected. I like that attitude better and will try that product when they do post the correction.

    16 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Zeppelin Air NOW works with iphone 4s airplay

    • Written by from Prairie Village

    ios 5.1 seems to have fixed the problems with the airplay from 4s. after i updated it worked perfectly.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, broken for iPhone 4s

    • Written by from New Westminster

    Apple lists the 4s as being compatible with this device, but it is not. This is a problem B&W knows about but is blaming Apple, and there's no indication of when it will be fixed. It has been this way for many months.

    Sounds is way better than I expected for something of this size. Really good solution and sounds amazing. If it only worked as advertised (by Apple anyway).

    If it weren't for that it would get 4 stars (missing one because the setup is a bit convoluted), but as it is, since I have a 4s, this device leaves something to be desired.

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W sounds good

    • Written by from Cremona

    B&W Zeppelin Air is a reference experience!
    Solid built, gorgeous design, easy set-up, cozy Air-play functionality and oh yes the sound from this little jewel is nothing short of amazing for a “sound-bar”!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    iphone 4s cutting out

    • Written by from Wanaka

    Works great on airplay for all other devices in the house, but not the wife's iphone 4S - it connects for a couple of minutes then loses the signal and jams up the Airplay on the Zeppelin, so have to restart before connecting to another device. Have tried restores etc on the iphone 4s and no success. Even tried downloading the Firmware update for Mac from Zeppelin site, but got an error trying to open it!

    Not ideal, they need to sort issue so compatible with iphone 4GS

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4.8 stars

    • Written by from Madison

    I bought the Zeppelin Air about 9 months ago to replace an Altec Lansing dock that didn't sound very good and met its maker. I like all kinds of music from Jazz to classical to pop, rock and world music and would consider myself a bit of an audiophile. I wanted something is small though and didn't have any wires and that sounded good. The Zeppelin Air with AirPlay sealed the deal and I have to say I'm mostly really happy with it. I stream music from my computer, the phone or play via the dock. For the most part AirPlay works very well, but sometimes the speaker doesn't show up on my phone or in the remote app. Then I unplug the zeppelin, plug back in and wait a minute and it comes up. I don't know what causes this and sometimes it's a bit annoying, but that's really my only complaint. I also love the fact that it's mobile and I can take it outside in the summer.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Awesome!!!

    • Written by from marysville

    This is by far the best iPod speaker on the market. We picked up ours at a local Magnolia HiFi store and ended up using it as a sound bar for the tv as well as a wireless speaker system from our iMac. It's pricey but nothing else like it even comes close to the amazing sound this thing produces.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable

    • Written by from Wichita

    This speaker system is worth it's cost just in it's flexibility alone. With four different ways to play something on it (dock, AirPlay, USB, and Aux), it is extremely user-friendly in any environment. Then to put on top of that, it has a sound quality that many bookshelf systems can't attain to give you, this unit from B&W is a must have for anyone.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Will Not Power Up after Using WiFi

    • Written by from KAMLOOPS

    Sounds great BUT the Zeppelin does not stay connected to Air Play/WiFi - then it DOES NOT even power up. The WiFi signal is intermittent at times, but for added frustration, the Air Play lasts the day you set it up, but after that the Zeppelin goes to sleep and you cannot get the power to turn back on - not manually or the by hitting the reset button at the back. You have to re-program the whole system - so basically this is just a docking system. We did as much research on this product as possible, we were looking forward to adding it to the home sound system, but this is not what is advertised - very disappointed.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hifi replacement

    • Written by

    I am a keen advocate of this product or may be biased in my comment.

    I am not a serious audiophile but an avid pop music lover. I listened to coldplay, lady GAGA, Taylor swift and other well known artists. I chose this product based on 3 criteria.

    First, it supports Airplay. I love to move around the house as I am not the type that can sit behind a test for hours. I spent most of the time on a sofa or my bed during holidays. That's why it is implausible to plug my macbook pro to the speaker and stay in a place. On top of that, attaching cables to the speaker limits your position of the speaker. You must put the speaker at a place that is next to the chairs and this is annoying because you cannot lay down comfortably or sit back to enjoy the music. I don't think much people can bear the moving around operations when you want to play another song.

    Second, the sound quality is just awesome. During the first few hours of listening, I was in sonic heaven. I thought it was a live performance. B&W has done a phenomenal job on the clarity of sound, especially the vocal part, you can actually listen every words in the lyrics and the mid-high transition is seamless. If you like songs with lots of pianos and guitar background, Zeppelin is your best choice. If you like heavy bass, you should stick with the Bose. The bass of Zeppelin is just adequate and 'clear'. You can even hear the beats receding rather than lots of heavy "boom" sound. Many people said Zeppelin is not better than a standard "box" shaped home stereo hifi, but this is not always accurate. I listened to a few bookshelf speakers and found that the huge power output of them just distorts the sound. What you hear is a loud and bright sound without delicate transitions but Zeppelin is just keeping the sound balanced even at large volume. This appeals to me as I enjoy mellifluous and soft voice more than a cacophony.

    Thirdly, it has a clean design. With airplay technology, you just need to plug in the power and enjoy the tunes. You do not need to take care of the cumbersome set up of the traditional stereo and save space on your limited desktop. The airplay is not difficult when you use alternative method (use build in wifi rather than ethernet cable, as it is much more cumbersome to use the wired method) suggested on the support section at the official website.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    good quality sound and stylish looks

    • Written by from Sugar Land

    Set up airplay is a bit of work since you have to wired. When you ducking your device the sound is extremely good but when you use with airplay, make sure you are in the same network for all your devices. Also sound will be interrupted if your network is just a little busy. Other than that, sound can easily full fill my whole big living room. I just love it.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY THIS DEFECTIVE PRODUCT!!!

    • Written by from New Orleans

    Long story short, sound great, but Airplay is so broken that if the unit goes to sleep you'll have to reset the device and reinstall all the airplay setting.

    This happens every stinking day, and the manufacturer is so dishonest they refuse to even acknowledge the problem.

    I want my money back

    27 of 50 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work wirelessly with IPhone 4s

    • Written by from Nashua

    looks good and sounds great. unfortunately gets disconnected frequently when i use my iphone 4s. It works well with my MacBook pro. I'm not sure if I keep it as I am disappointed .I am sure B&W is aware of this problem and they have not fixed it yet and falsely claiming that it is compatible with all Iphones.as I gathered after googleing this problem ; others have this problem and even more(I felt somehow lucky). The bottom line is that they have not delivered what they promised for 600 dollars.

    18 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Use iOS route!

    • Written by from WARRINGTON

    Had it delivered yesterday. By the end of the day yesterday wanted to throw it out of the window. Followed set up advice to the letter and got nowhere. Had to do complete restore this morning and tried again. No luck. Factory restor again - the finally decided to use iPhone iOS route to set up. Worked first time and now listening to the satisfying deep, crisp boom of my tunes. Worth the trouble I think.
    Go for it!

    11 of 15 people found this useful