• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best of Britain

    • Written by from Mountain View

    Bowers and Wilkins' Zeppelin Air produces superb audio (using 24-bit/96kHz DAC technology), is stylish and well constructed using quality materials. The Airplay feature supports audio streaming from iTunes (and other AirPlay enabled apps.) using iPod/iPhone/iPad via Wi-Fi (setup for Wi-Fi is easy). - For TV (in general, and to include Apple TV), the Zeppelin Air should be wire connected using Analog or Digital links from TV audio out to Zeppelin AUX in. - If rear-facing flow ports are positioned close to a wall, overly strong bass can be reduced via settings on a docked iPod/iPhone. - While the user-manual must be downloaded and generally is not overly clear, the Zeppelin Air marks an improvement on an already class-leading British product. :-)   

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks nice but continues to drop the network

    • Written by from Calgary

    I bought this unit for Black Friday and had it set up all week. Not once in the whole time did AirPlay work for a whole song.

    I first set it up with the default Firmware and followed the instructions. I had my network hidden and used WPA2 Wireless Security. The B&W would could not find my network. I un hid my network and the B&W finally found it. Once the Zepplin was all set up I tried using it via Airplay. The music would play for about 5 seconds and then the Airplay would drop and I would have to restart the Zepplin to find it again on Airplay. I tried with my MBP, iPhone 4S and iPad2 all with the same results. So, I updated the Firmware to 1.3.3. With the update I could 'almost' make it through a song before it was dropped. I repeated this several times in several rooms across my house. No Joy.

    The sound is great when it is playing and it looks great but alas I bought it for the iPlay functionality not the looks. I am returning this unit as completely unhappy with it.

    Note: I currently stream my music to Living Room via Airplay and AppleTV and office using Airport Extreme and an Amp. With excellent results. I wanted a portable unit to move to other rooms and the deck.

    I will keep looking for a decent unit.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious Networking Issues. Not AirPlay related

    • Written by from KENMORE

    Love the sound of this thing but the networking stack they implemented stinks.
    The device is constantly dropping off of my wireless network even though the indicator light remains solid purple which means it's connected and in AirPlay mode. Check of wireless clients through Airport Utility shows that sure enough the Zeppelin is not connected to the wireless network. I have had this happen during the middle of playback, like others. But I have also had this happen after pressing the standby button on the unit to wake it up with zero AirPlay connection attempts. The only way to correct this is to power cycle the unit. Really? And yes the firmware is at the latest version. And I'm still waiting to hear back from B&W's tech support.

    Honestly I'm ready to just dump this thing and go with an Airport Express and speakers. My sister's family has had zero issues with this setup.

    If you are seriously considering dropping this much cash, I would think twice.

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great build

    • Written by from Port Coquitlam

    I just bought this from apple store Dec 5 2011. The cabinet and look is perfect for a small room. I use it for airplay through my iphone + use it as tv speakers for a small room via Optical mini cable. I wanted to use it for Airplay of my PC iTunes but there are problems with airplay through firewall that I cannot seem to figure out - This is a big drawback because i don't put all my music onto my iphone and want access to those songs.
    The sound is decent and room filling for a small bedroom or small office. Don't expect pinpoint soundstage because stereo separation is limited. Clarity of treble is good.
    I like the options for connections - optical, airplay, ipod dock. There was ethernet but I wasn't able to get that to work as "airplay".
    The biggest CON is the setup. Although listed by some as easy, there are too many issues. I found support was good but only if you can speak to someone...they try to get everyone to use their website and email support - not happy with that after I spent 1 long night fiddling with airplay. The problem turned out to be IE 9 has a bug when submitting to the device during setup. Wish they listed that problem on their site. It was easily solved by using Chrome browser instead.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Product, but here are some details

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    Zeppelin Air is a great product and I want to write this review to help anyone who is hesitating whether to buy it. Be patient and read on, I hope you could make the best choice for you.

    First, you need to realize it's not an apple product. Since it's not made by apple, you shouldn't expect Zeppelin Air to work as seamless as it is between apple products (like AIrplay from iPad to Apple TV). They are from different company. There will be some gaps/dropouts during Airplay, but I think this is totally bearable. Some people complain about the airplay is dropping out every 1 minute. Do some research on how to better set up the airplay. It's mostly about the routers. When you get the router done, it's not going to dropout every minute and I'm sure about it because I went through all that. B&W is a respectable company with great reputation.

    Second, the way it sound is great. It is room-filling, but it utilized more bass to create a feeling of room-filling, so it's kind of an easy way to achieve that name. So you will need a little EQ adjustment if you want it to sound more natural but it's no big deal, just some clicks on whatever iDevice you're docking it with.

    Third, it has individual drivers for high/med/low frequencies, but there is a good distance to listen to it. I have a studio which measures 18X24. From 3-5 feet, it sounds great with an excellent stereo feeling to it. But when you get further away, you hear more how it is individual drivers instead of separate speakers.

    Ok, so far I've stated three drawbacks of it. BUT, none of them marks it a bad product. I've owned Bose,Beats headphones+speakers. None of them could compete with B&W unless you're a Bass-sucker. I would definitely recommend this product. But I just hope whoever buys this great speaker could think whether they can accept these three minor(I consider it minor) drawbacks since it's priced at $599. Just keep in mind that it's not an apple product, so expect do some work on your own to get it work smooth. Want something this good and plug and play? Buy $999 B&O which is without airplay. Otherwise, enrich yourself with some knowledge of routers and you'll enjoy this wonderful speaker as you take a sip at your cappuccino.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    B&w zepplin air

    • Written by from Arlington

    This system was problem first try setup by cable (Ethernet ). This more simple to setup by iPad or iPhone it,S take less than 2 minutes.New firmware 1.1.3 updated but still some time drop play air that why rate 4 star.

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing... Easy to setup and use.

    • Written by from Greensburg

    I have been using the Zeppelin Air for about five months and love it. I use AirPlay from my iMac, PowerBook, iPhone 4, and iPad. I am thinking about buying additional Zeppelin Air's for other rooms. No problems at all with setup... Took about five minutes and I'm no genius. I have unplugged and moved it to a different room without having to reprogram as some others have stated. I would give it a higher rating if I could.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely Frustrated and Dissapointed

    • Written by from Surrey

    This unit did not work out of the box after setting up the air play on a wirelessG router with 128bit encryption. Furthermore hooking up an iphone4s to unit plays for a couple of minutes and then turns off. The red light flashes, unit has to be unplugged and powered up again.

    This is no better than an expensive and ugly recharger. The sound, when it can be heard is awesome for mp3 player. All details are clear and balanced bass is deep. I put in a support request to B&W and hope to get some help because the web site support does not say enough. Furthermore the video is so lame. I'm from a computer engineering background and should be able to get through all the manuals to setup unit easily but this unit just doesn't work well. It is a dissapointment.

    14 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, with some caveats

    • Written by from MISSION VIEJO

    I've been working with the Zeppelin Air for a client during the last week, and the Zeppelin has great sound, but I've encountered a few usage issues.

    First, if you unplug it from the wall, there is no internal battery backup for the settings, so if you move it to another room, be prepared to use an Ethernet cable again to set up the wireless network and password.

    Also, whenever I've undocked an iPad 2 from it, I've had to press the power button again briefly for it to be recognized by AirPlay again. If I don't, iTunes doesn't see it as a speaker. I assume this would apply to all iOS devices, but I've only tested it with an iPad 2.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Product

    • Written by from Vero Beach

    I have owned an old pair of B&W DM14 speakers and this is just as good

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Airplay problems with Iphone 4S

    • Written by from London

    A few minor set up problems which were dealt with promptly and efficiently by B&W support team.This is a stunning piece of music machinery and I love it. Tried the volume on full max and very little distoration. This would be my piece de resistance if the airplay on the iproducts could be finally sorted out.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A Nightmare

    • Written by from Conyers

    Not a novice with setting up audio and computers. Have A+ certification on Operating systems and Hardware.......I say this because....During setup, had numerous errors and problems....sometimes worked, other-times didn't...Called B&W....they gave me completely different instructions to setup different than instructions with unit..Finally unit stopped working and B&W told me to return because it seemed a defective unit......LOTS of other websites where people are having same issues....I spent 6-7 hours a day for 3 days before giving up.
    I must say B&W speakers are some(if not) of the best you can buy anywhere...totally top of the line....but the Zepp air is a product that shouldnt be at market....buyer beware

    17 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    4s problem

    • Written by from Moscow

    Only problem is that my new iPhone 4S will not work longer than a minute and the zeppelin drops from the wireless network

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cant get the darn thing to Pair - period

    • Written by from DPO

    This is tremendously frustrating since I bought it online (US Military living overseas) so it is impossible to return, can not get the system to pair with my Apple desktop, the Led keeps blinking and will not go solid as advertised, what an enormous waste of money - I would tell you how great the sound is if I could hear it!

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Listen To People Who Can't Set Up Airplay

    • Written by from Greenville

    This product is amazing. It is unlike anything you have ever heard from an iPod dock. I have a small house and it easily fills the entire thing with sound. Everyone who whines about not being able to set it up with Airplay are the same people who have trouble setting up anything electronic. If you can read and follow directions and you have updated your router in the last 7 years then you will have no issues setting up Airplay. How you can give a product 1 star because you are not smart enough to set up a wireless feature is beyond me.

    16 of 23 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious issues with Air Play

    • Written by from ETOBICOKE

    This device has a great sound WHEN WIRED. I had it replaced because the streaming (Air Play) is simply a disaster (cuts out or drops the sound after a couple of seconds and just stalls). The replacement unit is even worse than the one I originally purchased.

    I alternatively use my Apple TV and have NO SOUND BREAK OUT ISSUE, whether I'm streaming from my MBP, iPhone 4, IPad 1 or 2..

    I believe the network module in the Zepp Air needs to be thoroughly looked into.

    47 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Zeppelin air is great

    • Written by from Mississauga

    I must say that this is the sweetest sounding set I have bought. It was super easy to set up and the sound fills my town home. I have already told friends about it and bought one as a gift for my brother.

    B&W great job!

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best compact system

    • Written by from Montreal

    I've been owning the Zeppelin Air for 3 months now and beside a 15 min setup, it's been working flawlesly. Best compact audio system I ever owned. It's currently hooked up to the tv so it can act as tv speakers when I use it. Most of the time, my iPhone 4 stream radio/podcast music to it.
    Great sounds, versatile, a must buy if you're into air play.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Only the Airplay, that's problem.

    • Written by from Seoul

    this sound is great. if you like warm sound & harmony of sounds, especially emphasized bass, zeppelin air may be the best choice. but there is one big problem. yes, you already know, the Airplay. the linkage between iProduct & Zeppelin Air are disconnected well. although i solved the problem, i didn't know how i solved it because of solving it just modifying the setting of my wireless router. i don't understand why b&w solves this problem. i think they know this problem already.

    17 of 23 people found this useful