• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Categorically Stunning

    • Written by

    I was very unsure about what to expect after reading other reviews. The set up was very easy and relatively fast. I have used AirPlay for numerous episodes of Suits as well as streaming songs, YouTube videos and other apps. The connection has never been interrupted and I have never had to reconnect it to the network. All of my skepticism has been erased and I am truly enamoured with these speakers. The sound quality is phenominal and the design is absolutely beautiful. Buy them! They're worth it!

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Zeppelin VS Zeppelin Air

    • Written by from Toronto

    Being an owner of the original zeppelin, I had a hard time believing how much better the zeppelin Air could sound. After purchasing the new Air play version, I immediately put the new one to the test. Right out of the box I would say that the initial sound did not seem to be better considering all the internal upgrades. I have to say I was considering taking it back. The fact that it was brand new I decided to give it a chance to break in.
    After three weeks of continuous play, I performed one more side by side comparison with the original zeppelin. I have to say that the Air version really outperforms the original in the following areas:

    -Wider sound stage
    -Vocals have more body and sounds more palpable
    -Even in airplay mode the new zeppelin out performs the original

    There was one thing that I found interesting though. the new Air version is considerably lighter than the old version. With all the upgrades I can't imagine why.

    25 of 28 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

    Great sound, Airplay a little wonky

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    I purchased this unit about 9 months ago and have been using it extensively.

    The sound is terrific given its limitations with respect to size Certainly, it sounds better than the competition from Bose and Bang & Olufsen. However, as with all smaller speaker systems, on types of music that have a big soundstage or great complexity, it seems to me that the Zeppelin "works" really hard and the music starts to sound a little strained. This is more a limitation of size than a fault with the Zeppelin.

    A few caveats: first, the dock for the iPod/iPhone is VERY delicate. It breaks VERY easily and should be treated accordingly. Second, you must follow the directions for Airplay meticulously because if you do not, it may not work properly. This is easily remedied by performing a Reset of the Zeppelin. Remember NOT to plug in the power cable before plugging in the Ethernet cable; Ethernet cable first! Finally, if you are using the device via Airplay, make sure that you disconnect the Airplay connection via iTunes before you try to switch to the iPod dock, otherwise it glitches and won't let you play via the dock.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Zeppelin Air really is the best

    • Written by from Edmonton

    Okay, I am not a fan of any particular company. I always go with quality regardless of the company behind it.

    I have been doing research for a good dock for past six months. Finally, put 4 docks (I don't want to name names as I feel its not appropriate but they are considered to be the best docks in any reviews) in a very tight scrutiny, almost in the war zone in my totally noise proof room. The detail in sound I have never heard before from any other dock.

    The best thing about Zeppelin Air is that it sounds best amongst all other docks exist to-date, and above all, its AirPlay feature rocks. Oh my... what a convenience. I only docked my iPhone/iPod once to check, it works ok.

    I did not experience any trouble in setting up wireless Airplay. I just can't be happier. I wish if I could buy more for each room. It is that good.

    All I would say that it is a great addition in my audio arsenal. Very happy with it. It worth every single penny. I would highly recommend to anyone who REALLY wants the best possible sound from docking speakers.... and its beautiful as well.

    Zeppelin Air was my first B&W purchase and I am now looking forward to buy more B&W products, especially their 800 speakers series.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Flawless

    • Written by from Peterborough

    This speaker/docking system is the best on the market for it's intended use. It does not replace a larger system for large rooms, but for home or small room use - you simply cannot purchase a better unit. I would recommend multiple units to effectively fill larger rooms, which B&W supports with their software enhancements to sync multiple units together.

    The outages that other people complain about has nothing to do with the B&W unit, but rather their WiFi systems. People using multi-channel WiFi will not experience sound interference. Alternatively, one can dock their unit onto the unit, which by=passes the WiFi airplay, and plays directly to the system.

    Sound is clear and bass is smooth and punchy.

    21 of 24 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

    Form and function but not without flaws

    • Written by from Centurion

    Firstly, this thing is built like a tank and weighs a lot more than its size would suggest.
    It sounds as good as it looks and if you had to do a blindfold test you'd never believe that such a big sound could come from such a relatively small package. Sound stage is not great which is understandable with the speakers so close together but I don't think it was intended to replace your living room hifi. It's meant to fill a small room with big sound and it does that brilliantly.

    It's not all good news though, updating the firmware and setting up Airplay is a real pain. There is an app from B&W in the AppStore but simply connecting to the unit's wifi hotspot and going to its IP seems to be much easier. That being said, make sure your wifi router's security settings are set up properly else the Zeppelin will not be able to connect, even if it accepts your WiFi password.

    Also, the unit doesn't control it's own volume, even though it's got vol up/down buttons, what happens is that it controls your iPhone/iPod/Mac/etc's volume. This means that when you dock your phone the first time it could start playing music at full blast!! I found this out the hard way and I feel it's a serious design flaw that should be looked at and fixed ASAP. You could seriously injure your ears.

    Other than those 2 issues which cost it a star, it's a superb device and I'd highly recommend it, just remember you've been warned - don't blow your ears...

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound!

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I have the speaker for about 2 months now and really love it. The setup was not as hard as I imagined, and the airplay works great. Also got a digital cable to connect TV to the speaker. The sound is really truely amzing!!! I love it.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds as good as it looks

    • Written by from Stockton

    This speaker has an amazing sound, the bass is incredible and the the music is balanced even at loud volume, the speaker not only looks great but the performance is also excellent; the airplay function is a little hard to configure but once you got it right the freedom it offers is unparalleled, since you don't have your phone on the dock at all times and goes with you around the house instead.

    bottom line one of the best loud speakers, great design and the innovative airplay function.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Audiophile Quality

    • Written by from Youngsville

    I love this speaker. As others have mentioned, figuring out how to set it up via the wireless method was a small challenge. I actually used my iPod touch to connect it to my network. The first few attempts using my MacBook Air were unsuccessful. Setting it up using my Touch was a breeze; there is a section on setting it up using the iPod in the manual. I consider myself to be an audiophile as I have own many high-end systems in the past. This little speaker blew away my current system, and sound on par with systems costing twice or even three times as much. The ability to buy more than one to create a whole house system is unbelievable. I will take this speaker system over the Sonos any day.

    The store may not be the optimal testing environment, so I suggest taking it home and truly demoing it. Don't know what Apple's return policy is, but Best Buy will let you return it if you are not happy with it up to 30 days. Chances are you will keep it and rid yourself of all the wires associated with 5.1 systems. For surround sound check out B&W Panaroma; just got one of those too; awesome surround sound.........

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely satisfying purchase!

    • Written by from Toronto

    This is by far the best iPod dock/speaker that I have owned.

    The sound is simply wonderful for something this size, however, one needs the speaker to run for a good 90 mins before the sound really starts to sizzle. i.e. there is an initial break in period.

    The airplay took about 30 minutes to setup but went without a hitch. The installation video on the Bowers & Wilkins website aids tremendously in this... no need to read the manual.

    Finally, it such a pleasure to use Airplay with my iPad or iPhone from around the house.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best speakers

    • Written by

    For me it was plug n play. So no did not have any issues with streaming music from my Mac, iPhone or iPod wirelessly. People having issues, READ THE MANUAL! Check your router if you are setting up a wireless AirPlay connection. It exaplains very well.

    The quality and clarifty of sound is superb. I don't think there is any other dock comes closer to Zeppelin Air at the moment, might be in the future but this is an excellent product. And so far I have no issues. I set the bass to -1 and it sounds great.

    Even remote works flawlessly, no issues. It doesn't require to point it to the dock in order for remote to get to work. I can easily operate the remote from wash room if the dock is in my bedroom. simple.

    If you don't like it, return it. it's that simple. There are few others AirPlay docks available in the market that you can go for.

    20 of 24 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

    Review of Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

    • Written by from Northville

    I’ve had this for about a month now, and I love it. The sound is crisp and clean, the highs are clear, the bass is defined and rich. All in all, the sound quality is almost worth the $600 price point. Then you add in the Airplay functionality, well, what more do you want? Words of advice though; if the regular setup method doesn’t work, try the others that you can find on the website. For me, I tried the regular setup for about 4-6 hours, could not get the Zeppelin to connect to my router. I tried everything they said in the manual online to try and get it to work, but to no avail. Took it back to Best Buy, got a different one, and got the same results. Then, almost on a whim, I decided to try the method that uses your iOS device. Got it running in two minutes, and I haven’t had a single problem since then. Also, I’ve seen many people on here and other places complain that there is about a two second delay in whatever you do when you use Airplay on this (play, pause, skip track, etc) Let me tell all of you this is an “issue” with Airplay, not the Zeppelin. The data has to be transmitted over the internet, instead of there being a physical connection between your iPod and the Zeppelin. It is that way no matter what you use Airplay with, and I don’t see it being fixed because it’s not a problem. Anyways, to sum this up, I would strongly recommend the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air for anyone who appreciates music. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    The Zeppelin air is simply amazing. The sound quality of this little machine is spectacular. Clearly the price point is high, but listening to this vs. other speaker docks is truly a "get what you pay for" experience. It's well worth the price paid and is really on a different level than any of the $300-400 range wireless or wired ipod docks. I have a Klipsch iGroove SXT and have listened to the Bose Sounddock which both pale in comparison to the Zep, in fact there really isn't a comparison at all in terms of sound quality. While both those products are substantially cheaper, and quite good at their respective price points, the Zep offers similar "value" in terms of sound quality to price. I also love the styling of the Zep, but obviously that's a subjective and personal preference. Unfortunately, I can't compare it to the Sounddock 10 which would be a peer priced product, but given that the Sounddock 10 does not offer wireless streaming (bluetooth or airplay) without the purchase of an additional product, even if the sound is comparable, the Zep Air provides that additional and extremely useful feature. I've read several reviews that complained about Airplay streaming dropping randomly and I have to say I have experienced some streaming drops. There is a pattern to these drops as follows: iPad 2 and Macbook air to Zep = flawless. IPhone 4s to Zep Air problems everytime, but based on my searches of the web, this is a problem with the 4s and Airplay, not the Zep. While this is pretty frustrating, I assume that Apple will take care of this in one of the next updates for the 4s. If I wan't confident about this, I would be on the fence about keeping this product since my main devices for streaming at home are the 4s and the iPad, but I'm confident this will get ironed out. Finally, streaming from iTunes running on a PC (Vaio laptop) = random drops from time to time.

    In sum, after trying 3 products during this buying experience (and only planning to spend $300 at the start) I am completely satisfied with the Zeppelin Air despite doubling my budget. If sound quality is a premium for you and you can justify the $600 price point, you should definitely give this product a try.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    airplay with iphone 4s is spotty at best

    • Written by from Chicago

    i love the way these speakers sound. they truly give you a new perspective to how your music sounds, even better than you thought! my problem lies with the airplay and it doesn't work. while other reviews have said it drops after 30 seconds, i've had luck where it doesn't drop for 30 minutes or less. it's extremely frustrating to pay $650 for something that should work. apple shouldn't sponsor 3rd parties if they don't work with upgrades...or apple should work with third parties about how their upgrades change things. this is my second set of speakers and my phone still doesn't dock to play music. have to play by airplay and that doesn't work either. iphone 4s and itunes 10 have created a series of problems for this technology. i've worked with b&w on this but their fixes don't solve the problem either. if you are considering, possibly wait for the airplay bugs to be fixed.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound, easy setup

    • Written by from Whitefish Bay

    Complaints on here about this item being hard to setup seem strange to me. It took me all of 5 minutes to get Airplay working. If you have a basic reading ability and can type, you will be playing your songs over Wifi in no time.

    Sound is amazing, easily blows away any other dock I've seen. And it can jam! It gets really loud.

    Price is high but you get what you pay for in life.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set up :-)

    • Written by from ATLANTA

    I love this speaker !!!!!!!!
    I was, at first, turned off by all the nightmare stories I read about the "set up".
    I got the application "Air play set up" from Itunes.
    It made it so easy and fun to set up.
    If you buy it make sure you use the application.
    NO ethernet cables.
    NO internet log in.
    Good luck !!!!!!!

    14 of 14 people found this useful