• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny!

    • Written by from San Diego

    First, a few things that didn't win me over right away was expecting it to be loud at a very low volume. To receive a decent loud volume you have to raise it to about 65%. However, I never thought I would enjoy music at low volumes, due to its built-in new and improved DAC. B&W recommends that you turn off your EQ, on your iOS device, or set it to "flat" due to the DAC. You can the "Tone Control" (Bass) using an iOS device while its docked under "Settings".

    The AirPlay feature has a few bugs with the Zeppelin Air, although B&W shifts blame toward Apple when they emailed me. I would say it works about 70% of the time when I use it with my iPhone 4S. iPad 2 and MacBook Pro seemed to work well; I usually just dock my iPhone 4S.

    Also, the first song you play has a major part in making you decide if this is the iPod speaker dock for you. When I first tested it, in person, I wish I would have played "This is my Life" by Edward Maya to listen to the full clarity. I later did try it with that song and I was able to discern just about every musical note being played; as if were the band was playing right in front of me. B&W is renowned for their engineering pedigree. Definitely worth the $600!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 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. :-)   

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but...

    • Written by from Saskatoon

    The unit has amazing sound but they seem to be having some technical problems with them. Mine needed repair during the warranty but it still cost me shipping charges to their Quebec repair centre and the hassle of dealing with an expensive docking unit that failed within six months of purchasing it.

    After doing some research I found that several people appear to have had similar problems.

    B & W took care of the problem without question, but there was still the hassle of shipping and receiving a large docking unit (that I didn't expect to have any problems with).

    If you want great sound and don't mind dealing with problems I'd recommend this unit. If they have an upgrade that fixes this problem the unit deserves five stars.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cant get better than this

    • Written by from CLECKHEATON

    the zeppelin air sounds as good as it looks. no really, it does. sounds amazing, bass, powerful. crystal clear iPod dock. even at times i have to adjust the bass setting and change equaliser cause too much bass. just shows u its got enough bass. room filling and loud. i thought my hifi was good until i bought a monster beats by dr. beat box. i thought that was great until i bought this beauty.really comes out. even when i am out of my bedroom and on the other side of the wall it sounds great. no wonder its got an award. as for air play. it took ages to set up and even when done it won't play through it and air play icon docent show on my iPhone. and when it works, it keeps cutting off. why can't it be so easy to set up like in airport utility. i wouldn't use it anyway. i just use iPod and aux. a really brilliant piece of tech. may be expensive but its all worth it

    11 of 12 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.

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  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good speakers, but doesn't work with iPhone 4S AirPlay!

    • Written by

    The Zeppelin is an excellent speaker set, but it doesn't work with iPhone 4s via AirPlay (check the support forums). Most unfortunately there is no statement from B&W and they do not show any reaction on emails to their support. Very disappointing service for a product in this price range!

    18 of 26 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

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great and works like a charm

    • Written by from Greensboro

    I decided to buy this after reading the reviews, finding the only negative was setting up the speaker. I found the entire process to be quick and painless. After hooking my ethernet cable to the speaker and opening the web address given in the instructions, I was on my wireless network within a minute or two. I then used a USB cable to update the firmware, which was very well explained and, again, worked exactly as described in a matter of a few minutes. I'm not sure why this was such an issue for others; I experienced no problems at all. From this point, connecting wirelessly, docked, and by USB from my iMac all worked flawlessly.

    The sound, in my opinion, is very good. Depending on what you are listening to, the bass can be a little heavy. I agree with some of the others that when using an iPod with recordings that are heavy on bass, the bass reducer setting may be better. In most cases, though, I prefer no adjustment at all. Overall, these are much better than my previous Bose setup. I own Shure SE535 earphones, which I really like. This gives me something reasonably equivalent to listen to my music on when I don't want to wear earphones. I highly recommend this product. You get what you pay for.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound.

    • Written by from Arlington

    Wow just bought this thing and I am blown away. Its not apple easy to set up but rather fool proof. You can set up and stream on any WiFi. Ethernet cable needed to connect to a computer (not your router!) only on the initial set up. (Its included in box) Only cable required to be plugged in is the power cable. I like the no wires airplay feature. Soo far its been flawless. Seems pricey but when you hear it you will understand why.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Set Up, Great Sound!

    • Written by from Somerville

    The setup was quick--following the step-by-step instructions. I was easily able to power up the unit, join my wireless network, and start playing music within 5 minutes of plugging it in. The only problem was when testing the speaker for the first time the sound was apparently set very high--problem woke up a few of my neighbors too early in the morning. In the Zeppelin's defense, the sound was very clear even at such a high level.

    My only concern is that the speaker is quite large, though the sound and features won overall and made it easy to accept it into my smaller apartment. I had considered the Zeppelin Mini, but having Airplay built-in and the sound difference made the Zeppelin Air a clear winner. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this speaker to anyone considering it!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps logging off my network

    • Written by from North Wales

    The unit sounds amazing, when it works.
    Keeps dropping airplay very frequently. Have a timecapsule wireless router. never have an issue with it, have AppleTV, 2 MBpros and a 2011 Mini. Not once have i had a network drop.

    Only way to fix the Zepp is to power cycle the device. I am going to return and try a new unit, maybe i pick dup a lemon. Did the newest firmware update, issue still persists.

    B&W needs to address this issue, this is unacceptable.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not look any further!!

    • Written by from waltham

    I hesitated at first between Bose soundock 10 and Zeppellin air, after hearing both,I came to the conclusion( very quickly),that the range,the details were amazing on the Zeppelin Air.I still need to get use to its looks!!.Air-play set-up was a breeze.Before complaining people should read the manual,I had no problems whatsoever.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers

    • Written by from Edmonton

    I too was puzzled in getting these or the Bose SoundDock 10. Bought both for comparison at home in a quiet room. Bose is going back to store. Zeppelin Air hands down won the race in all aspects. Wireless setup was a breeze. Not sure why people are having problems. I just plugged in to my Time Capsule and AirPlay connected in a sec.

    Different LED indicators are a bit tricky but once you read the manual, you would know everything.

    Transmitting Apple Lossless via AirPlay is great, way better than bluetooth. very detailed sound, punchy bass, but if you are true audiophile, and want to hear your music as it is meant to be heard, get Sennheiser HD800 headphones and a good tube amp/DAC. As far as these speakers go, it delivers what promises.

    I am not sure how these will be compare to Philips Fidelio SoundSphere (twice the price) when they are on sale in Europe sometimes in May.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great device

    • Written by from union

    I have two zeppelins that I purchased so that I could have multi-room connectivity and sound (note that the apple store reps do not know that you can play multiple zeppelins from the same source). First, the setup - a bit cumbersome, but with some patience and downloading an update, it worked fine on first try. Second, the connectivity - it seems that I need to have my iphone, computer or ipad within about 10 feet for the wifi to work. The computer seems to work from a greater distance. Sometimes it drops the signal. Overall, connectivity is average, but it works fine with a little patience. Third, the sound - amazing, absolutely amazing. I also looked at the more expensive B&O dock and there is no comparison in the depth of the sound and stereo separation, these blow everything else away. Overall, I give this high marks and would buy it again.

    9 of 10 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