• 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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but lost wifi way too often

    • Written by from N/A

    One of the worse product I have ever bought. There is no comparison with the sound. The Zeppelin Air is by far the best in sound. However, AirPlay support on that device is zero. The connection is often, way too often lost.

    If I had the chance, I'd return it

    23 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Most excellent ieverything speaker set

    • Written by from Anchorage

    I upgraded from the already very good sounding original Zeppelin and was not wrong to do so. They sound even better and I did not experience setup problems with the airplay feature. Prior to buying I considered the B&O Beosound 8 as I had B&P stereo system in the past. My experience with the Zeppelin and the airplay functionality led me to buy the new Zeppelin Air instead.

    14 of 15 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubbish

    • Written by from Delfzijl

    Sound is great but AirPlay is NOT

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfection

    • Written by from Montreal

    By far the best sounding dock!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Palm Beach Gardens

    Great sound, AirPlay, and a beautiful form factor... what more could you ask for?

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy set up and fabulous sound!

    • Written by from TUSTIN

    Set up couldn't have been easier and I was playing Dave Brubeck's Take Five within 10 minutes. Bass is clean and sounds are detailed......pure delight!

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb Airplay - once connected via Ethernet

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I love the sound of my Zeppelin Air, have been using it 2-3 hours a day (when not traveling), and my iPhone 4S, PC with iTunes, iPad 1 & 2, and iPhone 4 (girl friend's) all stream to it almost perfectly. About 1 out of 30 songs will experience a 1-2 second "pause" randomly. Annoying, but I still love the speakers. Airplay + iPad 2 + iMatch + Zep was a huge hit this holiday season during parties.

    I also use the line-in port from my TV to improve TV audio. Living in a smallish SF condo with thin walls, I'm not at liberty to have a larger audio system most days.

    Now, the purpose of writing this review is to talk about Airplay. I had my Zep wirelessly connected to a very stable Linksys WRT-54G that had been upgraded to DD-WRT (latest software) and was rock solid with all devices. But the Zep would drop WiFi connection randomly and have to be reset and re-configured to connect, as others have mentioned. Very, very annoying. But I love the sound and the utility of Airplay enough that I soldiered on, waiting for some firmware fix, or considering a different router that perhaps would be more stable with it.

    However, I finally tried connecting the Zep straight to my router with an ethernet cable, and reset it. Once turned back to Airplay mode (purple LED), it's immediately visible to all my devices on local network, and has been rock solid for 6 weeks, except for the occasional 1-2 second pauses mentioned above. So, for people who can, I recommend connecting your Zep over ethernet. Very annoying, but I love the system so much, I'm only knocking off one star.

    9 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!

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Zeppelin Air produces excellent Sound! Audphile Approved!

    • Written by from Devon

    I've had the Zeppelin Air for two weeks and have used it every day. I paid very close attention to the instructions when connecting this unit to my network (which took 10 minutes tops) and made sure not to input the wrong password - Doing so will require you to reset/restore the Zeppelin Air which is no big deal. AirPlay is now setup with our 2 macs and our iphone 3G & iPhone4.

    We also connected the Zeppelin Air to our television (directly above the Zep) via an RCA to 1/8" adapter. Crisp highs and very low basses that, even at high volume, don't overpower the other frequencies or distort them.

    The sound is excellent. The setup is easy and the possibilities are endless! I can't wait to get home and listen!

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best BOOMbox on this planet!

    • Written by from Crofton

    I will not bore you with my bonafides as some expert on sound reproduction to justify my positive rating. I'm just like you, I love music. Anyone who would spend $600 on a boombox has to LOVE music! I've also owned a Sounddock for 4 years. It has been a flawless performer and I'll continue to use it for my portable needs. Having said that I can safely say that the Zeppelin outperforms the Sounddock in every way. Imaging, accuracy and sheer volume. The Airplay works fine for me. My Macbook, Ipad and Itouch work well with the Zeppelin. I've only had it for a few days but, so far so good. My Apple Lpssless files recorded from advanced resolution CDs (XRCD, HDCD, SHM-CD, K2HD, Mobile Fidelity, etc.) sound glorious! I must recommend you get one...NOW! Happy listening!!!

    9 of 10 people found this useful