• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth Every Penny

    • Written by from Sioux Falls

    Just got mine yesterday. the sound is absolutely incredible. the crispness of the instruments on live albums is unbelievable. zeppelin fills the whole room with amazing sound. can't stop listening to it. ALSO airplay feature is great. easy to set up when following step by step instructions

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny!

    • Written by from Stoney Creek

    It's been 3 Months and it's been a pleasure to use. No issues and Air Play works so well. I held out on my review to be sure I get past the Honeymoon period and that same feeling of pure satisfaction is still here. Don't hesitate if you're on the fence!

    32 of 40 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

    proud owner of both zeppelin air and bose sounddock 10

    • Written by from scarborough

    both of the systems are almost equally good having their own positives.
    its been more than a year since i have my sounddock 10 n recently i purchased zepplin air. now here is my description of both the systems
    bose sound dock 10: overall sound quality is really good i tried playing it outdoors too and no doubt it covers more area than zeppelin and bass is at least 2 times more powerful than zeppelin air. overall volume(loudness) of bose is approximately 25% more than zeppelin air. this system has been roughly used through out the summer it was sitting in my car trunk for like months i used it for the basement parties, beaches , backyard and it pretty much satisfied everyone involved.
    Zeppelin air: the design of this system doesn't make it much portable and it has been designed in a way that you get a feeling that this system is not meant for keeping it in a car trunk. i use this system for my bedroom for soft music. the sound quality is so pleasing that your ears wont get tired after continuous listening. the vocals are so soft and it has a more natural sound unlike bose which has some sort of fake crispiness due to those twiddlers i guess. the wifi option in the sound system works flawlessly.
    overall if your a party animal who hosts basement parties and beach parties every weekend and likes to listen to loud music with roof shaking bass then go with the bose. however, if you are more of a sophisticated listener and want some back ground music while having a dinner than choose zeppelin air.

    67 of 77 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Zoomin' Zeppelin

    • Written by from Salem

    I purchased my Zeppelin about 3 weeks ago. I have been streaming tunes from Itunes on my PC. As soon as I bought my Ipod 4th Generation 64GB Itouch, I immediately started to stream some tunes from it to the Zeppelin. Absolutely amazing sound. I also have another well known docking system portable as well as another docking system I really get a kick from. Much to my surprise, the Zeppelin came out # 1. I love a lot of deep, booming bass. I had to trim everything to "flat" as this puppy sounds awesome and can also get very loud. Luckily I live in a house seperate & apart from any other housing. I am able to listen to my music as loud as I want. You simply have to find a Zeppelin like at Best Buy and give it a listen to. Clear and crisp highs with a loud and booming bass. The Zeppelin has an amp for each of the 5 drivers. The sound is flawless and very pleasing to my ears. It really is a "must listen to" unit.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    BEST MUSIC PLAYER EVER MADE!!

    • Written by from Gaithersburg

    JUST PICKED IT UP TODAY. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!.

    13 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excelletnt

    • Written by from Olympia

    Air play is really easy to set up, in 2 minutes I was streaming, sound is awesome.

    11 of 17 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless and firmware issues with Zeppelin Air

    • Written by from VALLEY COTTAGE

    From the get-go, unable to connect wirelessly to my router using any of the three methods provided in the online manual (but not the one it came packaged with), or to install the firmware update (getting "no device present" in Windows 7 32-bit). The progress before failure using each connection method varies by attempt. Googled it to find that these are problems experienced by other users too, given which you'd expect the website and the instruction manual to have something a tad more enlightening to say than "check your password" or "reconnect power and try again". E-mailed B&W's support, who mailed back promising a 3-day response. Not promising.

    25 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    UNREAL

    • Written by from New Westminster

    This speakers are not cheap. Yes. BUT they are worth every single cent. The sound quality, fidelity, and overall performance has no match. Once you listen to them in your house, cottage, etc you realize that it is an investment but the return on investment is high and it enjoyable by everyone that plays music, movies, etc on them. The more research you make about the type of technology this bad boys carry the more you realize they could be priced much higher.

    13 of 14 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

    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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great sound...but...

    • Written by from KAILUA

    Okay, first the good stuff. This thing sounds AMAZING! I actually compared this unit to the beats boombox and while the bass on the boombox is stronger (naturally), both units were plenty loud enough. I do think the zeppelin has a more balanced aound. The key difference was when you're trying to listen at low volumes. The Zepplelin has way more detail even when you have to listen to your music at lower levels.
    Bad stuff: The Airplay part of this unit ONLY works with the music part of your Itunes library. Movies, stuff off the internet, no can do. Don't worry though, there's a mini plug input if you want to use that. Oh, and knowing what input you're using can be a little confusing since it's only a little light that changes color to let you know which one you have on.
    I bought the MM-1's too..and returned them (they get HOT!) and put this in front of my computer instead. I do not regret the $ I spent on this unit at all. : ) As other reviewers have said, "if you can afford it...get it!"

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Four Stars only because perfection invites the contrarians to argue

    • Written by from NORMANDY BEACH

    A pure audiophile I'm not and those who are might talk techy stuff I don't get; but as an average Joe who has spent thousands in the 1980's and 90's on supposedly "top shelf" audio systems, the B&W Zeppelin Air is mighty impressive. I have a Bose Soundek for my original 5th gen iPod, and it's not bad. When I compare the Zep to the Bose, there is no comparison. With astounding range from lows to highs, it's hard to believe this little package delivers so much solid, crisp sound. Wireless setup with my existing network over my Airport Extreme was a snap that took only minutes. All my devices, including my iMac, Mac Air, iPad, iPhone and iTouch control the Zep beautifully from the original one-time setup. I would highly recommend this product.

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It is not the dock it is because of you....

    • Written by from London

    It is so easy to connect 5 mins ! It worked from the first try !

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Hands Down the Best iPod Speaker System

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    I've had the Zeppelin Air for a little over a week and, like any speaker, it's now starting to open up. Setup was not as difficult as other reviews have described. As long as you follow the included instructions it will only take 10 minutes at the most, and given its price I'm sure most are willing to kill 10 minutes setting it up.

    Setup:
    You start by connecting the Air to your computer via included ethernet cable. Then you access an offline website to name the Air and log it onto your router. After waiting about 2 minutes for the flashing purple LED to turn solid, you open iTunes and start streaming music.

    Streaming:
    The streaming process is very good. I've had the sound cut off twice, each time was for less than 1 second. Having connected other speakers through airplay, I can tell you this is normal and just a minor bug in Apple's software.

    Build:
    The build quality is quite good. B&W built a rubber base into the Air, which allows the system to grip most surfaces very well. There is no handle to hold the Air, which makes moving it from room to room kind of difficult. Overall the build quality seems very solid.

    Sound:
    Since B&W is known for their audiophile grade equipment, it should come as no surprise that these speakers sound very good. Any serious audiophile most likely would not buy the Air however, since at this price range a bookshelf system would sound better. However, I didn't buy this system only for sound quality but also convenience and portability. The treble is clean and detailed, I would say about equal to the B&W MM-1. Mids are warm and powerful. The Bass is surprisingly good for a speaker this size. While I wouldn't say it has strong punches, it does sound very natural and present. Whenever I hook a new sound system to my iTunes library, I always open up and adjust the equalizer to fine tune each frequency. When I performed this tradition on the Air, I ended up keeping nearly all the frequencies at +/- 0, which in other words means the sound is very well balanced. My only real complaint about the sound quality is that the stereo separation isn't great, but is definitely the best I've heard from an iPod speaker system.

    Remote:
    The remote as others have mentioned could use improvement. The aesthetics are great, but it can be difficult to determine which end is up. B&W indented the back of the remote to help determine the correct end, but the design could be better. The remote can turn the system on and off, either adjust the iTune's or the speaker's volume, skip between songs on your iPod or iTunes, and switch between audio sources.

    Overall:
    I would say the design of this system is its strongest feature. The sound is very well balanced and detailed, and loudness is extremely impressive given its size. The connectivity is very convenient, with only a few glitches that will certainly be fixed with software updates. The price is high, but you get what you paid for... The nicest looking, most technologically advanced, and best sounding iPod/iTunes speaker on the market.

    53 of 57 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular sound but terrible AirPlay setting

    • Written by from Warsaw

    Zeppelin looks great and sounds great, no doubts it one of the best or the best speaker system for iPhone, iPod or iPad. Design beats Harman Kardon, Bose or any other equipment. I would give 5 star but AirPlay connection is not acceptable. I have tried set up connection several times using Ethernet cable, PC, iPhone or iPad wireless system and achieved nothing. Zeppelin is not able to connect to my home WiFi network. I believe B&W was aware about this issue because they recommend to install latest firmware 1.1.3 but good luck when you try to do it. I have a feeling that IT Department of B&W lives in last century. If you want to update firmware first you have to install dedicated B&W software on your PC, connect Zeppelin to PC and manually install driver. I tried to do it several times but my Windows Vista only shows info that device is not recognized. I wonder why it's so complicated when other companies can provide updated firmware as a file which can be installed without any software by connecting directly any external flash/hard drive.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best Speakers Heard Ever !

    • Written by from mumbai

    This is the best speaker i have heard . For its size , i think its mesmerizing . Bass is excellent . Acoustics are fabulous .
    Connecting to the Airplay took nothing more than 5 mins . It is very easy . I'm from India and the net speeds are horrible here , but still no lag
    until im streaming a video along with it . Easy switch to any ios device like iphone etc. Extremely user-friendly .
    I dont no why people have had problems with connecting to airplay and have rated it 1 star. Dont be so harsh on this beauty !
    Rather than buying a Beosound 8 (made of paper cones) the Zeppelin air is the best buy .
    I recommend this product totally to anyone who loves portability and pure music .
    Also connected it to the Playstation 3 , and it works flawlessly . Amazing sound . Great device
    Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is the best out there ! I think its totally under-priced for the features , quality of sound & design !
    Thanks .

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker!

    • Written by from Cedar Grove

    I bought this not knowing if I would like it. But once I installed it, it was the best thing ever. I can play my songs using my iphone, ipad and ipod over wifi and control the volume on it too! The sound is great! I would surely recommend this!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 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.

    13 of 16 people found this useful