• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Speaker System Ever

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I have been using the Zeppelin for hours and hours, and I must say it is far superior to ANY competition. Originally, I was looking at getting the Bose SoundDock 10. But when I listened to the Bose, I was not as pleased. I am very confident in saying that this is the best sound system that there is to offer. It is very balanced, and even shows up on the ipod with a speaker EQ for bass, and some ipod settings. It was great that you could turn up and down the bass. I am very pleased with Bowers and Wilkins, and will be getting a lot more products by this company. B&W by far is the leading speaker brand for anything you may need. I would recommend them to anyone.

    596 of 669 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker!!!!!

    • Written by from Gainesville

    Makes your music on your iPhone sound great but you have to use decent music. "But my music sounds muddy on it"... yes your lime wire, free 40kbps will sound bad almost every speaker. I use a aux cord from my mac and some 96000kHz/24bit music. There is not a time I use this speaker and am not impressed. Plus if you don't like it, take it back and get your cash back. You have 30 days. Or if in the rare case you get a bad egg. Take it back and get a new one. No questions asked. The bass is not as punchy as the Bose of the same price. The quality of sound, however, is far better. So if you want to hear details in your music you never known where there. Go B&W. If you just want a speaker to play loud, thumping music for parties. Go Bose. Or, if you can, just go listen to them both.

    89 of 90 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Advantages Of Zeppelin

    • Written by from Vashon

    I have been waiting for Bowers & Wilkins to begin selling the A5 and A7 Airplay speakers. In the meantime I spent a lot of time comparing the specs to the Zeppelin Air that was released last year. In the end I bought the Zeppelin at the beginning of October 2012. It's a crackerjack and I think better value for money than the A7. That said the Zeppelin arrived without the latest software that I downloaded and then proceeded to walk through the steps with the BW App, but despite following the direction to the letter airplay failed to work. After a few emails to England, their support staff told me to reboot my router. Bingo!!

    All in all I top notch product and must be one of the best airplay systems for the IPhone or IPod.

    87 of 91 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

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I was DRUNK!

    • Written by from Groveland

    I was aware of this product but had decided it was more than a non-audiophile needed. I was leaning toward Bose ($300 cheaper). I went to PF Changs for lunch yesterday - had 4 Vodkas and bam - I dropped by the Apple store after lunch and acquired a TOP NOTCH I Touch speaker system. I am totally happy - though I will note that the set-up guide displayed screen shots did not AT ALL match my Airplay set-up. However - EVERYTHING connected and I am playing songs from my Mac Book Pro I Tunes and my I Touch. I am more than pleased. If you have some free bucks (or get drunk at lunch) buy this product!!

    58 of 71 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What a Revelation!

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    Well, the Apple guy said this was the best Airplay enabled speaker, but that was a MAJOR understatement. I have owned a number of high end HiFi systems in my time, the price of which might make your hair curl. So, I had zero expectation that this little offering from B+W would meet my very high audio standards, but, I am listening spellbound to it now; to a selection of classical, jazz, female vocal, folk guitar and blues music from my collection that I know extremely well and I can tell you this is an amazing performer - deep, but well controlled bass, clear mid-range and sizzling treble with an overall sweet and very musical balance. I am tapping my feet, now, unresistably, to grooves I could never imagine this little Air could ever render favorably. It has verve and persuasively fills the room with big musical images - you could listen all day, which is exactly what I've just done!

    If you think this is an expensive unit then I can tell you that you need to consider that this is the ONLY unit you will ever need to invest in. I also have the Bose unit, but this Zeppelin Air puts it deep in the shade on every level. A masterpiece of engineering in a surprisingly compact design - excellent; enchanting, ethereal and exciting all at once!

    Installation was very easy!! Just follow the notes precisely and position it carefully to let it breath and place it on a solid base or table to get the best from it.

    43 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Sound, Bugs w/ Connection Fixed w/ New Updates

    • Written by from Gloucester

    First of all the sound on this device is really great. I consider myself a bit of an audiophile, and this is by far the most balanced compact stereo I have ever heard. Unlike most systems where you have to sacrifice thumping base in pop songs for a clean and balanced reproduction of more classical music, the Zeppelin Air pleases my ears across the whole spectrum. Everything from Lady Gaga to Yo-Yo Ma sounds great. There were some seriously annoying issues with this machine when I first bought it. The air-play set up was arduous and overly complicated, and wireless playback was unreliable. Since the release of a new iphone app that completes the set up for you, these problems have been completely resolved.

    38 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great product

    • Written by from Mumbai

    a fine product thats gives excellent deep yet warm sound .
    however setup was a mess took me hours and plus airplay was patchy. after returning it to the B&W service center they informed me that i needed a firmware update and needed to change my wifi password settings to WLAN2/psk TKIP.
    i have played songs on it for 6 hours at a stretch and there was no hassle.
    it gives distortion free sounds even at full volume(which can wake up several of your neighbors)

    35 of 45 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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