Bowers and Wilkins (B&W) has brought back its iconic Zeppelin and it’s packed with new features that make it a thoroughly modern wireless speaker. The new Zeppelin costs $ 799 and will be available in Midnight Gray (black) and Pearl Gray (gray) from October 13th.
The Zeppelin is one of the most durable designs of the new millennium. The original, which hit the market in 2006, was a beautiful but extravagant iPod speaker dock. This was followed by the 2011 Zeppelin Air, the Zeppelin Mini and most recently the 2015 Zeppelin Wireless. And while the new Zeppelin clings to this unique ellipsoid shape, it goes much further than its predecessor, both inside and out.
Externally, the new Zeppelin is a little bit higher and a little bit narrower than the Zeppelin Wireless and now has a switchable and dimmable LED light that casts a “halo” on the built-in aluminum stand of the speaker. You’ll find the same controls attached to the top, but now there’s a multi-function button and a dedicated Amazon Alexa button in addition to the familiar play / pause and volume buttons. Yes, the new Zeppelin has been equipped with voice assistants so that you can control the functions of the speaker (and everything else that Alexa can do) with just your voice.
As with the Zeppelin Wireless, there is a wall bracket in case you prefer to hover your Zeppelin than to see it on a stand.
The changes aren’t all additions – B&W has removed both the Ethernet and Aux-In ports that used to be on the base of the Zeppelin Wireless.
Inside, B&W used the same number and style of drivers – two tweeters, two mid-range speakers, and a subwoofer – but the amplification power has been increased significantly. The wireless model had a total of 100 watts of power, but the new Zeppelin packs 240 watts. Thanks to a lower frequency response from 35 Hz to 24 kHz (the previous model could only go down to 44 Hz), it should also produce more low-end pop.
Technically, a speaker or headphone should be able to reproduce frequencies from 20 Hz to 40 kHz to be considered fully Hi-Res compatible, but in our experience, overall sound quality matters more than numbers. More importantly, from a hi-res point of view, the new Zeppelin can be controlled via the Bowers & Wilkins Music app, which includes access to streaming services like Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal, all subscription levels with lossless and high-resolution audio tracks. Soundcloud, Last.fm, and TuneIn are also included, and B&W says more services will be added regularly.
From a connectivity standpoint, the new Zeppelin has Apple’s AirPlay 2, which means the speaker can be added to Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0, along with SBC, AAC and aptX Adaptive Codecs, which gives Android users a wireless audio connection that is almost as good as AirPlay 2. Spotify Connect is also available for direct control within the Spotify app. B&W is also working on a firmware update that will allow the new Zeppelin to function as part of a whole home wireless audio platform that could include other Zeppelin speakers as well as products from the B&W family lineup of wireless speakers.
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