13. October 2021 · Comments Off on Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Reborn · Categories: Hifi News · Tags: , , , , , ,

BOWERS & WILKINS ZEPPELIN REBORN, REDESIGNED AND REENGINEERED

First introduced in 2007 as “the ultimate iPod dock”, the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin is reborn in 2021.

The new Zeppelin has been re-imagined for the streaming age. It’s now both smarter and more flexible.

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The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin for 2021

The new and completely redesigned Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin is available in two finishes, one dark (midnight grey) and one light (pearl grey) and now includes switchable, dimmable ambient lighting to create a ‘halo’ lighting effect on its metal pedestal stand.

ENGINEERED FOR PERFORMANCE

The new Zeppelin is a complete stereo system in one component, featuring dedicated left and right speaker assemblies around a central, large subwoofer, all powered by 240W of amplification. Those components are mounted in an ultra-rigid, FEA-optimised enclosure that is carefully sculpted to ensure the best possible acoustic performance, with minimal material around the edges of each drive unit for improved sound dispersion.

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The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin in Midnight Grey

The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin in Pearl Grey

BOWERS & WILKINS ZEPPELIN DECOUPLED DOUBLE-DOME TWEETERS

The new B&W Zeppelin’s two Decoupled Double-Dome tweeters – originally featured in the 600 Anniversary Series – are mounted at the far edges of the enclosure and are fully isolated from vibrations running through the cabinet generated by other, larger drive units.

The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin drivers

FIXED SUSPENSION TRANSDUCER

The tweeters are paired with 90mm midrange drivers using Bowers & Wilkins proprietary Fixed Suspension Transducer (FSTTM) technology – found in all the company’s premium floor-standing speakers, including the reference 800 Series Diamond.

The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Close up of the B&W drivers

Finally, a new 150mm subwoofer is on hand to add bass to the high-resolution sound of the combined system. Mounted centrally at the heart of the Zeppelin’s structure, its design is carefully optimised to avoid unwanted ‘rocking’ of the cabinet as it operates.

The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Zeppelin buttons

BOWERS & WILKINS ZEPPELIN STREAMING

If you want to stream music from your mobile device, tablet or computer, the new Zeppelin includes both AirPlay 2 and aptX Adaptive Bluetooth, making it suitable for both iOS and Android users. Spotify fans can enjoy the convenience of Spotify Connect, ensuring both high-quality sound and convenient, easy operation. The new Zeppelin can also be controlled via the Bowers & Wilkins Music App, which gives instant access to a host of streaming services including Deezer, Last.fm, Qobuz, Soundcloud, TIDAL and TuneIn. More services are being added regularly.

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The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin from the side

The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

The B&W Zeppelin from above

CONNECTED, SMART, INTUITIVE

The new Zeppelin offers Alexa built-in: no need for any external components. Simply ask for the song you want to hear, and your Zeppelin will oblige. If you prefer, your Zeppelin can be operated by physical buttons on the top rear of its elegant enclosure.

The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Rear connections

Finally, the new Zeppelin has been engineered to last. Its powerful digital ‘brain’ can be upgraded over time, with multi-room capability planned for introduction in early 2022. That will make the Zeppelin compatible with both other new Zeppelins in a multiroom environment or if you prefer, a multiroom system based on Bowers & Wilkins own Formation range of high-resolution wireless speakers.

BOWERS & WILKINS ZEPPELIN PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The Zeppelin is available from 13th October in Midnight Grey or Pearl Grey priced at £699/€799/€799

The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

HiFi Pig Says: The new Zeppelin sounds like it has plenty of options for connecting you to your music, whilst retaining the quirky design that made it stand out the first time around.

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