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Bowers & Wilkins
Refreshes Rockin'
Zeppelin System
All-in-one solution launched by Bowers
& Wilkins for the iPod dock era now
supports Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2 and
popular streaming services, Alexa and
more. By Robert Archer
BACK IN 2007, Bowers
& Wilkins popularized
high-performance powered
speaker systems with its
original Zeppelin iPod dock
system, which catered to
the Apple device's ubiquitous
use but in a sleek,
premium design.
Fast-forward 14 years and
the global audio company,
now under the Sound United
parent company umbrella,
is relaunching the Zeppelin
all-in-one speaker system to
offer homeowners a smarter
and more flexible home
audio solution.
Bowers & Wilkins states
that acoustical performance
of the product is defined by
its shape, and the newest
version of the speaker
system is engineered to
produce high levels of sound
quality.
" For over 15 years, each
new generation of Zeppelin
has been the only
truly beautiful and unique
design in its class. The new
and completely redesigned
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Zeppelin is available in two
finishes - one dark (midnight
gray) and one light
(pearl gray) and now includes
switchable, dimmable
ambient lighting to create a
'halo' lighting effect onto its
metal pedestal stand, " the
company describes its latest
aesthetic.
Bowers & Wilkins explains
that the new speaker system
features dedicated left and
right speaker assemblies that
flank a centralized subwoofer.
These drivers are powered
by 240 watts of amplification,
and these components
are housed in a rigid,
FEA-optimized enclosure.
The speaker system utilizes
a pair of the company's
Decoupled Double-Dome
tweeters that were originally
used in its 600 Anniversary
Series products. The tweeters
are paired with 90mm
(3.54 inch) midrange drivers
that use the company's
Fixed Suspension Transducer
(FSTTM) technology, which
can be found in products
The Zeppelin will be available from $799 in midnight gray
and pearl gray.
that include 800 Series loudspeakers.
Rounding
out the new
Zeppelin's driver array is a
150mm (5.90-inch) woofer,
which is mounted in the
center of the speaker's enclosure
to minimize unwanted
" rocking " of the cabinet
to help the system produce
clean lower frequencies.
Supporting a range of
modern sources that include
computers, Apple iOS
devices and Android-based
products, the new Zeppelin
provides a choice of Apple's
AirPlay 2 wireless streaming
platform, as well as aptX
Bluetooth. Voice control
options are available via
Amazon Alexa.
The all-in-one speaker also
includes Spotify Connect,
and Bowers & Wilkins notes
that users can control the
Zeppelin with its Music
App, which provides access
to streaming services that
include Deezer, Last.fm,
Qobuz, Soundcloud, TIDAL
and TuneIn.
Looking ahead, the company
emphasizes speaker
system is designed for
long-term use through the
upgrade architecture of its
" digital brain, " which includes
multiroom option capabilities
that will be available in early
2022 with plans for compatibility
with its Formation
range of whole-house audio
system products.
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