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NicollPr 08-07-2007 08:54 AM

Bowers & Wilkins Launches iPod Speaker System: Zeppelin
 
Britain's Bowers & Wilkins has debuted a striking, audiophile grade powered speaker system for the current range of iPods. Bowers & Wilkins' "Zeppelin" delivers an entirely unique level of high-fidelity reproduction, with remote-controlled convenience, from a compact, ergonomic, and stunningly designed package.

The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin is a one-piece amplified speaker system and docking station that transforms an iPod into an astonishingly capable yet highly compact stereo music system. Barely two feet wide, with a dramatic, tapered shape and beautifully finished in polished stainless steel, Zeppelin sets a new benchmark for both audio fidelity and appearance in this rapidly growing field. Certified as "Made For iPod" by Apple and with its form created by international award-winning industrial designers Native Design Ltd. of London, Zeppelin offers the ideal music system for office, bedroom, kitchen, or a second home.

The Zeppelin's tapered ends house the midrange and tweeter drivers in much the same way as the famous "pods" of Bowers & Wilkins' world-class 800 Series loudspeakers, presenting a carefully curved profile that ensures a smooth response and even distribution of sound into the room. Each pair of midrange and tweeter drivers is spaced as far as possible to left and right to maximize stereo separation. Low frequencies are handled by a single five-inch "subwoofer" located in the center, its bass performance enhanced by the twin rear-firing ports. Three channels of amplification, each incorporating proprietary DSP (digital signal processing) tailored to fine-tune response of the five drivers, deliver real high-fidelity power: 50 watts for the woofer and 25 watts for each two-way mid/high-frequency section. The result: deep, loud, startlingly dynamic sound reproduction - reflecting its serious high-end audio credentials.

The Zeppelin design incorporates famous Bowers & Wilkins design elements such as its renowned aluminum-dome tweeter and Nautilus tapered-tube tweeter-loading technologies, which yield superlative definition and clarity. The passive crossover circuits feeding the midrange and tweeter drivers employ such audiophile grade components as film capacitors and air-core inductors for dynamic, low-distortion reproduction, while Zeppelin's glass-fiber midrange cones are distinguished by critically positioned slots filled with resonance-absorbing compounds, developed using sophisticated laser-interferometry and computer-modeling techniques. The net result is jaw-dropping sound, with smooth, warmly detailed treble extending into the ultrasonic region and deep bass extension, all presented with musical detail that listeners won’t believe has come from their iPod.

Zeppelin is world-ready, automatically accepting any AC power standard from 100-240V. Its smart 30-pin docking port accepts latest-generation iPods without requiring an adapter or interchangeable bases, thanks to its unique, spring-loaded design. The "floating" arm design allows the user to grasp a docked iPod, making it as easy to operate as when hand-held.

Zeppelin comes complete with a pebble-like, mini remote handset to provide even more convenient control of volume, source select and mute, working seamlessly with the iPod to command its play/pause and track-selection functions. When docked, the iPod also accesses a special Zeppelin "Speaker" menu, with five-position bass EQ to tune response for system placement or individual preference. Zeppelin's rear S-video and composite-video outputs deliver iPod video to a big screen, and a combination analog/digital mini-jack input offers Zeppelin playback of virtually any non-iPod audio source. Also included is a dedicated tilt-base, to place the Zeppelin at the acoustically ideal angle for seated or standup listening.

Zeppelin will be available from September 2007, at select Apple Stores nationwide and online (The Apple Store), at a manufacturer's suggested price of $599.00.
For additional information visit B&W Zeppelin | Bowers & Wilkins Speakers

JerryDelColliano 08-07-2007 03:22 PM

Re: Bowers & Wilkins Launches iPod® Speaker System: Zeppelin
 
Unlike the reviewer who suggested that the young Page and Plant would go over "like a Led Zeppelin" - I think this product will have some rocking success in today's market.

Audiophiles and music fans alike can always find someplace cool to stick something like this in their offices, guest bedrooms etc...

DaViD Boulet 08-10-2007 07:21 AM

Re: Bowers & Wilkins Launches iPod® Speaker System: Zeppelin
 
Ideally, if the iPod provided a digital-audio output via it's connector, this could be a true High-end product. Sadly, the limiting factor will still be the d/a and analog line-out of the iPod device, regardless of what wizardry the new external amplifer can provide. In fact, when I see "DSP" advertized it makes me shiver knowing that the music will then be forced through another a/d/a cycle after leaving the iPod.

Apple, would it be too much to ask to provide a digital-audio output on the iPod??? Then those of us capturing our music in apple-lossless could enjoy true high-end audio from our portable iPod music systems.

-dave

p.s. I do plan to audition this new entry into the iPod boom-box genre as soon as it's available. hopefully it won't disappoint, despite the inherent design flaw (lack of digital audio out) in the iPod.

deacongreg 08-13-2007 04:27 PM

Re: Bowers & Wilkins Launches iPod® Speaker System: Zeppelin
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DaViD Boulet (Post 1847)
Ideally, if the iPod provided a digital-audio output via it's connector, this could be a true High-end product. Sadly, the limiting factor will still be the d/a and analog line-out of the iPod device, regardless of what wizardry the new external amplifer can provide. In fact, when I see "DSP" advertized it makes me shiver knowing that the music will then be forced through another a/d/a cycle after leaving the iPod.

Apple, would it be too much to ask to provide a digital-audio output on the iPod??? Then those of us capturing our music in apple-lossless could enjoy true high-end audio from our portable iPod music systems.

-dave

p.s. I do plan to audition this new entry into the iPod boom-box genre as soon as it's available. hopefully it won't disappoint, despite the inherent design flaw (lack of digital audio out) in the iPod.

You know Bowers and Wilkins research and development team is always working on something, and when they do, its virtually always a success. Im` anxious to read the review.


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