|Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Saturday, 01 December 2007|
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The remote, while shaped like the Zeppelin, is made of plastic and has a cheap feel to it. The remote should have been made from the stainless steel that can be seen best on the back of the Zeppelin. The functionality of the remote doesn’t really allow you to control your iPod the way you would if it were in your hand. When the remote is in your hand, your finger tends to block the IR signal. This was a frequent problem for me in my testing.
While it would clearly have to change the price point, a small subwoofer would make the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin even more powerful. DSP would need to be taken into consideration to make a small powered subwoofer sound its best, but I think the Zeppelin could sound even better if it had some additional help on the low end.
If you want Bowers and Wilkins sound, in locations more varied than your home theater or dedicated listening room, their new Zeppelin is a viable speaker solution for you. If you want to get your kids hooked on quality audio without breaking the budget, consider the Zeppelin a starter set toward audiophila. The Zeppelin can project open and engaging musical content in ways you simply can't get from a $499 Bose Wave radio under any circumstance.
At $599, the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin is fairly priced and has a striking physical design. If you are looking for a Christmas gift with panache, performance and value that can make the music and videos on your iPod get up and boogie, get into an Apple store or go to Apple online. I think you will be surprised to hear what this affordable system can do.