The former Air-version of the Zeppelin had just like the original version status as the absolute reference for iPod speakers among all sorts of Hi-Fi reviewers. With the Wireless version has B&W once again opened for all their technological locks in order to show how well it can be done, and the results have surpassed all expectations.
With the addition of both Bluetooth and Spotify Connect you no longer need to be Apple-user in order to get the unique Zeppelin experience. But in addition, there have been so many improvements that Zeppelin Wireless almost can be regarded as an entirely new product, in addition to the iconic basic design.
The actual output power is the same as the previous, but the built-in digital signal processor (DSP) has been twice as powerful, giving more precise signal processing and even better control over the bass. The built-in 24-bit/192 kHz D/A converters are also of audio quality, and all audio signals collect before conversion for even more precise and gentle processing.
The bass has grown from 5 “to 6” ultra long-throw unit that can handle extreme variations without distortion. The midrange handled now by two FST-units, a technology that you find in B&W’s very finest speakers, including the legendary 800 series. The two tweeters are using the same double dome membrane technology as the award-winning CM-series and providing a superior clean and detailed rendition of the highest frequencies.
The Cabinet is now a closed construction with small vents to reduce the internal pressure at high volume. This allows a freer and at the same time, more controlled bass. And they stiffened walls are all over 50 percent thicker than in the earlier version to prevent vibration. All these upgrades are the explanation of why Wireless version sounds better than its predecessor, without, at the same time, it is detail up to the outside world.
Wireless speakers for smartphone/tablet/mobile/PC/Mac
Supports Apple AirPlay aptX and Spotify, Bluetooth Connect
Touch-button control on top (play/pause/volume)
Digital class D amplifiers
Output power: 1 x 50W (bass), 2 x 25 watt (midrange), 2 x 25 watt (treble)
Bass: 6 “ultra long throw
Midrange: 2 x 3.5 “FST
Tweeter: 2 x 1 “dome with double aluminium membrane and Nautilus-tubes
Frequency response: 44-28,000 Hz (-3dB)
24-bit/192 kHz D/A converters with 24-bit/192 kHz audio upsampling
Supported audio resolution: up to 24-bit/96 kHz
Connections: Ethernet, analog audio (stereo mini jack),-in USB (for service)
Housing material: Glass Fibre Reinforced ABS
Power consumption in standby: < 0.3 watt (1.5 watt in standby network <)
Goal: 66.0 x 18.8 x 18.3 cm (Wxhxd)
Weight: 6.5 kg