Portable Audio

Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Amplified Speaker Dock System

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Introduction

The iPod dock/speaker market continues to grow every year and more high end speaker manufacturers are joining the game. Products range from cheap and flimsy $20 plastic models to higher end models such as the Fatman iTube Red-i that lists for $649. Bowers and Wilkins, renowned British loudspeaker company, has created their own high end iPod speaker dock system called the Zeppelin, which lists at $599, and is the subject of this review. Designed primarily to work with all variations of iPod's, the Zeppelin also has an analog/digital input for connection with other sources such as CD players or laptops. The Zeppelin can even be used as a center channel speaker to enhance the sound of televisions. Named for its unique and stylish wide shape, the Zeppelin not only looks exquisite but has sonic fidelity to match.

Specifications

  • Design: iPod Dock iwth Amplifier and Speakers
  • Drivers: Two 1" Tweeters, Two 3.5" Midrange, One 5" Woofer
  • Amplifier: 2x25 Watts (tweeter and midrange), 1x50 Watts (Woofer)
  • Inputs: 30 pin iPod, 3.5mm mini-jack, USB 2.0
  • Outputs: S-Video, Composite Video
  • Dimensions: 6.8" H x 25.2" W x 8.2" D
  • Weight: 16.5 Pounds
  • MSRP: $599 USA