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Bowers & Wilkins are a well-known name throughout the world of hifi, having won countless awards for various audiophile loudspeaker systems across the market. Claiming the hearts and ears of home-audio enthusiasts, Abbey Road producers, festival goers, and critics alike. As an embodiment of the company’s commitment to retaining the very best reputation for innovation, design and sound quality - the company launched their first premium iPod dock solution in 2006, dubbed ‘The Zeppelin’ for its unique shape. This was then redeveloped in 2011 to incorporate wireless AirPlay technology, as well as a new DAC chipset and driver construction.
Today, October 8th 2015, the company have announced the third generation of the Zeppelin, packed with an enhanced and improved internal construction, as well as an array of new state-of-the-art features and connectivity options.
| Newly developed chassis; 50% thicker, 30% reinforced glass-fibre |
| Updated Control App (Apple specific) for better, more intuitive operation |
| CM S2 Series driver technologies |
| Newly enhanced DAC chipset with upscaling abilities |
| Twice as powerful DSP tech than predecessor |
| Streaming compatibility from Bluetooth (aptX), AirPlay, Spotify Connect |
| SRP: £499 |
| 2 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty |
Through extensive product development and scientific research, Bowers & Wilkins are able to raise the bar once more and retain their reputation as being one of the most superlative home-audio companies on the market today. Essentially every element of the Zeppelin has been improved to form the Zeppelin Wireless, incorporating technological methods that aren’t simply used in any other speaker within its class. The Zeppelin Wireless sets an entirely new standard for sound quality in wireless home audio.
APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE
When Bowers & Wilkins set out to redesign the critically acclaimed Zeppelin, the company went back to the drawing board. Using an advanced modelling technique called ‘Finite Element Analysis (FEA)’, Bowers & Wilkins scrutinised essentially every component of the unit to see where they could reduce parasitic resonance and raise the performance even further. Finite Element Analysis is often used in the construction of aircraft and motor vehicles, as well as the company’s redeveloped, flagship ‘800 Series Diamond’ loudspeaker. This resulted in every aspect of the all-in-one speaker seeing an upgrade, from major adjustments like redeveloping the drive unit design, all the way to the finer more delicate and often missed details, like redesigning the position of screw fixing. It’s this meticulous level of attention to detail that has allowed the Zeppelin Wireless to become the best sounding wireless loudspeaker that Bowers & Wilkins have made to date.
HIGH FIDELITY DRIVE UNITS
The Zeppelin Wireless’ newly developed drive units feature the latest in Bowers & Wilkins’ innovative design philosophy, using decoupling methods and proven materials to give the unit a sound more familiar with the company’s traditional loudspeaker systems. The Zeppelin Wireless makes use of two 25mm Double Dome Tweeters (as found in the company’s prestigious and award winning ‘CM S2 Series’), both of which comprise of a thin aluminium dome, allowing for fast and responsive movement. This aluminium dome is backed by a thicker aluminium ring, which gives the tweeter the rigidity needed to operate at high speeds with precision and accuracy.
Two 90mm ‘Fixed Suspension Transducer’ drivers operate upon a unique surround-less suspension, which Bowers & Wilkins say gives the driver the ‘perfect edge termination for the cone’.
The FEA development process was applied to many of the unit’s subwoofer components, resulting in adjustments to the shape and choice material of the subwoofer’s suspension component. This has been remodelled to guarantee total linearity, while the cone itself has been modeled to ensure a break up frequency way above the operating band. It’s 150mm in size and uses a larger magnet system, in tandem with an ultra-long-throw voice coil, allowing deep and controlled bass to disperse within the room with compromise, even when used at high volumes.
The end result is an array of speaker drivers that when combined offer a clean, intelligible performance across the frequency spectrum, portraying the most in-depth and acoustically rich listening experience across a vast stereo field.
The cabinet is one of the most important elements to a loudspeaker’s sound and capability. A rock-solid cabinet enclosure is essential to ensuring that only clean and accurate sounds are delivered, while a poorly developed enclosure will add all sorts of unwanted resonance and vibration to the resulting sound. The housing for the Zeppelin Wireless is the sturdiest Zeppelin cabinet that Bowers & Wilkins have ever created. The front fascia is 50% more dense than the Zeppelin Air, and specially designed glass-fibre ‘ribs’ add an extra degree of strength to the cabinet in the necessary places.
AUDIOPHILE-GRADE DAC & SUPERCHARGED DSP
The Zeppelin Wireless features a newly enhanced DAC chipset to further reflect the company’s commitment to an uncompromised performance. All of the unit’s inputs are up-sampled by the 192kHz/24bit digital to analogue converters, resulting in a more natural sound response overall. The Digital Signal Processing in the Zeppelin Wireless is twice as powerful as the DSP found within its predecessor, the Zeppelin Air. This allows the Zeppelin Wireless to capture more information from a digital file, and in turn capture more of the detail and nuance in a musical performance.
The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless features support for a variety of different audio sources, so that no matter your preference of device or software - you are able to unleash the full potential of your music through the Zeppelin Wireless’ state of the art sound and functionality. AirPlay, Bluetooth (aptX), and Spotify Connect are all supported.
Model Zeppelin Wireless Description Wireless Music System Technical Features Apple AirPlay technology
Bluetooth v4.1, Class 2
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Drive Units 2 x 25mm (1.0 inch) double dome tweeter
2 x 90mm (3.5 inch) FST midrange
1 x 150mm (6 inch) subwoofer
Frequency Response 44Hz to 28kHz Amplifier Power Output 2 x 25 W (Tweeter)
2 x 25 W (Midrange)
1 x 50 W (Subwoofer
Total: 150 W
Input Voltage 100V - 240V - 50/60Hz Power Consumption -
Sleep (network standby) Standby
Below 1.50 Watts
Below 0.30 Watts
Dimensions (H x W x D) 188mm x 660mm x 183mm Weight 6.5kg Bluetooth Codecs aptX Standard latency
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