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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini Docking Speaker for iPod

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Zeppelin Mini
  • iPod compatibility: iPod nano 2G, 3G, 4G; iPod classic 4G, 5G, 5.5G, 6G; iPod touch 1G, 2G; iPhone 1G, 3G, 3GS
  • Docking port allows you to grasp the iPod as if it were in your hand as normal; accommodates iPod/iPhone/touch of differing depths without adapters
  • Powerful DSP (Digital Sound Processing) and B&W drive unit technology, plus exclusive technologies--such as Flowport--deliver class-leading sound
  • Intelligent features include a docking arm that rotates 90 degrees--perfect for watching videos or skipping through tracks in Cover Flow
  • Stream music directly from a PC or Mac via the USB socket
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Product Information

Style: Zeppelin Mini
Technical Details
Brand NameBowers & Wilkins
Item Weight4.8 pounds
Product Dimensions12.6 x 3.9 x 7.9 inches
Item model numberZeppelin Mini
Number of Items1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #241,711 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7.1 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 5, 2009

Technical Details

Style: Zeppelin Mini
  • Brand Name: Bowers & Wilkins
  • Model: Zeppelin Mini
  • Color Name: silver/blk

Product Description

Style: Zeppelin Mini

We’ve done it again. It wasn't long ago that Zeppelin revolutionized the way we listen to our iPods, sweeping away the competition and scooping just about every award going for its incredible sound and sleek looks. And now it’s back. Only this time, it’s smaller. With Zeppelin Mini, you get everything you love about Zeppelin – advanced acoustic technology, intelligent design, elegant connectivity – in a streamlined, compact sound dock package that’s perfect for desktops and bedside tables. Because even when your space is limited, it doesn’t mean your sound has to be.

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I haven't been disappointed. The sound quality is great and makes me appreciate my music in a new way. The unit has a small footprint and fits nicely on my bathroom counter… Read more ›
I wish it had a built in re-chargeable battery,as this would definitly replace my Logitech dock for…In fact the sound is so awesome I'll probably take it along anyway. N… Read more ›
the sound is good and overall appearance in great BUT, when you buy a product for 300$ you expect more!! THE USB CABLE IS NOT INCLUDED!! Read more ›
+ Despite its size, this thing is impressive playing back THX. (explosion/crash sounds are clear) + AUX out (for other mp3 players/regular 3.5mm) Read more ›
Now the sound - is VERY good. I compared it to several other compact systems including the Bose and it is clearly the best sound in class. There are probably better… Read more ›
If you are an audiophile who is willing to pay any price for the best in quality, you won't be disappointed, but if not, I would argue you will be happier with a less… Read more ›
Another bad thing is that it makes a small click on bass notes on higher volume, maybe it's because it shot up to almost house-shaking…Sad because it has such good bass. Read more ›
The sound is a lacking in bass compared to other ipod/iphone speaker systems, but I actually find it to have a more balanced sound than the over-emphasis on bass in the… Read more ›
Most professional reviewers note the flaw, and I certainly noticed it too. It's a bit unfortunate, because as clear as the sound is, the weak bass takes away a bit of punch. Read more ›
B…The sound on the mini is very clean, produces excellent bass for the size, though it is not in the same class as the original Zeppelin (which I have proudly owned since Nov. Read more ›
However, given the significantly compromised quality of sound (esp. lack of bass), the idea of producing better quality analog signal that would only be greatly sacrificed… Read more ›
It's so much fun to listen to music this way, it has completely changed my ipod experience. The sound is "bosey" with rich bass. It's not perfect (nothing is ever perfect)… Read more ›
Well recorded stuff from iTunes with the higher bit rate sound good. Plenty of bass, and the mids and highs are really nice. But lossless material is what really makes this… Read more ›
Sound can sometimes sound distorted even at…Unclear whether this is true distortion or low quality/compressed source material combined with the amazing clarity and treble Read more ›
Sound ***** The sound is tight and has beautiful low, mid and highs. One thing I noted is that while other iPod type of players allow you to turn it all the way up, this… Read more ›
I now…Great sound: strong punchy bass, incredible highs with the nautilus tweeter, and such great balanced sound, and easily colored if desired for your genre of choice. Read more ›
The bottom line in comparison of these two products is the Bose tends to have deeper bass tones and awesome highs, while the midtones are somewhat muted. The Zeppelin Mini,… Read more ›
As far as sound, the bass is warm and pleasant, the mid range wonderful, and the highs beautiful. I play a lot of "classic rock' and songs I've heard hundreds of times… Read more ›
All that said, I really do…However, if you've got the space, the full size Zeppelin does offer superb stereo imaging and better bass, but it's rather large for most people. Read more ›
Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this box. Great sound, compact size, decent ergonomics, and easy to use. The only thing keeping me from awarding that fourth star is the… Read more ›
Some people will interpret this sound as a little…To my ears, the sound of this dock is great for the size of it, and I could enjoy listening to it for hours at a time. Read more ›
i have an ipod touch 3rd generation and when connected, it is (a little) difficult to release…But for the rest...superb sound, compact size, great versatility (USB & aux). Read more ›
2007). As stated before, sound quality is excellent for the size, fit and finish is top notch, and as a 2.0 speaker for my television/PS3, it does admirably. The only… Read more ›
There are plenty of words to describe this Zeppelin Mini, but I will stay simple and just proclaim "This is just the best dock ever!", the sound is amazing for the size of… Read more ›
We put it on a table in our living room. It sounds great on low volume - I like to have it playing when reading. I can crank up the volume and hear it well in the kitchen… Read more ›
3. Iphones will dock but do not get charged, at least my 3gs won't 4. remote is cute but has little function outside of volume control and skipping songs 5. There is no way… Read more ›
The unit has good volume and you can crank it up without distortion. It can fill a good sized room. Read more ›
As with all speakers that have a bass port on the back (they call…Even at full volume, I found the sound to be as pure and undistorted as I've ever heard on an iPod dock. Read more ›
This also has a…Even when I started it or turned the volume up all the way it eased it's way up to the higher volumes and even at full volume the sound was clear. Read more ›
I can keep it right next to my laptop on my desk or I can place it across the room. It sounds good both at low volumes (neighbors anyone?) and at loud volumes, close or far… Read more ›
Everything else about it…The sound quality is great, the design is superb, the rotation of the touch/iPhone is well done, everything about it is polished and very nice. H… Read more ›
Sounds very impressive playing the intro guitar run on Dave Matthew's satellite. Very compact, nice design, sturdy build. You will discover sounds you've never noticed… Read more ›
All in all, a very minimalistic and competent package, with an elegant and unobtrusive design. Read more ›
I find the Mini to be a worthy, beautifully designed, well built, good quality sound, semi-portable iPod speaker system AND a spectacular amplified computer speaker. In… Read more ›
The Mini rates pretty highly on functional design as well. Your iPod or iPhone simply plugs in to the dock on top which can be rotated 90 degrees to accommodate various… Read more ›
I listen to classic rock and blues but mostly use my iPod for Spanish language podcasts and NPR news. For my small office, this beautiful little design works and looks great. Read more ›
Think I will stock with my mini Squeezebox as my default portable home media player. More options, cheaper price and, suprisingly, better sound. Read more ›
Overall, this is a very fine dock at a very high price. In my opinion if this was priced in the mid 200's it would be a great value, at 400 I have to downgrade it. Still it… Read more ›
The mini's predecessor--the Zeppelin--is a worthy enough unit to be considered one of the elite and it…So you might say, "Well isn't that what the lower price tag is for?" Read more ›
I give it four stars for two reasons, the lack of decent instructions and the high price which means it is great for sound but low on the value quotient. If you want the… Read more ›
In summary, the Zeppelin mini was an excellent purchase and while I am sure that some iPod docks sound at least as good for a cheaper price, the aesthetics, fit and finish,… Read more ›
The bass sounds very dynamic and not boomy like the bose sounddock, I personally don't like the boomy sound of the…The sounds of the midrange are nice and clear, not fuzzy. Read more ›

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Gary C. on November 17, 2009
Style Name: Zeppelin Mini
I've been looking forward to this product since its introduction more than a month ago. I loved the original Zeppelin, but was excited about the smaller form factor and a USB digital connection in the Zeppelin Mini. Call me naive, I was actually hoping that the sound quality would be quite comparable to that of the original Zeppelin. As the B&W's website says:

"With Zeppelin Mini, you get everything you love about Zeppelin - advanced acoustic technology, intelligent design, elegant connectivity - in a streamlined, compact sound dock package that's perfect for desktops and bedside tables. "

But I was let down; the two speakers produce completely different sound. Pop music (I tried out Rhianna and Britney Spears) sounded okay due to the typically louder treble and bass in the recording, although when played louder it sounded clearly distorted and hollow; classical symphonies (I tried out Brahms' Symphony #4 and Shostakovich's Cello Concerto #1) sounded disappointing - the entire bass section cannot be heard until the volume is cranked up really high!; classical solo and chamber music (I played Vivaldi's Four Season - Winter, 2.Largo) turned out to be surprisingly really good and in my opinion the best genre for this speaker. After turning on Bass enhancer on my iPod EQ setting (unlike the original Z, the Mini does not have an external bass/treble control), the bass can be heard more but is too obviously distorted - cracking sound can be heard at times.

The bass sounded more full when positioned closer to me. B&W claims that the introduction of a flowport (absent in the original Zeppelin) is designed to amplify the bass; I found the outcome to be nothing like that of the original Zeppelin.
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When I received this product in November I was instantly taken back with the quality. It would appear that it is just another AtHome type of appliance for your iPod or iPhone. The only thing that this unit has in common with those articles is the fact that it uses an iPod,iPhone. After that it all goes out the window. As I go into this review I will cover the aspects that work and some odd ones that dont.

Quality *****

This is B&W for goodness sake so it better be 5 stars and it is. I have owned kevlar B&W speakers for years and have pushed them far above what they should have and they keep performing. Taking this unit out of the box I was impressed with the overall quality of the craftsmanship. It has a heft to it and feels rock solid; a typical B&W attribute. The stalk feels solid and not flimsy. The chrome appears thick and the fabric used is top notch.

Installing iPod Touch. *****
I used an iPod Touch 32GB 2nd Gen for this review. When I opened the box I did not see the seperate adapters for the different iPods. So, initially I put the iPod on the connector and turned on the Zep. It came on and worked fairly well but when I changed orientation for cover flow vs portrait I had some issues. Once I found the adapter and installed it the iPod felt as if it was actually part of the Zep. It hovers above like you see in the iPhone commercials where they are showing you apps. Cover flow works amazingly. Its even better than holding it in your hand, in that this turns the zep into a video jukebox.

Sound *****
The sound is tight and has beautiful low, mid and highs. One thing I noted is that while other iPod type of players allow you to turn it all the way up, this box just screams at about 75% volume, which is more accurate of high end products.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yeah, That Guy on February 4, 2011
Style Name: Zeppelin Mini
I've had this for about a year (been a Bowers & Wilkins fan for about 12 years) and it's great for less critical listening sessions or just keeping the music pumping around the house.

A few things to note:
1. The room - as any true audio nut knows, the room is a huge part of the overall sound above very low level listening, a crappy room can sound bad with a $10,000 stereo, none the less a few hundred dollar gem like this. This works great in smaller rooms, say under 2,000 cu ft (or about 250 sq ft), ideally placed in a corner to enhance the bass or near the center of a wall to promote better stereo imaging. If the room is part of a open floor plan, expect less bass, that's just the way acoustics work.
2. Crap in = Crap out - This is an iPod dock, not a reference SACD player, proper vinyl setup, or the like. What you are feeding into is is typically very squashed, thin music, and it'll sound like that no matter where it's from. Re-rip your collection as Apple Lossless and you'll be much happier. Yes 800kbps on up takes up a lot more room, but the quality is night and day. If you can't hear the difference between your standard 128-192kbps downloads and CDs, you're probably not looking at this for anything but status or bragging rights anyway, in that case, go ahead and buy whatever looks cool. If you feed this thing decent audio and set it up in the proper way, you'll love it. I really enjoy mine even though I can go down to my sound room and listen to a proper B&W system in a room that was built from the ground up for pure audio quality.

All that said, I really do like the Zeppelin Mini and think it's a great deal for audio. However, if you've got the space, the full size Zeppelin does offer superb stereo imaging and better bass, but it's rather large for most people.
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