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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini Docking Speaker for iPod

4.0 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
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Zeppelin Mini
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  • 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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Technical Details

Style: Zeppelin Mini | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: Bowers & Wilkins
  • Model Number: Zeppelin Mini
  • Color: Silver/Blk

Product Description

Style: Zeppelin Mini | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

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.

Product Information

Style:Zeppelin Mini  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 12.6 x 3.9 x 7.9 inches
Item Weight 4.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 7.1 pounds
Manufacturer B&W
ASIN B002QQ7TLY
Item model number Zeppelin Mini
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4.0 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,275 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cell Phone Accessories > Portable Speakers & Audio Docks > Audio Docks
#61,114 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#505,876 in Electronics > Cell Phones & Accessories
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com October 5, 2009

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Style Name: Zeppelin MiniPackage Type: Standard Packaging
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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Style Name: Zeppelin MiniPackage Type: Standard Packaging
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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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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