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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

from  $549+
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81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

90
GF
I am not a big fan of airplay as it is always a bit dodgy to connect, and when...read more
90
Strugar
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
TheTodd
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
 
70
Engadget
We certainly can't recommend it as your primary sound system -- the same or more functionality can be had for many fewer dollars -- but the Zeppelin Air is a really fun device. As a casual auxiliary system, it's hard to beat -- we think it has a lot more panache than Bose's offerings.
 
100
Macworld
...the Zeppelin Air bests its predecessor on each of those metrics, offering noticeably better sound quality, some useful design tweaks, and a number of technological improvements—first among them support for AirPlay—at the same price.
 
80
PC Mag
The Zeppelin Air, though, is as much of a stunning conversation piece as it is an excellent speaker dock. The design, and the added AirPlay functionality helps justify the price, but make no mistake: for the same price, you could buy some kick-ass speakers and a stereo receiver.
 
90
Wired
Killer sound, period. Wireless AirPlay streaming adds convenience while maintaining HD audio quality. So many upgrades over the original, yet the price is the same. Consumes only 0.8 watts in standby mode. Oh, and it charges your iPhone, too.
 
80
iLounge
Based on its past track record with Zeppelin firmware updates, our hope is that B&W will step up to the plate and make some of the post-release tweaks that would enable Zeppelin Air to live up to its full potential.
 
80
PC Mag
The striking B&W Zeppelin Air sounds as excellent as it did when the company first released the 30-pin version of this speaker in 2011, but it still has lingering AirPlay-related flaws.