November 24, 2009 3 min read
[caption id="attachment_881" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Recent iPod dock listening tests showed the Zeppelin sounds as good as it looks."][/caption] Definitely not lighter than air, and shaped to be securely carried under the arm like a football from room to room, transporting a B&W Zeppelin from place to place around your home will be well rewarded as it returns the favor and transports you to your favorite musical places.
|[caption id="attachment_883" align="alignleft" width="163" caption="The Nautilus speaker is the most recognizable icon of B&W's drive to innovate."][/caption] Bowers and Wilkins is famous for their novel and technically astute innovation in speaker designs. The Nautilus speaker is their most iconic development, but B&W's penchant for innovation extends right across their line. From the diamond tweeter dome of the 800 series professional studio monitor and audiophile speakers, to the beam-steering that imitates multiple speaker positions in their Panorama TV surround sound-bar. B&W knows a lot about putting great sound in difficult places.|
|[caption id="attachment_886" align="alignnone" width="432" caption="The Zeppelin is packed with unique technological features."][/caption] The Zeppelin is chocked full of innovated design features: tweeters are at the tapered ends to make for coherent radiation of the highs; extremely stiff, glass-fiber mid-range driver cones deliver grain-free vocals; built in sub-woofer with dedicated power amp delivers bass with definition; rigid composite polymer/stainless steel cabinet to minimize enclosure coloration; digital signal processing to provide good tonal balance at all volume settings; and a handy bass control function that let's you compensate for low frequency reinforcement from proximity to walls.|
|[caption id="attachment_891" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Zeppelin comes with a wall mount bracket; handy for use under TV as center channel."][/caption] The outward design, usage, and ergonomics have also been carefully thought out as well. One quick look will tell you it's a gorgeous piece of gear, and I can assure you beauty is more than skin deep with the Zeppelin; the materials and construction are outstanding. The unique iPod attachment arm lets you wrap your hand around your iPod so you can comfortably use it just like you do while hand-held (please do not use this extended arm to carry the Zeppelin). The connector on the arm is also spring loaded so that iPods of any size can be used without adapters while still being held securely. The Zeppelin, of course, can be used as a boom-box anywhere in and around the home, but it can also do double duty with it's auxiliary line and optical inputs as a center channel speaker for your TV, or as one room's speaker of your home's distributed sound system. The Zeppelin also comes with a bracket for mounting on the wall under a wall mounted flat screen TV.|
|All would be for naught if the sound wasn't up to snuff, and the good news is that the Zeppelin sounds terrific. Crystal clear highs, tight and dynamic bass, and a well rounded mid-range seamlessly connects the top and bottom; and because of the very thoughtful design, the Zeppelin can be adjusted to sound terrific no matter where it's placed in the room ... or outdoors.This is a very cool compact speaker system that can be used anywhere in and around your home; if you love first-class products, this one will have you both happily enjoying your tunes and adding to your decor. Highly recommended. Please visit HeadRoom's website to purchase your B&W Zeppelin with our Best Price Guarantee. [caption id="attachment_898" align="alignnone" width="475" caption="Great audio and stylish good looks makes the Zeppelin a welcome addition to your home."][/caption]|
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