B&W Zeppelin iPod® Speakers System

Here are the speakers your iPod® has been waiting for. Zeppelin is an integrated iPod speaker system from Bowers & Wilkins, makers of the speakers that much of the music on your iPod will have been monitored on. B&W creates technologies and systems that world-leading studios depend on and that find their way into even its most affordable speakers. Zeppelin will fill a room with crisp, deep, lifelike stereo sound, and deliver musical detail that you won’t believe your iPod could deliver. That’s because the two have so much in common: blissfully simple design and world-leading technologies that let you get the most out of your music.

 

The sleeker speaker

Take a look at your iPod – whether it’s an iPod Nano, 5G or one of the other MP3 player the Zeppelin supports. High quality digital copies of thousands of tracks, each one sitting there, waiting to be heard in all its glory. Zeppelin sets them all free. A full stereo speaker system in one unit, it releases all of the detail and atmosphere that standard iPod speaker systems miss. Compact enough to tuck under your arm, it can set you free, too.

Zeppelin allows you to have real hi-fi stereo sound wherever you need it: upstairs, downstairs or perhaps in a den, bedroom, kitchen, office or second home. Or you might just need a simpler, smaller and more stylish replacement for your traditional audio system.

Zeppelin rocks, wherever you are, yet is simple to set up and use. Plug it in, place your iPod on the docking port and hit the play button. You can vary the volume on Zeppelin itself, on its remote control or on the iPod. And connections at the back let you play other sources through Zeppelin or channel images from your iPod to a TV.

 

Passion for music

Music’s important. You know it, we know it. At Bowers & Wilkins, the quest to develop the perfect speaker has lasted more than 40 years. Just what do we mean by perfect? We mean a speaker that portrays a musical performance exactly as it was recorded, with zero colouration. Like you, we don’t just want to hear music; we want to experience it, feel it and be a part of it. Founder John Bowers instilled a passion in the company to pursue his dream of the ultimate speaker. You wouldn’t believe how close we’ve come. And you wouldn’t believe the kind of lengths we’ll go to get even closer.

Shaped for sound


Not only is the shape of Zeppelin iPod docking station pleasing to the eye, it is also based on sound acoustic principles. One of the reasons tweeters are so small is that they disperse the tiny high frequency waves over a wider area than larger drivers.

What is less well known is that the size of the enclosure housing the tweeter also affects this dispersion and that's why Zeppelin's body narrows as the drivers get smaller.

Exactly the same principle is seen on the iconic B&W Nautilus speaker and models like those in the XT Series . So not only does Zeppelin give you clearer sound than simpler designs, but you can also enjoy that clarity over a wider listening area.
 

 

 

 

Adjustment

The tonal balance from any speaker is affected by its surroundings. It will have more bass when placed next to walls than it will out in the open. So that it will sound good in any situation - on an open table, back to the wall or even in a corner - Zeppelin incorporates custom tone shaping to adapt to them all, easily accessed through the iPod's own menu system.

Zeppelin’s sound can also be optimised physically through the use of the supplied tilt pad. Zeppelin subtly leans back in its standard mode but – where it’s used at or above ear height – the tilt pad elegantly angles it to more upright position for optimum clarity,
 

Other connectivity

Various other devices can play sound through Zeppelin and the bass level settings described in the Sound section are also applied to these devices.Both analogue and optical digital connectivity is supported by a common (AUX) socket on the back of Zeppelin.
Examples of other sources are:

•MP3 players, including early iPods without click wheel
•CD players - portable or static
•Portable radios with headphone or digital outputs.
•&Computer direct
•Computer wirelessly using Apple Airport Express™

Video iPods® can make use of Zeppelin’s video output capability to connect to a television: composite video and S-Video standards are supported.

Operation


Zeppelin’s power supply operates on all mains voltages from 100V to 240V. If you take it to a different country, it will automatically sense the incoming voltages and adjust itself accordingly. Zeppelin will not burn power unnecessarily either. If you are playing an iPod on Zeppelin and grab it in a rush on the way out, Zeppelin will automatically go into standby mode after 5 minutes of non use.

 

Specifications

Model Zeppelin
Technical features Digital Signal Processing
  Digital amplifier
  Switch mode power supply
Description iPod® speaker system
Drive units 1x 125mm (5 in) bass
  2x 90mm (3.5 in) midrange
  2x 25mm (1 in) metal dome tweeter
Frequency range -6dB at 47Hz and 22kHz
Amplifier power output 1x 50W (bass)
  2x 25W (midrange/tweeter)
Power input voltage 100V - 240V ~ 50/60Hz
Rated power consumption 20W
Standby power consumption 3.7W
Inputs 30-pin iPod connector
  3.5mm mini jack analogue / optical digital
  USB 2.0 slave (software upgrades)
Outputs S-video (mini DIN)
  Composite video (RCA Phono)
Height 173mm (6.8 in) without tilt pad
  198mm (7.8 in) with tilt pad
Width 640mm (25.2 in)
Depth 208mm (8.2 in)
Net weight 7.5kg (16.5 lb)
Finish Enclosure: Polished stainless steel with black trim
  Grilles: Black cloth