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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless review: The Brits have done it again

Michael Brown | Oct. 9, 2015
It’s one of the best single-cabinet stereo speakers in the world, and you no longer need to be an Apple user to enjoy it.

The Zeppelin Wireless delivered very well-balanced perfomances with classical music as well, delivering the dynamic nuances of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, directed by Sir Colin Davis, and recorded in 2002. I listened to Cara Dillon’s performance of the Irish folk song “Moorlough Mary,” from her album A Thousand Hearts, to see how the speaker would handle vocals and acoustic guitar. I wasn’t disappointed. Dillon’s voice was rendered with extreme clarity, and the guitars came across suitably crisp and bright.

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin side view
The new dock-less Zeppelin is even more beautiful than the original.  Credit: Michael Brown

Should you buy one?

$700 is a lot of dough to drop on a speaker, especially since we haven’t been able to review the just-about-to-ship $500 Sonos Play:5. But if you’re an avid Apple/AirPlay household and can swing the budget, you won’t be disappointed with the latest effort from Bowers & Wilkins. It sounds as gorgeous as it looks.


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