The Zeppelin wireless speaker has been around for some time now and has gone silent for a while. Who knew they were planning to release quite a comeback?
Different company brands manufacture and release great wireless speakers that most people fall in love with. Zeppelin has a sturdy external body, durable battery, plus water resistance that will double the fun whether at parties or out hiking. Wireless speakers are a better option for those who prefer sharing their music–and what better way to do that than to get one that will last for a long time? Bowers and Wilkins’ Zeppelin wireless speaker’s silence over the past few months was due to this. The company realized it could do better, which is adamantly true.
Bowers & Wilkins’ iconic Zeppelin wireless speaker shows itself to the public. Although the appearance is barely any different, the cogs working in the speaker are better and bolder. With all-new internal hardware, the Zeppelin wireless speaker is sure to fit its purpose better this time around.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin: The Design
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speakers always take the form of an airship. Measuring about 8.3H x 25.6W x 7.6D in inches. The speaker weighs 14.3 pounds and proves easy to carry around when moving to a different location at home or outside. What’s more, the Zeppelin speaker is available in three colors: black, dark gray, and metallic or a lighter shade of gray.
Like the other Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speakers that came before this one, the cloth grill covering the speaker’s front is present. Behind it is where you can find the tweeters, subwoofers, and midrange drivers. The tweeters are a double-dome with 40 watts, and the midrange drivers are dual 35-inch with FST 40 watts of power. The speaker’s subwoofers, on the other hand, are a single 6-inch 80 watts. With an amplifier that delivers 240 watts, they provide a frequency of 35Hz to 24kHz.
As for the back portion of the speaker, instead of a cloth grille like the front, what covers it is smooth plastic material to the touch. You can also find the control strips of the speaker right below the speaker’s top ridge. The buttons for adjusting the volume are on the back panel where you can access Alexa. Zeppelin’s Alexa works effortlessly with a clear voice command, exploring thousands of songs in the system to play for you upon request.
The speaker’s metallic stand enclosure isn’t easy to spot, making it almost impossible to notice from afar, making the speaker look as if it’s hovering. The beautiful thing about this is the bluish light that illuminates the stand when powering up the speaker. If your concern is whether the speaker might accidentally slip off, the rubber pad that covers the stand will let you feel at ease. The rubber pad keeps Zeppelin’s weight rooted onto the surface. If you look closer into the built-in stand, you can find the USB port for its power supply when charging, and the reset button is there, as well.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speaker runs on a 5.0 Bluetooth, supporting AAC, SBC codecs, and Adaptive AptX. The speaker also supports 96kHz audio from a few streaming services, including AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Review: Price and Rival
The Bowers & Wilkins has an Android and iOS app that makes it easier to set up the Zeppelin. One thing you need to know regarding the app is you’ll need to sign up using your email to use it. The app is necessary for the company to keep track of users and gather enough intel to improve both the app and its speakers. Although signing up for an app to use the speaker is a little over the edge and unnecessary, considering it costs about $800. With a price like that, you’d think using the speaker should be seamless–but apparently, it may not be for some due to one little step you have to take for the speaker’s activation.
Signing in to the app can help you keep track of your speaker and even pair two Zeppelin speakers together when you deem necessary. Updating the software is possible with the app, as well. Another good factor is that you can link the app to music streaming services available to you on your phone (ones you have an account with). While it is possible to stream audio directly to your speaker without using the app (by the power of Bluetooth), going through such trouble is optional.
If you need more reason to use the app, perhaps the features it offers will convince you. The app is capable of adjusting the bass and the treble. It can also dim the lights on your speaker and set Alexa according to your preference. Although the speaker’s mic is on by default, to activate Alexa anytime, you can turn mute the AI via the button on the speaker that is solely for Alexa. As previously stated above, a bluish light blinks on when you activate the speaker, and the light shifts into a solid blue when you speak to Alexa–denoting that she listens to your command. We applaud the speaker’s ability to pick up the sound of your voice, though, because even when you’re in another room, and your voice is loud enough to call out commands, Alexa will hear you.
Of course, although many say that JBL Flip 5 is better with the budget-friendly price and already good features, if you prefer the extra features that bring out Alexa and the rest of the gang, then Zeppelin will make it worth every cent.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin: The sound
Quite formidable and excellent at the same time. The speaker has just the right amount of bass to resonate through the surface and fill an entire room without thinning out despite the volume.
Although the Zeppelin is not water-resistant, unlike the good old JBL Flip 5, the sound makes up for the lack of this feature. We recommend using this speaker indoors or at barbecue party events in your backyard. It is not safe for the speaker to sit near any bodies of water, especially pools, because of water splashes and sprinkles. These could potentially damage not only the Zeppelin’s speaker but the sound quality, as well.
Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin: Conclusion
If you aim to have an outstanding speaker and can stretch out your budget as far as possible, you’ll have no problems with the Zeppelin speaker. True enough, Bowers & Wilkins came back with the best possible speaker out there. The only flipside is the premium price. The price could make them lose customers unless its consumers can spend more than usual on a speaker.
Of course, Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin’s speakers are worth every single cent. Great design, good thump of the bass, smooth treble, and a desirable weight to boot!