Zeppelin Wireless review – Best design speaker for your home

Zeppelin Wireless review – Best design speaker for your home

Smart speakers like Echo have arrived with a bang. They claim good range, good looks and most importantly good audio. But anyone who has tried one knows that this is actually not the case. At least not yet. This is a Zeppelin Wireless review.

Until smart speakers can hit all the marks we’re still left with tried and tested options. After reviewing dozens of them, we have picked the Zeppelin Wireless by Bowers & Wilkins. Let’s have a closer look!

Zeppelin Wireless
Zeppelin Wireless

Design

Bowers & Wilkins released the first version of this beauty already nine years ago and it has aged extremely well. General design has changed little and only for the better. By now the design is almost iconic and I can’t think of any other speaker that would be so recognisable.
With the removal of iPhone/iPod dock the lines are even cleaner and we can only imagine that the Zeppelin will look as good in 10 years as it does now.

Sound

Zeppelin Wireless
Zeppelin Wireless

Zeppelin Wireless is definitely not only beautiful to look at. It also makes an awesome sound and can fill any room without issues. The simplest test is to crank it up close to maximum volume – this in most cases reveals the divide between good and average speakers. And we’re glad to see (or hear) that Zep is on the right side of that divide. Audio is clear and crisp all the way from highs to lows.
For connection you have 3 options. Easiest is to just connect via Bluetooth and the good news is that in our tests the range was excellent. 60 feet without dropping a beat. But you can also use Spotify Connect or Apple’s AirPlay if Bluetooth is either too low quality or old-school for your taste.

The shape of the Zeppelin isn’t just for showing off. Rather it allows to fill the room with music equally in all directions. This means you can place it where-ever and it will still sound amazing.

Competition

Harman Kardon SoundSticks
Harman Kardon SoundSticks

As it is frequently the case finding a speaker that looks good and puts out clear high quality sound is difficult to find, despite the large numbers of speakers on the market. In our time of research we could only find one to get close to the Zep. It is the Harman Kardon SoundSticks. First launched whopping 17 years ago, it’s no surprise people are still excited about them. They have the looks to kill and designed by none other than the Apple design boss Sir Jonathan Ive.

UPDATE: There’s a new contestant, that we believe may be the best wireless speaker out there right now. Read more in our Harman Kardon review.

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless HiFi Speaker,...
  • Zeppelin Wireless is the same iconic design of the original Zeppelin, but features dramatically improved acoustics and functionality, making it the best one-piece audio system available.
  • All-new drive units featuring the latest audiophile technologies: 2 double dome tweeters, two midrange drivers with FST technology and a 6.5" subwoofer for deep bass to be played at an impressive...
  • No matter what devise you use with Zeppelin Wireless, the combination of Air Play, Bluetooth aptX and Spotify Connect means pristine sound is only a couple of button presses away.