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Bowers & Wilkins has announced a new Zeppelin iPod speaker that utilizes Apple's Air technology to wirelessly stream audio around the home
Bowers & Wilkins has announced a new Zeppelin iPod speaker that utilizes Apple's Air technology to wirelessly stream audio around the home
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The Zeppelin Air in bedroom setting - make sure to turn down the volume before setting your iOS device alarm!
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The Zeppelin Air in bedroom setting - make sure to turn down the volume before setting your iOS device alarm!
The Zeppelin Air can bring online content to life with powerful audio
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The Zeppelin Air can bring online content to life with powerful audio
Docked or not, Apple's Air technology allows wireless streaming between the Zeppelin Air and iOS devices
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Docked or not, Apple's Air technology allows wireless streaming between the Zeppelin Air and iOS devices
Multi-room, wireless audio streaming enjoyment - if you can afford more than one Zeppelin Air
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Multi-room, wireless audio streaming enjoyment - if you can afford more than one Zeppelin Air
Give your computer or mobile device a room-filling audio boost with the Zeppelin Air from B&W
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Give your computer or mobile device a room-filling audio boost with the Zeppelin Air from B&W
The inclusion of Apple AirPlay technology allows audio from an iTunes library, online music service or media channel to be losslessly streamed from a PC or Mac to a Zeppelin Air from anywhere in the house over the home Wi-Fi network
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The inclusion of Apple AirPlay technology allows audio from an iTunes library, online music service or media channel to be losslessly streamed from a PC or Mac to a Zeppelin Air from anywhere in the house over the home Wi-Fi network
Give your computer or mobile device a room-filling audio boost with the Zeppelin Air from B&W
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Give your computer or mobile device a room-filling audio boost with the Zeppelin Air from B&W
You can of course dock your iPod Touch or iPhone
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You can of course dock your iPod Touch or iPhone
The Zeppelin Air from B&W
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The Zeppelin Air from B&W
The Zeppelin Air from B&W
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The Zeppelin Air from B&W
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Bowers & Wilkins has announced a new Zeppelin iPod speaker that utilizes Apple's Air technology to wirelessly stream audio around the home
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Bowers & Wilkins has announced a new Zeppelin iPod speaker that utilizes Apple's Air technology to wirelessly stream audio around the home
The Zeppelin Air from B&W
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The Zeppelin Air from B&W
The Zepellin Air part of the B&W booth at CES
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The Zepellin Air part of the B&W booth at CES
The Zepellin Air on display at the B&W booth at CES
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The Zepellin Air on display at the B&W booth at CES
The Zepellin Air part of the B&W booth at CES
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The Zepellin Air part of the B&W booth at CES

It's been just over three years since Bowers & Wilkins exploded onto the iPod dock scene with the gorgeous Zeppelin, and now the company is set to stir things up again with the Zeppelin Air. Designed by the same team responsible for the earlier model, the new hopeful retains the eye-pleasing lines of its popular predecessor but its internals have undergone a major overhaul. The new device now benefits from updated and improved speaker drivers, audiophile pleasing digital-to-analog signal conversion and wireless streaming capability courtesy of Apple Air.

The now familiar curves of B&W's new Zeppelin Air iPod dock mask a complete internal redesign. There's now more oomph on offer thanks to five updated audiophile-grade proprietary drivers and in-house digital signal processing that's said to result in a large, room-filling, natural sound with a punchy bass presence. Signal clarity gets an assist from the 96kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter and the golf ball-like dimpling of the flowports to the rear of the glass fiber filled ABS casing is said to dramatically reduce extraneous noise caused by air movement in and out of the port.

Multi-room, wireless audio streaming enjoyment - if you can afford more than one Zeppelin Air
Multi-room, wireless audio streaming enjoyment - if you can afford more than one Zeppelin Air

The inclusion of Apple AirPlay technology allows audio from an iTunes library, online music service or media channel to be losslessly streamed from a PC or Mac to a Zeppelin Air from anywhere in the house over the home Wi-Fi network. Settings, such as volume and track selection, are controlled from the computer or remotely via an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. The computer can be bypassed altogether and the audio streamed directly from a mobile iOS device, with or without docking.

The docking arm has been updated and there's also USB synching between iOS devices and a computer-based iTunes library and a 24-bit optical input option.

Like other wireless streaming systems, the addition of more Zeppelin's throughout the home makes for a seamless multi-room audio experience. But at US$600 a pop, you'd better start saving up those pennies now.

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