Bowers & Wilkins triggered fairly a stir amongst music lovers again in 2007 with the discharge of the Zeppelin premium iPod speaker. It wasn’t simply pleasing to the eyes, trying like nothing else in the marketplace on the time, however it sounded excellent too. Now the Zeppelin has been relaunched for the streaming age.
Like its predecessors, the 2021 Zeppelin is designed with a premium look all its personal and a premium sound to match – rocking a 240-W amplifier that drives a devoted left and proper speaker meeting mounted in an “ultra-rigid, FEA-optimized enclosure that’s rigorously sculpted to make sure the absolute best acoustic efficiency.”
That speaker array includes two decoupled 1-inch double dome tweeters from the corporate’s 600 Anniversary Sequence audio system, two 3.5-inch midrange drive items utilizing B&W’s proprietary Mounted Suspension Transducer know-how (present in all the firm’s premium floor-standers, together with the 800 Sequence Diamond) and one 6-inch subwoofer.
Listeners can pair with a music supply over Bluetooth 5.0 with assist for aptX Adaptive and AAC codecs, and there is a B&W Music App obtainable that features assist for Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal streaming companies, amongst others. Assist for extra companies are being consistently added. Spotify Join and AirPlay 2 are cooked in too, and Alexa is on faucet for voice help.
For individuals who desire extra standard management, bodily buttons to the highest rear can be utilized. B&W has included a dimmable lighting impact for the metallic stand so as to add a sure atmosphere throughout playback, which may be switched off if that is not your kind of factor. And the 210 x 650 x 194-mm (8.2 x 25.6 x 7.6-in), 6.5-kg (14.3-lb) Zeppelin’s “digital mind” will obtain periodic updates to maintain the system updated with the most recent tendencies and applied sciences, with multi-room capabilities being added early subsequent yr.
“Each technology of Zeppelin has been the best-sounding system of its period,” mentioned B&W. “The brand new Zeppelin, by combining confirmed drive unit know-how with its new high-resolution streaming platform, is solely the very best but. The general result’s an distinctive musical efficiency whether or not from a wirelessly related supply or by way of a streaming service.”
The 2021 Zeppelin is obtainable in mild or darkish grey and is on sale from as we speak for a premium price ticket of US$799.
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