Get the most from a Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Get the most from a Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin

If you have a Zeppelin, we hope that you are already enjoying the fantastic sound that it offers. But as is always the way with hi-fi, if you put a bit of thought into placement the resulting performance will improve. Small things can make a big difference in audio.

For starters, the more solid a platform you can sit your Zeppelin on the better. We’re not saying it has to be on a dedicated hi-fi rack, necessarily, but as solid a base as you can manage is a good idea. It will pay dividends with the sound.

Also, think about space. As is the case with most hi-fi speakers, a little bit of breathing room does wonders for the sound. In the case of Zeppelin the subwoofer and flowport technology perform better with a little bit of space to ‘breath’. But, as always with hi-fi, a little experimentation will allow you to get the best possible sound for your own taste and the room in which you have the system.

Also, while Zeppelin has what can comfortably be described as a ‘room filling sound’, traditional hi-fi values can help when it comes to where you place the Zeppelin for listening. If you want a high-quality stereo image – where all the musicians appear in the areas of the soundstage where the producer intended them to be, then try placing the Zeppelin directly in front of your favourite listening position – this will work especially well if you decide to use you Zeppelin to boost the sound of your television as well as an iPod speaker.

There’s also an optional Zeppelin wall-bracket. This allows you to free up some valuable shelf space, and also makes it easy to position your Zeppelin below a wall-mounted flatscreen television.

Further adjustments can also be made by using the menu system that pops up on your iPod screen when attached to Zeppelin. A new menu option called ‘speakers’ appears, and from here you can adjust the bass output of Zeppelin to suit your taste. Try it, and see what works for you.

And if you have any more Zeppelin set up tips, please feel free to post them here via a comment, so that others can learn from your experiences.


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  • daniel m. says:

    How to regulate sound from ipad 4 with ios 8, specially bass.

  • Nat says:

    I have the original zepellin but now have the newer iPod products with the lightning cable. Do you do a conversion kit as I am struggling to find a black adaptor that supports audio and video (I did but an adaptor wehich also plugged into the headphone socket if my iPhone 6 but it will no longer work – saying the item isn’t supported). Thanks.

  • Barry Campbell says:


    I have a Zeppelin Mini and am trying to play an Ipod classic through it but no audio is produced. I have updated the firmware and still no response. Ironically it plays a very old Ipod touch and an Iphone 4s but not the Ipod classic. Any thoughts appreciated.

    kind regards


  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Hi Barry,
    If you can contact our technology support team here, they will then be in touch to help you with your Zeppelin Mini.

    Kind regards,
    Rebecca at Bowers & Wilkins

  • Barrie says:


    Did anyone get some valuable advice to make their mini work with the lighting adapter. If you could please share some of the info I would greatly appreciate it.

  • David Benham-Holman says:

    I recently have seen that Bowers & Wilkins speakers are being used in Volvo cars on the dash – what a neat idea. The notion that it joins up in discussion of is an App and in discussion of that topic then that the quality of speaker is what really counts kind of above the musical sounds that are what you might call singularities in sound. They receive sound or rather the quality of sound that yes would improve driving – a very neat notion and, indeed, the right direction to be pointed to-ward.

  • Extremely Frustrated says:

    So, my device is stuck at the solid white light. Setting this up is not trivial and I’m a good network engineer. In any case, I’m not sure which door to knock on in order to figure out what’s going on. Does it take 20 mins or 20 hours for a firmware update. This is a disaster. I spent so much money on this. Hopefully someone here can provide guidance on this one. Is there a customer service that I can talk to?

    Please help/advise….

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    If you can please fill out the contact us form, a member of our customer service team will then be in touch to help you with your product.

  • Matt says:

    Hello B&W, We have a first generation ZEPPLIN speaker Z-1032835, and wondered if there is a software update for that model that allows the new iPhone 6s to run utilizing the apple adapter?. We are having trouble connecting the iphone6s via the apple adaptor, as it is not being recognized. Thank you, Matt.

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Please click on the following link to be directed to the support page for the Zeppelin. There you will find the latest firmware version for the Zeppelin to download and install on your PC/Mac. If you are still experiencing issues docking an iPhone 6s please contact our technical support team using the second link so they can troubleshoot with you directly;,26,26/

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