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  • hugh says:

    Beautiful machine. But how lossless is the the music file Apple is transmitting over the air? I want every single bit of my 24/96 file processed by the D/A converter in the Zeppelin. How lossless is Apple lossless?

    I want a Zeppelin Air, but not to play mp3 quality files. Garbage in garbage out.

  • Sam Inman says:

    @hugh: The music that will be streaming over Airplay will be bit-perfect. You will not lose any audio quality streaming, the quality will solely be based on the format you have your music in (MP3, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, etc.).

    Can’t wait to pick up a new Zeppelin Air!

  • hugh says:

    That’s great. Then the Zeppelin Air is on my shopping list. Would hate to loose any of those expensive bits.:)

  • Louis says:

    Can the Zeppelin air streem AIFF files?

  • Mark says:

    Hello, I am considering the purchase of the Air Zeppelin once it becomes available. I am intrigued with its audiophile-quality 96kHz/24bit DAC. I would like to know if it’s possible to listen to high bit rate audio with headphones through the Zeppelin. Thanks in advance.

  • MartinL says:

    I can’t wait too. I already placed some kind on pre-order to get it as soon it is available.

  • Tim Woodward says:

    Just a word of caution guys before you get too excited, Airplay AFAIK only supports 16bit/44.1Khz, so even if the Zeppelin has a 24bit/96Khz DAC it would be upsampling (presumably) the Airplay 16/44.1 stream – so if you stream a 24/96Khz file it will be downsampled by the device sending it then upsampled at the Zeppelin DAC. Now of course if B&W have any insider news on this restriction being lifted (in light of Apple’s recent announcement that it will be looking for 24bit/96Khz licensing deals from record labels?!) then I would be very pleased to stand corrected :0)

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