Hands on with Zeppelin Air

Zeppelin Air is about to launch, and we are obviously very excited about it. We are confident it’s the best iPod speaker Bowers & Wilkins has yet produced, and that its breathtaking sound quality, coupled with Apple’s AirPlay technology will make it a huge success.

But it’s not just us that are excited about it, as you can see from these hands-on previews from Stuff, Pocket Lint and Electric Pig.


  • Pual Perberus says:

    Until the arm can be removed NO Zepellin for me. Why call it Zeppelin Air if the empty arm still sits there for no reason. If the reason is the LED light indicator information is displayed on the docking arm itself, keep it on the speaker just as a small LED but no need for the ugly arm.

  • Pete says:

    I’m in total agreement with Pual, I would love to buy a Zeppelin Air, but, just can’t stand the ugly arm that sticks out and ruins the great shape of it, why, why, why would you leave this arm on, or not make it detachable if its an air machine?

  • Pual Perberus says:

    I always said that the arm was terrible and not needed. Now Apple has changed the connector and people that bought the Zeppelin are stuck. PLEASE, make it with NO ARM so we can use teh Air Play.

  • thom says:

    Guys, the cradle arm IS removable.


  • Alan Soucy says:

    I’ve read that there are people who have successfully removed the Zepp’s docking arm, and also understand that B&W won’t provide any instructions. Does anyone have any guidance for me before I begin surgery? Don’t need the docking arm, never needed the docking arm, and now too tired at looking at it.

  • thomas says:


    I used my Z. Air for a party at maximum volume and during 4 hours. Just after i was asking myself, is it possible that it would have damaged my speakers in any way??? I always increase the volume of my music by 20% when i add it to iTunes and then in my iphone.

    Thanks for reply.

  • thomas says:

    Why my unit doesn t have any composite output on it???

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    When used for extended periods of time at maximum volume you may run the risk of causing damage to your speakers components, if you begin to hear the sound degrade such as distortion etc. treat this as a warning a decrease the volume.

    The composite video output was removed as Apple lightning devices no longer supported this, making the port redundant.

  • Mark says:

    I have a Zeppelin air with lightning connector, however recently the lightning connector has stop working. Can it be replaced or do you need to replace the entire dock arm?

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Thank you for contacting us regarding your Zeppelin Air.

    Unfortunately a faulty lightning dock would require the return of the Zeppelin Air to us for a repair to be carried out.

    If you contact your local Bowers & Wilkins distributor, the should be able to advise you further on a return for repair. http://www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk/contact_us

    Kind regards,
    Bowers & Wilkins

  • Stefan says:


    I own a B&W Zeppelin, not the ‘Air’. I’ve recently had a problem with it insomuch as anytime anything (iPod, wifi dock or phone) Is plugged into the dock, I am getting severe interference coming through both sides of the Zeppelin speakers. When I take the device out, the interference remains. It does go away, when you switch the unit off then on with nothing in the dock though. It must be the actual dock component that is damaged, but would appreciate your view.


  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Hi Stefan,

    Sorry to hear you your are experiencing issues with your Zeppelin. Please get in touch with our customer service team directly who will be able to help you arrange a repair. http://www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk/contact_us

    Kind regards,
    Bowers & Wilkins

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