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.


  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    The Zeppelin Wireless does indeed feature a 24-bit DAC, up sampling audio received via a wireless stream including AirPlay and Bluetooth.

  • eric cahill says:

    we possess an older zepplein which hasan ipod/iphone dock . we would like to use bluetooth with the zeppelin

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    The Zeppelin Wireless does feature a 24-bit DAC, up sampling audio received via a wireless stream including AirPlay and Bluetooth.

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Unfortunately it is not possible to upgrade your Zeppelin Classic to work wirelessly, as the speakers hardware is not capable of supporting such functionality. As well as this, we do not manufacture an adaptor that will enable direct wireless streaming functionality.

    I can however confirm that it is possible to connect the Zeppelin up to an Apple Airport Express in order to stream audio wirelessly via AirPlay to your speaker. To do this, you will require a 3.5mm to 3.5mm headphone jack cable to connect the Airport Express to your speaker via the Aux socket located at the rear.

  • Charles Dantas says:

    I’m so in love with my new Zeppelin Wireless, But I did notice that when I use the 3.5 “adapter the sound loses a good deal of performance. I wonder the cause is some kind of mismatch of that type of adapter / cable, or if that loss is to be expected.

  • Geoff says:

    Hi my Zeppelin Air works perfectly using airplay and docking my iPhone 6plus and sounds amazing, however I do have my Zeppelin connected to my Samsung tv via a audio optical cable but have only just noticed it doesn’t get very loud like it does when I use it without obviously using it through the tv.Please help this is bugging me now as I can’t find any settings on the tv/sky box that would have anything to do with it

  • Jeremy parkin says:

    I have a mk1 Zeppelin which I love. Recently all
    The lights have ceased to work but the unit sounds as good
    As ever. Time for a trip to Worthing or is there
    A simple answer?

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Your Zeppelin will need to be booked in for repair. Use the contact us link to arrange this with our returns department;

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    When using the AUX input you will need to ensure that you are increasing the volume level on the TV and on the Zeppelin Air equally until you reach the desired level.

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    When using the AUX input you will not be taking advantage of the Zeppelin’s internal DAC and instead this conversion is completed from the source end, you may therefore notice a slight drop in quality as a result of this.

  • Suzanne says:

    Hi My Zeppelin was buzzing for some time and now no red light mostly and, when it does occasionally show, will charge iPhone but not play music via speakers. What could be issue? Well out of warranty…

  • rebecca says:

    Please use the following link to get in touch with our customer service team who will be more than happy to assist;

  • Darren James says:

    My Zeppelin (original with i pod dock) has now malfunctioned for the third time with the last repair being May 2016 .. So I contact Bowers assuming the previous repair is still under warranty and guess what, its only 90 days! So they want yet another £80 to repair this unreliable substandard product! Unbelievable.

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Sorry to hear you are experiencing issues with your Zeppelin. In order to determine the exact cause of the issue you will need to send the Zeppelin to our service centre for full investigation. Please use the contact details found in this link to get in touch with our customer service team who will be happy to arrange this for you;

  • Mo Dowling says:

    Dear Sir / Madam .
    I Have A Vep Air Lighting .
    How Or What Do I Need To Dock My i Phone 4S .
    As I Don’t Have Wi-Fi Anymore?

  • 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. 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:

    It is not possible to dock a 30-pin device such as the iPhone 4S onto a Lightning connector.

    If you do not have a Wi-Fi connection to stream via AirPlay you will need to use a 3.5mm stereo cable via the AUX input on the back of the Zeppelin Air;

  • GP says:

    Is it possible to stream music to 2 zeppelins simultaneously? I have one in our lounge but in order to get a bigger sound I was thinking of buying a second one and streaming to both.

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Hi Stefan,

    Sorry to hear you are experienecing a problem with your Zeppelin. Please get in touch with our customer service team who will be able to advise you further on a return for repair.

    Kind regards,
    Bowers & Wilkins

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    You can stream to two Zeppelin Airs/Wireless via AirPlay simultaneously, but only when using iTunes on a windows PC/Laptop or Mac.

    Simultaneous playback is not supported via IOS devices like iPhones/iPads or iPods. These only allow playback to one Airplay device at a time.

  • Andrew Tonkin says:

    Regarding bass adjustment with an iPod / iPad device connected, does that alter the tone of sound regardless of input or only that played via the Apple device? I’m tweaking it now, on an iPad, whilst playing a CD separates unit connected by optical cable. I can’t decide if its having an effect, but I know tweaking an iTunes equaliser, for example, tends to have a delayed reaction so I wondered if the tone control has a similar delay/phased response after adjustment such that a change is harder to discern? I noticed sometimes adjusting the volume on the Zeppelin brings up, and moves, the volume control visulisation slider thingy on the iPad and sometimes not. That’s the trouble with these Zeppelin’s … its all a bit hit or miss and luck of the draw as to whether eg. WiFi link works or is utterly dead, or now whether I’m really adjusting the bass or just imagining it. WHY OH WHY NOT FIT PROPER BASS AND TREBLE CONTROLS IN THIS FIRST PLACE?!?!?!!???

  • Bowers & Wilkins says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Contact us directly at so we can confirm exactly what your setup is and work out what your issue is – and most importantly how we can help.

    Bowers & Wilkins

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