Pros Amazing sound
Integrated Air play
multiple inputs (USB, Ethernet, Digital audio/phono
single light response for troubleshooting
complex setup for the non-IT techie
Required firmware update to get working
Summary If you're looking for a 'somewhat mobile' solution with killer sound that supports Air Play then this is the product of choice. I carry with an Airport Express so all my friends and family can stream music from their iPhones and iPads (ver 1 and 2). This was an upgrade from the original Bose SoundDock which quit working. Setup was a pain and I ended up having to upgrade firmware before it would play from a docked iPhone. You connect to your computer and use a browser to configure which sounds easy enough, but it took 10 minutes to respond so I almost gave up thinking it wasn't connecting. You can name it whatever you want, but make sure you choose your network before changing the name unlike what the B&W site says since it could take you awhile to get back to that same screen.
I'm not clear on the limitations of the built in temporary wireless network so I chose to use an older Apple Airport Express I had to use as the wireless network. Reasoning for me is that I move it between 3 locations and can easily plug in the Express, plug in the Zeppelin and have instant streaming from iDevices without reconfiguring to a local LAN each time. Works great once you get it setup the first time.
Hopefully B&W can improve the setup procedure.
Pros Sound quality is above any other Ipod speaker dock I've owned or heard (Bose, Sonos, IHome, Dr Dre's beatbox)
Build quality second to none, nothing cheap feeling or looking about it.
Shape/look is definitely cool.
Plently loud for me in a medium-large siz
Cons Wish the dock was removable, specifically when I am streaming wireless. Don't really want that in the way, but I can deal with that minor issue.
Summary Without a doubt the best ipod speaker dock made to date. Excellent sound quality and volume for such a compact system. It really takes down every competitor in its price range, specifically the Bose Sounddock 10. The Bose sounded less than stellar next to the B&W, even if the Bose played slightly louder.
When it comes down to it, this is not a cheap item. I could wail about the price of a lot of things these days, but I know it takes a lot of R&D and high quality componentry to create something that sounds this good in such a small package, and this small thing is jammed full of audio goodness and technology, so I think its worth the price of admission.
Pros Looks nice
Cons Connecting to Wifi
Summary Spent two hours trying to connect this to my wifi network. It did not work as it was supposed to (it can't see my network for whatever reason). Sadly their instructions are very basic and don't have a trouble shooting section. Looked for trouble shooting on line and could not find any. Finally, sent them an email and asked how to fix this since they don't have a support number to call. Hopefully they get back to me soon.
Pros Those who always wanted B & W name will be quite happy.
Cons Not so good sounds.
Summary For the money, it is better to hook the i-pad to a more fuller sound system. Bass is simply tin like. But i prefer this to the JBL product.
Pros -High frequency is EXCELLENT
-Midrange is v respectable
-Bass is stunningly good for its size
-Very good dynamics
-Excellent amps & built in DAC
Cons -Though bass is v good, it lacks slam
-Setting up wireless connection can be tricky. Same probs like setting up Apple Airport Express
-Reliable wireless connection needed. Should have used wireless "n"
Summary -If you do not need to stream music, this is definitely the best iPod music dock you can get ATM
-If you plan to stream over wifi, be prepared to spend time to get this working. If you are lucky, it could be fairly painless.
-When set up properly, it works extremely well.
-Using lossless music, the sound is very respectable (even compared to my high end systems)
-A common issue ATM: Apple iOS5 has a bug which can cut off music streaming after a few minutes. Applies to iPhone, iPad, etc. OK if streaming from Windows machine.
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