Pros Great Sound and Looks
Cons Very Expensive
Summary The perceived quality of sound is, at best, partially subjective. That is show in the review of this product in CNET. They are correct, it is a striking piece of industrial art. It is also very expensive for the average iPod user. However, they missed the mark on the sound quality. NO, it does not sound as good as my floor standing B&W speakers, which cost me in excess of $5000. However, with regard to iPod speaker systems, it shines. The first thing I played on mine was Led Zeppelin's When the Levee Breaks recorded in lossless. The drums sounded like they were in the room with me and Page's guitar playing in the flesh. Did I crank it up to full volume? NO. I understand this is a compact iPod shelf design and not made for such activity. All other much I played, ranging from country to classical was truly music to my ears. My iPhone works great with it and I can adjust my bass response with the speaker adjustment. You can find other iPod systems that are louder and cheaper but you will not find one that sounds better than this one.
Pros WOW WOW WOW! Small, Phenomenal Sound, Amazing sound for the size, Sleek, Sexy, Integates will ALL my iPods (perfectly with iphone) as well as second TV via TOSlink for great sound. Can easily adjust the EQ to suite the genre of music listened to.
Cons A bit pricey at first glance (but worth the quality), remote could have more functions, works best with newest ipod/iphone models interms of integration & EQ. You may question the quality of the music you have downloaded onto your iphone.
Summary This small package is not only gorgeous and indicative of B&W high quality craftsmanship but is an excellent buy for the money. Comparing side by side with other units, one's eyes and especially ears quickly understand the difference between the Zeppelin and all the others.
Sound imaging and detail are amazing, clear, smooth with virtually no white/pink noise interference. The only way to improve the sound imaging would be to have the speakers set farther apart but that's what larger systems are for and would defeat the purpose of the Zeppelin. Having said that, you will hear detail in the music you currently own that you haven't heard before unless you have very high end theater/hi-fi systems or ultra-high end head phones. As will all music, you will find the best results by adjusting the equalizer depending on what type of music you listen to as well as using the best quality recording/transfer.
There are only two critiques I can make. The first is that the remote, though sleek, cool and sexy, it is a bit limited in what functions it can perform. It will work best if you select a genre, artist or playlist before you begin as you cannot change them with the remote. Secondly, comparing my cross generational ipods, the integration platform is by far the best with the newest generations, including iphones. Some of the older gen models are slightly limited but only when using the remote. In the newest gens, you can see what volume level you are at when you change volume. As well, system volume can be changed on the Zeppelin, on the ipod/iphone or by remote. Level of volume will also be displayed on the newer gen ipods, including iphone. This is all perfect for usage. The issue comes into play using some older gen ipods where volume cannot be adjusted on the ipod itself nor is the volume level displayed on the ipod. The volume must be controlled by remote or on the Zeppelin directly. In this case a flashing light behind the screen is only indicator but does not show volume levels other than max volume. This is a minor issue that is a problem of using older tech with newest tech but in no way affects sound quality or playability.
Having been in the home audio business while I was a student, I am very familiar with audio systems of all price ranges and can confidently recommend this system to anyone; friend, family or other; as an excellent buy for anyone looking for a tabletop system that will last, impress your senses, and fill your house with beautiful sound.
I would also recommend for people who really enjoy music to examine the quality of music that you are putting through your system. Basic MP3s and other compressed formats sacrifice a great deal of sound in the conversion to save space. If possible try to get the highest quality transfers, especially "no loss" recordings. They give you true sound. You won't be sorry once you marry high density, full range, clean sound with high grade speakers systems like the Zeppelin. To paraphrase my wife, it's like you are in a recording session but just for you in the privacy of your own home.
If I had the need, I would get a second Zeppelin for another room in the house. I may just save up and get one anyway.
Pros Sound quality
Cons The high price tag
Summary This speaker system is very well constructed and sounds excellent at low to mid volume. The room(25X17)is easily filled by the volume produced. You can tell this is very high quality because when you listen to it loud, your ears don't hurt. The sound does not get distorted at all when you turn up the ipod to the highest level, but you can notice a drop off in quality. But this, I assume is to protect the speakers. Overall, I would not purchase anything else. I have this unit located on top of my tv and am now using it as a tv speaker also, getting rid of my home theater equipment that has become dated. It was pretty easy, I just used a Monster cable RCA to minijack cable.
"Best iPod speaker."on by bn_shyam
Pros Awesome clarity, cute little egg shaped remote.Unlike many other iPod speakers this one has no radio, no alarm, or any other add-on feature and stays true to its name by being just that AWESOME SPEAKER.
Cons As other reviews said, it a bit pricey and heavy. But worth every penny spent on it.
Pros The sound quality is excellent and the design is beautiful.
Cons It's pretty heavy, sometimes the software doesn't quite work as you expect, and I don't love the symmetrical remote design. Other than that, it's excellent.
Summary This is a true, high-end speaker for audiophiles to appreciate.I should also add that B&W's customer support was superb and replaced an oddly functioning unit immediately. I've now bought more than 1 of them.