Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin returns with Alexa and streaming

(Pocket-lint) - Bowers & Wilkins has reinvented one of its much loved speakers and brought it back to market after a six year absence. The new Bowers & Wilkins[1] Zeppelin looks similar to previous models, with an iconic oval shape, but features new stereo speaker drivers and streaming service support. Also, while its predecessor was called "Zeppelin Wireless[2]", this is actually the first with no auxilary audio inputs at all.

Instead, it supports both AirPlay 2[3] for iPhone and iPad users, and aptX Adaptive Bluetooth for Android device owners. Plus, it is Spotify Connect-enabled, so will stream Spotify tracks via the app, and is capable of up to 24-bit high-res music playback via other services, such as Deezer, Tidal and Qobuz (through the Bowers & Wilkins Music app). There is Alexa support built in alongside far-field microphones, so you can use the voice assistant without needing a separate Echo device nearby.

Pocket-lint was also told that it will gain multiroom capabilities at a later date (in 2022). This will enable owners to connect it to the brand's Formation line-up of speakers.

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Inside the cabinet are two 25mm double dome tweeters, two 90mm FST midrange drivers, and a single 150mm subwoofer. They handle high, mid and low frequencies respectively.

The total power output is claimed to be 240W. The new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin is available in the US now, with a UK release from 14 October 2021. Two colours are available - midnight grey and pearl grey.

Its price is GBP699 / £799 / EUR799.

Writing by Rik Henderson.

Originally published on 13 October 2021.

References

  1. ^ Bowers & Wilkins (www.pocket-lint.com)
  2. ^ Zeppelin Wireless (www.pocket-lint.com)
  3. ^ AirPlay 2 (www.pocket-lint.com)