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Thanks for the review.I would have to disagree with your point about the price difference - I think that anyone who is in the market for a £360 device would also be in the same market for the £400 Zepplin.
Looks like a nice package, but assuming the audio is on a par with the B&W, it still lacks the overall presence and WOW factor of the Zeppelin. The limited connectivity would be a deal breaker for me - I like my Zeppelin's optical input et al.Given that I managed to get my Zep in Heathrow HMV at duty free prices minus 15% (last in stock was the demo model yet still pristine), I'll stick with what I've got!
Any word on the build quality? The Zeppelin could be used as a club to fight off a horde of zombies, whereas I've found Philips have tended towards the plasticky end of things at times. Looks are also a factor here: the Zeppelin is much more of a love/hate it device, but there is also the Mini Zeppelin too. Still, it's good to have a choice at this level of the market and I'll certainly give the Philips an audition.
The gap in the centre gives you a good hand hold for wielding it as a weapon, so it has the advantage over the Zeppelin there. I would feel perfectly confident fending of hordes of zombies.
@HugoWhats the verdict on sound quality from non-iZombie players? Does the DSP over-ride still apply?
You're relying on your player's DAC over the aux input. Sounded pretty good to me, still, though.
@Tim: Does the DSP over-ride still apply?I wondered about that, one thing that I don't get about the IPhone/Zep is why things like Spotify/LastFm can't go via the DSP, and it has to resort to Analog mode anyway.
It's just a matter of Apple implementing a protocol for passing audio streams across the dock connector. But while it's not great, the DAC in an iPod/iPhone isn't so bad that Spotify/Last.fm streams will sound noticeably improved through a better one so it's not likely to happen any time soon.
@HugoYou're probably too young to remember a proper kettle lead but they have three holes in them, one being for earth. The one that this unit takes is just a "figure-of-eight" power lead.
It was just a typo, not an error (I'm not that ignorant!); but you're right, I've never actually used a kettle with a plug-in lead. Hurrah for Nespresso machines.
I have just purchased the Ds9000 and would like to add apart from its stunning sound it can also work with Ipad and charge it too.And the best bit is I picked it up for £299 . A amazing product that oozes quality from its sleek design and solid construction to its classy metal remote.
Don't bother with this speaker. The connection for the ipod is awkward and its got no bluetooth connection or Airplay. The software that you can download causes conflict with the ipods own music player(s). Already its old fashioned. BOOOOOOOOOOO to this speaker
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