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Bowers & Wilkins Launches Zeppelin Mini Speaker Dock

Gordon Kelly


Bowers & Wilkins Launches Zeppelin Mini Speaker Dock

To say we are a fan of the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Speaker Dock would be something of an understatement: the product won TrustedReviews 2008 Product of the Year. So excuse us for getting a little giddy about this...

Meet the 'Zeppelin Mini', a compact and more affordable sibling to the stunning Zeppelin with a few tricks all of its own. Specifications only tell half the story (2x φ75mm {3.0in} full range drive units, -6dB at 38Hz and 20kHz frequency range, 2x 18W amplifier output), but it was the amazing real world performance that was key to the Zeppelin. For the Mini B&W promises "it is reduced in size, not in sound, and has amazing volume levels for such a diminutive package."

Like the Zeppelin, the Mini has an iPod/iPhone dock but also throws in USB connectivity which opens up the floor to virtually any device on the market and allows it to be hooked up to a PC as an external speaker. Even better, the Zeppelin Mini does all the sound processing itself, treating both connected players or PCs as glorified hard drives and just grabbing the raw files. This should result in vastly superior performance. On top of this the Zeppelin Mini has a docking arm which rotates through 90 degrees allowing access to music through Cover Flow or even - if you so wish - making it video friendly.

B&W hopes to have the Zeppelin Mini on sale in the UK from October with a £299 RRP. That is still a lot, but it is £100 less than the full size Zeppelin and it does sport extra features. And yes, it's gorgeous and yes we already have unreasonably high levels of expectation...


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ruth backshall

September 15, 2009, 12:02 pm

shame it`s just as ugly as the first one!


September 15, 2009, 1:47 pm

I know a good optician if you want his number. The Zeppelin looked bloody fantastic and this is hardly unattractive (though I don't think it's quite as nice).


September 15, 2009, 3:12 pm

It is definitely gorgeous *that word not taboo to Gordon, Hugo?*


September 15, 2009, 4:45 pm

I'm with Ruth on this one...it's just plain boring at best and ugly at worse. The nasty 'afterthought' of just bolting the ipod holder on looks completely out of place.

The Zeppelin, on the other hand was a great piece of design.


September 15, 2009, 5:14 pm

I bought the Zeppelin in August 2008 on the strength of the TR review and it has been one of the best purchases I've ever made. It is expensive, but a lovely piece of design and engineering.

This new one doesn't look anywhere near as cool, though if the sound is the same... it is a bit of a "bargain".


September 16, 2009, 12:10 am

Can we assume that common sense prevails with this unit and it carries a rechargeable battery?


September 16, 2009, 12:01 pm

Please excuse my wifes shortsightedness and shortcomings, if the Zeppelin was covered in red and white gingham we`d have one in our lounge by now! Like most women it`s not what it sounds like but what it looks like that matters. Must be why she married me :o)

Momodem (Adrian Backshall)


September 16, 2009, 1:55 pm

The B&W Zeppelin is absolutely amazing, heard one at a friends place, sold me on a B&W 7.1 custom surround set for £2.5k. :D

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