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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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