Bowers and Wilkins refreshes iconic Zeppelin speaker with Alexa and AirPlay 2

Bowers and Wilkins has declared another Zeppelin speaker that refreshes the eye-getting plan with current availability and smarts. The new speaker upholds remote principles like Qualcomm’s AptX Adaptive and Apple’s AirPlay 2 and furthermore has Alexa inherent for voice control of your music. The new Zeppelin is accessible to arrange in light or dull dim beginning today and is estimated at $799/£699/€799.

The first Zeppelin was one of the most notable iPod docks accessible when it dispatched in 2007, and it’s been refreshed a few times throughout the years as the manner in which we pay attention to music has changed. 2011’s Zeppelin Air added support for Apple’s AirPlay standard close by its current 30-pin dock, while the 2015 Zeppelin Wireless dropped the dock altogether to zero in on remote availability utilizing norms like AptX Bluetooth or Spotify Connect.

With the new 2021 Zeppelin, nonetheless, B&W has gone completely remote. Around its back, there’s an attachment for power and a USB-C port, however the last is just there for overhauling instead of associating a music source. All things considered, the Zeppelin upholds a full set-up of remote principles, including AAC, SBC, and AptX Adaptive Bluetooth codecs (yet no AptX Lossless), AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and B&W’s own Music application, which offers support for real time features like Deezer, Qobuz, and Tidal. There’s no Chromecast support worked in, nor is Google Assistant accessible close by Alexa.

In the event that you’d prefer to utilize the Zeppelin as a feature of a multi-room arrangement, then, at that point, B&W says it intends to add support ahead of schedule one year from now. At the point when it’s delivered, the element will allow clients to match different Zeppelins along with B&W’s current line of associated Formation speakers together. On the other hand, in case you’re on iOS, you ought to have the option to accomplish a comparative arrangement because of Zeppelin’s help for AirPlay 2. Simply don’t anticipate having the option to match two Zeppelins all together pair; B&W says the multi-room usefulness is intended for every Zeppelin to offer sound system sound without anyone else.

Inside, the new Zeppelin has a couple of one-inch tweeters, two 3.5-inch mid-range drivers, and a solitary six-inch subwoofer controlled by a sum of 240W of intensification. In spite of the fact that there’s no remote like with past Zeppelins, there’s a bunch of actual playback controls on the back of the speaker.

In the period of iPod docks, the Zeppelin was one of the best across the board speakers available. Be that as it may, in the years since, it seems like Bowers and Wilkins has lost ground to any semblance of Sonos and Amazon as multi-room sound and shrewd speakers have dominated, separately. With the new Zeppelin, I’m certain the organization is expecting to switch that pattern.

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