Portable Audio

Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Amplified Speaker Dock System

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SetUp

When an iPod is plugged into the Zeppelin's dock the iPod will have a couple of extra features available. For starters, there will be a new item called speakers located in the settings menu that's used for adjusting the bass response. This can be used to fine tune the amount of bass if the Zeppelin is placed near a wall or corner where bass frequencies are more pronounced. There's also the ability to turn off the iPod's back light.

The Zeppelin also features an S-Video and Composite video jack on the back of the unit for outputting video from the iPod. This feature worked well, but iPod video is still designed for viewing on a small screen so resolution is still far from being desirable.

Keeping with the iPod's visual style, the egg-shaped remote included with the Zeppelin is simple and discrete. It fits in the palm and has a polished black front and polished chrome backing. It's limited to simple operations such as play/pause, forward/reverse, skip track, volume up/down, power, and mute but this is just fine for frequent iPod listening.

The Zeppelin is also able to accommodate other sound sources such as computers and CD players. The eighth inch AUX jack on the back of the unit can support both analog and digital connections and the Zeppelin features internal digital to analog converters. For example, I was able to use a patch cable to connect the RCA cables from a Nintendo Wii. As mentioned before, the Zeppelin can also be used as a way to enhance the sound of a television by connecting the television's output and then positioning it either under or over the display. It works very well to enhance the sounds of TV programs or dialogue heavy movies.