Portable Audio

Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Amplified Speaker Dock System

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Plain and simple, the Zeppelin sounds great. It produces an even balance of lows, mids, and highs and the sound is both rich and refined. On percussive albums such as drum virtuoso Dave Weckl's Perpetual Motion album, snare drums have a nice snap and tom toms sound deep and melodic. On guitar heavy albums such as Los Lonely Boys Sacred album, the Zeppelin makes the mids sound warm and slightly pronounced which makes guitar work sound both colorful and smooth.

Some of the attractiveness of the Zeppelin's sound comes from its treble response. The high frequency response sounds crisp without having any harsh bite or piercing edges to the sound. It's not bright, and if anything sounds a little laid back. One thing is for sure is that it's chock full of detail.

I found the bass response of the Zeppelin to be quick and musical. When the volume is cranked, bass can start to be felt, but it's far from a boomy sound. Everything sounds clean and articulated and allows for the fine nuances of the low end to be heard. Expect Jazz bass work to sound terrific with the Zeppelin. Experimentation with placement near walls can also lead to enhanced bass response.

I found that the volume can get plenty loud. I used it in various rooms and suffice to say that even large open living rooms can be filled with colorful sound. As volume increased, sound remained clean and the Zeppelin had good projection and a full range.

While I did find that the off axis response of the treble was very good, mids were more dry as I listened to the Zeppelin from different side angles.