The biggest change over the most recent Zeppelin is that the speaker now has Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on board, meaning it can act as part of a smart home. The new wireless Zeppelin is still a stereo speaker, though, and includes two Decoupled Double-Dome tweeters from the 600 Anniversary Series, two midrange drivers and a central 150mm bass driver.
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The Zeppelin offers a number of connection options, including Wi-Fi (AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and Amazon Multi-Room Music coming in 2022) and aptX Bluetooth. It’s compatible with the existing Formation series and uses the Bowers & Wilkins Music App for streaming services such as Qobuz, SoundCloud, Tidal and TuneIn. If you’re a Roon user, sadly, the company says the speaker will not be made Roon Ready, but the B&W can still connect via AirPlay.
The Zeppelin is available in two finishes, midnight gray and pearl gray, and it includes a switchable lighting effect on its metal pedestal stand. The speaker is also wall-mountable.
At $799 the Zeppelin is more expensive than most Bluetooth speakers, but as a fan of previous versions I expect it will likely sound very good for the money. It’s just a shame there’s no analog input for connecting a turntable or other device.