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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin 2021 Review: Worth The 6 Year Wait?

The Zeppelin speaker is, honestly, quite iconic. 15 years ago, the original Zeppelin was launched as an iPod dock speaker, and there were a few subsequent models, but we’ve had to wait six years since the last one for the 2021 Zeppelin. Is it worth the wait?

Let’s talk design first. Right off the bat, it looks like a Zeppelin. There’s no other way to say it. It’s kept that same iconic shape, but it’s even more wireless. In fact, there should only be one wire connected to the speaker most of the time, and that’s the power cord. At the bottom, there are only two ports, a power port and a USB-C port for service, and a reset button. No ethernet port, no aux port, nothing. And it’s fine in my opinion, Bowers & Wilkins were very clear about their vision for this speaker, and it’s built specifically to prioritise wireless streaming.

This is an all-in-one stereo speaker, so you get a 150mm central subwoofer with two 90mm left/right midrange drivers on either side, along with Bowers & Wilkins’ Decoupled Double-Dome tweeters on either side of the far ends, all powered by 240W of amplification.