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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

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The original Zeppelin got rave reviews, and B&W have now given the Zeppelin an overhaul. The Zeppelin Air is lighter than its predecessor, has new drivers and – as the name implies – adds Apple’s AirPlay wireless tech. The initial set-up process does require a wired Ethernet connection, but once you’ve configured the wireless settings the Zeppelin Air automatically shows up in iTunes on any device that supports AirPlay. The sound is excellent – zinging in the higher frequencies, with a rich, full-bodied bass and plenty of volume behind it too. A fantastic sound, but the £500 price tag really is pushing things when there are cheaper yet barely inferior alternatives out there.

Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Reg Rating 85%
Price £500
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Conran Audio Dock

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The Conran Audio Dock is a neat, compact speaker system with the minimalist design that you might expect from Habitat founder Sir Terence Conran. Available in black or white, the Audio Dock has a rotating dock that allows you to switch an iPod or iPhone into either widescreen or upright mode, as well as Bluetooth and Apt-X streaming. Mac users can also download some free software that lets them use the Apt-X codec on their computer as well. Two pairs of woofers and tweeters produce a rich, warm sound and while it’s not massively loud it’s more than adequate for a tasteful soirée with your Conran cognoscenti designer friends.

Conran Audio Dock

Reg Rating 80%
Price £249
More info Conran Audio

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