Bowers & Wilkins Z2

The Good The Bowers & Wilkins Z2 is a compact AirPlay speaker with an integrated Lightning dock that's attractively designed, sounds good for its size, and is lightweight enough to easily move from room to room (though it does have to be powered by an AC adapter).

The Bad Expensive; could sound a little better for the price; no built-in rechargeable battery for mobile use.

The Bottom Line The attractively designed $400 Bowers & Wilkins Z2 wireless speaker sounds pretty good and has a built-in Lightning dock, but it doesn't quite stand out enough in a crowded market.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Sound 7.0
  • Value 5.0
6.8 Overall

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Review

A nice speaker that fails to wow

Some of you may think the speaker dock is dead, but Bowers & Wilkins doesn't seem to agree. The audio stalwart has launched two new wireless AirPlay speakers in 2013, both of which feature Lightning docks for Apple's latest iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPod Nanos.

The step-up Zeppelin Air ($599.99) simply updates the "old" Zeppelin Air speaker with a Lightning dock -- the speaker itself hasn't changed -- but the Zeppelin Z2 reviewed here, while a successor to the Zeppelin Mini, is an entirely new speaker.

After getting an early listen to the Z2 back in March when it launched, I wrote up some quick first impressions, saying that, as you might expect from Bowers & Wilkins, "it's a great-looking little speaker that sounds very good for its size, putting out a lot of sound with punchy bass.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $400
  • Brand Bowers & Wilkins
  • Type Wireless speaker dock
  • Color White
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