Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini launched

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For home audiophiles, B&W have a cooed a soft spot among those who love nothing more than to carve an audiodition into their housing budget in order nest a 50 000$ sound system. But, for those on more realistic budgets (not to mention, iPod fans), the Zeppelin Mini looks to be an extraordinary follow-up to the original Zeppelin which revolutionised iPod dock systems for integration and quality.

The Zeppelin Mini retains much of its older brother’s design philosophy, including its austere curves and reflective polished metal. But, below its somewhat less gaudy reflections is the important stuff: USB Digital to Analogue conversion to bypass your shoddy MacBook sound card, 2.1 speakers, sync and charge integration for the iPod; the list goes on, but one thing is for sure: the combination of price and features should keep this Zeppelin afloat. Below are its specs:

Model Zeppelin mini
Technical features

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Digital amplifier
Switch mode power supply
Rotating Arm for cover flow operation
Flow port
USB streaming from PC/Mac
iPod/ iTunes sync
Remote control

Description
Speaker system for iPod/iPhoneTM
Drive units 2x f75mm (3.0 in) full range
Frequency range -6dB at 38Hz and 20kHz
Amplifier power output 2x18W
Power input voltage 100V – 240V ac 50/60Hz on external power supply 16V DC on product
Rated power consumption 15W
Standby power consumption <0.8W

Inputs
30-pin iPod connector
3.5mm mini jack analogue
USB 2.0 for PC connection: Streaming, synchronization & software upgrades
Height 200mm (6.8 in) free standing
Width 320mm (12.6 in)
Depth 100mm (4 in) free standing
Net weight 2.5kg
Grilles: Black cloth

Check B&W’s Zeppelin Mini page for full details.

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