It doesn't look nearly as dirigible-esque as the original B&W Zeppelin, but Bower & Wilkins' new Zeppelin Mini still sports an impressive pedigree. Its black and silver frame was designed by the same team that made the first Zeppelin.
Underneath the Zeppelin Mini's angular, cylindrical exterior is a pair of 3-inch, full-range drivers powered by a 18W-per-channel stereo amplifier. Its specs are dwarfed by the first Zeppelin's 100W total power output and three stereo-plus-bass drivers, but as a much more compact, desktop system it still packs enough juice to fill a room. Its pivoting arm lets iPhone and iPod Touch users turn their players sideways for using the Cover Flow feature to browse their music, and its audio and USB ports can accept virtually any media player or computer connection. It also features the same digital signal processing as its big brother.
The Zeppelin Mini will ship in the UK in October for 300 pounds (nearly $500 USD). No announcements have been made yet on American availability or pricing.
— Will Greenwald
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