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Bowers & Wilkins has introduced its Zeppelin speaker for iPod. The football-shaped speaker houses five drivers inside its two-foot-wide frame, including four glass-fiber cones with tapered tubes for the tweeters, and a five-inch woofer. In addition, three channels of amplification combine for a total 100 watts of power. The Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin will sell for $600 when it is released in mid-September. [via Sci Fi]

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1

Surely you mean ‘rugby ball’? Footballs are of course round.

Posted by Steve in Denmark on August 2, 2007 at 8:35 AM (PDT)

2

Perhaps “oblate spheroid” would’ve been a better term.

Posted by Galley on August 2, 2007 at 10:38 AM (PDT)

3

I’m pretty sure they mean American football-shaped. We Americans aren’t good at realizing some people and cultures might be different than ours.

Posted by Muero on August 2, 2007 at 10:42 AM (PDT)

4

Surely it’s neither… Is it not ‘Zeppelin’ shaped?

boom boom

Posted by ramsat on August 2, 2007 at 10:51 AM (PDT)

5

As it’s from B&W it should sound very good.

Posted by drevo_uk in UK on August 2, 2007 at 11:35 AM (PDT)

6

I was going to ##### about iLounge calling it “football-shaped”...
...but I guess 4 people beat me to it.

Posted by belard on August 2, 2007 at 12:23 PM (PDT)

7

As ramsat pointed, it’s not football-shaped and it’s not rugby-shaped, or for that matter, any sports ball shaped.

The design has taken its clues from the cover of the first Zeppelin album which sports an Airship on it.

Posted by Mythwolf in Pakistan on August 2, 2007 at 2:14 PM (PDT)

8

Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply “football” or “footy” is a code of football played with a prolate spheroid ball…

smile

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on August 2, 2007 at 2:34 PM (PDT)

9

A Zeppelin was a type a airship 50 years before Led Zeppelin!

Posted by todg on August 2, 2007 at 11:02 PM (PDT)

10

a football shape… well,... i think it will look actl. pretty good.

A Zeppelin shape is streched more siteways as a football. it’s a nice design and sure some call it a football since the next closest people known shape is the football. .. think outside the box.

I’ll call it a zeppelin shape since it’s not a football shape…

p.s.: how much was the prise again? it better sound great

Posted by dennis on August 3, 2007 at 6:11 AM (PDT)

11

you guys have nothing else to do than criticize here? wink How about enjoying a larger cool image of this design piece? and post some relevant comments…

http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/med/Libraries/3/Zeppelin1_l10_w817_h329.jpg

Posted by Tjerja Geerts on August 3, 2007 at 12:44 PM (PDT)

12

Sorry I’m late, Tjerja. I wouldn’t say “Zeppelin shaped”, I’d say “blimp shaped”. Zeppelins were extremely long, and I believe the Hindenburg still holds the record for largest aircraft. You guys have to realize that for an iPod dock to be actually built into the speaker(s), You’ll probably pay at least $100 more for that feature alone. Just throwing that out there. They have these things called audio out cables that can hook up to practically anything built in the last ten years. My biggest fear is getting some kind of snazzy speaker like this, and have it not be compatible with the next generation of iPods. A remote possibility, but I had to rebuy lots of stuff to go from 4G to 5G.  Don’t get me wrong, this thing looks cooler than Don Johnson, but the price is WRONG, B****!

Posted by galagachamp on August 3, 2007 at 2:37 PM (PDT)

13

Bringing this back to the unit, rather than being pedantic about the description of it’s shape, I must say I am waiting with interest to hear this speaker.

While I am disappointed that a UK speaker manufacturer has opted to release this in the US first, I expect it will be announced as available for the UK market before long and hopefully before the London Mac Expo - with any luck it might be launched here (UK) then.


B&W have a excellent reputation in the speaker world and if it is priced sensibly then if the sound lives up to the name I would certainly be interested…

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on August 3, 2007 at 3:06 PM (PDT)

14

I caught a glimpse of this on Gizmodo recently and was intrigued. I came to this site hoping there would be a review, but alas, it’s too soon.

Instead there are tons of comments arguing which sport is true to the “football” name…

Blimp, Zeppelin, Aussie football, rugby, soccer…feh!

It looks like a giant black freakin’ suppository…

Posted by Jon on August 3, 2007 at 4:03 PM (PDT)

15

I guess a shape designed for “ease of entry” is appropriate for what they plan on doing to your wallet. Talk to me when they come out with a remote control blimp with built in wireless speakers, that’s what it’s all about.

Posted by galagachamp on August 4, 2007 at 2:19 AM (PDT)

16

I just saw it in an Apple store, fab looking. Awesome sound. I cranked up the volume in the store, a big crowd gathered around, everyone was smiling ear to ear.  Most dock products sound small and sound like plastic, this sound like a big expensive stereo system. I know what I’m getting for X-MAS.

Posted by Ray on September 22, 2007 at 6:09 AM (PDT)

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