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B&W's Z2 is an impressive AirPlay speaker and iPhone dock

Lex Friedman | April 26, 2013
Bowers & Wilkins's $400 Z2 is the apparent successor to the company's Zeppelin Mini, but instead of a 30-pin dock connector, the Z2 features a Lightning-connector dock and AirPlay wireless streaming. Supporting the latest iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod nano models, the Z2 is available in black or white glass-filled ABS. (The black model is available now; the white model won't ship until June.)

Bottom line

Bowers & Wilkins's $800 A7 remains the priciest AirPlay speaker I've tested, and it sounds exceptional. The company's Z2 costs half as much, but it still sounds very, very good. While the Z2 can't rival the A7's sound, it's far more affordable, it's considerably smaller, and it offers a Lightning dock for wired playback and device charging. I haven't tested a better AirPlay speaker for this price.

 

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