Bowers & Wilkins Z2 (black) comparison

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Bowers & Wilkins Z2 (black)

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 (black)
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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air
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Bose SoundLink Bluetooth mobile speaker II (nylon)

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth mobile speaker II (nylon)
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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini

Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini
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Price $399 to $429 at 4 stores $499 to $699 at 4 stores $269 to $269 at 3 stores $495 at 1 store $199 to $223 at 15 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 0 stars No reviews, write one! 3.5 stars out of 12 reviews 4.0 stars out of 10 reviews 4.0 stars out of 4 reviews 4.5 stars out of 7 reviews
Release date April 04, 2013 March 03, 2011 September 13, 2012 November 06, 2009 July 22, 2013
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. While the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air is as pricey as the earlier Zeppelin, Apple AirPlay support and improved sound quality make it a better value. While the SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II may no longer be in a class by itself, it's still near the top of the portable Bluetooth speaker category. While the B&W Zeppelin Mini's sound didn't blow us away, this stylish, compact iPod/iPhone speaker is appealing for its size, swiveling dock, and decent performance. While it's fairly expensive at $200, the Bose SoundLink Mini is one of few standout products in the ultracompact wireless speaker category, featuring a top-notch design and very good sound for its tiny size.

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System Components Info unavailable 1 x Speaker
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Interface Type Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable USB
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Audio Amplifier Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
Integrated
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MP3 Player Compatibility iPhone 5
iPod nano 7th generation
iPod touch 5th generation
Info unavailable Laptops
Bluetooth devices
Android devices
Apple devices
iPod nano (3G)
iPod touch (2G)
iPod nano (aluminum) (2G)
iPhone 3GS
iPod touch
iPod classic
iPod nano (4G)
iPhone 3G
iPhone
Bluetooth devices
Laptops
Smartphones
Tablets
Nominal Output Power (Total) Info unavailable 150 Watt
Info unavailable 36 Watt
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Color Black
Black
Black
Black
Silver
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.6 in x 3.9 in x 7.1 in
25.2 in x 8.2 in x 6.8 in
9.6 in x 1.9 in x 5.1 in
12.6 in x 3.9 in x 7.9 in
7.1 in x 2.3 in x 2 in
Battery Info unavailable Info unavailable Speaker battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion
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Remote Control Info unavailable Remote control
Info unavailable Remote control
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Speaker System Details AirPlay speaker
- 40 Watt - 50 - 20000 Hz
Wireless speaker
2 - 50 Watt
1 - 50 Watt
Portable Bluetooth speaker
2 x Right/left channel speaker - 18 Watt - 38 - 20000 Hz
Portable Bluetooth speaker
Connectivity Technology Wired - AirPlay
Wireless - Wi-Fi
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
Wireless
Wired
Wired - Bluetooth
Wireless
Wired
Wireless - Bluetooth
Speaker Type Active
Active
Active
Active
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Weight 5.7 lbs
13.7 lbs
2.9 lbs
5.5 lbs
1.5 lbs
Product Description B&W Z2
B&W Zeppelin Air - Speaker system with Apple dock
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II - Wireless speaker
B&W Zeppelin mini - Speaker system with Apple dock
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Nominal (RMS) Output Power 40 Watt
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Response Bandwidth 50 - 20000 Hz
36 - 42000 Hz
Info unavailable 38 - 20000 Hz
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Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
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Product Type Info unavailable Speaker system with Apple dock
Wireless speaker
2.1-channel Speaker system with Apple dock
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