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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Bose SoundLink Mini

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Price $296 to $429 at 4 stores $499 to $699 at 4 stores $269 to $299 at 7 stores $439 at 1 store $199 to $199 at 14 stores
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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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