• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't support Wi-Fi IDs with special Characters

    • Written by from Milano

    It's a shame, because the speaker provides a very clear sound. But it's upsetting that the system does not support special characters in the Wi-Fi network's ID or password. My Vodafone Station hardwires the network name to start with "Vodafone-", which is incompatible with the Z2's internal system. How peculiar. Result: unless I change internet provider, I won't be able to use the Airplay features. And that's because of a "-" the Z2 can't handle?.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Listen up...

    • Written by from NEWARK

    ... because you will not get a better sound at this price. It's extraordinary, but not surprising given Bowers & Wilkins many years of experience at designing and building speakers. It was worth the previous price of £299, but now it's an absolute bargain.

    I also own the predecessor, the Zeppelin Mini, but the improvement on (an already excellent) sound is clear; you wouldn't expect this quality from a speaker system of this size. And to compare further, I also own a Bose SoundDock Series II which is trumped by the Mini and Z2.

    Surprisingly, I've not had a problem with AirPlay. In fact, connecting the Z2 seems to have stabilised the streaming. Beforehand I only connected to AppleTV as an AirPlay speaker, but I kept losing the connection. Since buying the Z2 a few weeks ago, not one problem (and I use it daily). Weird.

    And if you have no problem with AirPlay, the Z2 is probably the cheapest way to set up a multi-room sound system.

    My only slight criticism (I'm being picky) is with the lowest volume setting. Sometimes I like to play music quite low whilst reading, but the Z2 doesn't seem to have a really quiet setting (unlike the Mini). But I really am being picky.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor docking functionality

    • Written by from denver

    I use my Z2 at work and it will not connect over the wireless network, but I knew that when I made my purchase. Instead, I using the docking feature of the Z2. Unfortunately, it is extremely unreliable. Some days it works fine while on others I need to reboot the Z2 in order for it to detect my iPhone.

    When it is connected, the sound is good, not outstanding.

    In the end, this product creates more problems than its worth.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Salisbury

    I'm a software engineer and I couldn't get this thing to work. It took me about 10 attempts at resetting and going through the setup process before finally realizing that it's not compatible with 5Ghz wireless networks, which is going to be a huge problem and disappointment for a lot of people. PS: The sound quality at low volumes is unimpressive. Buy something else.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W A2 is a nice speaker, indeed.

    • Written by from Dartmouth

    I know this means something new and improved is likely on the horizon, but as I sit here listening to Tom Petty's Wildflowers album, I am reminded of how much I appreciate the sound of my B&W products over Bose et al.

    Any connectivity issues have been minor and infrequent.

    A great buy at $199.00

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounded ok... But returned it

    • Written by from Mechanicsburg

    We liked the size, features and sound of the Z2 but when we got it home it would only work on a wired connection. We couldn't get it connected to wifi. Their slow support said it doesn't support special characters in the wireless password. I returned it. Hacker-friendly passwords just aren't an option for me.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Oh no!

    • Written by from Richardson

    First, it needed me to download an app. Then it set up blue tooth...then it wanted to be connected to my WI-Fi. Even when I put in the dock it would only use Air Play. Which was a disaster. It kept cutting out every ten seconds. I never heard an entire song. We even bought the cord to plug it into our W-Fi box. No better. We took it back. No thanks. If there was a way to play without W-Fi since I keep all my music offline that would have been really nice to know. Don't care anymore. I got the Beats XL. It has great sound and it works, all of the time!!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's actually really good

    • Written by from Calgary

    So lots of people have had issues with Airplay until they realized that they need to use 802.11.G to set it up. Okay so that is somewhat misleading. But beyond that, I have an Apple HiFi and compared to that this B&W Z2 is 95% there. And, it is clearer. I think that B&W designed a very good product. For the size of it, the sound that comes out of it is nothing but remarkable. Incredible in fact.

    Forget the airplay issues - yes it is a bit finicky but worth the hassle believe me and I am listening now,

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from London

    Great little speaker, great build and sound.
    Dock is really nice with the genius moving moving lighting, works really well.
    Didn't try much airplay because haven't wifi but I get to connect it with the B&W app and before connect it to wifi it connect to my iPhone 5s and really works well,a few strange things after a while but overall is ok.
    Probably a high volumes is a bit of distortion but for using it in the room you are a normal loud volume is more than great,just brilliant.
    And now at almost half price.
    Isn't a reason to don't buy it.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speaker!

    • Written by from Leon

    I just bought this amazing speakers, has a really great sound and and an amazing bass, better than other speakers I've experienced like Bose, Sonos, and also Beats.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Z2 the best little airplay speaker!

    • Written by from Fairfax

    I picked up the Z2 last night from the Apple store, I originally wanted the bigger A5 but when I saw these have been marked down by half ant only $199 I couldn't pass it up. I was a bit skeptical at first because this is the entry level model but when I heard it I was very impressed. I listen to industrial music mostly I also tried some classical and world music they all sound immaculate. The instruments and the vocals the violin drums and synths all sound like you are there and it has a very natural base and mids and treble..I like the fact that it has lightning connector I will charge my phone on it from now on it freed up one plug by my bed.i uses it on my iPad iPhone and also as my imac speaker..highly recommended I don't know how long this price break will last.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    B&W Z2 Review

    • Written by from AUSTIN

    Purchased for $199.00. (Was $399.00) Easy to set-up... Great sound... Perfect for my 900 square foot apartment, etc. Songs played: Ludovico Einaudi "Fly", Pearl Jam "Crazy Mary" (Live) The Cure "Open" (Live) James Hand "Shadows Where the Magic Was", Wilco -Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Album, Tom Waits "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six", Tom Petty -The Live Anthology, Sigur Ros "INNI", Heartless Btds "Only For You". All Sounded Great... Well-Balanced sound... At $199.00, a steal.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Reasonable sound - Appalling wireless connectivity.

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    The Z2 speakers from my use has reasonable sound. The mistimes are full and the treble is balance, with subtle bass. Sound does get very muddy at higher volumes, particularly in the treble end, to the extent that I would describe it disappointing compared to B&Ws flagship Zeppelin Speaker.

    Regardless, the wifi connectivity is appalling. Even with the Airport Express in the same room, airplay regularly dropped out, and would fail to connect until rebooting the speaker. Connecting directly to the inbuilt wifi, the same issue occurred. I have seen in several B&W speakers (including the A5) and in every case, the wireless cuts out anything as soon as 5 minutes into a song. Having also tried a host of other Airplay speakers, including the Bose Soundlink, and AirPlay from an airport express, I know this is not an issue with the airplay technology itself, but with the wifi built into the speakers.

    My advice? Plug in, connect via Ethernet, or don't buy it.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker let down by Airplay on ios

    • Written by from Sandbach

    This is a brilliant little speaker. I bought the Z2 based on my experience with the B&W Zeppelin which I have in my living room which I love. The sound is fantastic for such a small speaker and the design is very attractive.

    My only issue with the speaker is the poor airplay implementation on ios. Ok, this isn't directly an issue with the speaker but it may sway your choice if you're thinking go buying into airplay speakers; ios doesn't allow you to stream to multiple speaker at a time like itunes on a computer does. I was very disappointed to find this out, i was hoping to stream to my z2 in my kitchen and my zeppelin in my living room. It's shame this has been overlooked by apple as Sonos has always enabled streaming to multiple speakers and it is now compatible with google play music on android. I hope apple review this as the b&w airplay speakers really are excellent.

    27 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bowers & Wilkins Sound Quality but...

    • Written by from Barcarena

    PROS: Good Construction, Great Sound at medium level, decent bass, and good looking.
    CONS: Sound at high levels but the best i have heard on this size, no bluetooth, only Apple device can connect, Airplay Issues

    If you want a Good Dock for apple devices with great sound at medium sound level this is the right choice.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really??? Only wireless G??? Returning this product

    • Written by from New York

    Just bought the product. Looks beautiful and after plugging my iphone, sounds great!

    But wireless connection....that is a whole other story. I would have to bring all my devices (mac, apple tv, iphone, printer, etc) to the slow Wireless G. This is a 2003 wireless technology already replaced by "n" in 2009. But the Z2 does not have it!

    I will have to return the product next week. Shame. It looked good. But I feel cheated because they do not advertise in the box or the website this very important detail.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot Use An iPhone With A Case Whilst Docked ... What's The Point Then?

    • Written by from Daly City

    Let me to save you some frustration; avoid the Z2 until a redesign comes along. The dock is not properly designed or constructed to allow an iPhone 5 or 5s to fit with a small case or bumper into the dock for charging and playback. This means it is impossible to use the Z2 as advertised for charging your iPhone and playback of music housed on the iPhone when docked. Sure the sound is great, AirPlay is great, and setup is great. But, when the most basic design element is fatally flawed you should not waste your money. I'm a diehard Bowers & Wilkins fan too. It pains me greatly to pan one of their products. It's surprising to see their team so botched the design of the Z2. Such a shame.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent audio, wimpy wireless

    • Written by from Boston

    I have no point of comparison with the more expensive B&W wireless speakers, but in absolute terms, the audio from the Z2 is excellent. I haven't been able to discern a noticeable difference in the quality between streaming via AirPlay and the direct connection to the player via the iPhone dock. Excellent for its size.

    The wireless networking features are another story. The Z2's antenna system leaves a lot to be desired. I wasted an hour trying in vain to set it up only to realize that the wireless radio only operates on 802.11g while my router was configured to 802.11n-only mode on 2.4 GHz. Switching my router to mixed mode on 2.4 GHz got the player onto the network in the end. In my kitchen, where I keep the device, the wireless connection drops out occasionally whereas my laptop and IPad have no issues. It's far from inoperable, but I'm on the verge of running Ethernet to the device to eliminate the once-a-day cutout for a minute or two.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, easy set up

    • Written by from Laguna Niguel

    Set up was as easy as it gets! Great sound, good bass response. Looking forward to purchasing more Bowers products!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound in small spaces.

    • Written by from Windermere

    I picked up a Z2 recently, replacing my Zeppelin Mini, it's predecessor. It's sound is superb for the purpose it fills. You will frankly get better sound from the larger B&W speakers such as Zeppelin Air, the A5 and the A7, but these units are much larger and much more expensive. The Z2 fills a perfect niche for a small space where you don't need to go overboard with A/V gear, but still want great sound. I have a small corner area in my kitchen that it is perfect for. I still have plenty of space on my countertops, but have a wonderful speaker system and area to dock and charge my iPhone. I also like that it's cabinet (compared to the Zeppelin Mini before it) now features a rubberized top and metal grill. This is much more durable and easy to clean for an area such as a kitchen that may be within 5 or 6 feet of a wet space. Easy setup through the B&W app, and very simple to either dock and play music, or stream through Airplay. You can even choose to play via Airplay while your iPhone or iPod is docked in the station. This is nice if you may be taking it on and off the dock frequently, and your music will continue to play. The lightning connection also swivels forward slightly so you will not damage your connection if removing your iPhone/iPod at a slight angle. Still a little pricey for an iPhone/iPod speaker dock, but I doubt that you will find one of this size that sounds so great and carries the Bowers and Wilkins name and backing. A small gloss riverbed stone style remote control is also included. A great speaker for expanding where you have quick music capability in your home. Highly recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this useful