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B&W Zepplin £390 then 10% off this weekend. £351 also possible 3% Quidco.
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#1
Looks cools. For £350 you could get a very nice hifi (amp and speakers) which would sound a lot better than this. (Not voting.)
#2
alasrati
Looks cools. For £350 you could get a very nice hifi (amp and speakers) which would sound a lot better than this. (Not voting.)


I am thinking about getting this as a xmas present to myself. Can you let me know what you have compared the Zepplin to (and what the cost of the amp/speaker set up was/is) so that I can do my own sound test.

Thanks
#3
Good price and this has got fab reviews.
#4
Good price, wish I could afford one :(
1 Like #5
I haven't done a side-by-side, but I have heard the Zeppelin.

My bedroom hifi is a pair of Kef Cresta 2s and a Marantz amp. The speakers were £180 about 10 years ago and the amp about £100-£150 15 years ago. Amps are much of muchness (as long as they have enough power and give a flat frequency response): it's the speakers that make the difference. A modern equivalent speaker you could try is the Kef IQ10. Or Dali Lektor 2s. What HiFi like the Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 but I don't necessarily trust their judgement: useful as starting point though.

My recommendation would be to get a relatively cheap amp from Richer Sounds. The £90 Cambridge Audi Azur 340A is a complete bargain. Then plunge as much money as you can into bookshelf speakers. The best thing to do is listen to different speakers. Also don't spend much on cables or speaker wire: hifi shops usually con you into that, sometimes with the "10% rule".

But this looks very cool and is self-contained: no wires. However the speakers are very close together so you don't get very good stereo imaging. Usually, due to the way the Zeppelin is displayed in shops, people audition this system standing quite close, which is not how most people listen to music (sitting further away).

It depends, if you want really good sound then a proper separates system is the way to go. If you don't have much room, want something really neat and tidy and a bit cool looking then this is good (and this deal is about £50 less than the norm). It sounds much better than the average iPod dock too. Also the B&W has a built-in DAC so you can connect an optical audio input from a PC for example. This is quite a good feature. The amp I mentioned above doesn't have a digital input but does have lots more inputs than the Zeppelin so you can connect more than one device. It also has a headphone socket which I don't believe the Zeppelin has.

PS I have B&W floorstanders in my living room and they are epic.

Edited By: alasrati on Nov 14, 2010 14:16
#6
Am I right in thinking "Weekend10" is just for large kitchen appliances?
I just tried to use it on a TV and failed.
#7
alasrati


But this looks very cool and is self-contained: no wires....

It depends, if you want really good sound then a proper separates system is the way to go. If you don't have much room, want something really neat and tidy and a bit cool looking then this is good


Totally agree. The only real benefit of this is the compactness (is that even a real word) of it.
#8
Very Good Price !! I paid more for mine last year :( We went to the Apple store to test it against the Bose sound & it sounded better than Bose !! I read lots of reviews & did quite alot of research before purchasing & all of them spoke very highly about it.

Overall, i haven't got anything bad to say about it. Looks & sounds great. Just purchased the wall bracket for it £50 - which makes it look & sound even better than when sitting on a unit.

I would definatly recommend this to anyone. :3
#9
Yeah Bose is absolute garbage.
banned#10
paolo
alasrati
But this looks very cool and is self-contained: no wires....It depends, if you want really good sound then a proper separates system is the way to go. If you don't have much room, want something really neat and tidy and a bit cool looking then this is good
Totally agree. The only real benefit of this is the compactness (is that even a real word) of it.

You don't even need to waste part of the budget on an amp....just buy the best active speakers you can get for £350...they blow this thing away....something like the Aktimate Mini, which comes with a built in ipod dock


Edited By: slamdunkin on Nov 14, 2010 15:46: .
#11
I wouldn't call a separate amp a waste of part of the budget, as with active speakers you are still paying for amplification. A separate integrated amp is also a lot more flexible (more inputs, don't need to replace the amp if a speaker blows, can upgrade speakers, repurpose the bookshelf speakers as rears for a surround set-up at a later date, add a phono stage for vinyl, etc).

Most budget active speakers don't compare favourably to passive speakers designed for hifi use anyway, especially gimmicky ones with ipod docks. :p
banned#12
I think you need to do some more research into the speakers I suggested and compare them to a cheap amp and speaker combo.
#13
Fair enough, I haven't heard those ones.

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