Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Speaker

Both the Zeppelin Air and the Zeppelin Mini took a real show to being among the best AirPlay speakers, and its company, the Bowers & Wilkins, seemed not to stop in providing the bigger—yet the most compact—ones to make music a lot better in its own industry. Recently, B&O introduced another breed of i-players in the name of Z2, and though it features almost the same signature and striking appeal, it also comes in a new upgrade: a lightning connector instead of the usual 30-pin docking system. We’d love to know if it’s worth the wait.

By ‘wait’ I actually mean that the Bowers & Wilkins Z2 is actually available for now in a black model, and the white one is said to be available not sooner than May. The Z2 is also priced no lower than $330, and that means it somehow promises a higher degree of luxury to existing B&O fans. Having the said lightning connector also means that the Z2 is not really for ALL Apple device owners. Said to be compatible for only iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod Nano, you can never enjoy this speaker system otherwise than plugging-in an auxiliary port to make your non-compatible device work.

The upgrade to a lightning connector is really awesome in a big degree despite that it would sure anger owners of previous Apple devices. What made this docking upgrade even more surprising is that, it is properly designed to make it look like it’s not there, hence making the overall Z2 look like it doesn’t have one. The docking system incorporated in the Z2 uses a recessed space that looked like a handle bar on the top-front surface of the model. Taking a closer and overview look, you’ll see the lightning connector sitting there quietly, though I would wish there’s a cover as well since for sure a lot of its potential users would prefer playing this device wirelessly via an Ethernet connection at the back. Lastly, the connector can also be angled vertically to give a more convenient viewing angle on the playing device being docked.

You heard it right, so far as I know, the Bowers & Wilkins Z2 does not really support a network of its own and you have to connect it to a network to enjoy. Thankfully, without a device docked, the Bowers & Wilkins Z2 can be set-up and controlled via its own free app for iOS. There’s also a cute flat egg-shaped remote control that comes in a highly glossy finish. I love the remote actually not only because it is so admirable, but because with its size and texture it can slip easily on your pocket. For the rest of the controls, one thing unique also in this Z2 of B&O is its on-plane volume buttons that are physically protruding to be felt but are actually capacitive in function.

Featuring two 3.5mm class-D drivers with the same golf-ball-textured Flowport at the back, the Bowers & Wilkins Z2 is said to be capable of delivering pristine sound at an exceptionally higher volume beyond its size. Bodied in a glass-filed ABS enclosure, the Z2 is not really meant to be portable, not only because it has no battery on it, but also because it weighs 2.6kg for its 180x320x100mm body profile. The design itself thankfully is fitting for an elegant furniture body in the interior of the house, and though it needs some few wires to work, you won’t bother it’s there not until you hear how loud it is. I have no question actually with its volume level, but since there’s not any bass driver on it, you won’t really anticipate heart-pounding low-end frequencies here.

So far those are all my impressions in this Bowers & Wilkins Z2, and I would really love to meet the white version of it, which for me is not that appealing as this black model that we have. I am not surprised as to how good this system can sound, but like many Apple users, I am a bit worried actually to learn that this new model needs only a fraction of Apple users to enjoy it in its premium price and qualifications.

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Wireless Speaker Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 17,000.00

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