Category: iOS

Got a Zeppelin Air? Upgrade its firmware now.

All in all, after several months of using it, I can strongly recommend the B & W Zeppelin Air. It’s a truly great iPod/iPhone speaker, filling even larger rooms with quite impressive depths and crisp heights. And in contrast to its competitors (e.g. think of the lousy hardware of the otherwise innovative Sonos speakers – what a pity!), you can see, feel and hear its excellent build quality. It’s been engineered by the guys who equip the famous Abbey Road Studios, supply the audio system for Jaguars and invented extravagant speakers like the Nautilus, after all.

The only thing which wasn’t satisfying so far, is the Zeppelin Air’s buggy default (software) implementation of Airplay, i.e. that the Zeppelin Air lost the Wifi connection after a while in stand-by mode. As I finally found out, all that’s needed to fix this is a firmware upgrade to version 2.00.24 [updated 20120930]. At least, my Zeppelin Air hasn’t ever lost its Wifi connection anymore since. So, if you experience Wifi connectivity issues with your Zeppelin Air (likely), don’t hesitate and upgrade the Zeppelin’s firmware now, although it’s somewhat cumbersome (you need a suitable USB cable, e.g. from an external hard drive or printer, as this isn’t included in spite of the Zeppelin’s upmarket price). It’s well worth it!

Zeppelin Air firmware download at Bowers & Wilkins Support.

Essential iOS apps: Headquake by Sonic Emotion

Headquake® by Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D offers the listening experience on the go. Headquake is the world’s premier sound enhancement app out there that takes you to another dimension! Listen to your iTunes library of music in a never before heard quality, that is personalized to your favorite type of headphones. You will listen to music as if you were there live and not wearing headphones! 

Headquake is plug and play. The app will automatically sync your iTunes music so all you need to do is press play and enjoy! 

Headquake is available with unlimited use at $.99.

Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D Sound – the listening experience for all consumer audio products.

The depth that Headquake adds to a plain stereo signal is amazing. When listening to music on my iPhone I always use Headquake, if possible.