B&W Zeppelin Air or B&O Beosound 8

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Hero887, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. Hero887, Feb 3, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2013

    macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    UPDATE: its okay not, problem solved. I went for the Beosound. please ignore this topic now

    Can someone help me decide?

    I found these two for the same price
    Zeppelin Air £499
    Beosound 8 £499.99 http://www.zavvi.com/electronics/ipod-docks/bang-olufsen-beosound-8-black/10644006.html (even less on ebay £450 but i'd rather pay a bit more to buy froma reputable retailer like Zavvi)

    Which has the best sound?

    I read that the Beosound 8 has better clarity and stereo separation. The Zeppelin Air has bigger bass but can be a bit over powering.

    Zeppelin Air has AIRPLAY but a Airport Express can be attached to the Beosound 8 to give it airplay even though that would mean the DAC in the airport express is used instead of the DAC inside the Beosound.

    I like the design of them both so thats not a factor.

    anyone heard both of these before?

    any advice would be appreciated, I have searched tirelessly on google.

    thanks again
  2. macrumors member


    May 31, 2010
    B&O have an excellent reputation for quality. Havent listened to either but I was shopping around for a bit and the discount on the B&O (its now superceded by the model with airplay) should get you an excellent system at a tolerable price.

    -- just noticed you bought the B&O already. What is it like?
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    I bought the B&W MM-1 and Zepplin Air. Both are awesome.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    wow beosound 8 is 2x the price to the zepplin in the US, $1150 vs $600, incredible deal for the beosound based on that.

    I see that's the choice you made, great :p
  5. macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    The B&O is a bargain at £499 - which is why I guess it's sold out.

    Buying B&O might seem ridiculously expensive, but, you will get some of the best engineering and quality I've ever experienced from a consumer product, and they hold their prices ridiculously well. That is a speaker you'll be able to use for 5-10 years, and sell for over half what you paid for it (and buying at £500, I'd be shocked if you got less than £400 for it years down the line).

    I bought the BeoPlay A8 (same speaker, but with AirPlay) on our company discount scheme for £449. Best purchase I've ever made by far. The sound is incredible. If only I could afford the A9 :D
  6. Hero887, Feb 7, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013

    thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Its great thanks. Sounds very nice and the design is awesome looking. So glad I got it now :) don't know how it compares to other high end docks though as i've not listened to others.

    Thank you. Btw does your Beoplay A8 make a hissing sound when not playing? Its the powerpack probably. I am quite sensitive to it and have to unpug my unit before I go to bed otherwise the hissing sound will really keep me up.

  7. macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    I can't say I've noticed it, but it's too far away from my bed to notice anyway. The only observation I have with it is that it gets quite warm, even when in standby.

    Have you tried plugging it into a socket in a different room? And is it plugged into a surge protector?
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Thanks. Yeah it probably is too close to my bed like 2 metres away lol. I did what you suggested and got a new surge protector extension socket and the noise has seem to have reduced to the point that it doesn't bother me or I can hardly hear it unless I go right up to it.
  9. macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Haha no worries! A decent surge protector does seem to do a good job of filtering that crap out. Plus, I always have my expensive electronics on a surge protector!

    Have you found the adjuster switch on it too? There's a tiny switch on the back (under the removable panel, in the top corner) which changes the sound on whether it's in a corner, against a wall or in the open. Makes a massive difference.

    Also - once you go B&O you won't go back! :p
  10. macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2009
    Midwest USA
    I'd like to point out this will vary significantly based on where the buyer lives. If you are in a metropolitan area, perhaps. Rural Idaho? Unlikely. They do hold their value well to the right person, but you have to find a buyer, ideally local.

    Not a large market segment for something this nice.
  11. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    thanks yeah I found that switch. I changed it to corner since I have it on top of a chest of draws by a wall and a bookcase. Its made the sound more clear with less bass. I dunno which I prefer, will keep playing around.
  12. macrumors member


    Mar 28, 2011
    Hitchin, UK
    questions for those Zeppelin air owners. if you stream music to this unit via iTunes or you phone, do you notice any drop in audio quality vs playing audio direct via a docked device? if the quality of streamed music is equal to that of a docked device then I can forget about buying a classic 7g!
  13. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    I read online that the quality drops slightly. On my Beosound 8 I have an airport express attached to it and I definitely notice a difference in sound quality compared to when I have my iphone docked on it. But maybe that is because via airport express it is not using the B&O DAC but the one in the airport express instead.

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