B&Wの iPodサウンドシステム Zeppelin Mini

Takashi Yamazoe
Takashi Yamazoe
2009年10月16日, 午後 03:22 in Bowers Wilkins

高級オーディオメーカーのBowers & Wilkinsが、iPodサウンドシステム Zeppelin Miniの予約受付を開始しました。Zeppelin Miniはラグビーボールのようなデザインで約$1000と高価だったZeppelinの小型版。価格も299ポンド・米ドルで399.95とダウンサイズされています。出荷は11月上旬の予定。

仕様はZeppelin譲りのDSP内蔵デジタルアンプユニット搭載、ドックアームはCover Flow操作用に90°回転可能。卵型のリモコンが付属します。接続コネクタはシンプルに30pin iPodドックコネクタ、3.5mmアナログミニジャック、USB2.0ポートのみ。USB経由でMac/PCと同期可能。Zeppelin MiniはZeppelinと違い特徴的なデザインではなくなってしまいましたが、機能面ではZeppelinを踏襲しているようです。

現時点ではamazon.comの予約は米国内のみでの取り扱いとなっています。日本のB&Wサイトでは現在 Coming Soon 表示で価格なし。$399.95でもまだ他社のiPodミニスピーカーよりは高価だと思ってはいけません。B&Wのほかのスピーカーと比較するとかなりお値打ち品です。 続きはプレスリリース。


Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini Available for Pre-Order Today at Amazon.com

N. Reading, MA-October 5, 2009-Two years ago, the iconic Zeppelin from Britain's' renowned audio manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins redefined what could be expected from a one-piece iPod® speaker system. The sculpturally tapered, beautifully finished active-loudspeaker music solution for the iPod proved that playback from Apple's personal music player can indeed deliver glorious musical sound for all to enjoy. With Zeppelin's unprecedented collection of glowing reviews and prestigious awards still growing, we now welcome a new member of the family, the Zeppelin Mini. Substantially smaller but every bit as elegant, the Zeppelin Mini attains the same high standard of sound quality, and delivers astounding clean volume potential, deep-bass impact and extension from such a diminutive package.

Like its larger sibling, the Zeppelin Mini incorporates multiple Bowers & Wilkins core technologies to achieve unprecedented performance. B&W's unrivaled expertise in loudspeaker design is exemplified by the Mini's use of two newly developed, full-range, 3-inch fiberglass drivers. The uniquely slotted cone and very long-throw "motor" deliver unprecedented range and dynamics for such a compact transducer. B&W's extensive experience in digital signal processing (DSP) proved just as important, supplying advanced processing including proprietary dynamic equalization that maximizes the drivers' abilities to produce jaw-dropping volume and full-bodied sound. The Zeppelin Mini's two leading-edge Class D ("digital") amplifiers ensure plenty of power (18W each) from ultra-compact, nearly cold-running circuitry.

Pre-order now to be one of the first to experience Zeppelin Mini's incredible sound, intelligent design and elegant connectivity.

The Zeppelin Mini has a suggested retail price of $399.95.


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