Bowers & Wilkins Z2

7.8/10 AVG.
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  • Bowers & Wilkins Z2
  • Bowers & Wilkins Z2
  • Bowers & Wilkins Z2
  • Bowers & Wilkins Z2
  • Bowers & Wilkins Z2
  • Bowers & Wilkins Z2

Specs / Features


Amazing sound, effortless wireless streaming with AirPlay, a Lightning connector and a design that fits almost anywhere. | Apple AirPlay technology lets you stream music wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. | Custom drivers constructed from stiff, light, glass fibre cones create a natural sound that disperses smoothly throughout any room. | Supported by Bowers & Wilkins' free Control app for easy setup. | Bowers & Wilkins' Z2 Wireless Music System comes with a 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer including Amazon.com (indicated by ships fro... More

Amazing sound, effortless wireless streaming with AirPlay, a Lightning connector and a design that fits almost anywhere. | Apple AirPlay technology lets you stream music wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. | Custom drivers constructed from stiff, light, glass fibre cones create a natural sound that disperses smoothly throughout any room. | Supported by Bowers & Wilkins' free Control app for easy setup. | Bowers & Wilkins' Z2 Wireless Music System comes with a 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer including Amazon.com (indicated by ships from and sold by Amazon.com).

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Specification

Brand Bowers & Wilkins
Model Z2
Size 29 x 29 cm (11.4 x 11.4 in)

Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


What Hi-Fi

Good, but it needs to offer more scale and non-Apple streaming to compete fully

from What Hi-Fi

The Z2 remains a really engaging and pleasing speaker, and its attractive design and smooth sound will win over many hearts.

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The Z2 remains a really engaging and pleasing speaker, and its attractive design and smooth sound will win over many hearts.

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Crutchfield

An easy, cost-effective way to add music to any room

from Crutchfield

I don't have any gripes with the Z2 — though if I did, it would be the Lightning dock. No, it has nothing to do with its design or function. But rather, its presence could make people who don’t own an iPhone 5 overlook this very fine speaker. AirPlay is the real story here, opening up this speaker to any Apple user — even PC owners who use iTunes. And because the Lightning connector appears to be the connector for future Apple portables, there’s no reason for iPhone 4 users to look askew at the Z2. After all, you’re going to be upgrading in another year or two, aren’t you?...

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I don't have any gripes with the Z2 — though if I did, it would be the Lightning dock. No, it has nothing to do with its design or function. But rather, its presence could make people who don’t own an iPhone 5 overlook this very fine speaker. AirPlay is the real story here, opening up this speaker to any Apple user — even PC owners who use iTunes. And because the Lightning connector appears to be the connector for future Apple portables, there’s no reason for iPhone 4 users to look askew at the Z2. After all, you’re going to be upgrading in another year or two, aren’t you?

The possibilities and growing popularity of AirPlay make the Bowers & Wilkins Z2 a good building block for multi-room audio for use with iTunes. But by itself, The Z2 is an easy, cost-effective way to add music to any room (or rooms), offering excellent sound quality and hearty output while still being small enough to pick up and move from one room to another.

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Cnet

A nice speaker that fails to wow

from Cnet

Bowers & Wilkins makes nice products, and the Z2 is an attractive little AirPlay speaker that sounds good for its size. Why I'm being a little more critical is that since its launch back in April, there are just a lot more wireless speaker choices out there and the Z2 doesn't stand out as much as it should, particularly at its $400 price point. The fact is, you can get two Sonos Play:1 speakers for the same price, and while they don't have the iPhone/iPod dock, the Play:1 one's the better value for wireless streaming....

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Bowers & Wilkins makes nice products, and the Z2 is an attractive little AirPlay speaker that sounds good for its size. Why I'm being a little more critical is that since its launch back in April, there are just a lot more wireless speaker choices out there and the Z2 doesn't stand out as much as it should, particularly at its $400 price point. The fact is, you can get two Sonos Play:1 speakers for the same price, and while they don't have the iPhone/iPod dock, the Play:1 one's the better value for wireless streaming.

That said, if you really want a speaker with a built-in Lightning dock, there's nothing wrong with the Z2. I'm just not sure it's worth the premium you're paying for it along with the AirPlay support.

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Chip Chick

It offers a warm and inviting listening experience

from Chip Chick

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 is leading the pack in the crowded compact iPhone 5 / iOS device speaker market. It offers a warm and inviting listening experience, and while the sonics are balanced, the bass is very impressive for such a small speaker too. Furthermore, its slim and black design doesn&rs...More

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 is leading the pack in the crowded compact iPhone 5 / iOS device speaker market. It offers a warm and inviting listening experience, and while the sonics are balanced, the bass is very impressive for such a small speaker too. Furthermore, its slim and black design doesn’t impose on a room, but it actually enhances it, while the small footprint keeps it out of sight. The Z2 is a small treasure hiding in the shadows. So much so that you’ll fool people into thinking that there is a larger speaker hidden somewhere in the room. Would it have been nice for it to also have some sort of bluetooth connectivity for music streaming from other devices – sure. But for now, this is an iOS exclusive system and we are fine with that . The Bowers & Wilkins Z2 retails for $399.99, and it’s also available in a choice of white or black. Granted, you can easily find a similarly sized iPhone 5 dock for less then the cost of the Z2, but we highly recommend shelling out the extra cash for the amazing audio experience you’ll get from the Z2.

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T3

The Z2 is the right size, shape, build, it's ergonomically satisfying and reassuringly solid

from T3

The B&W Z2 should definitely be on your shopping list if you're in search of a secondary wireless speaker system for your home. The sound quality is very good for the outlay, if not quite consistent throughout the range, and it will look very good on the shelf wherever you put it.

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The B&W Z2 should definitely be on your shopping list if you're in search of a secondary wireless speaker system for your home. The sound quality is very good for the outlay, if not quite consistent throughout the range, and it will look very good on the shelf wherever you put it.

Our two main reservations with it, however, are that the lack of Bluetooth makes it a bit of a no-no for anyone who uses Android and that we'd have to recommend the Cambridge Audio Minx Air 100 because it fills all the gaps that the B&W leaves and for exactly the same price, too.

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Macworld

It sounds exceptional

from Macworld

Bowers & Wilkins’s $800 A7 remains the priciest AirPlay speaker I’ve tested, and it sounds exceptional. The company’s Z2 costs half as much, but it still sounds very, very good. While the Z2 can’t rival the A7’s sound, it’s far more affordable, it’s c...More

Bowers & Wilkins’s $800 A7 remains the priciest AirPlay speaker I’ve tested, and it sounds exceptional. The company’s Z2 costs half as much, but it still sounds very, very good. While the Z2 can’t rival the A7’s sound, it’s far more affordable, it’s considerably smaller, and it offers a Lightning dock for wired playback and device charging. I haven’t tested a better AirPlay speaker for this price.

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TechCrunch

A solid little speaker for a fair price

from TechCrunch

The Z2 wireless Airplay speaker from Bowers & Wilkins is a perfectly suitable option for those of us looking for a sightly, powerful, and compact speaker system. Anyone who’s already invested in Bowers & Wilkins systems before, like the Zeppelin Air or the A line should be especiall...More

The Z2 wireless Airplay speaker from Bowers & Wilkins is a perfectly suitable option for those of us looking for a sightly, powerful, and compact speaker system. Anyone who’s already invested in Bowers & Wilkins systems before, like the Zeppelin Air or the A line should be especially considerate of the sexy little Z2, as it will fit in seamlessly with your current set-up in a relatively quieter room or space like a bedroom or bathroom.

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Digital Trends

This speaker’s elegant design, flawless wireless performance, and stellar upper register make it a serious contender

from Digital Trends

At $400, the Z2 is still a bit of an investment for such a compact wireless speaker/dock, but we think it’s a worthwhile one. Though we wished for a bit more warmth and fullness in the Z2’s tone at times, it consistently displayed its prowess for brilliant clarity and immaculate detai...More

At $400, the Z2 is still a bit of an investment for such a compact wireless speaker/dock, but we think it’s a worthwhile one. Though we wished for a bit more warmth and fullness in the Z2’s tone at times, it consistently displayed its prowess for brilliant clarity and immaculate detail throughout our listening sessions. This speaker’s elegant design, flawless wireless performance, and stellar upper register make it a serious contender in the mid to high-end wireless speaker market.

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PC Magazine

Elegantly designed, yet relatively affordable

from PC Magazine

Bowers & Wilkins is a well-respected, high-end brand for audio equipment, but have only recently reached further into the consumer realm. The Z2 ($399.99 list) is the least expensive product we've seen from the company yet—and it's a stunner. We've been waiting for a while for a do-it-a...More

Bowers & Wilkins is a well-respected, high-end brand for audio equipment, but have only recently reached further into the consumer realm. The Z2 ($399.99 list) is the least expensive product we've seen from the company yet—and it's a stunner. We've been waiting for a while for a do-it-all speaker with a Lightning connector and wireless capability. The Z2 packs all of this into a conveniently sized dock with surprisingly transparent and natural sound. It's not perfect, but it certainly raises the bar for the kind of audio you can expect in a mid-price system, and is our new Editors' Choice for speaker docks, replacing the JBL OnBeat Xtreme.

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TrustedReviews

A classy smaller dock that produces good sound quality in a small package

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It’s clever, easy to use, and has sound that we’d happily listen to casually. However, there are naturally limitations in a speaker box this small. Bass depth and sound separation are fairly limited, as is treble detailing – not surprising given the lack of separate tweeters.

These are all things to expect from something that relies on a pair of fairly small drivers, but is something that we find hard to swallow when paying over £300. It’s a problem of many smaller AirPlay docks, which command up to a £100 premium over their non-wireless counterparts. AirPlay doesn’t come cheap, apparently....

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It’s clever, easy to use, and has sound that we’d happily listen to casually. However, there are naturally limitations in a speaker box this small. Bass depth and sound separation are fairly limited, as is treble detailing – not surprising given the lack of separate tweeters.

These are all things to expect from something that relies on a pair of fairly small drivers, but is something that we find hard to swallow when paying over £300. It’s a problem of many smaller AirPlay docks, which command up to a £100 premium over their non-wireless counterparts. AirPlay doesn’t come cheap, apparently.

However, if the cash means little to you and you’re after a classy smaller dock that produces good sound quality in a small package, the Bowers & Wilkins Z2 sounds like a winner.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

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75 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Bowers & Wilkins Z2. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

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