100 Best Gadgets Ever: The Connected Age

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B&W Zeppelin (2006)

100 best gadgets ever: the connected age

Bowers & Wilkins makes the speakers used at Abbey Road Studios, the spiritual home of The Beatles. That should give you an idea of how highly regarded the company is. So when it produced a speaker dock for the iPod and embraced the (then) anti-audiophile world of digital music, it was a pretty big deal. The Zeppelin shared Apple’s taste for premium design, but more importantly it sounded brilliant. Since then other hi-fi heavyweights have weighed in, including Marantz, NAD and B&O, dragging the stuffy old kingdom of turntables and interconnects into the brave new world of lossless file formats and, eventually, wireless streaming. This is one Zeppelin that didn’t go down in flames.

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