My favorite Zeppelin Mini feature is the ability to stream music content from a PC or Mac via a USB cable, which will surely make Zeppelin users envious. Even better, if you add an Apple Airport Express, you can stream your iTunes library wirelessly to the Mini with its analog input. Be aware, however, because Zeppelin lovers will readily point out that they can connect their player to the Airport Express via an optical digital connection. There are advantages to seniority.
Zeppelin Meets Zeppelin Mini
Although the Mini is smaller, expect rich, clear sound quality, albeit with a little less bass due to smaller drivers than the Zeppelin. And when placed against a wall, the rear-facing port makes the bass a bit fuller. Regardless, it's easy to listen to whether you're enjoying music or talk.
The egg-shaped remote control operates many iPod functions and it also controls iTunes song selection and volume when connected to a computer via a USB cable (not supplied). As I sit here writing, I can listen to music, talk, podcasts or any content in my library while iTunes runs in the background.
You can make the Zeppelin Mini your alarm clock and awaken to your favorite music by using the alarm or sleep function in your iPod or iPhone.
- Speakers: Two 3" full range
- Amplifier: Digital amplifier with 18 watts x 2 and Digital Signal Processing
- Frequency range: -6 dB at 38 Hz and 20 kHz
- Inputs: 3.5mm analog mini jack, USB 2.0, 30-pin iPod/iPhone connector
- Features: USB streaming from Mac or PC
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 12.6" x 6.8" x 4"
- Weight: 5.5 lbs.
- Price: $399