Whether you currently use a Zeppelin Mini or a Bose SoundDock, or you're looking for a new combination speaker system/docking station for your iPod, reviewing the similarities and differences of the Zeppelin Mini or a Bose SoundDock can help you evaluate their respective design and performance characteristics. According to CNET Reviews, while the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Mini is compact and stylish, it is lacking in the sound department; the latest incarnation of the SoundDock -- the Bose SoundDock 10 -- looks classy and "sounds excellent."
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One of the most noticeable design differences between the Zeppelin Mini and the Bose SoundDock is that with the Zeppelin Mini, a user's iPod fits on top of the unit's speaker, while with the SoundDock, a user's iPod fits in front of the speaker. In addition, while the Zeppelin Mini has a rounded, oval design -- reminiscent of a blimp or zeppelin -- the SoundDock has a rectangular design. When it comes to size, the Zeppelin Mini is smaller with dimensions of 12.6 inches wide by 3.9 inches deep by 7.9 inches high. In comparison, the SoundDock is 17 inches wide by 9.6 inches deep by 8.7 inches high. Of the two units, the Zeppelin Mini is lighter at 2.49kg. The SoundDock, in comparison, weighs 8.39kg.
The Zeppelin Mini and the Bose SoundDock both provide an iPod docking station as well as a 3.5mm, mini-phone stereo audio line input for connecting other audio devices. However, each unit also allows for a connection that the other does not. While the Zeppelin Mini includes a universal serial bus 2.0 port for connecting to computers, the SoundDock includes a composite video output for connecting to TVs and monitors.
Of the two speaker system/docking station units, the Bose SoundDock offers more compatibility than the Zeppelin Mini. Both units are compatible with the iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. However, only the SoundDock is compatible with the iPod mini, the iPod photo and the iPod with video.
Unlike the Zeppelin Mini, the Bose SoundDock feature Bose's patented acoustic Waveguide technology. The technology utilises a long, folded tube, called a Waveguide, which transports sounds waves from an internalised loudspeaker out to the air surrounding the SoundDock. The primary advantage of Waveguide technology is that it allows the SoundDock to produce deeper bass notes, or low-end sounds, without suffering from distortion or other audio interference.
The power input requirements of the Zeppelin Mini and the Bose SoundDock vary slightly. While the Zeppelin Mini requires between 100 V and 240 V at 50/60 Hz, the SoundDock requires between 100 V and 120 V at 50/60 Hz.
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