Bowers & Wilkins revives Zeppelin with AirPlay 2 and Alexa support.

Bowers & Wilkins has unveiled a new Zeppelin speaker with updated aesthetics and smarter functionality. The new speaker supports wireless protocols including Qualcomm’s AptX Adaptive and Apple’s AirPlay 2, as well as Alexa voice control for music playback.

The Zeppelin was one of the first iPod docks to hit the market when it debuted in 2007, and it’s been updated several times since then as music listening habits have evolved.

The B&W 2020 Zeppelin is the first in the company’s history to be completely wireless. There is a socket for power and a USB-C connection on the rear, but they’re only there for servicing rather than linking to a music source.

B&W also revealed that it will provide support for the Zeppelin as part of a multi-room system early next year. When it’s available, the functionality will let users combine multiple Zeppelins with B&W’s existing collection of connected Formation speakers.

Internally, the new Zeppelin features a pair of one-inch tweeters, two 3.5-inch mid-range speakers, and a single six-inch subwoofer driven by a total of 240W of amplification.

The Zeppelin was one of the most desirable all-in-one speakers on the market in the age of iPod docks. However, since then, it feels like Bowers & Wilkins has lost ground to Sonos and Amazon as multi-room audio and smart speakers have taken hold, respectively.