The aerophobic Z2, the first speaker dock from Bowers & Wilkins that doesn’t look like a dirigible and doesn’t cost $600, would still be easy to pick out in a police lineup of compact, midpriced systems.
Though it lacks the drama, and wingspan, of Bower & Wilkins’ Zeppelin Air, it’s curvy enough that an aerial view recalls a slightly sloped, pointed NASCAR oval. At 12.6 inches, about half the width of the original Zeppelin Air, it’s also better suited to a bookshelf, desktop or kitchen counter corner.
And that itty-bitty dock connector? The Z2 is among the first speaker docks with Apple’s new Lightning connector: If you don’t have an iPhone 5, you’ll need an adapter to fit an old-school iPhone or iPod. (The Z2 does not accommodate iPads.)