Bowers & Wilkins Z2 Speaker with Apple Lightning and Apple AirPlay

Product information

The Bowers & Wilkins Z2 slips exceptional audio into a compact monolithic design that’s portable enough to be placed anywhere in your home. Apple AirPlay enabled for seamless audio streaming, it’s also fully equipped with a Lightning connector for docking the latest Apple devices. Of course it wouldn’t be a Bowers & Wilkins speaker without some elegant design touches like capacitive volume control and a cleverly secluded docking port.

Key benefits:

  • Designed for discretion. The Bowers & Wilkins Z2 is designed to perform in out-of-the-way areas with a compact design that’s right at home on bookshelves and desks.
  • Portability doesn’t mean compromise on power. With a combined 50W output, the Z2 is powerful enough to fill any room.
  • Apple AirPlay allows you to enjoy your music wirelessly or via Ethernet from your iPod, iPhone, iPad or computer through your network. Easy to use - your favourite tunes can follow you all over the house without tricky wired audio setups.
  • A subtle LED array makes navigating functions (and tracking it down in dark rooms) simple.
  • Amazing audio isn’t just reserved for Apple devices. The handy 3.5mm stereo port allows you to connect just about any audio source.
  • Flowport technology works to keep bass performance tight and controlled. It even helps to cut down on distortion at higher volumes.
  • Digital signal processing and high-quality digital-to-analogue converters help produce the kind of natural, spacious sound you’d expect from much larger systems.

Bowers & Wilkins
Compatible with
Apple iPod, iPhone (Lightning models)
AirPlay, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm auxiliary input
H18 x W32 x D10cm
Eligible for International Delivery
Model name / number
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
Power Supply
Mains operated
Radio tuner
Speaker output Information The total output measured in watts. The higher the number, the louder the sound.


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Q & As

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by I love this!! Needed a speaker that is powerful enough to fill my open plan house for a party and this is fab - good looking too - I use this everyday, would def recommend this. 18 November 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good piece of kit! I have had my eye on this for a while, the recent price drop (it's halved!) made me re-visit my this cracking little speaker! It's small, but powerful with a very tight bass, a good level of detail and still has a good 'stereo" sound (it passed the Bohemian Rhapsody test). You need to give it some space and distance, placing it at ear height. Listening to it in store didn't really do it justice. I was amazed with the sound quality and detail. Every now and again it reminds me it's not my hi-fi (it suddenly sounds 'boxy' as it has no tweeters), but most of the time I can't tell the difference. The build quality is excellent - feels solid. It looks very classy too. My only concern is its lifespan - it supports iPhone 5 and AirPlay, but technology changes so rapidly these days, when will it become unusable? 08 November 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent sounding speaker! I am a bit of an audiophile, but still have a budget to stick to. I bought this speaker after a recommendation from a friend, and the fact the price point has been lowered substantially. I needed an upgrade in my new kitchen and this speaker fitted the requirement perfectly. As you would expect from Bowers & Wilkins, the sound this small speaker produces is astonishing and needs to be heard. It will go very loud and retain its clarity. The bass is strong and not too overpowering, and the middle and treble are well balanced. Build quality is superb, and setup is easy with the iOS app. I do not use it as a dock, as I stream via Airplay from my iPad. So far this has been working fine across my wireless network with no interruptions. For the money, you cannot go wrong with this speaker. Highly recommended. 04 October 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by wow - amazing for such a small speaker it sounds amazing, great quality, easy set up and looks great! - i'd recomend this 10 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by amzingly simple bit of kit When I saw this I couldn't believe at the quality and ability, after downloading the app I was also amazed at how easy to set it up and the sound was awesome, who needs to spend lots of money on outdated Sonos! 09 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Outstanding! I'd been thinking for ages about buying an Airplay speaker in order to have my iTunes music in the kitchen - spotted this at a special price & bought immediately I'm no audiophile, but the sound quality is outstanding, really good bass from such a small unit, and feels like it can handle serious volume without distortion Wi-fi setup very straightforward, I used the Mac app and it took less than a minute (there's an iOS app too, which is equally easy to use). I did have a few wi-fi signal issues early on - the unit would drop off the network after a few hours of not being used, and need powering off and on again to get it going. However, I suspected this was a problem with my wi-fi router (an Orange Brightbox) rather than the B&W unit. I bought an Apple Airport Express wi-fi base station and switched off the wi-fi on my Brightbox, and it's been perfect ever since. Also, it's a brilliant feature that the remote allows you to pause/skip tracks even if they're playing on the computer in the next room via the Airplay system. All in all, highly recommended - and if you have wi-fi issues, check your router before thinking there's a problem with the B&W. Enjoy! 11 May 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Quality Audio as you'd expect This is a quality little product in every sense of the word. Primarily it is made with the same technology as the bigger A5 and A7 and so as you would expect it produces great sonics and easily fills a medium room space if like me you didn't have the money for the other models (I got this on a temporary promotion thanks JL). The airplay has worked well for me and the lightning dock is helpful and also charges your iphone. Aesthetically it is also a thing of beauty and the dock is discreet unlike some other competitors; indeed from some angles due to it being recessed it is not even seen. This as you would expect from B&W and JL is the best of British! 11 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Speaker I was very impressed when i first got in out of the box and found how easy it is to set up. If you require the Airplay to be enabled you must have a apple device and download the Bowers & Wilkins app of the app store. if you don't require Airplay to be enabled you can just plug your devices strait in. The app is so strait forward to set up the Airplay feature for apple devices, just plug in your Z2 speaker and follow the on screen instructions. I would personally recommend you do active the Airplay feature as you can use it anywhere in your house when connected to the same Wi-fi network as the Z2 is as long as its plugged in. I would even say its the best speaker i've ever owned and will be keeping it for as long as possible. Unfortunately if you have an android device or any other devices other than a apple device you cannot take advantage of Airplay or the dock, but you can you the AUX input in the back of the speaker. Devices that are compatible with use of Airplay and the docking port: iPhone 5 iPhone 5s iPhone 5c iPod Touch 5th gen Devices that are just compatible for the use of Airplay: iPhone 4s (or later), iPad 2 (or later), iPad mini, or iPod touch (5th generation) Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) Jake John Lewis Partner - Trafford 15 December 2013
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