I have tried many airplay/bluetooth speakers over the last couple of years. From bose, philips, pioneer, ihome and anker to name the best. However this zipp mini i just bought for our kitchen is the best by an absolute mile. It is amazing is so many waysi like to use airplay as i like to use the whaale app to stream to multiple rooms so having an airplay speaker is my preference. The zipps airplay functionality is fantastic. Nice touches like being able to play when speaker is in standby means you never have to touch it. You can control it from your iphone. I’ve had no problems with jumpy playback as some people have said. I would put those symptoms down to a poor wifi signal or a poor quality router that can’t handle the data streams.
Finally. The speaker i have been looking for. After trying several alternatives i have found the speaker for me. It might not be the loudest, but it delivers a refined sound and can go plenty loud for me without breaking up or distorting. It’s also the swiss army knife of portable speakers, featuring bt, airplay, spotify connect, aux in, usb in, portability with 10 hours of battery, multi-room (stereo or left and right channels), internet radio built in, several colours etc etc. You pay for the privilege, but there is nothing out there that touches the zipp for it’s all rounded abilities. The only reservations i have is the time it takes for the app to load up the speakers, but that’s not really something one has to do that much. For the record, i tried a sonos 5 (overkill and quite expensive), yamaha wx010 (speakers went out of sync) and ruark mr1 mk2. (quality and finishing was not great on a £300+ speakers plus limited connectivity).
This is a great solution in the crossover of both. If you consider wifi speakers and bluetooth speakers as separate sets, this is a great solution in the crossover of both. That venn diagram set is quite small if you want home speakers that operate on wifi and allow zoning as well as being able to grab one and head off to the beach with it using your phone to drive it on bluetooth. The sound is great and i got a few admiring comments but i have a suspicion the bose soundlink is louder and better (but believe it doesn’t sync with other speakers or operate on apple airplay). I reckon sonos is better at home too – from sound and power point of view – but sonos aren’t a portable solution. My only gripe is that to take advantage of multiple speakers at home, the price is pretty prohibitive.
I already have several wireless speakers, all of them much smaller than this item, and i thought that they were pretty good. However, i have to say that in terms of quality of sound, this one totally blows the others out of the water. I now use it a lot, to play music from my phone or tablet (via bluetooth) or to listen to internet radio (via wi-fi). As is all too often the case these days, there’s an obligatory phone app as part of the package, and imo that’s what really lets this item down. Like several other reviewers, i found it a major hassle setting up my speaker using libratone’s own software. It seemed glitchy and non-intuitive – so much so that at first i thought there must be something wrong with my speaker.
Libratone Zipp Mini Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey : A capable speaker let down by execution. Firstly, i have to say, this is beautifully packaged. It feels like an apple product when unboxing and really sets you up to expect quality. Even the power charger is lovely- see enclosed photos. As products go, it does not get much better than this as a first impression. Once inside the box, the speaker itself is lifted out. This is not unmanageable but prevents it from being totally portable. The dial on the top is lovely, as is reminiscent of an early ipod click dial (including the early white).