Libratone Zipp Mini Wireless tooth and Wifi Speaker – Graphite Grey : Great speaker with good sound let down by flaky app.

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Stylish design & clear sound. The zipp mini is packaged and indeed feels like a quality device; it’s got a nice weight to it and a sturdy feel, and when handled you can tell that it’s made from quality materials. I originally gave it 4 stars, but a big flaw on the radio front meant i had to down-grade it (see later on). The review short version:sound quality: 3. 5 (depending on taste, see below)ease of setup: 3. 5ease of use: 4style: 4features/expandability: 5there are more things to consider; read on. Now i know you want to hear how it sounds, but i’ll treat this review like the device treats a user. You can’t use it until you set it up using their software, so that’s where the review will begin. Finding and downloading it is easy, with qr codes dotted around for android users (on the base of the device for example) and simple search of the app store for iphone/ios. Once installed, the first thing it makes you do is register (you can’t use the software if you don’t, but you can ask them to forget you afterwards) and it explains it will use data on how the device is used by you to improve its products. First black mark for me; even if anonymised, i don’t like this erosion of privacy that more things make you accept these days. You may feel differently of course. Once you get past this, you are challenged with actual setup. Instructions are scant, with a minimal icon based leaflet stored in the lid (see picture).

Fantastic flexibility but dodgy on wifi. I had these speakers recommended to me as a great portable music unit. I’ve owned them for 3 months now and great might be pushing it a little but i do like them. The plus points are easy to sum up. It looks good and the music quality is decent but you can get that from a number of brands, libratone is not tethered by the need for a plug socket. Airplay (i tend to play music through my iphone) drops out. The issue depends on the form of connectivity. Through bluetooth it’s generally fine, wifi is a different matter – it drops out all the time. When i have these issues i’ve checked the strength of signal on the libratone app and it generally say 80% (strong signal) and all other devices in our house have good connections. Doesn’t seem to matter though – libratone will play radio without issue but not airplay. Here are the specifications for the Libratone Zipp Mini Wireless tooth and Wifi Speaker – Graphite Grey:

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  • 360 degree FullRoom sound
  • Fully portable with built-in re-chargeable batteries
  • Stream any audio or video service including 1000’s of Internet radio stations via the Libratone app
  • Start with one, then pair up to six speakers around your home
  • Easy setup with touch controls and the Libratone app

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.

Very pleased, better than i expected. So far, so good ( have speakers for a couple of months now) i wanted speakers for airplay functionality, which is quite difficult to find at a reasonable cost. These are not cheap, but nor is the cost prohibitive. This is my third big name brand, started with pure contour and also have z2 bowers. Airplay- i have been really impressed with how painless the connection works to my iphone or macbook. As anyone who has ever tried airplay probably knows there are always problems with the signal being lost and delays. These are without a doubt the best speakers so far for that purpose as there have been no problems whatsoever. Hurrahradio – a surprise bonus has been the internet radio options also. Great choice although the app is a little fiddly and you can only save 5 favourites. Sound – absolutely excellent, especially given the compact size of the speakerstyling – i got the grey speaker and really like the subtle styling rather than a big ugly black boxdownsides- if i was being picky i would like an led type display on the speaker to show what is playing, but the libratone iphone app is fairly good as an alternative.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Very pleased, better than I expected
  • Fantastic flexibility but dodgy on wifi
  • Really great sound! Still some software bugs to fix soon 🙂

Stylish design & clear sound. The zipp mini is packaged and indeed feels like a quality device; it’s got a nice weight to it and a sturdy feel, and when handled you can tell that it’s made from quality materials. I originally gave it 4 stars, but a big flaw on the radio front meant i had to down-grade it (see later on). The review short version:sound quality: 3. 5 (depending on taste, see below)ease of setup: 3. 5ease of use: 4style: 4features/expandability: 5there are more things to consider; read on. Now i know you want to hear how it sounds, but i’ll treat this review like the device treats a user. You can’t use it until you set it up using their software, so that’s where the review will begin. Finding and downloading it is easy, with qr codes dotted around for android users (on the base of the device for example) and simple search of the app store for iphone/ios. Once installed, the first thing it makes you do is register (you can’t use the software if you don’t, but you can ask them to forget you afterwards) and it explains it will use data on how the device is used by you to improve its products. First black mark for me; even if anonymised, i don’t like this erosion of privacy that more things make you accept these days. You may feel differently of course. Once you get past this, you are challenged with actual setup. Instructions are scant, with a minimal icon based leaflet stored in the lid (see picture).

With the speaker on the landing window it fills the whole house with beautiful beautiful sound the app was easy enough to setup. Definitely a nervous buy with this, after reading all the mixed reviews i wasnt sure what to expectpleasantly surprised by the quality of the sound from this speaker. I live in a 3 bed new build house, with the speaker on the landing window it fills the whole house with beautiful beautiful soundthe app was easy enough to setup, doesnt get a 5 star because the app isnt as responsive as you would expect (well we are all spoilt by how quickly modern phones/tablets respond etc)would definitley recommend this over the sonos or bose speakers if only for the fact that it doesnt need mains powerblasted music for my nye party for 4-5 hours straight :).

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Really pleased with the device. Purchased the libtatone zipp from john lewis ( sorry amazon) having listened to it in a rather noisy shop environment. On getting it home and unpacked from its rather substantial tubular box i found it to be a quality product well made and an attractive design. I spent about 10 minutes setting it up using the libtatone app on an iphone 7. The instructions supplied are easy to follow and i soon had it playing music via airplay from my itunes library on my iphone. I also found it easy to set up bluetooth and play music from my google music. Sound quality from a speaker of this size is very good plenty of base plus good midrange unfortunately can’t comment on the top end due loss of high frequency hearing due to age, though my neighbor’s kid’s say it sounds ok. Volume level is more than adequate on internal battery or the power supply. Got to say my initial thoughts are that this is an excellent piece of kit even at £245. Will definitely buy at least another one (from amazon) as it possible to pair up to 6 together in different rooms.

This review is from : Libratone Zipp Mini Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Graphite Grey

Really pleased with the device. Purchased the libtatone zipp from john lewis ( sorry amazon) having listened to it in a rather noisy shop environment. On getting it home and unpacked from its rather substantial tubular box i found it to be a quality product well made and an attractive design. I spent about 10 minutes setting it up using the libtatone app on an iphone 7. The instructions supplied are easy to follow and i soon had it playing music via airplay from my itunes library on my iphone. I also found it easy to set up bluetooth and play music from my google music. Sound quality from a speaker of this size is very good plenty of base plus good midrange unfortunately can’t comment on the top end due loss of high frequency hearing due to age, though my neighbor’s kid’s say it sounds ok. Volume level is more than adequate on internal battery or the power supply. Got to say my initial thoughts are that this is an excellent piece of kit even at £245. Will definitely buy at least another one (from amazon) as it possible to pair up to 6 together in different rooms.
Like the boom from this speaker possibly need to use. Like the boom from this speakerpossibly need to use it more to learn better how to integrate the as speaker to my own devices.

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Like the boom from this speaker possibly need to use. Like the boom from this speakerpossibly need to use it more to learn better how to integrate the as speaker to my own devices.
Speaker sound quality is reasonable, although it keeps dropping connection which is very annoying having to sync speaker & ipod most times which can take 5-10 mins. Overall not worth the price tag.

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Speaker sound quality is reasonable, although it keeps dropping connection which is very annoying having to sync speaker & ipod most times which can take 5-10 mins. Overall not worth the price tag.
Early days with this speaker but so far so good, well for the main part. Early days with this speaker but so far so good, well for the main part. After fighting with this thing for an hour trying to setup through the android app i gave up and used a pc which took me all of 2 minutes to do, so if you can only set this up with a phone i would warn you away from it as i just could not get it to connect to my wireless network. Bluetooth worked fine, but i find the sound quality a little lacking when streaming this way. Setup aside this is a great bit of kit. It looks fantastic for starters. I went with the lagoon green model which is really nice. Obviously the main selling point for this speaker is the sound quality, which thankfully, is really good. I’m coming from an old sony speaker which has served me well over the years but this thing blows it away. I do find it quite bass heavy, and i don’t believe there is a way to adjust this aside from the pre-sets in the app.
Early days with this speaker but so far so good, well for the main part. Early days with this speaker but so far so good, well for the main part. After fighting with this thing for an hour trying to setup through the android app i gave up and used a pc which took me all of 2 minutes to do, so if you can only set this up with a phone i would warn you away from it as i just could not get it to connect to my wireless network. Bluetooth worked fine, but i find the sound quality a little lacking when streaming this way. Setup aside this is a great bit of kit. It looks fantastic for starters. I went with the lagoon green model which is really nice. Obviously the main selling point for this speaker is the sound quality, which thankfully, is really good. I’m coming from an old sony speaker which has served me well over the years but this thing blows it away. I do find it quite bass heavy, and i don’t believe there is a way to adjust this aside from the pre-sets in the app.

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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).
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).
But with an existing n300 router performance was not great and need to uprate my router to a dual. Would have rated 5 star but with an existing n300 router performance was not great and need to uprate my router to a dual band ac1900.
But with an existing n300 router performance was not great and need to uprate my router to a dual. Would have rated 5 star but with an existing n300 router performance was not great and need to uprate my router to a dual band ac1900.

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Great speaker and there are ways to fix the issues some have mentioned. I have several airplay speakers including ones from more well-known hi-fi manufacturers and the zipp is my clear favourite. So much so, i now have two and if i feel i need another airplay speaker, that will also be a zipp. I’m not going to repeat the other reviews but just confirm that the battery and the one-touch radio function are killer apps for me and i get annoyed at my other speakers–including more expensive ones–for not having these features. What i will talk about though is some of the negatives that have been mentioned in these reviews, the first is patchy airplay. Sadly airplay isn’t as solid as sonos’ wireless so there is no such thing as a 100% solid airplay speaker as airplay itself isn’t 100%. However, what i have found is that the zipp (and other airplay speakers) can be patchy when on a 2. I moved mine (and my phone and mac) onto a 5ghz network and pretty much all the airplay glitches went away. Second negative i’ll deal with is the sleep function.

This review is from : Libratone Zipp Mini Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Graphite Grey

Great speaker and there are ways to fix the issues some have mentioned. I have several airplay speakers including ones from more well-known hi-fi manufacturers and the zipp is my clear favourite. So much so, i now have two and if i feel i need another airplay speaker, that will also be a zipp. I’m not going to repeat the other reviews but just confirm that the battery and the one-touch radio function are killer apps for me and i get annoyed at my other speakers–including more expensive ones–for not having these features. What i will talk about though is some of the negatives that have been mentioned in these reviews, the first is patchy airplay. Sadly airplay isn’t as solid as sonos’ wireless so there is no such thing as a 100% solid airplay speaker as airplay itself isn’t 100%. However, what i have found is that the zipp (and other airplay speakers) can be patchy when on a 2. I moved mine (and my phone and mac) onto a 5ghz network and pretty much all the airplay glitches went away. Second negative i’ll deal with is the sleep function.

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These speakers are so good i have now bought two of them and get beautiful stereo sound when linked.
These speakers are so good i have now bought two of them and get beautiful stereo sound when linked.
The quality is very good but above all the sound is excellent. The customer services is also very good as i needed there help. If you buy it, you will not regret.

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The quality is very good but above all the sound is excellent. The customer services is also very good as i needed there help. If you buy it, you will not regret.

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Great sound but i had to return because of constant beeping.

This review is from : Libratone Zipp Mini Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Graphite Grey

Great sound but i had to return because of constant beeping.

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Sound, user interface and designif i could i would give it 10 stars.
Sound, user interface and designif i could i would give it 10 stars.

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Great to carry to dance class. Great to carry to dance class. Good volume and clear music. I plug mine in to mains and use my ipod on bluetooth. It has lots of other uses but i haven,t tried them. Well wrapped and informed the day of delivery.
Great to carry to dance class. Great to carry to dance class. Good volume and clear music. I plug mine in to mains and use my ipod on bluetooth. It has lots of other uses but i haven,t tried them. Well wrapped and informed the day of delivery.
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