Libratone Zipp Wireless tooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey, A Capable speaker let down by execution

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

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.

Good – but nowhere near as good as the old original zipp. . I owned the original zipp and loved it – spectacularly bright natural sound for all kinds of music, including classical. Very loud, great bass, amazingly clear treble. I gave it away when the new model came out, under the assumption that this new model (zipp 2015) could only be better. Sadly i was wrong – almost to the point of wanting to return it. The bass is still strong and impressive, but the amazing tweeters have been downgraded from the stunning ribbon tweeters to more traditional units – and the high-end clarity is now quite mediocre – none of the lovely clarity and realism of the original model. It sounds ‘closed in’ rather than open and bright. Also it’s overall not as loud as the previous model, despite the on-paper-claimed increase in wattage. I would have recommended the old model to anyone to buy without bothering to demo – but i would not recommend this one unless you give it a good try and like it. Seems like libratone (now bought out by a larger company apparently) have lost their way and don’t give sound quality the high priority they did before.

A very loud wireless speaker in such a small form + good quality sound + some elegant design touches. I have tried a good number of wireless speakers in recent years by makers including bose, sony, loewe and others. This libratone zipp mini probably ranks amongst my top 2 wireless speakers. I think it delivers excellent quality sound in an attractive package with some nifty features that help to turn it into a luxury item that is quite fun and pleasing to own. I’ll break my review down into things i like and then things i like less. Things i like* the first thing you notice is that this speaker can get loud. In fact, i was surprised at how loud the zipp mini gets. Compared to several other wireless speakers at around the same price point, i think the zipp mini produces the highest volumes. Of course, it is important that there is no distortion at high volumes and i was pleasantly surprised to find that there was no distortion at all. On some other speakers at a similar price point (and made by very high-end brands), there can often be some distortion in the quality of sound as you get to the very loudest levels that a speaker is able to produce.

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.
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.

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

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.
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).

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

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.

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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

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.
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.
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.
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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