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).
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.
Excellent speaker, i have also now ordered zipp mini. Just take time to set it up. If you have any questions suggest don’t use the app support but you go to libratone. Com support site, i received a quick response.
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.
My experience with this speaker has been excellent. It was easy to set up, no fight to get my devices to find or recognise it at all – which makes a refreshing changethe sound quality is excellent, the tube design gives really clear 360 degree sound so standing this in the centre of my room meant that it was great all the way around, not better at the front and a bit off at the side/rear because the speaker wasn’t pointed at you. This is brilliant for coffee tables as the whole room has a great listening experience, though it does mean that it seems a little quieter than i expected, simply because you no longer get that ‘blasted’ in the face experience of a traditional speaker. Looks wise this is quite quirky, with a smooth white base and a textured material body, definitely not how speakers used to look, but stylish and funky. The sound quality is amazing, crystal clear. It is very easy to use and the instructions cover all you need to know, i also like being able to use the speakers control panel to control my music rather than having to use my phone for everything as sometimes this just isn’t practical. The speaker is able to work with others, though only having one i have not tested this for myself. The build quality is good, everything is slick and expensive looking, overall it is just great and i love it.
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 🙂
Blown away by the sound quality. I wanted a bluetooth speaker which gives you just that little bit more, but was still portable. The libratone zipp mini, totally blew me away from first opening the box, to the amazing sound quality it delivers. I am used to the bose, b&o, and sony quaity products. With the possible exception of bose, the libratone zipp topped all these. Opening the box, you are presented with a high quality cardboard tube. They type which you would expect an expensive vintage wine to come in. The top comes off with a suitable quality feel resitance, where you know it has been well made. Inside are the instruction pamphlets, a few in different languages. Next is a high dentitsy foam padding, in the top of which is the power supply, which comes with both the uk and euro interface, which you snap onto the power supply itself.
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.