Want a smart speaker with a touch of Scandinavian style? Then you might be looking for the Libratone Zipp 2. An impressive piece of audio technology, the Libratone Zipp 2 speaker was intended for people who loved the idea of the Amazon Echo but wanted something bigger, bolder, and more individual.
Created by the Danish company Libratone, the Zipp 2 combines style and sophistication with exceptional portability and high-quality sound. According to the brand, it was created because great music should “never be tied down”.
With a battery that lasts for up to 12 hours, and punchy 360-degree sound that will fill your entire room in an instant, this clever speaker really seems to have it all. The question is, should you be spending your hard-earned money on it?
Read through our Libratone Zipp 2 speaker review to find out…
Libratone Zipp 2 review: Tech specs
A wonderfully modern speaker created by the Libratone company, the Zipp 2 blends the sleek minimalism of Scandi style with forward-thinking features, like its own in-built voice assistant. Some of the tech specs you can expect to discover include:
Bluetooth connectivity, Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2
Amazon Alexa digital assistant
3.5mm aux input
12-hour battery life
Tap-friendly touch-screen interface
360-degree full room sound
4 colours to choose from
Libratone app connection
Siri and Home Kit integration
Libratone Zipp 2 review: Design
Just like any tech-solution from Denmark, one of the things that make the Libratone Zipp Bluetooth speaker stand out — is its exceptional design. All Libratone speakers are brimming with Scandi chic from head to toe. This minimalist Zipp 2 is no exception.
The Libratone Zipp is a tower speaker with a two-tone style that’s available in four separate colours. You can even remove the cover and adjust the form if you decide you want a change. According to Libratone, there are also plans to make additional limited edition covers in the future.
To support the Libratone Airplay 2 speaker’s position as a “portable” machine, there’s also a carry handle included. This works well with the look that Libratone were going for. While the Zipp 2 is a little large to simply carry in your hand when you’re walking around, you should have no problem taking it with you if you’re going on vacation or heading to a camp site.
Libratone Zipp 2 review: Features and functionality
Stunning sound is a given, but you also want a machine that’s going to deliver incredible functionality too. Fortunately, setting your Libratone Zipp 2 up is a piece of cake.
Thanks to the corresponding app for iOS and Android, you can have your device up and running in a matter of minutes, linked to both your Alexa account and any additional streaming sources you might use, like Spotify Connect.
One point to note in this Libratone review is that the app comes with plenty of EQ tweaking options to explore. There are voice presets available that allow you to pick a sound that’s best suited to specific music genres or spoken content. Additionally, you’ll find 5 different settings tuned to upgrade your audio depending on where your device is positioned in your home.
Usually, EQ presets on a smart speaker feel like an afterthought that was thrown in at the last minute. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Zipp 2 Bluetooth speaker. Each addition to the app seems to make a real difference to the sound quality.
Another great thing about the Zipp wireless speaker is that it comes with a touch-screen interface, which is intuitive and easy to use. A quick tap on the Libratone logo and you can access a ring of options, including the ability to turn your Alexa microphone on or off.
Libratone Zipp 2 review: Connectivity
The Zipp wireless speaker comes with an unusually wide variety of connectivity options, including Bluetooth, so you can stream music whenever and wherever you like. There’s also USB and 3.5mm inputs for wired connections. On the wi-fi side of things, however, there’s AirPlay 2 — a fantastic addition for those with an Apple infrastructure using iTunes at home or in the office. The Zipp 2 also integrates with Alexa, and connects effortlessly with Spotify Connect and your smartphone.
The most exciting feature of the Zipp Airplay 2 speaker is the support for Amazon’s digital speaker, Alexa. The Zipp’s 6-microphone far-field array means that you can speak to your assistant in any corner of your room, and you still shouldn’t have a problem being heard. You don’t even need to press a button to turn Alexa on. However, you can turn your microphone off if you’re worried about robots listening to you all day.
Libratone Zipp 2 review: Sound quality
While it’s lovely to have a smart assistant on board that will help you to manage your music, that doesn’t do you much good if you’re dealing with shoddy sound quality. Fortunately, the Libratone Zipp 2 is pretty good at delivering exceptional audio.
Wherever you might choose to place your speaker in your room, you can expect full 360-degree sound from the Zipp 2, thanks to two large oval-shaped radiators that sit in the sides of the machine. There’s also a 360-degree deflector to even out the coverage in larger spaces.
Although the Libratone Zipp speaker might not reach the scale and heights of similarly priced competitor products—the B&O Beolit 17 or Dali Katch for example—it makes up for this in other areas (such as connectivity) and still brings at touch of Scandinavian into your home. The bass depth is more than acceptable for a speaker of this size, and the treble detail is decent too. There are no vacuums of presence to worry about in the mid-sections of your music, and while it doesn’t perform quite as well at high volumes, the Zipp 2 can still accomplish a lot.
Compared to the Amazon Echo, the Libratone Zipp 2 delivers a truly exceptional quality of sound with better bass, deeper tones, and excellent tonal cohesion. The difference really is night and day.
Libratone Zipp 2 review: Verdict
If you're a dedicated audiophile who can pinpoint every tone in your music, then the Libratone Zipp 2 might not be the perfect speaker for you. As surprising as it is, it doesn't quite compare to the very best in this price bracket. However, if you're looking for high-quality sound , combined with intelligent digital assistant access, a long features list and excellent app control — then the Zipp 2 is a worthy contender for your hard-earned cash.
Brimming with Scandinavian appeal and packed full of useful features, the Zipp 2 is sure to transform the way that you listen to music.