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Libratone Zipp review: A multi-room Wi-Fi speaker

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The Libratone company is a Danish audio brand that’s been gaining a lot of attention over recent years.

Like other Danish icons, such as Bang and Olufsen, Libratone makes an impact on its audience with its stunning products, capable of combining excellent functionality with premium sound quality and design.

Over the last few years, Libratone has produced a handful of excellent products, earning fantastic reviews for functionality, efficiency, and aesthetic appeal.

Today, we’re looking at the latest version of the Libratone flagship product for multi-room speakers.

The Libratone Zipp is a high-performance speaker offering Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth in one.

Like all products from Libratone, this device aims to provide the highest quality of premium sound, combined with full-room immersive volume and sensationally simple controls.

Let’s take a look at how these Libratone speakers measure up.

Libratone Zipp review: Tech specs

Libratone designed the Zipp to fit the changing needs and versatile lifestyles of its customers. This high-performance speaker fills your home with rich sound that’s sure to make an impact.

However, you also get a stunning design that complements your home décor too.

Technical specifications:

  • Dimensions: Height: 26.1 x Width: 12.2 cm
  • Weight: 1.5kg
  • Power: 10 hours of battery life
  • Airplay, Spotify Connect and Wi-Fi
  • App availability on Android and Apple
  • 360-degree full room sound
  • High-res audio
  • Frequency range of 50 Hz to 20khz
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with AptX
  • Spotify Connect
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack and USB in

The Libratone Zipp combines a sensational sound quality with a modern design that’s sure to appeal to a range of listeners.

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Libratone Zipp review: Design

From a design perspective, you can always expect a delightful aesthetic from a company like Libratone. Just like other Danish brands, such as Georg Jensen, Libratone combines practicality with minimalism to create the ultimate aesthetic appeal.

The Libratone Zipp is delightfully Scandinavian, with its bold colors and cloth jacket. The cylindrical speaker even comes with customization options. For instance, you can choose different colored jackets to suit your needs.

There’s also a leather-style strap you can use to carry the speaker around. The Zipp features a light-up circular touch panel controlling everything from playback and volume, to speaker pairing. There’s also quick access to your preferred radio stations.

The base of the Libratone Zipp is home to a charging port, power button, 3.5mm aux jack, and USB-A port for keeping your phone powered on the move. Overall, you get an attractive product that definitely gets the job done.

You don’t even have to worry about the common touch control issues that tend to appear with portable speakers.

Libratone Zipp review: Features

The Libratone Zipp promises premium sound quality in an attractive package, and that’s exactly what you get. Like many Libratone speakers, you’ll get full-room technology with a 1-inch tweeter, a 4-inch subwoofer and two passive radiators.

The 360-degree cone delivers booming bass with accurate and clear levels throughout.

The Libratone Zipp gives you up to 6 different ways of enjoying your music, from Bluetooth 4.0 streaming, to access to your devices through things like Airplay, and even wired connections too.

You can stream with Wi-Fi too, which is an excellent alternative if your Bluetooth is limited.

There’s even the option to pair up to 6 Zipps with the same wireless device, although you’ll need to keep an eye on battery, as the life is only a minimal ten hours.

For a price of around $250, features include:

  • Dual microphone built-in
  • Smart speaker assistance
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 15 watt woofer for deeper bass
  • Airplay and Spotify Connect
  • Pre-set functions for internet radio
  • Connect up to 6 speakers with the same device
  • True wireless Bluetooth
  • Attractive durable design
  • 10 hours of battery life
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Libratone Zipp review: Performance

There are aspects of the Libratone Zipp that could definitely do with some improvement. The Zipp doesn’t have the best battery life, and its approach to digital processing might be a bit too bass-heavy for some people.

Not everyone loves a high level of bass, but the Libratone Zipp manages to keep things relatively natural, with just a little extra warmth on the low ends.

The highs of the Libratone Zipp are energetic and crisp, and vocals sound fantastic, so you can pick voices out perfectly when listening to podcasts. In the past, Libratone’s approach to touch controls wasn’t always the best.

However, that doesn’t seem to be a problem here. Tapping might take a second to register, but most of the controls are pretty responsive.

What really sets the Libratone Zipp apart in terms of performance is the including of DLNA support and Apple Airplay. This means that you can connect the Zipp to your preferred home network and design the multi-room system that works best for you.

You can even pair up to 6 speakers to play the same song simultaneously.

Libratone Zipp review: Verdict
Conclusion
The Libratone Zipp is a beautifully designed speaker product that looks amazing and sounds good enough at this price point. The relatively short battery life is a little bit of a problem, but you might not mind so much if you plan on using your Libratone speakers around the house.

We think this is a speaker worth trying, although you may need to double-check if the processing signal is appealing to you first.

Positives
Powerful high-quality audio performance
Attractive and portable design
Free app for music control
Internet radio playback
Useful app functionality
Touch controls are intuitive
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Great volume and sound
Smart speaker access
Negatives
Digital signal processing won’t be great for everyone
Not the best battery life
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