Libratone Zipp Mini Copenhagen Edition Speaker – good but with issues

The app is lacking, but the speaker is outstanding. . I’m going to review this piece of kit in two parts: the speaker and the app. I would expect it to have support for dlna built in; i thought that the spotify logo meant it could handle that too, but in fact the app can only be used to: a. Set the volume or sound quality; b. Set internet radio favourites c. Most importantly connect to the speaker by bluetooth to set the link to the wifi up. It will not connect to a music library or spotify or onedrive music etc. However if all you use the app for is to link the speaker and then get a decent upnp app like bubbleupnp (free/£2. 99) you can then ignore it and use the speaker itself, which is a whole different experience. The sound quality is astonishing for a portable battery powered speaker whether by playing to it over the wifi, or by bluetooth, or by 3.

The sound clarity is first class, controls simple and easy to use. All the advertised features worked first time, great product bit a bit pricey.

 this beastie of a speaker certainly chucks out some quality sound but there’s so much more to tell you about it than that. I love the portability, with an 8 hour battery life it will be joining me on holiday, on my travels, around various rooms in the house and anywhere i need to keep my tunes. You can save 5 internet radio stations using an app which can then be selected with a touch of the control panel on the top, which also offers volume control, track skip and stereo pairing of another libratone speaker. I recorded a quick video comparing this to a sonos play3. My previous favorite speaker. The sonos is still a great speaker and after numerous tests i might even say has the better bass notes but when you add together all the other benefits of the zipp mini there’s no competition. . The zipp mini supports bluetooth streaming meaning i can play audio from any device playing any source. I am a big youtube fan and it has always frustrated me that i couldn’t play the sound through sonos. :d not to mention that the zipp can be battery powered, so it can come into the shower room or into the garden easier than running extension cables for the sonos. Libratone zipp copenhagen edition bluetooth wireless speaker – pepper black.

I am struggling to express in words how this product makes me feel. I like to show them off to my friends and family. Check this out, look at what it can do. I would be embarrassed to say ‘i spent £200 odd on this’. It’s not that this is a bad speaker. The sound quality and loudness are fairly decent. It’s just that this feels so over-engineered. You could always simply connect to it with bluetooth or using a 3. 5mm audio cableare able to control. Libratone have made a special app though, through which you can control the speaker, things such as volume.

This speaker is absolutely superb, no doubt about it. I have been using it every single day i’ve had it and i seriously can’t think of anything wrong with it. Firstly, packaging – it comes in a very elegant black cylinder package, with a fantastic unboxing experience. You take the lid off and you have the stylish charger (if a charger could be stylish, they have done it), tips, and the manuals. Manual is very easy to follow and make sure you follow it just so you set up the zipp properly. Secondly, the speaker design – it is one of those speakers you can use for portable use (i only use in my house and garden, wouldn’t recommend using for beach outings or anything as it isn’t dust or waterproof) or as a main speaker for your lounge. This is due to it having a really compact design (for the tech inside and sound output) but also could be a really stylish centre piece to your room. If you have a certain colour scheme in your house or end up changing your room colour, the zipp (name gives it away) allows you to swap the cover to lots of different styles and colours to fit any colour scheme by un-zipping it. I have the grey one, and feel the grey is quite neutral and would suit any home, but the option of changing the colour and style is a really nice touch that a lot of people will appreciate i am sure.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Newly to this technology
  • Wonderful sound quality, high degree of customisation. Great for internet radio. Relatively minimal instructions.
  • Practically perfect.

Fantastic sound quality at all frequencies. What fantastic sound quality from this speaker. The speaker only took minutes to set up and we were listening to the radio within 15 minutes of unpacking the speaker from the box. We have this located in the kitchen to listen to the radio and tunes from our iphones/ ipad. The sound quality is really superb and the libratone gives the options of different sound patterns depending on the music genre/ personal preference/ location of speaker. We have listened to a variety of music genres and they all sound perfect. The frequencies are split so that the ear can easily decipher the various sounds in the composition to maximise the musical effect. As music lovers this really makes a difference. We have tried the speaker with spotify, itunes and the libratone app and it is so easy to use. I do think that this speaker is overpriced though – hence the loss of one star.

The sound quality is absolutely stunning, room filling, and crystal clear even at high volumes. . The first thing you notice about the libratone zipp mini copenhagen edition speaker is the weight; this is a high quality, solidly built product. Taking the top off of the cylindrical box reveals the circular instruction booklet. Removing that uncovers the charger, the charging cable and the neat cable holder, all sitting in a polystyrene holder, which is also the top packing for the speaker. This fits so tightly into the box, that it took some time, and a screwdriver to extract it so the speaker can be removed. The speaker has a wool cover that zips onto the base. One cover is provided, but six colours are available. Before use, the speaker must be charged. The charger plug has two adapters, 2-pin or standard uk 3-pin; attach the appropriate adapter, plug in, attach the lead into the socket at the base of the speaker and switch on. The led blinks slowly and then stays on solidly when the speaker is fully charged.

The sound quality is absolutely stunning, room filling, and crystal clear even at high volumes. . The first thing you notice about the libratone zipp mini copenhagen edition speaker is the weight; this is a high quality, solidly built product. Taking the top off of the cylindrical box reveals the circular instruction booklet. Removing that uncovers the charger, the charging cable and the neat cable holder, all sitting in a polystyrene holder, which is also the top packing for the speaker. This fits so tightly into the box, that it took some time, and a screwdriver to extract it so the speaker can be removed. The speaker has a wool cover that zips onto the base. One cover is provided, but six colours are available. Before use, the speaker must be charged. The charger plug has two adapters, 2-pin or standard uk 3-pin; attach the appropriate adapter, plug in, attach the lead into the socket at the base of the speaker and switch on. The led blinks slowly and then stays on solidly when the speaker is fully charged.

There are better speakers for the price. ======edit : it has been nearly a week since i wrote the review below, and my opinions about the zipp mini are starting to shift. I still stand by what i said, and my four star rating still stands. My review describes the first few weeks of ownership. But i am going to add comments to my review if anything significant comes up. One significant change is that i am now seriously tempted to buy a second zipp mini. ======the zipp mini copenhagen edition arrives in a fabulous black and white box with silver trim. It looks like it might contain an expensive bottle of champagne. On the outside it says nothing about android. It has plenty of logos but you get a strong impression it only works with apple devices.

This speaker is absolutely superb, no doubt about it. I have been using it every single day i’ve had it and i seriously can’t think of anything wrong with it. Firstly, packaging – it comes in a very elegant black cylinder package, with a fantastic unboxing experience. You take the lid off and you have the stylish charger (if a charger could be stylish, they have done it), tips, and the manuals. Manual is very easy to follow and make sure you follow it just so you set up the zipp properly. Secondly, the speaker design – it is one of those speakers you can use for portable use (i only use in my house and garden, wouldn’t recommend using for beach outings or anything as it isn’t dust or waterproof) or as a main speaker for your lounge. This is due to it having a really compact design (for the tech inside and sound output) but also could be a really stylish centre piece to your room. If you have a certain colour scheme in your house or end up changing your room colour, the zipp (name gives it away) allows you to swap the cover to lots of different styles and colours to fit any colour scheme by un-zipping it. I have the grey one, and feel the grey is quite neutral and would suit any home, but the option of changing the colour and style is a really nice touch that a lot of people will appreciate i am sure.

The main benefit and attraction of the libratone zipp mini speaker is that it’s a portable wireless speaker of course, but when you’re relying on apps, wifi and bluetooth to set it up, you should be prepared for it being complicated and for things not to run terribly smoothly with your home setup. I’d also lower expectations as to how good sound you are going to get from this speaker, as it’s not as good as you might reasonably expect from a wireless speaker with a high-end price point and five-speaker driver specs. To get the libraphone up and running for a start, you’re going to need an iphone or an android device. When i tried to install the app from the playstore on my android asus tablet, it informed me that my system wasn’t compatible with the current version of the app, and offered no alternative. If you have other device options fair enough. If you don’t, you’re going to come unstuck at the first hurdle. I was able to download the app onto my android smartphone and followed the instructions, but was unable to make a connection to my home wifi. Every time it attempted to select and auto connect to the speaker, it dropped my 2g channel connection, leaving me with no internet to complete the operation. Manual connection was no better, just returning me to a loop of the ‘speaker found’ screen with choice of auto or manual connection.

Only used using windows 10 based systemsetting this up at the begining was a tiny nightmare. It is really geared towards apple products. I couldnt get anything out of it for hours. Tried my wifes galaxy tablet and teh app wouldnt download saying it wasnt compatible, and teh only way i could get it to work on my windows 10 laptop was by casting one song at a time, or queing songs in a list which was a pain. Then about a week later, i changed one thing in teh setup and suddenly it starting working with media player and the internet correctly. If i had purchased this i would have probably have sent it back before i had managed to set this up how i wanted, as it was a real head scratcher and the manual was no help and teh webiste very little help. Anyway, when finaly up and running teh sound is great, clear, and balanced. And will go loud, but not overly loud, which some will like, and other not so. It doesnt break up at all and as i say for the money its a clarity i would expect however it lacked bass without an equalizer.

The sound clarity is first class, controls simple and easy to use. All the advertised features worked first time, great product bit a bit pricey.

I am struggling to express in words how this product makes me feel. I like to show them off to my friends and family. Check this out, look at what it can do. I would be embarrassed to say ‘i spent £200 odd on this’. It’s not that this is a bad speaker. The sound quality and loudness are fairly decent. It’s just that this feels so over-engineered. You could always simply connect to it with bluetooth or using a 3. 5mm audio cableare able to control. Libratone have made a special app though, through which you can control the speaker, things such as volume.

Stylish, sturdy, easy to use and excellent audio quality. Really happy i spent much more than i normally do on a portable speaker. Audio quality – really impressive. I was obviously expecting this with the price i paid for it and also the size of the speaker. The clarity is second to none. Clear and crisp high frequencies and a warm, deep mid range. If i was going to be overly critical, the bass could be a little better, but it is something that most people would be more than happy with. Build quality / design – bit different to most speakers in the market. The shape allows a 360 sound which is really important for me. It is fairly bulky and heavy, but i like this, feels valuable and doesn’t move when playing at high volumes ( which a lot of speakers do ).

Wonderful sound quality, high degree of customisation. Relatively minimal instructions. . This zipp speaker is an amazing device, an internet radio, a fantastic quality (bluetooth) speaker and a charging device all in one. The styling is visually attractive and practical too with a sturdy integral carry strap. It requires an iphone or android smartphone to operate, along with an internet connection. The zipp arrives packaged in a drum with the circular instruction on top and both uk and european chargers underneath. The 3 pin uk plug base fits on to a universal adapter. There is a zip around the speaker’s wool cover – mine is a neutral grey marl, but no instructions on removing or changing the cover. Instructions overall are minimal – they could perhaps be a little clearer as my set up process didn’t quite follow the expected format.

Don’t think i’ve ever unboxed anything so beautiful and exciting as this libratone speaker, even more impressive than any of the apple products that i’ve got. This kind of looks like a champagne bottle when you first open it, and then when you take the ‘neck’ off the lid there are just layer after layer of goodies and accessories and leaflets. It really gave that luxury feeling. The speaker was already charged when i got it out of the box which was brilliant, and it immediately went into pairing mode. Just one tap on my phone connected them, and then i was playing my music – so easy to use, and the sound is absolutely incredible. Honestly, i’ve never had a speaker that plays in 360 degrees, and it’s such a unique feature that i really love. I first listened to tubular bells by mike oldfield, an absolute classic, which is what i always listen to when trying out new audio equipment. Every single note was crystal clear, and there were parts that i think i had never really heard properly before, all ringing out true on the zipp beautifully. The compatibility is really easy, not just because it connects with bluetooth really easily, and i love that you can use spotify and other music apps just as easily.

A really, really very good portable bluetooth speaker, worth every penny. . The performance of the libratone zipp copenhagen edition bluetooth wireless speaker – salty grey is truly amazing. The upright cylindrical shave loudspeaker has a 360-degree outward sound output to the whole area space. With a 100w sound output and a sub woofer this shakes the floor and fills the whole area space with sound. The loudspeaker can deliver from wi-fi, airplay, dlna, bluetooth, 3. 5mm jack or usb and will play hi-res files 24 bit/96khz which is all very impressive. You can programme for the loudspeaker to store up to five internet radio stations, controlled from your app. If you required/desired you could link up to six of these loudspeaker, that would make quite a sound punch in the right area, if you could afford it or wanted to. There is a thought imagine two or three together. The build of the unit is cylindrical design with a mesh fabric that covers the speaker part.

Only used using windows 10 based systemsetting this up at the begining was a tiny nightmare. It is really geared towards apple products. I couldnt get anything out of it for hours. Tried my wifes galaxy tablet and teh app wouldnt download saying it wasnt compatible, and teh only way i could get it to work on my windows 10 laptop was by casting one song at a time, or queing songs in a list which was a pain. Then about a week later, i changed one thing in teh setup and suddenly it starting working with media player and the internet correctly. If i had purchased this i would have probably have sent it back before i had managed to set this up how i wanted, as it was a real head scratcher and the manual was no help and teh webiste very little help. Anyway, when finaly up and running teh sound is great, clear, and balanced. And will go loud, but not overly loud, which some will like, and other not so. It doesnt break up at all and as i say for the money its a clarity i would expect however it lacked bass without an equalizer.

Don’t think i’ve ever unboxed anything so beautiful and exciting as this libratone speaker, even more impressive than any of the apple products that i’ve got. This kind of looks like a champagne bottle when you first open it, and then when you take the ‘neck’ off the lid there are just layer after layer of goodies and accessories and leaflets. It really gave that luxury feeling. The speaker was already charged when i got it out of the box which was brilliant, and it immediately went into pairing mode. Just one tap on my phone connected them, and then i was playing my music – so easy to use, and the sound is absolutely incredible. Honestly, i’ve never had a speaker that plays in 360 degrees, and it’s such a unique feature that i really love. I first listened to tubular bells by mike oldfield, an absolute classic, which is what i always listen to when trying out new audio equipment. Every single note was crystal clear, and there were parts that i think i had never really heard properly before, all ringing out true on the zipp beautifully. The compatibility is really easy, not just because it connects with bluetooth really easily, and i love that you can use spotify and other music apps just as easily.

The main benefit and attraction of the libratone zipp mini speaker is that it’s a portable wireless speaker of course, but when you’re relying on apps, wifi and bluetooth to set it up, you should be prepared for it being complicated and for things not to run terribly smoothly with your home setup. I’d also lower expectations as to how good sound you are going to get from this speaker, as it’s not as good as you might reasonably expect from a wireless speaker with a high-end price point and five-speaker driver specs. To get the libraphone up and running for a start, you’re going to need an iphone or an android device. When i tried to install the app from the playstore on my android asus tablet, it informed me that my system wasn’t compatible with the current version of the app, and offered no alternative. If you have other device options fair enough. If you don’t, you’re going to come unstuck at the first hurdle. I was able to download the app onto my android smartphone and followed the instructions, but was unable to make a connection to my home wifi. Every time it attempted to select and auto connect to the speaker, it dropped my 2g channel connection, leaving me with no internet to complete the operation. Manual connection was no better, just returning me to a loop of the ‘speaker found’ screen with choice of auto or manual connection.