Libratone Zipp Mini Wireless tooth and Wifi Speaker : Good sound and funky design

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.

My (almost) constant companion. Wasn’t really sure about this when i first saw the product, and i was even less keen having read other reviews, but this is probably the most used gadget in my home after my iphone. Seriouslyi use the libratone zipp mini when i wake up, immediately connecting to my iphone so i can listen to music as i get ready for the day. It hangs on my door handle in my room when not in use, gets carried to the bathroom door handle, as i shower, comes back into the bedroom as i dress, and then downstairs to the kitchen for breakfast. As i leave the house, it hands on the closet door handle, where it is retrieved when i return home, and eventually makes it way back upstairs to the bedroom. And, yes, it is used when i’m reading in bed at night, too. It really is just that portable and the sound carries well in even room without distortion. I have a feeling it will travel with me, on those occasions i don’t wish to wear a headset. I am considering purchasing a second one to create that ‘stereo’ sound i’ve seen other reviewers mention, for my living room. The libratone zipp mini was so easy to set up, i didn’t even need instructions.

Libratone Zipp Mini Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Graphite Grey

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  • 360 degree FullRoom sound
  • Fully portable with built-in re-chargeable batteries
  • Stream any audio or video service including 1000’s of Internet radio stations via the Libratone app
  • Start with one, then pair up to six speakers around your home
  • Easy setup with touch controls and the Libratone app

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.

Good sound and funky design. I really like this product – in so many ways. The connectivity is excellent, using bluetooth or wifi i found my pc and mac laptops straight away, and was also able to play music from my iphone (4) and samsung tablet via bluetooth. Setting up the device is straightforward, or at least it was for me, but i have been a technology consultant for a number of years and so i always read the instructions before i starti downloaded the app onto my phone, and was able to enjoy setting up different parameters for listening in different spaces. I use this is a fairly noisy kitchen and also in my less noisy office. I also searched for and set up radio stations using the app, although the device had grabbed some of my favourite internet radio stations from my bose internet radio player already. How it did this is still a mystery, but it’s better to have more choice, right?the weight of the speaker suggests to me that there are some heavy speaker parts in there, and the rich bass seems to bear this out. The sound is great, and really does radiate out from all sides (?) into a room. The button on the top is a great way to control your device. Tap the heart to get radio, rotate clockwise to increase volume, anti-clockwise lowers volume.

These speakers are so good i have now bought two of them and get beautiful stereo sound when linked.

Sound, user interface and designif i could i would give it 10 stars.

The rubber handle makes it easy to carry around with you. I was on the lookout for a new portable bluetooth speaker to take out with me on my travels, so i can listen to music and podcasts wherever i am, and i came across this speaker. It’s a stylish design and bigger than you may expect, but still eminently portable. The rubber handle makes it easy to carry around with you, if your hands are too small to hold the speaker directly. The speaker is designed to allow you to change the cover for a different coloured one, but i was unable to test this because i don’t have a replacement one. I undid the zip though for a laugh, and i found it a bit fiddly to zip back up again. I love the stylish touch-sensitive display on the top of the speaker, and it’s easy to change the volume, just by dragging your finger in a clockwise (or anti-clockwise) motion. When paired with bluetooth, you can easily skip tracks by pressing the appropriate buttons that light up on bluetooth connection. The device controls and inputs are sensibly laid out on the base of the device. As well as the power button there is a usb port and aux-in for attaching non-bluetooth or wifi-capable devices.

These speakers are so good i have now bought two of them and get beautiful stereo sound when linked.

The best – the very best portable wifi speakers i have heard to date – fantastic. It looks like something for taking coffee to work in, but don’t let that fool youit arrived a couple of hours ago, and once looking at the package, i couldn’t wait to get stuck in. The packaging exudes quality, it’s presented like a crown jewel. It couldn’t be better secured if it were a radioactive isotope. Very little literature in the ‘tube’ but what is not included in print is available to download on the libratone website. A power adaptor, which looks like its taking a break from a place on the wall in an art gallery – lovely looking thing it is, also has a european converter as well as the familiar uk plug. Even the cable tidy as part of the packaging around the braided power cord is bespoke.

This product was provided free for review and i have to admit that initially it seemed quite overpriced. However, i love itit comes presented in a stylish cylindrical box. It looks top quality and i love teal, red and white colour-way. There is a leather wrist strap for portability. The radio stations are fine, but i use it mostly to stream imusic and play itunes. I downloaded the app and connected to wi-fi to play the radio, then paired my iphone (5s) with bluetooth through the settings. It occasionally needs re-pairing (mainly because i have several bluetooth devices), but i have found it problem free. The sound is great, although not as immersive as surround sound.

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.

This is a very good bluetooth speaker. The first to grab your attention is the packaging. I haven’t come across a product that has been so well packaged and presented. The tube packaging is first. The quick start leaflets come in three languages. There’s the plug in charger with a euro 2 pin and a 3 pin uk adaptor. The speaker itself looks like a retro thermos with a wooly top. It sounds bad but it looks contemporary. The top of the speaker has a touch panel that houses the led status lights and functional touch sensitive buttons. This acts as the volume control, mute, bluetooth pairing and forwards/backwards track selector. The speaker cloth has a zip near to the base of the unit. This can be changed for another cover but i think red look gorgeous on this unit. The lower portion of the speaker comes with the power button, charging port, reset switch and a usb port for charging up phones etc.

The best – the very best portable wifi speakers i have heard to date – fantastic. It looks like something for taking coffee to work in, but don’t let that fool youit arrived a couple of hours ago, and once looking at the package, i couldn’t wait to get stuck in. The packaging exudes quality, it’s presented like a crown jewel. It couldn’t be better secured if it were a radioactive isotope. Very little literature in the ‘tube’ but what is not included in print is available to download on the libratone website. A power adaptor, which looks like its taking a break from a place on the wall in an art gallery – lovely looking thing it is, also has a european converter as well as the familiar uk plug. Even the cable tidy as part of the packaging around the braided power cord is bespoke.

The rubber handle makes it easy to carry around with you. I was on the lookout for a new portable bluetooth speaker to take out with me on my travels, so i can listen to music and podcasts wherever i am, and i came across this speaker. It’s a stylish design and bigger than you may expect, but still eminently portable. The rubber handle makes it easy to carry around with you, if your hands are too small to hold the speaker directly. The speaker is designed to allow you to change the cover for a different coloured one, but i was unable to test this because i don’t have a replacement one. I undid the zip though for a laugh, and i found it a bit fiddly to zip back up again. I love the stylish touch-sensitive display on the top of the speaker, and it’s easy to change the volume, just by dragging your finger in a clockwise (or anti-clockwise) motion. When paired with bluetooth, you can easily skip tracks by pressing the appropriate buttons that light up on bluetooth connection. The device controls and inputs are sensibly laid out on the base of the device. As well as the power button there is a usb port and aux-in for attaching non-bluetooth or wifi-capable devices.

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.

Great speaker with good sound let down by flaky app. . Great speaker, really good sound and a lovely design, great packaging and easy to follow instructions. Good battery life and easy to charge. Easy to link via bluetooth to pc and phone. App (android running on samsung s6) is very unstable and repeatedly crashed/failed making linking the speaker to the wifi network extremely challenging and cannot access deeper controls on speaker sound profiles. Numerous reviews on google play store about poor app and no resolution insight from libratone. Speaker is extremely responsive and has great bass tones with good high notes without being tinny. The speaker is extremely good and i’ve almost no faults with it at all apart from the lack of brightness of the control ‘bird’ which is hard to see when in direct light. I can’t test the rest of the offering as the app won’t work for me yet.

I honestly cannot find a fault. I’ve owned quite a few of these new fangled wireless speakers and this is far and away my favourite. It quite simply ticks all the boxes i want for a smart bit of technology, it looks great, it feels good, it’s easy to use (very important) and it sounds extremely goodit comes in a very smart and similarly cylindrical box which is about twice its size and almost too nice to consider throwing away. Slipping out the speaker, one is first struck by its reassuring weight and build quality. It weighs just over a kg and is extremely robust. No screens or dangling extremities to worry about here. It even has its own carry handle which can double up as a hanger. Mine came seemingly fully charged and, after tuning it on at the button near the base it comes to life with a bass rumble and a beep and the libratone bird symbol lights up on the top. The circle at the top is rather like an ipod classic touch wheel which you can run your finger over to adjust the volume or place your palm over to temporarily mute the device. It also has a heart button on it, pressing this will select a random online radio station for those moments when you just want your music to be chosen for you.

Fantastic speaker secretly trouncing bose, sony and sonos. Had this a couple of months now and i’ve been really pleased and impressed with it. I am very pleased to have bought this over the sonos, bose and sony offerings at this price point. It works in every respect, and works well and pretty damn classily too. It’s wifi friendly, easy to set up, reliable, stays connected and is always available as a sound output on all the 5000 devices in this house. The app is sleek, modern and easy to use, and makes the perfect accompaniment to this pleasing speaker. You can keep this on the charge lead or take it to the middle of a field and use via bluetooth. It’s got everything it needs to be called a, truly, wireless speaker.

With the speaker on the landing window it fills the whole house with beautiful beautiful sound the app was easy enough to setup. Definitely a nervous buy with this, after reading all the mixed reviews i wasnt sure what to expectpleasantly surprised by the quality of the sound from this speaker. I live in a 3 bed new build house, with the speaker on the landing window it fills the whole house with beautiful beautiful soundthe app was easy enough to setup, doesnt get a 5 star because the app isnt as responsive as you would expect (well we are all spoilt by how quickly modern phones/tablets respond etc)would definitley recommend this over the sonos or bose speakers if only for the fact that it doesnt need mains powerblasted music for my nye party for 4-5 hours straight :).

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.

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).