Libratone Zipp Wireless tooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey : Little bird with a big voice!

Little bird with a big voice. I have a few wireless speakers, including a sonos play 3, but the libratone zipp really does pack a big punch for the price. The support for this speaker by libratone can’t be faulted, as over the time i have owned it quite a few firmware updates have been made available, each enhancing the unit. The biggest was in march 2017 which reduced the startup time from over 30 seconds to under 10 seconds. It also added a standby sleep function to reduce power consumption. The already long list of supported functions will be increased towards the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018 with the addition of amazon alexa and apple airplay 2. This will really place the zipp at the top of the pile when it comes to wireless speakers. I know sonos will be adding alexa support to existing speakers but only via the alexa app or an echo dot. If they update the existing lineup to include airplay 2 then it would be a tight race, providing you did not want battery portabilityfor android and windows fans the sonos may offer a better route, as long as you accept the limitations but for apple and mac users the libratone zipp is hard to beat due to the simplicity of airplay and the fact you can stream anything. One plus point of the zipp over sonos is the fact you can preset up to 5 internet radio stations or spotify playlists that can be selected from the speaker without any need to use an app.

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.

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

Early days with this speaker but so far so good, well for the main part. Early days with this speaker but so far so good, well for the main part. After fighting with this thing for an hour trying to setup through the android app i gave up and used a pc which took me all of 2 minutes to do, so if you can only set this up with a phone i would warn you away from it as i just could not get it to connect to my wireless network. Bluetooth worked fine, but i find the sound quality a little lacking when streaming this way. Setup aside this is a great bit of kit. It looks fantastic for starters. I went with the lagoon green model which is really nice. Obviously the main selling point for this speaker is the sound quality, which thankfully, is really good. I’m coming from an old sony speaker which has served me well over the years but this thing blows it away. I do find it quite bass heavy, and i don’t believe there is a way to adjust this aside from the pre-sets in the app.

The quality is very good but above all the sound is excellent. The customer services is also very good as i needed there help. If you buy it, you will not regret.

Finally. The speaker i have been looking for. After trying several alternatives i have found the speaker for me. It might not be the loudest, but it delivers a refined sound and can go plenty loud for me without breaking up or distorting. It’s also the swiss army knife of portable speakers, featuring bt, airplay, spotify connect, aux in, usb in, portability with 10 hours of battery, multi-room (stereo or left and right channels), internet radio built in, several colours etc etc. You pay for the privilege, but there is nothing out there that touches the zipp for it’s all rounded abilities. The only reservations i have is the time it takes for the app to load up the speakers, but that’s not really something one has to do that much. For the record, i tried a sonos 5 (overkill and quite expensive), yamaha wx010 (speakers went out of sync) and ruark mr1 mk2. (quality and finishing was not great on a £300+ speakers plus limited connectivity).

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.

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

Like the boom from this speaker possibly need to use. Like the boom from this speakerpossibly need to use it more to learn better how to integrate the as speaker to my own devices.

Great sound and audio quality.

Really pleased with the device. Purchased the libtatone zipp from john lewis ( sorry amazon) having listened to it in a rather noisy shop environment. On getting it home and unpacked from its rather substantial tubular box i found it to be a quality product well made and an attractive design. I spent about 10 minutes setting it up using the libtatone app on an iphone 7. The instructions supplied are easy to follow and i soon had it playing music via airplay from my itunes library on my iphone. I also found it easy to set up bluetooth and play music from my google music. Sound quality from a speaker of this size is very good plenty of base plus good midrange unfortunately can’t comment on the top end due loss of high frequency hearing due to age, though my neighbor’s kid’s say it sounds ok. Volume level is more than adequate on internal battery or the power supply. Got to say my initial thoughts are that this is an excellent piece of kit even at £245. Will definitely buy at least another one (from amazon) as it possible to pair up to 6 together in different rooms.

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  1. Good product and has fantastic sound. It has a great sound, we have it attached to a tv. It can be very loud and doesn’t seem to distort the sound when turned up. Looks good and my hubby is happy with it. 4 stars only because i personally find it hard to use and sometimes my hubby can’t get it to work and it needs to be turned off and started again.
  2. This review is from : Libratone Zipp Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey

    Good product and has fantastic sound. It has a great sound, we have it attached to a tv. It can be very loud and doesn’t seem to distort the sound when turned up. Looks good and my hubby is happy with it. 4 stars only because i personally find it hard to use and sometimes my hubby can’t get it to work and it needs to be turned off and started again.
  3. This review is from : Libratone Zipp Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey

    Libratone zipp mini: solution to wifi connection problem. Good product (stylish & decent sound quality) but, as other reviewers have mentioned, although bluetooth setup is easy it is more difficult setting up the wi-fi connection. But, in my case, the solution was easy once i had worked out what was going wrong. I tried using the libratone app to set up the wi-fi connection but as soon as the set up was complete the zipp mini lost the connection and “forgot” the settings. I then tried setting up the connection using my computer – see libratone web support called “zipp/zipp mini – wi-fi setup (windows pc/phone, blackberry)” on how to do this – but again the connection failed. The solution was simple – your wi-fi network ssid (the name your network is called) must only have letters & numbers with no “special” characters. I have a bt router and the ssid was “bthub6-ab12” and the libratone setup software was not recognising the “-” (dash). I therefore changed the ssid (using bt smart hub manager) so the dash was removed – now called “bthub6ab12”. Once i made this change the wi-fi setup worked perfectly (i used my computer not the app) and was able to connect all my devices, to be fair this “problem” is mentioned in libratone web support but it took some time to find the solution.
    1. Libratone zipp mini: solution to wifi connection problem. Good product (stylish & decent sound quality) but, as other reviewers have mentioned, although bluetooth setup is easy it is more difficult setting up the wi-fi connection. But, in my case, the solution was easy once i had worked out what was going wrong. I tried using the libratone app to set up the wi-fi connection but as soon as the set up was complete the zipp mini lost the connection and “forgot” the settings. I then tried setting up the connection using my computer – see libratone web support called “zipp/zipp mini – wi-fi setup (windows pc/phone, blackberry)” on how to do this – but again the connection failed. The solution was simple – your wi-fi network ssid (the name your network is called) must only have letters & numbers with no “special” characters. I have a bt router and the ssid was “bthub6-ab12” and the libratone setup software was not recognising the “-” (dash). I therefore changed the ssid (using bt smart hub manager) so the dash was removed – now called “bthub6ab12”. Once i made this change the wi-fi setup worked perfectly (i used my computer not the app) and was able to connect all my devices, to be fair this “problem” is mentioned in libratone web support but it took some time to find the solution.
  4. This review is from : Libratone Zipp Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey

    Great sound right up to flat out. Just brilliant as a ‘floating speaker. Could do with being louder for my taste. Is not obvious sometimes whether i’m playing spotify thru bluetooth or wifi. It has lost settings a few times after i killed the app on phone and also switched to radio once. Takes a while to start up and be ready. My biggest negative is that my phone notifications keep interrupting play on spotify. Email or txt or wats app comes in and the music stops and needs to be restarted manually. Also was shocked when my first phone call came out over the speaker at near full volume. I have sorted this now by changes to settings but notifications are still a problem. Sounds like many more megs than positives but i really am very pleased with this overall.
  5. This review is from : Libratone Zipp Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey

    Great sound right up to flat out. Just brilliant as a ‘floating speaker. Could do with being louder for my taste. Is not obvious sometimes whether i’m playing spotify thru bluetooth or wifi. It has lost settings a few times after i killed the app on phone and also switched to radio once. Takes a while to start up and be ready. My biggest negative is that my phone notifications keep interrupting play on spotify. Email or txt or wats app comes in and the music stops and needs to be restarted manually. Also was shocked when my first phone call came out over the speaker at near full volume. I have sorted this now by changes to settings but notifications are still a problem. Sounds like many more megs than positives but i really am very pleased with this overall.
  6. This review is from : Libratone Zipp Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey

    Speaker sound quality is reasonable, although it keeps dropping connection which is very annoying having to sync speaker & ipod most times which can take 5-10 mins. Overall not worth the price tag.
  7. This review is from : Libratone Zipp Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey

    Speaker sound quality is reasonable, although it keeps dropping connection which is very annoying having to sync speaker & ipod most times which can take 5-10 mins. Overall not worth the price tag.
    1. But with an existing n300 router performance was not great and need to uprate my router to a dual. Would have rated 5 star but with an existing n300 router performance was not great and need to uprate my router to a dual band ac1900.
  8. This review is from : Libratone Zipp Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey

    But with an existing n300 router performance was not great and need to uprate my router to a dual. Would have rated 5 star but with an existing n300 router performance was not great and need to uprate my router to a dual band ac1900.
    1. I have tried many airplay/bluetooth speakers over the last couple of years. From bose, philips, pioneer, ihome and anker to name the best. However this zipp mini i just bought for our kitchen is the best by an absolute mile. It is amazing is so many waysi like to use airplay as i like to use the whaale app to stream to multiple rooms so having an airplay speaker is my preference. The zipps airplay functionality is fantastic. Nice touches like being able to play when speaker is in standby means you never have to touch it. You can control it from your iphone. I’ve had no problems with jumpy playback as some people have said. I would put those symptoms down to a poor wifi signal or a poor quality router that can’t handle the data streams.
  9. This review is from : Libratone Zipp Wireless Bluetooth and Wifi Speaker – Cloudy Grey

    I have tried many airplay/bluetooth speakers over the last couple of years. From bose, philips, pioneer, ihome and anker to name the best. However this zipp mini i just bought for our kitchen is the best by an absolute mile. It is amazing is so many waysi like to use airplay as i like to use the whaale app to stream to multiple rooms so having an airplay speaker is my preference. The zipps airplay functionality is fantastic. Nice touches like being able to play when speaker is in standby means you never have to touch it. You can control it from your iphone. I’ve had no problems with jumpy playback as some people have said. I would put those symptoms down to a poor wifi signal or a poor quality router that can’t handle the data streams.