Ever since AirPlay has been introduced by Apple, many companies divert their attention in getting to make their products compatible with it. Example here are portable speakers which we all know have a great market when it comes to consumer electronics. Indeed, many uses their own devices, be it smartphones or tablets, to play stored or streamed favorite tracks and many also utilizes portable speakers to amplify them.

When AirPlay has been used to wirelessly stream music, we are surprised as to how many companies immediately put into our faces these portable speakers that support this wireless protocol. There are some portable speakers that take a lot of effort setting up AirPlay (and still needs a lot of more work to do) but there are also those that do not. Then enter the Libratone Zipp.

There are numerous portable speakers out there that you can consider, but still, the Libratone Zipp stands out! The Danish company behind the Libratone Zipp exerted a great effort in coming up with a portable speaker that wishes to change the name in the game. It is exciting to buy one of these at around $353 and get the hell out of the store to crank up some music. Yes, you read that right, the Libratone Zipp is available at $353.42, a bit pricey, but surely to be satisfying if you test it.

Libratone Zipp

Libratone Zipp – Performance

So how does the Libratone Zipp perform?

The Libratone Zipp is powered by one 4-inch bass driver, two 1-inch ribbon based tweeters, and full Digital Amplification 2.1 Stereo System (with FullRoom DSP optimization) which helps in producing extremely satisfying quality sound. While testing it with our favorite tracks, we cannot deny being addicted in using it. The sound it delivers was just perfect. It’s really clear and can be loud without getting distorted. Considering its size also, you’ll get to realize how loud the Libratone Zipp really sounds. The sound it produces can even fill our medium sized room!

In terms of its bass quality, the Libratone Zipp actually stands on the average. It delivers. We tried to play it with bass-intensive tracks and the Libratone Zipp can catch up with it. This portable speaker can have the bass without losing the treble and that’s convincing for us.

For the longevity of performance, the Libratone Zipp can stay for up to 8 hours on a WIRED connection while 4 hours on a WIRELESS connection. The battery life of this portable speaker depends on how you use it. By the way, it has a rechargeable battery, so there’s no need to replace it every now and then.

Realizing how much energy wireless streaming consumes tends to disappoint us because you can only use it for up to 4 hours. That’s fast for a portable speaker out there. There is an alternative though, to use it via a wired connection to get the most out of 8 hours.

Libratone Zipp – Design

Libratone Zipp, at first glance is really eye catching and very appealing.

While visiting one of the Apple stores, you may even see the Libratone Zipp displayed there. It’s funky and colourful, and also, fuzzy. Also, if you are a minimalist type of person, like us, then the Libratone Zipp is good for you.

Its build, design, and aesthetic are minimal, simple, yet very modern. The $353.42 lives up to its look also. It doesn’t look cheap at all.

The Libratone Zipp is in a cylindrical shape, measures 16 x 22 x 10.2 inches, and weighs 4.4 pounds. It also comes with interchangeable Italian wool cover. How is it interchangeable? Just unzip it from the speaker, replace another cover with different style and color, then zip it again. What adds to its look and feel is its high quality Italian leather carrying strap, which assists you to carry the Libratone Zipp anytime and anywhere with added style.

Meanwhile, you can find the buttons on top of the speaker. The volume buttons are found up there. For the bottom part, you will find the power cord while for the side part, you will find the auxiliary input, USB port, and indicators.

Libratone Zipp – Connectivity

This portable speaker offers a lot when it comes to connectivity.

The Libratone Zipp can be connected with devices via USB audio, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC for easy pairing, a 3.5 mm jack, and of course via AirPlay.

You can stream your music wirelessly through Bluetooth but if you prefer higher fidelity audio, then you better use AirPlay. Take note only that AirPlay only works with Apple devices.

When you tend to use it via AirPlay, you need to know Libratone’s PlayDirect. PlayDirect is an added AirPlay connectivity option where the Libratone Zipp has the capability to create its own Wi-Fi connection so that you will not be demanded to connect your device and the portable speaker to your existing home network. In PlayDirect, you can simply connect your device to the Libratone Zipp’s own Wi-Fi connection then choose it to work the AirPlay magic. With this, connecting your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac via AirPlay is easier without exposing yourself to super complicated configurations.

This type of AirPlay connection capability brings the Libratone Zipp to a much greater advantage from its competitors.

Summary

  PROS   CONS
  Eye Catching and Appealing Design   Pricey
Sound Quality and Bass Performance Battery Life on wireless connection
  AirPlay
  PlayDirect, an added AirPlay connectivity option




The Libratone Zipp is an entry product to a diverse world of audio electronics, especially in portable speakers that offers AirPlay support. Although it is somewhat pricey at around $353 and has a bit weakness on battery life on wireless connections, we can still claim that you can get a lot of features from it. Start from its great look and feel, to its excellent sound and bass delivery, up to its connection capabilities, we cannot deny that it is an impressive AirPlay portable speakers.