Li­bra­tone Loop

A ver­sa­tile AirPlay speaker that can sit on a shelf or go up on your wall

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer Li­bra­tone, li­bra­tone.com Con­nec­tiv­ity Blue­tooth 4.0, aptX, AirPlay, 3.5mm line-in, USB Out­put 120W dig­i­tal amp Di­men­sions 33cmx8.3cm Weight 2.7kg Good qual­ity and firm bass Wall mount in­cluded

Li­bra­tone’s Loop turned a few heads when it ap­peared about a year ago. Along with its at­trac­tive de­sign and sound qual­ity, sup­port for AirPlay made the Loop a good choice for own­ers of Macs and iOS de­vices. How­ever, its £400 price tag was pretty steep, and the lack of Blue­tooth limited its use with other de­vices. This new ver­sion is still quite ex­pen­sive, but Blue­tooth has been added, along with sup­port for the high-qual­ity aptX codec.

The de­sign of the Loop re­mains the same, with a dis­tinc­tive saucer shape that looks like a small satel­lite dish. There’s a con­ven­tional stand that lets you prop the speaker up on a shelf or ta­ble, but Li­bra­tone also in­cludes a wall mount unit so that you can hang it up on the wall of your trendy stu­dio apart­ment.

The speaker mea­sures just 33cm in di­am­e­ter, but it pro­duces a sur­pris­ingly strong sound for a rel­a­tively com­pact speaker. Higher fre­quen­cies have a nice zing to them, and the bass is firm enough to han­dle some dance tunes as well. The tre­ble gets a bit harsh as you push the Loop to­wards max­i­mum vol­ume, but we found that 60% of max­i­mum was still loud enough to fill the room with mu­sic, so you’ll rarely need to go much above that.

The Loop is still fairly ex­pen­sive, even at its new price of £349, but that’s not bad com­pared to other AirPlay speak­ers, and the wall mount op­tion will ap­peal to peo­ple who want a mu­sic sys­tem that can blend in as part of their decor. Cliff Joseph

It’s ex­pen­sive, but the strong sound, AirPlay, and wall mount op­tion make a ver­sa­tile mu­sic sys­tem.

You can leave the Loop on a shelf or ta­ble, or mount it up on a wall.

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