Sonos could learn a few things

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Chris­tian hall

A track­able pad­lock, a 360° wire­less speaker,

and other great kit

£289 FROM Li­bra­tone, li­bra­ Fea­tures Touch­panel con­trol, carry han­dle, Blue­tooth/Air­Play/Spo­tify Con­nect

Dan­ish au­dio firm Li­bra­tone has im­pressed us be­fore with good sound qual­ity and style, but can it win at multi-room set­ups?

The new Zipp and Zipp mini carry on Li­bra­tone’s phi­los­o­phy of a wire­less speaker that’s made to be eas­ily moved be­tween rooms. They sound great and room-fill­ing for their size. By sup­port­ing Air­Play with Ap­ple Mu­sic, Spo­tify Con­nect and Blue­tooth, your play­back meth­ods are all catered for, but it’s the free­dom of what they now of­fer that makes these speak­ers first class. It’s all about creat­ing SoundS­paces through the Li­bra­tone app – a new way of group­ing speak­ers. Regis­ter each Zipp and they show up in the app as cir­cles. Then drag one onto an­other to form a group (max­i­mum of six) that will play the same mu­sic. You can then tweak each speaker in­di­vid­u­ally in the app. It’s seam­less, and when cou­pled with phys­i­cal ac­tions on the speak­ers, such as tap to hush one speaker, it’s a win­ning multi-room sys­tem.

As for fin­ish, the stan­dard Zipps are white plas­tic and a lit­tle cheaper than the newer Cophen­hagen mod­els we looked at, but these ones are a lit­tle more ‘Mac’ with the alu­minium hous­ing in­stead.

Com­bin­ing porta­bil­ity with the sim­plic­ity and power of a more ex­pen­sive wire­less speaker is a hard nut to crack, but Li­bra­tone has done it.

The more costly Copen­hagen edi­tions have alu­minium bases with wool cov­ers.

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