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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.