For the past few months I have styled and tested Libratone speakers, Zipp Mini, the larger Zipp and the new One Click. I thought it was about time to give you my whole-hearted review of the three. Actually their PR rep told me that they love my pics and previous post, but she really wanted me to talk more about the speakers – and be more critical. I told her: you are on! So here goes.
So first, and maybe even the coolest thing – something that sets it apart from other Bluetooth and Wireless speakers is that you can link up to six speakers together via Wi-Fi and place them around the house to spread out the sound – or if you are a group of friends going to the beach, you can get a real good beach playlist going. Beach dance party here we come. Obviously you can have them play the same music, or play different tracks in each room and control it all from a single phone app, sort of like Sonos (Sonos is just not transportable, it doesn’t run on batteries, in other words, Libratone surely wins this one).
Lookwise they are all pretty smooth and very discreet; I do like the new One Click the best. There are A LOT of Bluetooth speakers out there, so the fact that you can easily throw it in your suitcase when travel and hang it anywhere with the enclosed straps, is a plus in my book.
I really don’t want to go all-technical on you. Okay, mostly because I have no idea what I am talking about saying stuff like “100-watt Class D amp, a 4-inch woofer “ in the Zipp. The sound is great sound for a small speaker in all of them, that’s all you need to know. I like my music playing, I have told you many times before, and I like it loud, with the Zipp (and the One Click) you can actually crank it way up and still have a pretty decent sound. I would recommend spending the extra cash on the larger Zipp, as the Mini is not nearly as good – so if you are buying a speaker to use for everyday use in your smaller apartment, but also one, that you can use for a serious party, then big Zipp it is. Another plus, the battery actually last pretty long, you do get a few extra hours than the 10 hours quoted.
I guess the whole point with a wireless Bluetooth speaker is, that you control it via your phone, tablet or computer – that would certainly explain the on-board controls, they are really not very effective. All interactions—changing volume, skipping tracks, and linking multiple speakers together —are accomplished via the big flashy button on the top. There’s a ring on the outside of this button that you –in theory – should easily run your finger around to change the volume, but it’s… well, it’s supposed to be easy, but I never really figured out how to use it succesfully. Swipes, taps, and what not just wouldn’t register most of the time. And I know, you can just use your phone, but when you are all undressed in the bathroom, ready for a rocking shower and the music is way to low to drown your extremely bad singing voice and you didn’t bring your phone – you see the problem?
I think that’s it really. If you need a speaker when travelling, bringing to the park or pool, I would go for the new One Click – all other use, I would spend the extra 500 DKK ($50) and go large. I mean – larger is always better right?
— I was invited by Libratone to make this review and borrow all three speakers to do so —