Libratone are back on the scene. Well, especially here at camp TechNuovo. It’s been a long time since one has graced our desk. We loved their speakers the first time round, and now their second generation speakers are here, we thought we’d check out the new Libratone Zipp Mini 2.
The Libratone Zipp Mini 2 has been built to have a focus on 360° audio thanks to its multiple sound drivers around the cylandircal shaped housing. It’s covered in a case, in which you can get four colours, and this is where the speaker gets its name. It zips up around the bottom, and can be taken off and washed if it gets dirty.
On top is one touch sensitive button, which when pressed, play and pauses music. If you stroke your finger around the outside of the pad, it’ll adjust the speaker’s volume. The whole thing is pretty light to carry and has an included carrying strap. The base however is significantly heavier, which is great for keeping the speaker from being knocked over, and also houses some kind of down firing sub.
On the back, or should I say on the side you will find the power input and button, a 3.5mm aux input for hardwiring music sources like mobiles and a USB A input so you can charge your smartphone directly from the speaker. There’s a 12 hour battery life as well, which is absolutely superb. Take thr Libratone Zipp Mini 2 to the beach or to your camping trip, and let the music flow!
I don’t think I’ve ever had a simpler time setting up a speaker to my wireless network like I had with the Libratone Zipp Mini 2. As soon as I powered on the speaker, the Libratone app found it, promted me to select my wireless network and enter my password and within seconds, I was playing my favourite songs through my Spotify account. There’s also Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant built in too, so ask it anything.
The app is also where you will find various EQ settings depending on the music you’re listening to, and this time they have some funky names like “Rock The House” and “Jazz Club”. I stuck mostly with Rock The House because it offered some decent bass frequencies while keeping mid-tones warm and high-tones crisp.
The app also allows you to set up a sleep timer, so it will shut itself off once you’ve drifted off to sleep. There’s also options to set your speaker to various locations of your house. If you tell the app the Libratone Zipp Mini 2 is on a shelf, it’ll priotitise one side of the speaker for audio. If it’s in the middle of a room, it’ll give you 360° audio. If you turn the speaker off to save power, then give it a couple of minutes to sync back up to the wireless network in your home before panicking.
Okay, so what does this little speaker actually sound like? Pretty good actually. At medium volume, the speaker can produce some wonderful sounding music, and is very well controlled, especially in bass heavy tracks. There’s a slight distortion towards max volume, so I would advise against pushing the speaker too much.
This is all powered by one single 10cm driver and also a 25mm tweeter that is directed in a 360° way to give you that full sound from wherever you are in your room. The only downside to this is the fact that you will only receive mono sound and even adding a second Zipp speaker to your line-up won’t change this like we’ve seen in other wireless speakers so you’ll get zero sound separation here.
I’m impressed with the Libratone Zipp Mini 2. It’s a nice little speaker that would suit a modern furnished home and can actually produce some decent sounding music. There is a bigger option available if you’re wanting something a little less portable, but that’s your call. For more information on the Libratone Zipp Mini 2, then head over to their website.