Libratone brings its Scandinavian flair to next-gen Zipp wireless speakers …

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Libratone Launches New Zipp Speakers With Multi-Room Support.

Libratone has made some stylish wireless speakers over the last few years, including a TechCrunch favorite, the Libratone Zipp. Copenhagen, Denmark, 20th October – Award-winning audio company, Libratone, has today announced the launch of a brand new line-up of its top-selling ZIPP wireless speakers.The speakers can also be programmed with five Internet radio presets, accessible through the touch controls even without a connected smartphone or tablet.If you want to hook your home up with multi-room speakers but don’t want to spend a fortune on purchasing high-end audio equipment, you might be interested in Libratone who has recently announced new Zipp speakers. The new ‘ZIPPs’ combine exceptional sound quality with portable multi-room connectivity to suit today’s “elastic lifestyle” – a flexible, functional and simple living style.

Libratone has updated and expanded its excellent Zipp line-up with an all-new Zipp speaker and a brand-new Zipp Mini – a smaller version of the popular wireless speaker. It’s effectively the same as the multi-room wireless speaker systems companies like Sonos and Bose offer, though Libratone emphasizes that these “spaces” can be placed anywhere, thanks to the speakers’ portable, battery-powered designs. Their speakers sounded great and came in all manner of shapes and sizes—covered in washable, hot-swappable fuzzy fabric so you could tailor the look to your taste. While most conventional multi-room speakers are designed to stay in one place, SoundSpaces™ gives users the connectivity and freedom to move their speakers from room to room and link them together as suits each situation. The former will offer 100W of sound, while the latter will offer 60W and as its name implies, it will be the more portable of the two, although in reality we reckon it shouldn’t be an issue moving these speakers around if you have absolutely have to.

There’s no tinkering needed for flipping between Wi-Fi or Bluetooth input; the speakers automatically recognizes when a device is trying to connect over any protocol and adapts as needed. The company is clearing its entire slate of products and replacing them with their next-generation Zipp and Zipp Mini speakers, which support everything from Bluetooth to Wi-Fi to DLNA to AirPlay to Spotify Connect. It has continuously earned ‘best-in-test’ reviews and has won numerous awards for both design and technology, including the International CES Innovations Design and Engineering award. The speakers will come with a new touch interface, 360-degree FullRoom Sound, speakerphone capabilities, and according to the company, they are claiming that these speakers should last about 8-10 hours, although we suppose your mileage might vary depending on how you use them.

However, with this next generation of ZIPP speakers, Libratone has been able to make further refinements, offering an improved product at a lower price point. With its new speakers, Libratone is intent on creating a wireless multi-room sound system for modern living, built for open floor plans and rooms with several purposes.

That means you might see a bit more network interference than you do with a Sonos setup, but Libratone’s Hansen says it’s a more-open approach that supports more services. According to Libratone, a sound system built for today’s world shouldn’t be rooted in place; you should be able to carry robust, room-filling sound from the kitchen to the porch to the bedroom without any limitations or compromises. “It needs to have 360 degree room-filling sound, and it’s a premium sound experience,” says Mike Culver, VP of Marketing for Libratone Americas. “There’s a need to enjoy it in a much richer way than Bluetooth. The elastic lifestyle requires that the elements in our home are functional, flexible, simple, and above all, they need to help us create the perfect mood for every situation.” Libratone CEO Jan McNair says the new ZIPP line-up is a response to this megatrend, “Today’s consumers expect their sound to be ever-present, portable and flexible. It’s unclear whether they will support Chromecast Audio in a future software update, but it seems like the speakers have all the hardware features needed to support Chromecast-enabled apps. Several speakers can be linked by simply dragging and dropping icons in the Libratone app, and you can choose between each speaker outputting its own stereo sound or dividing up the left and right channels.

Both speakers contain only specially designed Libratone elements – no standard components – and offer both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, making them ideal for streaming both at home and on the go. There are 360 degrees of microphone coverage built into each unit so you can use them as a Bluetooth speakerphone or with IP communication services such as Skype and Google Hangouts. On the top of each unit, there’s a touch-sensitive circle that lets you scroll to adjust volume, tap a button to pair up another speaker, start playing a vTuner station tailored to your tastes, or check the LED indicator ring to peep remaining battery life.

Founded in 2009, Libratone is one of the first audio companies to consider the aesthetics of speakers – to move them out of the corner of the room and into the centre and onward, for the consumer on the move. Designed in the Scandinavian tradition, Libratone creates high performing sound refined through plush fabrics for a warmer, brighter listening experience.

Unlike Sonos, these speakers don’t form their own mesh network; the audio streams to each speaker from a Wi-Fi access point or from a Bluetooth-connected device.

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