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Libratone's Lounge is a wireless speaker that can also function as a soundbar to use with your TV. Using Libratone's app you can even custom-tailor the Lounge to work best for your room's layout. The Lounge also features Libratone's PlayDirect wireless technology, which makes it simple to connect your Airplay or DLNA enabled device to the Lounge without the need of WiFi. However, unlike the Sonos system, you can't pair this with other Libratone products to create a surround-sound experience. Wired UK describes the Lounge's sound as "clean and refined all the way through," with TrustedReviews saying it's "refined, balanced, detailed and sweet-sounding." And if you're worried about how it will look, the Lounge has a unique appearance that PC Mag called a "pleasing visual design." Even with a good design and above-average sound, Home Theater Review felt the Lounge is "merely adequate." At $1,299, the Libratone Lounge isn't cheap and it doesn't offer some features you may find on cheaper options or a soundstage you'll find on similarly priced soundbars. If you're looking for a streaming-capable soundbar that looks and sounds great, integrates with a wide range of speakers and accessories, and sells for under $700, consider the Sonos PLAYBAR. And if you need something cheap that will get the job done, there's always the LG NB3420A.

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PC Mag Mar 6, 2013

If you have room in your budget and home for this behemoth, the Libratone Lounge is unlikely to disappoint, unless you're really only craving booming bass.

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8.0
PC World Australia Oct 15, 2012

The Libratone Lounge is big, very well built, very simple — sometimes to its detriment — and has sound quality that flatters most of the music or audio that’s played through it... for most music listeners it’s got more than enough power and a wide enough frequency range.

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7.0
Wired UK Feb 21, 2012

As a TV soundbar it won't represent 5.1 surround sound or provide powerful rumble for Hollywood explosions. It does however offer clean, detailed, intimate sound for music and dialogue, though you'll have to love its style to justify the price.

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5.0
Home Theater Review Oct 29, 2012

It's not that the Libratone Lounge loudspeaker is a bad product, it just isn't a great one. It's merely adequate, though it masks its shortcomings with some rather upscale and attractive industrial design and wireless music capabilities.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Nov 3, 2011

The Libratone Lounge is one of the most impressive-looking Airplay devices we've seen. It's big, but elegant too. And it has a sound to match - refined, elegant and detailed. However, it can't provide the clout and volume other cheaper audio solutions offer.

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9.0
t-break Mar 19, 2013

You’ll get an impressive volume level and quality from the Lounge, but keen ears might pick up on the Lounge holding back on the bass. Still, if you’re craving a minimalistic and stylish speaker for your home and want a solution that works out of the box, the Lounge is the one for you.

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CNET Asia Jul 4, 2012

The benefit of this larger model is quite obviously, more power. You'll get a larger 8-inch woofer on the Lounge for better bass extension, as well as two extra 4-inch midrange drivers. The sound bar-type design also means you'll get better stereo separation than the monolithic Live model.

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9.0
FrankMarks FrankMarks

I have this for 1.5 years now and I am very pleased with the speaker and the performance. It can fill the room with elegant sound without cranking up the volume

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