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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

The Libratone Zipp is an AirPlay speaker with a unique twist: Unlike other AirPlay setups, which depend on your existing network to stream music, the Zipp's PlayDirect system creates its own WiFi hotspot, allowing you to stream content from compatible music sources directly to the speaker. As MacWorld puts it, "this means that unlike other 'portable' AirPlay systems we’ve covered, the Zipp really can be taken beyond the reaches of any existing wireless network and still stream music to it." Sure, you can do the same thing with Bluetooth, but as Sound and Vision points out, "AirPlay is lossless, so technically you get better fidelity than Bluetooth can offer. Downside? PlayDirect doesn’t work with Android or Windows phones." If you're an iOS user, though, the Zipp is among the best-sounding portable speakers available, according to Sound and Vision: "The Zipp’s sound was so addictive I wanted it loud all the time, even when I was playing mellow stuff like James Taylor."

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CharlesCharlie
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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joshsatto
My original price range for a speaker was 200 dollars. I listened to 5-6 different...read more
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Audio quality

84
 

Design and form factor

78
 

Durability

80
 

Portability

80
 

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