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

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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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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Wireless speakers
Connections
3 5mm, Wifi
Audio playback time
up to 820
Type
Connections
Audio playback time
Wireless speakers
3 5mm, Wifi
up to 820

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84 Global Score
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.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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joshsatto
My original price range for a speaker was 200 dollars. I listened to 5-6 different...read more
90
CharlesCharlie
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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