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Libratone
ZIPP 2 Test

Test seal: Libratone ZIPP 2, Rating 9.6

last modified: 19.09.2019, 9:53

All rating criteria details:

Sound quality 40%
Range of functions 20%
Battery Performance 20%
Handling 10%
Volume 5%
Design 5%
Tested by: Philipp

Philipp

Product tester

Resumee

The ZIPP 2 is a good Bluetooth speaker, even though its size makes it impractical for on the go. The sound is clear and powerful at all volumes. The maximum volume is also convincing. The settings for sound and environment are also positive. The loudspeaker can also be connected to mobile devices via WiFi and can be voice-controlled with Alexa.

Pro

  • Connection via WiFi possible
  • Simple control via touch control panel
  • Operation via App
  • Very loud

Cons

  • No splash water protection
  • Very large

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Convincing Bluetooth and WLAN loudspeaker with intuitive control. Due to its size, however, not very suitable for on the go.

The ZIPP 2 has a high-quality appearance. The textile cover and zipper are particularly eye-catching. With its rubberized underside, the loudspeaker stands securely. However, the ZIPP 2 is even bigger than its little brother, the ZIPP MINI 2 and therefore quite impractical for on the go.

We tested the model in the color "Pine Green". The speaker is also available in the colors "Cranberry Red", "Frosty Grey" and "Stormy Black" at the time of testing.

Special feature

The ZIPP 2 is able to play music via WiFi. All devices connected to the same WiFi can play music over the loudspeaker.

Control

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The Zipp 2 is controlled from the touch control panel.

The operation of the ZIPP 2 is very intuitive and is done via the touch control panel on top of the speaker. By simply pressing, playback can be paused and circular movements, counterclockwise or clockwise, increase or decrease the volume. Additionally, you can skip the current song by pressing twice and return to the previous song by touching the touch panel three times.

All settings can also be made with this one button. Pressing this button for a longer time takes you to the menu where the following functions are integrated:

  • Activating/Deactivating the Language Assistant
  • Connection to mobile devices (Bluetooth and WiFi)
  • Sound correction
  • Favorite Playlists
  • Synchronization of multiple speakers
  • Firmware update

At the beginning you have to find out which function is hidden behind which symbol, but in our test I got used to operating the ZIPP 2 very quickly.

The only other button is the power button, which is built into the base of the speaker.

Connections

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The connections of the ZIPP 2

In addition to an AUX input (3.5 mm jack connection), the ZIPP 2 also has a USB connection, via which songs in common file formats (MP3, LPCM, WAV, FLAC, WMA, OGG VORBIS, AAC, AIFF, ALAC) can be played directly from a USB flash drive. However, this USB port cannot be used to load the speaker. To do this, use the supplied power supply with a power plug.

App

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The speaker can be easily controlled via the app.

The ZIPP 2 includes an app that can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play. This app is being used to set up the loudspeaker and connect it to the WiFi. The app also contains the manual for all Libratone products. Further functions of the app are:

  • Sound correction
  • Sleep timer
  • Changing the LED Brightness
  • Changing Favorites Playlists
  • On the whole, the operation of the app is very intuitive.

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Coupling

The coupling of the ZIPP 2 with mobile devices works without problems. If you want to connect the device to the WiFi, you simply have to follow the instructions in the app and the speaker is ready for use after a few minutes. For Apple devices, you don't even need the Libratone app to set it up. The speaker can easily be set up as a new Air Play device. You'll find all the information you need in the user guide.

The pairing via Bluetooth is also very fast and easy.

Operation

If the ZIPP 2 is operated in WiFi mode, the distance between the loudspeaker and the connected device does not matter as long as they are in the same WiFi network.

If the loudspeaker is paired via Bluetooth, the range strongly depends on whether there are obstacles in the way. There were no problems in our office at a distance of 30 m without walls between loudspeaker and smartphone. However, a concrete ceiling is enough to disturb the connection considerably.

There were no problems with the connection via the jack and when playing from the USB flash drive.

And if you want to play music in multiple rooms at the same time, it's no problem with this speaker. Up to 10 devices can be paired to play the same music in sync.

Only the battery life isn't quite impressive. with about 12 hours, the ZIPP 2 is in the lower range of the speakers we have tested. The lack of protection against splashing water is also a weakness of this device.

According to the manufacturer, this loudspeaker can also be controlled via the Alexa language assistant. However, we have not tested this feature.

Sound quality

The most important aspect of a loudspeaker is of course its sound. The ZIPP 2 is very clear and powerful. Even at maximum volume the sound quality of this speaker is still very good. The maximum volume is convincing and clearly louder than that of the smaller one ZIPP MINI 2. Even slightly larger rooms should be able to be filled with sound without any problems.

The adjustment possibilities of the sound are positive. On the one hand you can choose between 9 sound profiles for different music styles, which clearly influence the sound. On the other hand you can adjust where your ZIPP 2 is placed. Whether on the shelf, on the floor or outdoors, the room settings allow you to adjust the sound for 5 different scenarios.

I was particularly impressed by the 360° sound of the speaker in our test. Because the sound is the same in all directions, this speaker can also be placed in the middle of the room at parties.

We have evaluated about 40 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 75 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 10 percent of the users. The average score at the time of evaluation was 4.1 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 75% positive and 10% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Long battery life
  • Very loud
  • Good sound

The following points were noted negatively:

  • Cannot be loaded via USB
  • Low microphone sensitivity for voice control
Manufacturer Libratone
EAN 5710957013170
Accessories Power adapter with Euro and US plug
Party mode
Waterproof -
App included
Bluetooth version 4.1
Power supply connection
Length of the power cable 180 cm
Battery life 12 hrs
Accessory products
Weight 1545 g
Depth 12,2 cm
Height 26 cm
Width 12,2 cm
Manual language EN, DE, FR, ES, CN, TW, JP, KR
Quality of instructions Good
Packaging Very good
Quality impression Very good
Scope of delivery Speaker, power adapter with Euro and US plug, brief instructions, warranty conditions, safety instructions
Music control without smartphone
Wireless charging -
Sound quality
Handling
Range of functions
Battery Performance

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Questions

2019-09-19
Can I charge the speaker via USB?
AskGeorge.com
No, the speaker can only be charged using the included charging cable.
2019-09-19
Can I play music and charge the battery at the same time?
AskGeorge.com
Sure, you can listen to music and charge the speaker at the same time.
2019-09-19
Can the speaker also be connected via WiFi?
AskGeorge.com
Yes, this speaker can be connected via Bluetooth and via WiFi.
2019-09-19
How can I adjust the volume?
AskGeorge.com
You can adjust the volume either on your smartphone or by moving circles on the touch panel.

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