Good Bluetooth and WiFi speakers with intuitive operation. The sound quality is not convincing.
last modified: 19.09.2019, 9:57
The ZIPP MINI 2 is a solid Bluetooth speaker for on the go and at home. However, the sound is not great at higher volume and is a bit dull overall. The maximum volume could also be a bit higher. On the other hand, the speaker convinces with its possibilities for adjusting sound and environment. It can also be connected to mobile devices via WiFi and can be voice-controlled with Alexa.
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, because of its size the ZIPP MINI 2 is quite impractical for on the go.
We tested the model in the color "Stormy Black". The speaker is also available in the colors "Cranberry Red", "Frosty Grey" and "Pine Green" at the time of testing.
The ZIPP 2 is able to play music via WiFi. All devices connected to the same WiFi can play music over the loudspeaker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The most important aspect of a loudspeaker is of course its sound. This is good for the ZIPP MINI 2, but not outstanding. Especially at high volume the sound quality decreases noticeably and overall the sound is a bit dull. The maximum volume is okay, but it didn't blow my mind.
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 MINI 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 sounds the same in all directions, this speaker can also be placed in the middle of the room at parties.
We have evaluated a good 40 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 the evaluation was 4.1 out of 5 stars.
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
|Accessories||Power adapter with Euro and US plug|
|Power supply connection||✔|
|Length of the power cable||180 cm|
|Battery life||12 hrs|
|Manual language||EN, DE, FR, ES, CN, TW, JP, KR|
|Quality of instructions||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||✔|
|Range of functions|
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