Libratone http://www.stuff.tv/libratone/all en-GB Travelling tunes: five of the best wireless portable speakers http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/travelling-tunes-five-best-wireless-portable-speakers/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking for a speaker you can take on holiday, down the park or into the garden? We’ve collected our favourites right here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Libratone Zipp" alt="Libratone Zipp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/libratone-zipp-main.jpg?1383469381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Improvements to Bluetooth, as well as the rise of alternative technologies like Apple’s AirPlay, has ushered in a golden age of wireless audio. And not just in products designed purely to be used at home: many can be powered by batteries alone, allowing you to venture into the wilds – or just your back garden – without having to leave your music behind.</p> <p>There’s no shortage of such speakers, but we’ve assembled the best below to save you the trouble of scouring the web.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony SRS-BTM8 (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might look somewhat like your gran’s handbag from afar, but up close the Sony is a classy-looking Bluetooth-equipped unit that offers a huge amount considering its low cost. NFC allows you to swiftly pair up compatible phones and tablets: simply touch them to the speaker and the rest is handled for you. Non-Bluetooth sources can be connected via the 3.5mm audio jack. Battery duties are handled by four AAs, which deliver around 20 hours of music playback.</p> <p>With only 4W of power available, audio quality isn’t going to blow the wax out of your ears: there’s a notable thinness to the treble at higher volumes, for instance. The lower end frequencies, however, are handled surprisingly deftly and the system’s balance makes it quite suitable for mid-sized rooms.</p> <p>You can read our full review <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bluetooth-speaker-system/sony-srs-btm8/review">here</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony.co.uk/product/mfi-wireless-speakers/srs-btm8">Sony</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony SRS-BTM8" alt="Sony SRS-BTM8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-srs-btm8.jpg?1383469381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cambridge Audio Minx Go (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The baby in Cambridge Audio’s Minx family, the Bluetooth-equipped Go lives up to its name by being brilliantly portable. While not the smallest of speakers, its battery charges in a mere two hours, after which it can serve up around 18 hours of audio playback.</p> <p>It also features a USB port that, when you’re using the mains, allows you to connect a phone, tablet or similar device for charging.</p> <p>And the audio quality? It’s simply far better than you’d expect from a speaker this size and price. Rich and warm, the sound lacks the tinny harshness that often afflicts smaller speakers, although there’s no shortage of power and range on offer. A truly brilliant option at an affordable price.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/minx-go-uk">Cambridge Audio</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cambridge Audio Minx Go" alt="Cambridge Audio Minx Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cambridge-audio-minx-go.jpg?1383469381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pure Digital Jongo S3 (£170) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Jongo’s appeal is two-fold: not only does it work as a wireless portable speaker (with 10 hours of audio playback via its built-in battery), it can also be set up as part of a multi-room music system.</p> <p>For multi-room, there’s no limit to how many Jongos you can add to the system and they can be set up with independent volume levels if you wish. They can also be set to play different tracks simultaneously, although in that case a different source device (i.e. phone or tablet) is required for each song.</p> <p>Wireless audio comes courtesy of either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, the latter being available when both a Jongo and a phone, tablet or computer are sharing a wireless network.</p> <p>And audio quality? The Jongo does a fine job with most material thanks to its taut, controlled bass, clear detail and lack of brightness in the high frequency range.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pure.com/product/jongo-s340b-vl-61996/">Pure Digital</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pure Digital Jongo S3 " alt="Pure Digital Jongo S3 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pure-jongo-s3.jpg?1383469381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Libratone Zipp (£370) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it’s pricey, but the Zipp – so called because it, er, has a zip on the outside that allows you to whip off the fuzzy cover and replace it with a different coloured fuzzy cover – delivers excellent sound. Despite its diminutive size, the furry cylindrical speaker pumps out punchy beats and detailed vocals loud enough to fill a decent-sized room.</p> <p>It doesn’t support Bluetooth, instead offering a choice between AirPlay (compatible with iOS gear and any computer running iTunes), DLNA and Libratone’s proprietary PlayDirect. The latter allows you to set up a direct wireless connection from a PC or iOS or Android device, so you don’t need the Zipp and the source to be connected to the same home network. It also supports USB audio and there’s a 3.5mm port for wired stereo sources.</p> <p>The Zipp packs a four-hour battery, so its longevity isn’t quite as impressive as some others here. On the plus side, its leather strap makes it easy to carry around, and looks rather natty too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/libratone/libratone-zipp/review">Libratone</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Libratone Zipp" alt="Libratone Zipp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/libratone-zipp.jpg?1383469381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> JBL Flip (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Flip is another cylindrical speaker that can be set up either vertically or horizontally (we found it performs slightly better vertically, because the speaker is tilted more towards the listener’s ears). It’s a tidy, compact product with solid build quality and an unfussy design.</p> <p>It offers Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming (as well as a customary 3.5mm wired input), and features a built-in battery that’ll be good for around five hours of music playback (it takes about three hours to charge).</p> <p>The Flip benefits from what our chums at What Hi-Fi? describe as an “inviting, rhythmic delivery”. In spite of its diminutive size it presents a large, lively sound with clarity and dynamism and only a hint of harshness at the top end.</p> <p><a href="http://uk.jbl.com/jbl_product_detail_uk/jbl-flip-blk.html">JBL</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="JBL Flip" alt="JBL Flip" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jbl-flip.jpg?1383469381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cambridge Audio Hi-Fi & Streaming JBL Libratone Lists Pure Sony Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:55:30 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1428614 at http://www.stuff.tv Libratone Zipp http://www.stuff.tv/libratone/libratone-zipp/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tired of tripping over snaking cables? Try this attention-seeking AirPlay boomer on for size </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/libratone-zipp-review-press-1.jpg?1372122064" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/libratone-zipp-review-press-2.jpg?1372122064" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/libratone-zipp-review-press-3.jpg?1372122064" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/libratone-zipp-review-press-4.jpg?1372122064" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s furry! It’s cylindrical! It’s available in a variety of bright colours! Yep, it’s clear from the off that the Libratone Zipp is a bit of an attention-seeker. That shape isn’t simple affectation, though. Instead it’s designed to deliver 360-degree sound – or ‘FullRoom’, as Libratone calls it – and that means it should be happy anywhere in your gaff.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £370.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery and PlayDirect   </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In fact the Zipp will be pretty comfortable anywhere at all, really, because it also has a battery, allowing you to ditch the power cord. Now those are real wireless skills.&nbsp;</p> <p>A built-in battery lasts for four hours and ‘PlayDirect’ allows you to hook up your phone to the Zipp without needing a Wi-Fi network, making it one of our favourites for parties in the park and festivals.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> set-up  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you’ve shared your Wi-Fi settings by making a one-time wired connection between your iOS device and the Zipp, you’re all set. Libratone’s app is simple and easy to use too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Libratone has got the sound bang on. It really does spread the tunes right around the room, delivering detailed vocals and fun, punchy beats. You can use the Libratone app to fiddle with the EQ but we'd advise leaving this alone; it sounds just right as it is.&nbsp;</p> <p>Review by <strong><a href="https://plus.google.com/103215055246401872764/posts">Tom Parsons</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As fun to listen to as it is to look at, the portable Zipp is an AirPlay pleasure&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/libratone-zipp </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/libratone/libratone-zipp/review#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Libratone Zipp Thu, 04 Apr 2013 11:13:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 424707 at http://www.stuff.tv Libratone Live and Lounge AirPlay sound systems speak out http://www.stuff.tv/libratone/libratone-live-and-lounge-airplay-sound-systems-speak-out/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Docking’s dying and Apple’s AirPlay is leading the fight with a pair of new recruits from Libratone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/libratone-airplay-family_0.jpg?1364401349" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_2711.jpg?1364401349" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“Where we’re going, we don’t need wires.” Maybe that’s what Doc Brown should have said at the end of Back to the Future. Signing up for that wireless future at Berlin’s IFA show is Libratone, which has just let loose a pair of speakers – the Live and the Lounge – adopting Apple’s AirPlay wireless streaming tech.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/events/news-nugget/libratone-live-and-lounge-airplay-sound-systems-speak-out </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/libratone/libratone-live-and-lounge-airplay-sound-systems-speak-out/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/libratone/libratone-live-and-lounge-airplay-sound-systems-speak-out/news#comments Libratone Thu, 01 Sep 2011 11:01:21 +0000 Paddy Smith 417732 at http://www.stuff.tv Libratone Beat http://www.stuff.tv/libratone-beat/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Libratone&#039;s Beat certainly looks like no other iPod speaker we&#039;ve seen, but does it perform like no other? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="450" height="1149" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Libratone-Beat-SlateGrey_0.jpg?1364298849" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Libratone-Beat-SlateGrey.jpg?1364298849" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LibratoneBeatall.jpg?1364298849" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Libratone might sound like the name of a group of astrological fitness freaks, but it’s actually the company behind the rather fabulous Beat wireless iPod speaker.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £560.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wireless, great sounding and furry! What’s not to like?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/libratone-beat </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/libratone-beat/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/libratone-beat/review#comments Beat Blu-ray and DVD Libratone Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 admin 15534 at http://www.stuff.tv