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Libratone Zipp Mini - SoundSpace Link portable multiroom speakers

Richard Easton
31 Jan 2016
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Libratone Zipp Mini lead image
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
179
inc VATG

The Zipp Mini packs the same features as the larger Zipp into a slightly smaller package

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Specifications

Speakers: 4, RMS power output: 60W, Dock connector: None, Networking: Bluetooth (aptX), dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Dimensions: 224x100x100mm, Weight: 1.1kg, Streaming formats: AirPlay, DLNA, Bluetooth

Like its big brother, the Libratone Zipp, the Zipp Mini packs in the same features that make it one of the most versatile multiroom speakers around. Aping the flagship feature of Philips' Izzy range, the Zipp and Zipp Mini are able to take the audio from a Bluetooth connected device and synchronise it to other speakers. Where the Zipp range has the advantage is also being able to synchronise audio from a larger array of sources. The Zipp Mini also supports dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, AirPlay, DLNA, Spotify Connect, internet radio and has 3.5mm mini-jack and USB ports. All of these sources can be played from simultaneously across connected Zipp-range speakers.

As the name suggests, the Zipp Mini is a smaller, slightly more portable version of the Zipp. It weighs 400g less (at 1.1kg), has a diameter 20mm smaller and is 40mm shorter. It also has a slightly more bulbous top. Otherwise, both speakers follow the same cylindrical design principles.


Libratone Zipp and Zipp Mini

You’re able to customise the design with removable zipped covers. As standard, the Zipp Mini comes with a woven fabric cover in a range of colours, but you can also opt for 'Copenhagen Edition' speakers that cost more and use more premium wool fabric, as well as leather for the handle and aluminium for the base. The standard Zipp Mini is £179, whereas the Copenhagen Edition will be £249 when it's launched in February.

Removing and replacing the covers is a little fiddly at first but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually quite easy. If you want your speakers to match your decor, changing styles becomes a simple affair. Alternative covers cost £19. Copenhagen Edition Zipp Mini covers will be compatible with the standard Zipp Mini (and vice versa), but pricing for these wool-based covers hasn't been revealed; we expect a price of around £30.


Libratone Zipp Mini cover off

As there’s a built-in battery, a useful handle lets you easily carry the speaker around or hang it. The speaker is humidity-resistant, too, so it makes a great bathroom speaker. Just make sure not to get the Zipp Mini wet as it’s not water-resistant. The battery will last up to 10 hours on a single charge and in testing this was pretty accurate, depending on listening volumes. A single charge will easily get you through a party or barbeque. A special mention goes to the Zipp Mini's plug, which has an attractive white glossy rounded finish and shows great attention to detail.


Libratone Zipp charger

On top of the speaker is a circular touch panel that provides the usual media playback controls as well as quick access to your preset internet radio stations. Place your hand flat on the top of the Zipp Mini and you'll activate the 'Hush' feature, muting the volume to let you talk or hear more easily.