It’s a tad too big for use as a mobile speaker, but the Libratone Zipp can definitely function as one if you need it to. Designed as a speaker you can conveniently move around the house, it comes with an onboard battery that allows you to modify its placement any time you like.
Yes, you can still set it up on a media cabinet and plug it in like any loudspeaker fashioned for use at home. Except, with this model, you can pluck it out of its tether at any time, so you can take a speaker into the bathroom if you want soothing music to go with a relaxing bath on your hammock tub or the garage if you want some 90s rock music to accompany any maintenance work you’re performing on the car. It can function on battery power alone for up to 10 hours.
The Libratone Zipp is a cylinder-shaped speaker that pumps out omnidirectional audio, allowing it to fill every part of the room with equal amounts of sound. As with most modern home speakers, each one can output its own stereo sound, as well as pair with another speaker to serve as one of the channels. It also supports multi-room audio, with the mobile app able to control up to 16 speakers at a time, complete with support for just about every protocol, including dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 aptX, AirPlay, DLNA, Spotify, QPlay, and Apple Music.
Features include a 4-inch neodymium woofer, two 1-inch soft dome tweeters, two 4-inch radiators, and a touch-sensitive control on top of the unit, which you can use to adjust the volume, pair with another speaker, and perform a few other basic functions. Each speaker is covered in a hot-swappable mesh fabric that lets you modify its appearance by simply unzipping the current cover and swapping in a fresh one.
Available now, the Libratone Zipp is priced at $299.