Libratone Zipp is the AirPlay speaker that doesn't need a Wi-Fi network
The Libratone Zipp wireless speaker has been unveiled and claims to be the “first and only device” to stream music from iOS products without the need for a Wi-Fi network.
Instead the speaker – available in eight striking colours – creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot pairing with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC. The technology used to perform this task is Libratone’s own PlayDirect, with the manufacturer citing the lack of wires and flip-out handle as factors that make the Zipp so portable.
Of course there is the option of plugging the speakers into an electricity outlet, with the Libratone Zipp capable of blasting out eight hours of audio, as opposed to four hours when playing wirelessly.
Libratone’s FullRoom technology projects a 360-degree sound and iOS users can download the Libratone app to alter the sound and bass levels remotely through their mobile device.
The Libratone Zipp in grey and red are to be sold exclusively at Apple Stores and online from October for £329.99.
However, if you want a little more colour you may want to check out John Lewis, Dixons Travel and online where the Classic Color Collection and the Funky Color Collection that each come with three interchangeable wool zip-on covers – black, blue and red and black, pink and yellow respectively. These two multipacks will be available again from October for the slightly more expensive £369.99.