I needed a new portable speaker with some quality sound. The UE MiniBoom was ok as a small portable speaker, but I needed something that would be portable around the house and out of the house and pack a real punch. Something in the $300-ish price range seemed to have some solid options. I looked at the SONOS PLAY, the BOSE SoundTouch and the Libratone ZIPP. I picked the latter and after a few weeks, I love it.

Here’s why it won:

  • Bluetooth AND Wifi built-in – means I have solid coverage throughout the house with higher sound quality that does not depend on my phone being nearby AND flexibility to take it to go with Bluetooth – poolside, at the beach or just out back, this speaker sounds great.
  • Airplay is built in, meaning it shows up as a destination speaker for all iOS devices once it is connected to the network – easy setup for everyone in the house to use.
  • Built-in battery with up to 10 hours of playback. The other options did not have this, so were not mobile at all.
  • Compared to the other two, in multiple tests, the sound quality was superior.

If you’re in need of a great-sounding speaker, this is the one to get!


Tom Lambotte