Summary: The Libratone Loop is a great little AirPlay speaker. Sound quality is very good and the ease of setup and use is top notch. However, with an MSRP of $499.99, the Loop faces a great deal of competition. For that kind of money one can have a Sonos Play 5, the Cambridge Audio Minx 100, or Bowers & Wilkins lauded A5. The former two offering many more features than the basic AirPlay streaming found on the Loop and for about $100 less.
Libratone Loop Review: The AirPlay Speaker That Looks As Good As It Sounds
20 January 2014
Conclusion: The Loop is a great AirPlay speaker, and with DLNA support, it’s relatively platform agnostic. I’m a sucker for the design aesthetic Libratone has chosen, too, so that’s a big selling point as well, but it’s the sound that brings it home. Libratone is essentially a boutique shop specializing in AirPlay sound, and it shows, so you can’t go wrong with their lineup, and the Loop fits nicely price wise in a gap between its Zipp and Live range of devices.
Excerpt: Around a decade ago, Apple helped bring about the mainstream’s acceptance of the separation of design and function. Just think of how your telephone, email, airline boarding passes, and sepia-toned photos of your brunch now all exist inside a slim, rectangular box made of glass and metal. Given familiarity of this concept, it’s easy for us to quickly warm to Libratone’s Loop , a speaker with an exterior devoid of classic hi-fi aesthetics.
Pros: One look and you can imagine it as a living room centerpiece. Simple setup for an AirPlay speaker. Total sonic clarity, even at high volumes. Changeable cover colors. Easy to stand up or to mount on a wall.
Cons: AirPlay remains unreliable, especially in areas with lots of wireless traffic in the air. Two-second delay for non-iTunes playback. $500 is a big price tag for a single speaker.
Excerpt: We’ve had something of a love-hate relationship with the Libratone Loop. This circular-fronted speaker has a distinctive, quirky design and - even though we’ve ended up with the grey finish for review instead of one of the more exciting colour options - it’s enticing to the eyes straight out of the box.
Pros: Plenty of bass, sounds really good, quirky design and colour options give it a distinctive edge
Cons: No Bluetooth, setup and AirPlay playback hit and miss, expensive, driver rattling, top-end can be harsh
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