ZIPP 2 integrates an upgraded acoustic reflector with an increased number of audio beams to achieve even better 360 sound. New audio tuning and enhanced acoustic system achieve an increased maximum sound level, punchy bottom end, and crisp vocals.
Connect up to 10 speakers and stream music using AirPlay 2, or SoundSpace Link®.
Store and play any 5 playlists or radio stations with a tap when your ZIPP 2 is connected to WiFi.
Onboard Room EQ automatically adjusts for the best sound, no matter position or placement.
Noise isolating microphones ensure clear calls. Works via Bluetooth.
Extra speaker covers are available in several colors. (Not Included)
The built-in voice prompts will guide you through the ZIPP 2 experience.
Works with Siri voice service and Apple HomeKit through AirPlay 2.
What’s in the Box?
1x ZIPP 2 Smart Wireless Speaker In Your Color Choice
Okay fine, last time (as in literally just one week ago) it was the “Zipp Mini 2” for $99 and this time it is the “Zipp 2” for $119. Still though. Why not just lump those together into a single sale with two model choices?!?
@cengland0@pmarin@robm@sammydog01@stolicat Note that the Zipps (1 &2) and Mini Zipps (1& 2) pair with each other great. So, you can put a Zipp 1 and a Zipp 2 in the same room and pair them. The biggest difference is 2 has full Alexa, and you only need 1 Alexa per room. Save 20 bucks that way.
@seraphimcaduto@spacemart@Stallion They pair pretty painlessly and sound excellent, but the problem, unless I’m doing something wrong, is that you have to re-pair them every time.
To rephrase, once you’ve powered off and disconnected the pair, you power on both of them but only one will connect to the source device. Then you have to use the app to re-create the “+1” pair, which requires having it search for the 2nd device while putting it in BT pairing mode (despite the fact that you’ve already had it connected to the device previously.) Then you finally have to re-configure the pair type, that is, leave it at the default of “boost” mode (or whatever they call it) or set the pair as L/R or R/L (the app obviously can’t tell which one you want as the right and left channels.)
So again, it works, and sounds good, and isn’t that much trouble, but it is a little annoying to have to re-create the pairing setup each time.
@Atomizer@seraphimcaduto@spacemart@Stallion My Zipps remain Linked when they shut down, and come back on paired correctly. I think you are confusing things. They pair in WiFi using the Libratone App, not Bluetooth. You specify in the app “Soundspaces” section which speaker is left/right stereo, or if you want both speakers the same. Your choice remains when you turn them off and on. I seldom turn them totally off because they fall asleep by themselves, but when I power them totally off, they come back again WiFi paired.
@ggrochr I was referring to the ONE Clicks, which are Bluetooth only and not Wifi. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Zipps stay paired up over Wifi because they’d be even less useful if they didn’t, but again the BT-only ONEs do not stay in their soundspace in my experience.
@jonmeh@mediocrebot First time mediocrebot had to explain himself (itself?) (herself?) – It had to tell us Strike King was an Awesome brand of fishing lures, something I didn’t know. This is why I come here everyday, to learn something I didn’t know, and also didn’t know that I didn’t know until I knew.
@Felixaurelius They’re clearancing them out for this company, though, it went bankrupt so there’s plenty of inventory to sell through. I’ve been happy with all of the discount Libratone stuff I’ve purchased thus far, for what that’s worth!
I’ve been watching the portable speaker market for awhile, decided to pop for these at the good price. I need good-sounding portables that can connect in many different ways and these do that.
I bought the Zipp v1 from the previous Meh sale. I really like it! For the price it sounds excellent, is super easy to connect to, and has a good battery life. I just wish I had known Meh had these v2s; I would have waited for them.
Maybe someone at mediocre wants to send me a “review” version of one of these so I can compare it against the v1, test the stereo mode, and report back?
@B I have big Zipp 1 and 2. They sound the same to me. They pair with each other just fine, so if you get a Zipp 2 now you can link them in the same room and use the Zipp 2 Alexa to run both. The Zipp 2 also has the Automatic room EQ the Zipp 1 does not have.
@arielleslie@B My Zipp2 (this one) has a very dim light on the top all the time which indicates it is in Alexa aware mode. My Zipp 1 falls asleep after a while with no light. You touch the top of both to wake them fully. The Zipp2 Alexa light is so dim I doubt it could ever be a problem.
@akumax@B If you noticed, which we didn’t know until now, they always put the “1” (or “not 2” because 1 didn’t have a number) up first, so people would buy those, and then about two weeks later put up the “2” model, so people already ordered the first one (or pair). So people probably said "well I guess I can’t cancel the first order – it’s already shipped and in a Pitney-Bowes warehouse in North Dakota where it will be vacationing for a few weeks – so I guess I’ll just buy more. Clearly a clever strategy. You could say they are Mehsters of Marketing. (sorry couldn’t resist a poor pun)
@Joedetroit That was my theory, just buy the cheap ones. Then I realized I could have bought a couple of really nice sounding speakers instead of all the ones I have donated to Goodwill. I ordered a Zipp 2 mini and will soon see if it changes my life. Well maybe not soon. Unless it ships Fedex.
@Joedetroit they’re actually nice speakers. Apple Airplay uses WiFi (the range of your homes WiFi vs just Bluetooth). It also lets you pair them. They’re cheap Homepods without Siri, which you don’t use anyway!
I have 5 throughout my house, all play simultaneously, in sync, via airplay.
@danlo I suspect it’s quite a bit given the frequent offerings and also most things end up on the “backup” sites after deals here, meaning there’s more to be had. I wouldn’t be surprised if these end up at a slightly lower price later on, or in Meh-rathons.
However I do have to say that these seem to be very good quality stuff (kind-of out of the ordinary for this site!) Of course the price is higher than the usual obsolete low-fidelity bluetooth speaker. These are obsolete high-fidelity bluetooth speakers, but also have WiFi and lots of other things going for them. I got the in-ear noise-cancelling earphones from two weeks ago, and tried them, they actually fit in my ear nicely (unlike basic earbuds) and the first time I played I music, I was seriously amazed at how good they sounded. And the iPhone app actually worked well, updated the firmware (headphones gotta have firmware these days), controls worked, very nice. Definitely was a more expensive product as-designed. Actually thinking of buying another set over on the other site at $39.
Biggest risk for any of these is that they are app-controlled (though will do basic functions without it). But assuming company is out-of-business, when updates are needed to the App, and Apple stops supporting a previous generation app, you might be stuck with no ability to control via app on a newer iOS version once it updates.
@Kenbo I thought we are all just wearing sweats since March… [EDIT] or pajamas. Actually there is a fine line between sweats and pajamas. However my UPS driver did comment on my pajama fashion when I came out to pick up a package in my PJs at 2 in the afternoon. What’s wrong with that?
If these things had a way to get an audio out I would buy to get a feed to go into an receiver that doesn’t have Airplay. Has anyone tried opened a Libratone speaker up and been able to access a usable audio signal to feed to another device?
@atomjackfuser That is a cool band I never knew about! I just checked it out and I see what you mean about the cover. Thanks for introducing me to great music I didn’t know about.
[EDIT] Wanted to add that I tried listening on my iPad speakers and it was, well, Meh. And then I plugged in my Libratone in-ear headphones from two weeks ago ($39!). And like the first time I used them, I said “holy FO%#U these sound pretty FR#U$@ good”
I’m pretty excited, I just got the original Zipp that plays for 10 hours (Full sized one) The thing that made it such a fantastic deal was I ordered some compression socks for mourning save and they ended up being several weeks late (really no big deal) But what morningsave did was Offer a 50% off coupon for anything up to $100 on their site so this was $99.00 So with tax it came to $52.97 I couldn’t be any freaking happier…
OK, so my Zipp 2 showed up a few days ago, and I finally got it set up. Or, rather, “set up.” The Libratone App was pretty useless for getting it connected to my WiFi and working with AirPlay. Fortunately, you can kinda sorta ignore it, “reset” the speaker, and use Apple’s built-in Airplay stuff to get it to connect. So now it works with Apple Music (yay) on my iOS devices and, I think, my MacBook. Also works with Spotify Connect, which is kinda cool. I have not for the life of me been able to get Alexa to work with it. Perhaps I need to just go to the horrible Alexa app on my iPhone and that will do it.
After all that aggravation, the thing sounds great, and apparently uses some magic mumbo jumbo (it says it so it must be true!) to have one speaker create some fancy deep wide whatever sound space custom-designed for your room. Yeah, right. However, it does sound good, certainly a hell of a lot better than the Echo I’d been using, and I’m considering getting a cheaper, non-Alexa one, as has been suggested here, for stereo. This thing is also pretty damn big. I have a feeling I’d have been happier saving a little money and getting the mini. Even with somewhat less power I think it would’ve been fine for my needs, and certainly easier to position among the clutter I refer to as my decor.
I will be disappointed if I can’t get Alexa to work with the damn thing. Perhaps I can use a Dot and Bluetooth, but what a pain. Half the reason I got this was to cut down on the connected things I have cluttering up my shelves.
Anyway, it sounds great, and if I can get Alexa working I’ll be pleased. Otherwise maybe just use an iPad and Siri? Or a cheap Fire tablet? Given the horror stories I’ve read online I’m thrilled that the Airplay actually works.
Continuing the saga of my Zipp 2. After I’d been using it strictly as an Airplay 2 speaker for awhile, just now I went back to the app, connected the speaker to my account, it asked me if I wanted to activate Alexa, and boom. Done. I’m still thinking of getting a non-Alexa Zipp to pair them for stereo, although it seems like people have had varying degrees of success with this. I like Spotify Connect, as I can see on just about any device info about what’s playing on the speaker via Alexa. Doesn’t work that way with Apple Music, alas, and I have a lot of stuff in Apple Music I don’t have in Spotify. Does anyone have any idea if I get a cheap Fire tablet I can use Alexa on it to play through the Zipp, and also see what’s playing? Also wondering if my stupid FireTV stick will do that. Or maybe I should just get a cheap Alexa with a screen (although I’d rather pay less and get a cheap Fire). Anyway, for the price, these things sound awesome, and I really love that I can unplug this and move it around when I want to. I don’t think the non-Alexa Zipp will be any cheaper on Meh than at SideDeal, so might as well just get it now.
Continuing the evaluation. Yes, it has Alexa. No, the implementation is crappy. It doesn’t always hear you. In fact sometimes it seems to have stopped listening entirely until you wave or stab at that multifunction glowing thing. Except sometimes it is listening. Sometimes you have to wait to hear a bloop from the speaker before continuing. Worse, it doesn’t support Pandora or Apple Music, making it pretty damn useless for my purposes. It’s great with Spotify, though. I am going to see how well it works using an Echo Dot to control it via the AUX input. Or I may say the heck with it and go to Siri as my home jukebox thing, via Airplay. I am guessing if using the aux in you can’t pair the Zipp 2 with a second speaker for stereo, which I kinda wanted to do. So, unless you’ve got everything in Spotify, the Alexa is pretty worthless. And I’m not sure how well it supports TuneIn or iHeart. So I am annoyed, but if a Dot can drive it I’m fine, I guess. Sounds great.
I have a bunch of Dots lying around. Perhaps if I connected two Zipps each to a Dot I could get some sort of multi-speaker thing, if I can get Alexa speaker groups to work, which is always iffy. Or if I drove each through Bluetooth from a dot? I guess I could buy one and find out. Nah.