But hold on. This time is different. Because now it’s late November, so we’re not trying to get you to buy one for yourself. Instead, we’re trying to get you to buy one so you can give it as a gift to a family member or loved one.
But… but if I thought it was too much to buy one for myself… Why would I… carry the one… still confused.
I bought the zip during the mehathon (thinking it was the zip 2) and I was pleasantly surprised:
I own (or have owned) a fair number of portable Bluetooth speakers and freestanding speakers as well and this is better than most of what I have AT THIS PRICE POINT. Is the zip as good as my B&W DM602’s? Of course not. Is it as good as an AirPod? Not quite, the mids are a little muddled compared to both of these examples. Does it blow the crap out of my JBL flip 4 and pulse 3? You had better believe it does.
I haven’t tested this out in stereo, so I can’t attest to its stereo performance but this is an omnidirectional speaker and does a pretty good job at what it does.
Would I buy this at full price? Nope since there are better in the highly competitive $250 price range; it’s a good speaker but there are better at its full price. Is it better than anything in the $80-100 range? It’s not even a contest.
@seraphimcaduto I forgot to mention: the sound signature is neutral overall, with a bit of warmth in the mid range and no distortion up to the 80% max volume that I tested. I stopped the test due to one of my employees coming in after hearing it through two walls and a door. This not so little guy is staying in the office and the JBL pulse 3 is getting moved to the kids room.
@haydesigner I’m glad I could help; it’s hard to go out on a limb but I took a chance on it and figured I could always gift it to someone if I didn’t like it. I will say that the portability level is like a JBL Charge or Pulse, that being semi portable.
@wishlish I bought the Zipp 2 the first time Meh put em up, and honestly I have not regretted it. The sound quality and battery life are outstanding. I kind of want to buy another, to be completely honest.
@wishlish Mine just arrived yesterday from MorningSave which means I suck at this and paid $20 too much. Believe the reviews, the sound is good and louder than you’d expect with little distortion at higher volumes. Alexa integration seems to work fine but sometimes doesn’t seem to hear you.
@swarthytype@wishlish I’ve found that for Alexa to work on it, you have to say “Alexa,” then wait until it makes a sound indicating it’s heard you. Then you can continue with the command. It seems to be rather an obsolete version, too, as it simply won’t recognize newer music sources and/or skills. It can’t play anything from Apple Music, for instance, even if you’ve set up Apple Music as your primary music source in the (godawful) Alexa app. I ended up using it as a Bluetooth speaker for one of the many Echo Dots I have lying around, and it’s worked great. My advice would be save $20 here and put it towards a real Alexa input device. I’m going to buy a Zipp, not another Zipp 2.
@manhattnik@swarthytype@wishlish just to let you guys know, I did some research and I found out that the zipp 2 has a subwoofer and lower frequency rate as opposed to the original zipp. I could be wrong, but I would imagine the zipp 2 sounds considerably better than the original.
Ya know, what was missing this November was the return of a Libratone speaker of some kind, so I’m glad we got that over with. As these questions always come up, there have been 4 models available at various times:
Zipp Mini 2
Zipp (not mini and not 2)
Zipp2 (not mini)
This offer gives you a choice of the last 2; both are the bigger size ones. As I recall, this new price is $20 less than the price we have seen here before for these models.
While I have never been tempted to buy these, I have burning questions:
Does the zipper unzip? If so, what does it reveal? Why has Meh never shown us? What are they hiding? If it doesn’t unzip, why is there a zipper? Is it because they couldn’t think of a name? Why not Snap?
@butchworley Yes, allegedly. There is definitely support for setting it up in the very flaky app. How well this works in practice I couldn’t tell you but I will be giving it a shot soon. My Zipp 2 works fine as an Airplay 2 speaker, and I’m assuming if you pair two for stereo they’ll both show up as a single AirPlay 2 speaker. But who knows?
@butchworley Bought two of the Zipps a while ago on meh, paired them up and yes - you can have wireless stereo sound. Husband had issues getting them to pair up with his record player (I married a diry, dirty hipster), but he did get it working. Its nice having a speaker in the kitchen and dining room, and being able to adjust the volume independently of one another is nice. So I can blast it in the kitchen and have it quieter in the dining room. Have not synched more than 2, amazon reviews are… Mixed on that.