The last time we heard from Denmark-based, fancy audio purveyor Libratone, they made one of the finest AirPlay speakers we had ever heard. At £360, it wasn't cheap, but it was considerably cheaper than anything else we had ever seen/heard from them. Here's their latest effort, a designy, wall-mounted audio orb for your living room.
Like other Libratone speakers, the Loop is based around Apple's AirPlay Wi-Fi music playback tech, and following a firmware update to all of the company's devices last year, it's also compatible with Android devices via DLNA. The Loop also supports ad-hoc Wi-Fi connectivity, so that it can turn itself into a hotspot in case your local network is on the fritz.
The unit sports two ribbon-style tweeter drivers an a subwoofer. How do these drive units sound? Well, we only listened for a few minutes in the office, but it was certainly loud enough to dominate a small room. And there weren't any noticeable sound errors in the playback.
At £399 the new speaker is a tad more expensive than the aforementioned Libratone Zipp. And unlike the Zipp, the Loop doesn't have battery power. The Loop stands about two-feet tall and is designed to be the centrepiece of a room's audio, whether mounted on the wall, or standing on the little included kickstand. As always, you'll have your choice of a few designer fleece coats to drape on your darling little speaker.
This Danish orb reminds us of smaller, much cheaper version of the £1,699 B&O A9, which is also an orb from from Denmark. At just £399, it's a lot less expensive than the A9, but we'll have to wait and see if it's work all that when we've had a little more time to listen to the speaker down the line.
The Loop will hit stores by Mid-October and is available for pre-order now.