• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound ok, airplay issues

    • Written by from Lincoln

    After using the Live for a full month I returned it. I very much liked the design of the Live, and the mid range and high end is really quite good even though you must listen to it reflected off walls due to the design. The bass is only so-so for music with any serious bass. Of course classical, Sinatra, etc. sound great. Having tried various positions vis-a-vis the wall as recommended, with accompanying app settings, the idea of stereo separation with this design (as one would suspect) is unsuccessful, although one can get the sense of the room being filled with sound, depending on finding the right location. The software app works well and gives a large variety of choices with which to customize the "sound" of the audio. The real problem is the constant drop outs from AirPlay - not short ones, but often permanent, effectively negating the ability to listen in a relaxed manner to anything. Libratone blames Apple and AirPlay. I don't think that's the whole story. After testing, the Live had many, many more drops (often permanent drops needing various reboots) than my AudioEngine system on the same Airplay network, which dropped as well, but only very occassionally, and never permanently. So all-in-all beautiful design, but performance not good enough for the price.

    63 of 73 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, but...

    • Written by from Menlo Park

    I was excited about this speaker and it has fantastic, rich sound. However, Airplay is completely unreliable over Libratone. The music drops out every few minutes, and resumes after a few seconds. Sometimes the link is lost altogether.

    I have fantastic wireless coverage around the house, and have never had problems streaming Netflix movies to my TV over WiFi. Music is a much less bandwidth intensive application, and yet the Libratone speaker can't stay connected.To troubleshoot I even tried to stream music from Pandora using my old iPhone docking station over the iPhone WiFi connection. Pandora streams flawlessly over WiFi in the exact location where Libratone fails to function.

    I even tried a wired connection to my iPhone through the 3.5mm connector. Predictably, this is a reliable connection, but I found that to switch between Airplay and a wired connection I need to reboot the speaker.

    I am seriously considering returning this unit. What a shame.

    36 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker system

    • Written by from Montchanin

    When I first hooked the Libratone Live up using my home wi-fi I also experienced some signal drop out. I now have my iPad configured as a personal hot spot and play my music direct from the iPad. With this configuration the Libratone Live connects quickly every time and sits there and will play for hours without any issues. I really like the sound quality as well as the portability. I bought a Pelican case and took the Libratone Live on vacation.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Libratone live

    • Written by from Odense

    Worked well. No drop outs. Great Sound allthoug the "lounge" offers better bass. Very satisfied

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, bad connectivity.

    • Written by from Grand Junction

    The sound quality is very good. The form factor is good and fit my space perfectly. The big downside is the wireless connectivity. I am constantly having to restart the unit to get it to show up. It also slips into some weird sleep mode that makes it invisible on the network. They are charging far too much money for such marginal AirPlay support. I would sure appreciate a firmware update to bring this thing up to the standards that such a high price would imply.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Libratone AirPlay is a great quality speaker

    • Written by from Rocky Hill

    I have Libratone Live Speaker since December 2011, and it works well and sounds great. I love to be able to set it up in my house where ever its needed, in my living room, computer room or dining room . Just plug it in to an outlet and you are ready to enjoy your music, ore have your guest play music from his I pad or I phone. It is a great speaker but I'm not sure the cashmere cover it would worth the extra $100.00 so I got mine in Burberry Black and I love it.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks and sounds great!

    • Written by from Elk Grove

    PROS
    -Spectacular fit and finish
    -Great sound (compared to other AirPlay speaker systems)
    -Easy set up

    CONS
    -Relatively heavy (may limit placement)
    -Cannot use special characters for WiFi password. (! are OK)

    If you've ever setup a non-Apple wireless router before, then setup will be a breeze. If not, just follow the simple included instructions. Will not work with WiFi passwords which have #,$,% etc. Frustrating that this wasn't mentioned anywhere in the manuals (a quick web search led me to their support page).

    After setup, it has performed flawlessly with my computer and various iOS devices. Sounds great, except maybe to serious audiophiles.

    Very happy with purchase. Simplified previous setup, which was a pair of speakers connected to an old AirPort Express. Would buy again if I was looking for AirPlay enabled speakers.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best of the best!

    • Written by from Cupertino

    Super high quality components and Scandinavian minimal design make this speaker system the absolute best item to play your favorite tunes. If I could give it 6 stars I would. The best of the best, seriously!

    15 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, Wi-Fi connection issues

    • Written by from Long Beach

    I was looking the Libratone Live for a while but couldn't justify spending so much. I was finally able to snag one for half the retail price. Setting it up should have been easy, but it was a nightmare. Even with the latest firmware, you cannot connect Libratone speakers to WiFi networks with characters other than letters and numbers. Our Airport network has an ampersand (&) in the password which I had to change. Of course this affected everything else that connected to the Airport, and I had to reset and restart everything connected to it: 3 Airport base stations being used to extend the network, 2 other Airplay speakers, 2 IP cameras, a hub for the remote control, a doorbell, and all the Macs and iOS devices in the house. All of that trouble simply because Libratone cannot handle special characters in WiFi connection.

    However, once connected, the sound is really good.