• 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

  • 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

  • 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