• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound!

    • Written by from San Diego

    I am actually very thrilled about the sound this speaker produces but i'll start with the setup.
    Speaker setup was flawless - you connect to your speaker by wi-fi with phone or mac and you set it up to connect to your home network and it's ready to be used! No volume controls, no buttons and thank goodness no remotes or dock connectors - i don't want another remote in my house! you can control it by iPhone/iPad/Mac, etc - easy!
    Sound quality is impressive! It is very meaty and crisp - it produces more bass than i expected! i suggest you download libratone app for your iPhone so you can setup sound - it makes huge difference, you can go from natural to customized sound setups which NOTICEABLY will be heard. This speaker is louder than i thought - i actually haven't tried to turn it all the way up because i am afraid my neighbors will go nuts, about 3/4 of the volume is plenty in my living room.

    now i am thinking of getting another one or two to put them all around my house so i can have even sound all around the house.

    Black/Blueberry color is ok while it probably will fit with most rooms/designs i think i will wait for the gray or natural colors before ordering another one, personally i am not a big fan of this particular color since most speakers are black i am simply tired of same black color.

    96 of 102 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wireless speaker

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I have tested and tried multiple wireless speakers, and the speakers (I bought both the small and the large one) from Libratone are simply amazing - not only in design - but in sound! I was sick and tired of remote controls, and my wife of clumsy amplifiers and cables. This is why we went wireless. This sleek design matches our home perfectly (the cover is actually cashmere!!), and the fact that we can control the music with our iDevices is just.. need and _very_ simple! :)

    My only issue is that I cant get the speakers in red. I really wanted that. I can see on the libratone website that they have speakers in other colors in other stores. Would have liked that.

    73 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker!

    • Written by from PHILADELPHIA

    I'm the kind of person that almost always feels a bit of buyer's remorse. However, I don't feel any with this speaker. It's small form factor takes up very little space next to the TV. We find it's cloth exterior is pleasantly non techy, which makes it's wireless features that much more surprising. AirPlay set up was very simple. The sound quality is great to my ear; which is something we've struggled with in this large, high ceilinged, and brick walled room. We've had totally stable playback with no dropped signal. It's breathed new life into our old music collection. Thanks apple for AirPlay and thanks Libratone for giving it life. What an amazing world we live in!

    70 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Initially good but later failed Airplay reconnection

    • Written by from Cambridge

    When I bought a speaker late last year (wanted to test the technology before purchasing more), it had good sound quality and worked well over AirPlay except for dropping sound very occasionally. However, I have moved and bought a new wireless modem. When I tried to reconnect to AirPlay, I initially succeeded only to have the speaker go into endless search (yellowing blinking) mode after an unsuccessful attempt to download an update to the Libratone iPAD app. I have tried everything - even the factory reboot, and nothing will get the speaker working again. Not what one expects for speakers that cost this much.

    45 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but terrible connection

    • Written by from San Diego

    Good:
    I must admit that sound that comes out of this speaker is fantastic but this is where it stops for me

    Bad:
    Almost every single time I try to play music through it using AirPlay it disappears from the list and the only way to fix it is by turning it off and on again. Each time I switch from my iPod touch to streaming from my MacBook it does the same thing. In last couple of months I didn't even use it because when you are on a couch you don't expect getting up to reboot it because it wouldnt play and requires reboot so I just use my computer speakers or stream through apple tv and my tv speakers.

    All my firmware is latest, my entire wifi network is latest apple airport extreme, I am all Mac but this thing won't Behave therefore I would call it the worst purchase of mine in past 10 years. Looks great though and I bet it wouldn't have issues connecting audio source by cable and also their site is terrible so not much help around ether, not even a good blog about how to fix this garbage

    28 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased overall

    • Written by from tampere

    Sound is perfect, clear, good bass and etc. Very portable and so easy to use. One of the best of high end airplay speakers out there.

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Losing hope

    • Written by from Kingwood

    Purchased the Libratone in Dec 2011. Have had connectivity issues from day one with Apple's Airport Extreme 2nd and 5th Generation routers. I contacted Libratone and their Customer Service was quick to respond that there were known issues and that a firmware update was coming in Jan. It is now mid-February and there is still no update.

    The workaround offered was to connect the unit with a minijack cable. I tried this today figuring that why not use it on my flatscreen TV (older Panasonic Viera Plasma). Unfortunately the Panasonic does not control the output level passing through the analog out and the Libratone has no volume controls on the unit. Net result a very loud volume output. According to the Libratone FAQ, the unit volume should be controllable from their iPhone app but that did not work from my iPhone4S. The app indicates that the speaker is not playing any sound.

    I truly hope they can fix their problems but for now, it is not working as advertised. For me at least...

    I would be very keen to learn what network configuration the other positive reviews had.

    If by the end of the month, they have not resolved the problem, I will have to take Libratone up on their offer to refund the purchase of the product as I have now had a neat looking paper weight sitting in my dining room for almost 2 months.

    Great idea but unfortunately not properly executed.

    25 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Sure What's Going On Here

    • Written by from Lexington

    I was really excited to receive this speaker, and it seemed like a really sleek solution to AirPlay audio. The speaker itself is beautiful. The sound quality leaves nothing to be desired. However, I had a very hard time actually getting it to work properly. First off, I use my iPhone 4S constantly, and while yes, it was an overlook on my part, I was dismayed to learn after many failures that it just wasn't going to work with my iPhone 4S for now. I decided to move on to my iPad 2. This went far more smoothly, however, I had to set up the speaker again, and again. The AirPlay network simply keeps disappearing. After updating the firmware for my router and trying everything else in the troubleshooting and that I know to do, I will be returning this speaker. For the amount of money it costs, I feel that it should work flawlessly, and it seems that many people have been able to get it to do so. However, for some reason, for me, it simply is never going to work. I am very disappointed.

    28 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wireless Issues!! READ THIS!!

    • Written by from Grand Rapids

    After days of research in looking for the best airplay speaker setup for a small room, I found these units. This is the best rated speakers I could find with great sound quality and design (they look amazing). However, the support structure at Libratone is horrendous. On their website they do not provide a phone number to contact support. They also don't provide detailed specs of their products. When I received my units (I bought 5), I found the packaging and instructions easy to follow. However, once I attempted to connect to my wireless network, the speaker showed and error. I tried three times and finally gave up and emailed support. It took them a week to respond to my initial email. The verdict.....
    "The use of special characters such as #, &, %, or any national characters in your SPEAKER NAME, WIRELESS NETWORK NAME or WIRELESS NETWORK PASSWORD is not supported. If you use these characters please replace them with alphanumeric characters only." Libratone Support.
    As an IT professional, I can tell you, special characters in a password line is a requirement. To find a device that does not support that is unacceptable. To have to wait an entire week to hear back from the support department at a company is unacceptable. While waiting for the reply I did get a chance to setup an un-secured wireless network and test this device. I will say, these speakers sound amazing. The amount of customization to the sound with the iOS app is amazing as well. All in all, these speakers are nice, but with poor support and faulty wireless coding.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lovin' it

    • Written by from Glen Ridge

    I was looking for a satellite speaker for the living room for music. I went to the Apple Store thinking I was going to shell out $1300 for the Libratone Lounge (which was not in stock) and instead found the Live. Very pleasantly surprised at only 50% of the cost! Had music playing in about a minute after plugging it in. The setup is simple. The sound is great. Much better than the low end iPod dock-type equipment that's all around. The look is unobtrusive. You need a solid WiFi signal. Only one or two dropped signals, usually when I start heavy downloading on a computer on the same network.

    Overall, a great solution.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPlay Kills This Great Speaker

    • Written by from New York

    Total disappointment as it’s not ready for Airplay from an iPod touch or iPhone 4S; Sporadic connection and rather disappointing performance, to say the least. Once Apple gets a handle on their new AirPlay technology this is the speaker to buy in its class.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what i've been waiting for

    • Written by from Calgary

    These integrate perfectly to Airplay: We have 2 setup, and will get a few more.

    Sounds great, but need to be boosted a bit on the low end (using iTunes EQ)

    Now running sound throughout the main floor, and controlling all using "remote" for the iPhone. Timing is perfect (No Lag between locations)

    Libratone/Apple have finally entered the living room with a Phenomenal Solution

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Need the rest of the color options please!

    • Written by from Encino

    Easy set up- as promised. Really good sound IMHO. I consider myself an audiophile; but I think that the future lies in wifi-enabled *active* speakers (wiki this to see why).

    Just give us access to the rest of the cashmere color range :)

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting design, over advertised audio features

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    I'm not going to talk about the design, the look is beautiful and pictures speak well for it.
    The audio features, however,, I feel, are overadvertised.
    If you want to hear any kind of stereo separation, you actually have to stand behind the unit because this is where the main speakers are facing.
    The 360-stereo probably doesn't mean much with such a small unit. No matter how hard you try The sound will never fill your room--it's just against physics.
    The speaker is probably a wonderful fit for parties or in the settings where music serves a "being in the background" purpose. If you do want to concentrate on the music and truly enjoy the stereo image, you will be disappointed.
    One last point. Please keep in mind this speaker does not come with built-in rechargeable battery. So, while it is being touted as a completely wireless experience, you will find yourself plugging and unplugging the power cable often! :)
    I'll give this product 4 stars but only as a token of appreciation for all the creativity that the manufacturer put into it.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Connectivity Issues

    • Written by

    My friend bought a Libratone Beat abroad and it's so much better than the Live. I had so much trouble getting it to connect to my wifi router that I ended up returning it. And it doesn't come with the USB dongle that allows the Beat to play from a PC without Airplay.

    20 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound...easy setup

    • Written by from Ladson

    This product delivers as advertised. It sounds great and adequately filled our 2 story great room. I agree that this is not the same as a high-end audio setup but it is fantastic for a one speaker setup. The setup was incredibly easy and made easier with the setup videos on Libratone's website. Speaker was connected to my network and all of my iOS devices and Mac systems were able to utilize it in under 3 minutes from the time I plugged it in. Not regretting this purchase one bit. Only wish you could get the red one from Apple.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good sound. AirPlay issues.

    • Written by from Grand Junction

    The form factor is the reason I bought the LIbratone. I was willing to pay a bit extra because it's the only thing that fit my space. The sound quality is decent, even outdoors.

    The AirPlay aspect simply does not work reliably. I have several other AirPlay devices and they are always available to select on the list of devices. Not the Libratone, I have to cycle the power in order to get it to show up on my list of devices. Hopefully they'll fix this someday with a software update.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible disappointment!

    • Written by from New York

    I've owned this for more than a year and I can say with certainty that its overpriced unreliable and nowhere near worth the purchase price. I'll chalk this up to overpaying for early tech, shame "A" hawking in their stores, I expected better (at least something that works reliably).

    -- poor intermittent connection despite every other wifi device i test pulling full strength (on "A" equipped wireless no less)
    -- sub par sound for the price -- if this was $200, it would be acceptable sound..
    -- horrible reliability -- constantly have to reset and reset up only to have it fail until I give up as my kids lose interest in hearing their songs while I try to get this to work. Supposed to be simple and useful instead it's exact opposite

    Will be looking for new option and dumping this in trash. Should get a refund!!!!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A complete disaster

    • Written by from LONDON

    I should have known when the bloke in the apple shop in Covent Garden couldn't make it work. It is an ugly slug of valueless annoyance. It won't work. £329 donation to the recycling. Big shame as when it does work the sound is great, but completely unreliable and only for those with computer science masters.

    I gave it one star because zero isn't an option.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    even want to refund!!

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    every time i move it from room to another room, unplug it re-plug it, need to setup the wifi again and again to make it play, it can't stall data of wifi ?!!!

    12 of 16 people found this useful