Libratone Live AirPlay SpeakerRating-4-5

The good folks at Libratone set out to make a new high-end AirPlay speaker that not only sounded good, but looked good as well… And with the Libratone Live they have definitely succeeded.

The Libratone Live features their FullRoom technology that gives its audio output a 360-degree stereo sound. The speakers deliver a combined output of 150 watts with a 50 watt bass driver, dual 25 watt tweeters, and dual 25 watt speakers on the midrange.

The Libratone Live uses digital signal processing to keep everything sounding relatively smooth and to limit distortion at high volumes.

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Design

It is beautiful, as you can see from the photos, and the Live measures 47 x 19.5 x 15cm.

The speaker is crafted out of real wood and can come with a coloured cashmere coating. The cashmere coats are interchangeable and at purchase you have the choice of no coat or a coat in one of five colours.

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Connectivity

The Libratone Live connects to tour local Wi-Fi to allow you to use AirPlay. There is also a standard 3.5mm audio port.

Sound Quality

The sound quality is clear, loud and successfully lives up to the billing of Libratone’s ‘FullRoom’ audio technology.

Audio reproduction is clean and precise, there is plenty of kick to the bass and easily enough volume to fill a large room.

The Live is comprised of five dedicated amps powering a 5-inch bass speaker, a pair of 3-inch midrange drivers and a pair of 1-inch ribbon-based tweeters. These are arranged to maximise sound dispersion and create that ‘FullRoom’ sound – The notion being sound waves are sent in multiple directions so they reflect off all walls and eliminate the need for a sweet spot.

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Free Libratone App

This is currently available for Android and iOS and it allows FullRoom to be tweaked depending on position (Neutral, Shelf/Table, Floor) and precise distances entered for its distance from surrounding walls etc.

In addition different ‘Voicing’ can be applied from ‘Neutral’, ‘Soft and comfortable’ and ‘Easy Listening’ to ‘Rouse the House’, ‘Jazz club’, ‘Movie Time’ and ‘Live concert’.

Each has a helpful description explaining what it provides: Rock the house, for example, means “extra drum kick – smooth midrange”. The app also acts as a remote control as no actual remote is supplied.

The app is also used for applying firmware updates.

Summary

The Libratone Live goes after established high end docks like the Zeppelin Air and Arcam rCube and it is right at home in this company.  The sound quality is great and the looks and build quality are excellent. The AirPlay setup is incredibly simple and you will be up and running with it in minutes.

The main problems are the lack of features and the high price but if you like the looks and have the money then this is a great choice.

However, if you are looking for a feature-rich AirPlay speaker with loads of connectivity options then this isn’t the one for you.


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