October 01, 2013 by Grant Clauser
Libratone makes some nice-looking speakers. They sound good, and have a unique design sense that lets you tell one of their products from anything else I’ve seen before. That’s why I was surprised when I saw this.
The new Libratone Loop is a round, flattish wireless speaker with a couple of small legs to prop it up, or you can hang it on the wall. In fact, it looks a lot like a smaller, fuzzier version of Bang and Olufsen’s odd A9 speaker. The B&O A9 is also round, dish-like and stands on a few legs or mounts on a wall. They’re not identical twins, but they sure look like cousins to me.
The new Loop works with AirPlay, DLNA or PlayDirect. Inside are two ribbon tweeters, a 5-inch main driver and a cabinet designed to act as a passive bass radiator.
The Loop costs $499, while the Bang and Olufsen A9 costs $2,699.
The different-colored fuzzy wool covers, in Pineapple Yellow, Passion Pink, Plum Purple, Petrol Blue and Icy Blue, are sold separately.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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