» » LIBRATONE LOUNGE REVIEW
Category

Vote

Please, rate the engine
Results   All polls
Tags
Archives
LIBRATONE LOUNGE REVIEW
 
 
You’ve likely never heard of Libratone. Fair enough. But maybe you’re familiar with Steinway Lyngdorf Audio, the Danish company that specializes in high-performance professional audio? Jes Mosgaard, the former CEO of Lyngdorf Audio and former CTO of Steinway Lyngdorf, is now with the 10-person Libratone organization in its quest to deliver professional-grade audio to the slightly-soiled masses. Remember the name because Cupertino’s taken a liking to Libratone with plans to showcase the Danish company’s AirPlay speakers in Apple’s physical and online stores.

My first encounter with Libratone was in Berlin for IFA 2010. I was immediately impressed with the quality of its wireless tower but troubled by the need for a 30-pin dongle to wirelessly stream audio from iOS devices. Remember, Apple had just announced its wireless streaming technology dubbed, AirPlay, three days earlier making Libratone’s dongle-based Beat speaker obsolete before it even shipped (though I’ve been assured that sales are good).

Here we are, almost a year later, and we still only have a few AirPlay speakers on the market. Oh sure, several were announced from Klipsh, Philips, and iHome, but you’ll be hard pressed to find anything other than B&W’s Zeppelin Air to purchase. As to JBL’s overpriced $350 On Air dock, puhlease — B&W and Libratone’s offerings are in a whole different class.

Sound
SOUND
THE LIBRATONE LOUNGE IS A MONSTER IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD
Libratone_lounge_stairs_rgb_550 
The Libratone Lounge is a monster in every sense of the word, including the $1,299 base price which climbs to $1,399 for the cashmere colors. After recovering from the sticker shock, the first thing you’ll notice is its size. Designed to fit beneath a 42-inch television perched on a base or hung on the wall from a bundled mount, the Lounge measures 100 x 22 x 12 cm (40 x 8.7 x 4.7 inches) and weighs 12 kg (27 pounds). Everything about it is big, including the sound which set my house to motion during the bass demonstration. I’d say the jump in audio quality from the Libratone Live to the Lounge was equivalent to the degree of change between the Play:5 and Live. Libratone is positioning the Lounge as a fashionable all-in-one replacement for your dull living room speaker boxes.