If you’ve ever dealt with speakers, you likely dream of something more attractive than the traditional black, brown or silver “box” form factor. And if you’ve ever tangled with speaker wire, you dream of the freedom and tidy appearance of wireless speakers. Well, your dreams have come true: Libratone has you covered on both counts with its new Loop wireless stereo speaker.
Not only does Loop free you from speaker wire, but it also presents itself in a much more interior design-friendly package. As you can see from the accompanying image, Loop doesn’t scream “boxy speaker” but rather “design-focused circular object.” You can mount it on a wall or place it on a table or shelf.
Loop includes a choice of three Italian wool covers in “pepper black,” “slate grey” and “raspberry red.” There are even more cover colors that you’ll be able to buy for an extra $59.95, with names like pineapple yellow, passion pink, plum purple, petrol blue and icy blue.
Loop is just the latest shape from Libratone. Preceding Loop were the rectangular Lounge, the traingular Live and the cylindrical Zipp. The company has such design chops that it is about to become that rare electronics brand distributed by the Museum of Modern Art, based on what Libratone told us at last week’s CEDIA EXPO.
Oh, BTW, the tech stuff: Loop can stream music from iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or PC, as well as internet radio, Pandora and Spotify, via Wi-Fi and AirPlay or DLNA. If Wi-Fi is down or unavailable, Loop also offers its proprietary PlayDirect technology. Control is provided through an app. The speaker has built-in DSP and Digital Amplification with ribbon-based tweeters. Libratone claims that by “bouncing sound off the walls and dispersing them in every direction in the room,” Loop provides great sound no matter where you’re sitting or standing in a room. We hope to get a review unit soon so we can put that claim to the test.
Loop should be available in a couple of weeks for $499.95. You can preorder it here.