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Libratone announces Zipp 2 and Zipp Mini 2 smart speakers with Alexa

Another IFA, another smart speaker announcement...

For years, Libratone’s Zipp wireless speakers have impressed not only with their full-bodied and entertaining 360-degree sound, but also their distinct clothed designs. So we can only hope the addition of new features (Amazon’s Alexa voice control, for one) in the new Zipp 2 (£279) and Zipp Mini 2 (£229) continue to take the range in the right direction.

Alexa functionality will enable users of the new Zipps to control music playback and Alexa-enabled smart home devices and ask for information such as the weather, through voice commands.

Like their predecessors, both new smart speakers also feature 360-degree ‘FullRoom’ sound, wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity, in-app control and a very familiar modern aesthetic.

Support for Apple's AirPlay 2 enables the user to connect up to 10 compatible speakers in a multi-room environment, too, while their built-in battery allows for 12 hours of music playback from a single charge.

The Zipp 2 and Zipp Mini 2 will be available in a range of colours - including black and red - from October.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.