Libratone Enters U.S. With AirPlay Speakers

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Palo Alto - Libratone, a high-end European audio brand, has begun offering its first two U.S. products.

The two are single-chassis AirPlay speaker systems.

The 40-inch-wide Libratone Lounge starts at $1,299, and the 18.5-inch wide Libratone Live starts at $699. Both are three-way speaker systems that feature what the company calls a minimalistic design.

They are available in select Apple stores, Apple's online site, and boutique retailers, the company said.

The Libratone Lounge is available in slate gray, blueberry black and vanilla beige at $1,299 but also in red and green cashmere at $1,399. The Libratone Live is available in grey, black and beige at $699 and in red and green cashmere at $799. The Live also features chrome handle.

Both products were introduced at the recent IFA show in Berlin.

Libratone, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, focuses on combining wireless technology, hi-fi quality, and Scandinavian design in single-chassis speakers for use with portable devices, TVs and computers.

Features include ribbon-based tweeters, DSP, 150-watt total amplification, and proprietary Full Room acoustic technology to disperse sound waves in multiple directions, reflecting them off walls, to eliminate the stereo sweet spot, the company said.

Each cabinet features five drivers, each powered a dedicated digital amp and each designed to direct sound in a specific direction.

The Live features two 1-inch ribbon-based tweeters, two 3-inch midranges, and one 5-inch bass driver. The Lounge features 8-inch inverted woofer, two 4-inch ceramic midranges, and two 1-inch ribbon-based tweeters.

The Lounge's frequency response is 38Hz-20kHZ, and the smaller Live delivers 50Hz-20kHz.

Wired inputs are a 3.5mm analog input and an optical digital input.

The speakers are designed to reflect sound of back walls to deliver deeper base and a fuller soundfield, but for corner placement, the company offers an iPhone/Touch app that adjusts response to compensate.


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