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LIBRATONE ONE CLICK BLUETOOTH SPEAKER REVIEW: FUN DESIGN AND EXCELLENT NOISE


Libratone marches to a different drummer than most other Bluetooth speaker makers, which's fine with me. I liked the Danish company's cylindrical Zipp speakers when I examined them in 2015, so I've been looking forward to hearing the newer-- and quirkier

The One Click obtains its name from the touch-sensitive dial on its face. A fast tap on the power button when the speaker is on lights up LEDs to notify you of the battery level. Libratone states the speaker must run for up to 12 hours on a charge.

The quirkiness associates with the detachable aluminum-and-rubber frame that wraps around the speaker. Punch-outs (2 on each side and one on top) let you connect either a rubber strap or a shorter, but equally rubbery loop for hanging the speaker. You'll most likely want to use one or the other, since it can be tough to stabilize the fairly skinny speaker on its bottom or on its side-- it falls over all too quickly. I either hung it or leaned it versus something-- a wall, a stack of books, or whatever else came in handy-- whenever I listened to it.


If you could get rid of the One Click's fabric (you cannot), you 'd find a generously sized 3-inch woofer, a 1-inch tweeter, and a passive radiator mounted inside a rugged ABS enclosure (the speaker weighs 2 pounds). I'm not exactly sure how simple the cloth grill is to tidy, but the speaker itself brings an IPX4 rating for weather condition resistance. That suggests it's not ranked for particle ingress, however it is safeguarded from splashing water-- so beach or poolside usage is fine, as long it's secured from sand and water immersion.


The drivers are arranged to deliver 360-degree sound, so it does not matter how the speaker is oriented. Having said that, the One Click benefits greatly from having a little space and a vertical surface area behind it to reflect its sound. Yeah, that kinda beats the 360 idea, but so will having the speaker fall on its face or its back.

The One Click is a great near-field speaker that can likewise fill a small room with noise. It's easy to forget that you're not getting stereo (you can connect a 2nd Libratone speaker-- you're not restricted to another One Click-- to the first, but that does not deliver a left/right sound stage). The speaker's propensity to topple is its greatest imperfection, but that largely goes away if you can discover a good location to hang it.

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