LIBRATONE LIVE USE

Find answers to your questions on daily use and functionality of your new Libratone Live.

AirPlay

1. AirPlay in daily use - comments and recommendations

2. How to AirPlay system-wide from your Mac with OS X Mountain Lion

3. How to AirPlay-enable ALL your applications on Mac or PC with AirFoil

4. How to AirPlay from ALL your applications on your iOS device

5. How to AirPlay to more than one speaker from your iOS device

6. If you're using an Android device

 

Libratone PlayDirect™

7. What is Libratone PlayDirect™ and how to use it

 

AUX audio input

8. If you want to connect your Live to your TV

9. How do I use the minijack/miniplug input on my Libratone Live speaker?

 

DLNA

10. DLNA - Android / Windows Phone 8 / Windows support

 

General use

11. How do I optimize the sound experience from my Libratone Live speaker?

12. What are the Status Indicator signals in the Logo Button?

13. How to perform a factory reset

14. Libratone Live technical specifications

15. If you're having problems and need help Troubleshooting

16. Libratone app - iOS / Android

 

Music services

17. Spotify

18. Deezer

19. TuneIn Radio

  

1. AirPlay in daily use - comments and recommendations

Using AirPlay you can stream your music from iTunes - both on Mac and PC - or you can use your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. This means that you have your entire music library in the palm of your hand. And if you have more than one Libratone product, with iTunes on a Mac or PC you can stream to them all simultaneously to fill your entire home with sound. You choose which unit you wish to activate and when.

When you have a version of iTunes that supports AirPlay and at least one AirPlay compatible device, you'll see the AirPlay icon (a rectangle with a triangle pushing into it from the bottom) appear in the bottom right-hand corner of the iTunes window. This allows you to select a device to stream audio to via AirPlay. As long as your computer and the device you want to connect to are on the same WiFi network, you'll see the names you've given the devices in the menu that appears when you click the AirPlay icon. Select the AirPlay device you want to play to and enjoy your music.

Sometimes AirPlay can lose the connection between your speaker and your device. To fix this you normally only need to either restart your iTunes/iPod player (close and restart the player, do not just minimize it) OR select and de-select your AirPlay speaker in the AirPlay menu on your device.

Please also note that WiFi connections may suffer from minor audio dropouts from time to time due to other devices in your home influencing your WiFi network traffic.

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2. How to AirPlay system-wide from your Mac with OS X Mountain Lion

A great feature in OS X Mountain Lion - is system-wide audio streaming over AirPlay. This feature has been available on iOS devices for a quite a while, but was confined to iTunes on Mac OS X Lion and earlier.

With Mountain Lion you can AirPlay directly from all applications on your Mac to your Libratone AirPlay speaker.

In System Preferences choose Sound and Output - and select your Libratone speaker for sound output. All sound from your Mac will now be sent directly to your Libratone speaker.

Please note that

  • AirPlaying to multiple speakers simultaneously still requires iTunes.

  • AirPlay for video sound (movies, youtube) is not recommended due to sync issue between video and sound. Relates to AirPlay and not to Libratone. All AirPlay speakers on the market will experience the same issue. For video sound - use a mini jack cable between computer and speaker.

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3. How to AirPlay-enable ALL your applications on Mac or PC with AirFoil

Apple's AirPlay is confined to the use of iTunes on a Mac (pre-Mountain Lion) and a PC, ie. your other applications are not AirPlay enabled by default. This means that audio applications, games and streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora etc. will not be able to initiate an AirPlay stream to your AirPlay speaker.

There is however a very elegant solution to this problem in the form of AirFoil, a third-party software utility that enables ALL your applications on your Mac and PC to stream AirPlay audio to your Libratone AirPlay speaker. The company behind AirFoil is Roque Amoeba, and their website with all the details is here. The cost of AirFoil is approx. 25 USD, and you can buy it directly at the site.

When watching movies on your computer you should use the Airfoil Video Player (included in the license fee for AirFoil). This ensures that local video and remote audio always stays in sync. The player supports many video formats, including Flash and Silverlight web video, as well as basic DVD playback.

Note: As from Mac OS X Mountain Lion - AirFoil is not required anymore on the Mac platform (read more in the post above). Older Mac OS X versions still require AirFoil for system-wide AirPlay streaming.

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4. How to AirPlay from ALL your applications on your iOS device

Your iOS device is AirPlay enabled when you run iOS 4.2 or later. This means that any application on your device can utilize AirPlay streaming of audio to your Libratone speaker. If your favorite application does not offer an AirPlay icon directly inside the application, there's an easy way to select this through an iOS shortcut:

  1. Make sure your AirPlay speaker is powered on, set up and connected to your WiFi network.

  2. Tap the Home button on your iOS device twice to access the taskbar on your device.

  3. Swipe right twice in the taskbar to reach the sound adjustment window.

  4. Tap the AirPlay icon now available in the taskbar and select the AirPlay speaker you wish to AirPlay audio to.

  5. Go to the application you use for audio streaming and start playing.

  6. Enjoy :-)

Remember you need to run iOS 4.2 or later for AirPlay to be enabled on your iOS device.

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5. How to AirPlay to more than one speaker from your iOS device

The Apple AirPlay protocol presently allows for the following use of several speakers:

  • On an iOS device (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) you can stream to one speaker at a time. This is an Apple limitation in the iOS operating system running your iOS device, and thus applies to any AirPlay device you connect to.

  • Through iTunes (Mac/PC) - you can stream music to 3-6 speakers at a time. According to Apple - the maximum number of outputs depends on your environmental conditions, distance to the outputs, and available network capacity relative to your other usage. Read more click here

A workaround is to connect several speakers to iTunes on your computer over AirPlay (using the "Multiple Speakers" feature), and use the free Remote app from Apple for your iOS device to control iTunes on your computer. Read more clickhere

This way your computer controls the speakers and your iOS device is your "controlling device" for your music streaming and you can have several speakers playing at the same time. This of course requires you to have your computer turned on during playback, but it's a handy workaround enabling multiple speakers playing music under the control of your iOS device.

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6. Using an Android device with AirPlay

Android based devices currently do not support AirPlay through a built-in application. If you wish to play music from your Android device to your Libratone speaker you have 2 options:

  1. Use a DLNA setup (highly recommended). Please jump to DLNA - Android / Windows Phone / Windows support

  2. Use a 3rd party Android app with AirPlay support.

Use a 3rd party Android app with AirPlay support
If you wish to use an Android device with a Libratone AirPlay speaker can use an AirPlay compatible media application such as the free "Twonky Mobile" application.

Twonky Mobile is a PacketVideo Corporation product, and can be downloaded from the Google Play App store.
Download Twonky Mobile from the Google Play App Store here.

Once downloaded and installed on your Android device you're ready to set up your Libratone AirPlay speaker on your home WiFi network.

Connect your Libratone AirPlay speaker to your home network like this:

  1. Turn on your Libratone Live and ensure that your speaker is in PlayDirect mode (check for the PlayDirect blinking sequence in the Logo button).

  2. Connect to the Libratone speaker network in WiFi Setings on your Android device.

  3. Launch an internet browser on your Android device and type in the IP address 192.168.1.1 in the address field.

  4. Setup your speaker by entering speaker name, your home WiFi and WiFi password.

  5. Click Apply Settings to finish the AirPlay setup.

  6. Enter WiFi settings on your Android device and reselect your home WiFi network.

Now you're ready to stream your music in high-quality over AirPlay to your Libratone AirPlay speaker.

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7. What is Libratone PlayDirect™ and how to use it

Libratone PlayDirect™ technology is wireless sound on-the-go and works in conjunction with both AirPlay and DLNA.
No need for a Wi-Fi network connection or complicated setup. Libratone PlayDirect™ is freedom of sound everywhere
made very, very easy.

If your speaker is also setup for AirPlay - you can toggle between PlayDirect and AirPlay by pressing the logo button twice.

Unfortunately Apple's iOS operating system currently does not support simultaneous use of Internet data and music services along with Wi-Fi services such as Libratone PlayDirect™. This means that when your iPhone or iPad is connected to your Libratone Live via PlayDirect you will not - standard - have access to the internet nor be able to use streaming music services such as Pandora, Spotify or Rdio.

However, help is at hand, we have prepared a guide here to show you how to enable Libratone PlayDirect™ and streaming music services at the same time.

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8. If you want to connect your Live to your TV

Libratone AirPlay speakers are designed to take the puny sound of your TV set and turn it grand. Connect your TV and a Libratone speaker with an analog minijack cable or a digital miniplug cable and bring new life to your TV experience. If you have an Apple TV connected to your television set and a Libratone speaker, you can AirPlay both video and sound.

When using the analog minijack connection to your Libratone speaker you normally control the volume on your speaker using your TV's remote control, but you can also use the free Libratone app available in Apple's App Store. When using the digital miniplug connection to your Libratone speaker you need to control volume using the Libratone app, as the majority of modern flatscreen TV's don't offer volume control on their digital output connections.

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9. How do I use the minijack/miniplug input on my Libratone Live speaker?

In addition to AirPlay your Libratone Live speaker is equipped with a combined analog/digital minijack/miniplug input connection. It is located right next to the mains switch of your speaker, and is covered by a small rubber plug (for dust protection) when you receive your speaker. Remove the rubber plug and insert an appropriate minijack/miniplug cable and you're good to go.

Remember: In our world wireless always trumps wires so when you initiate AirPlay streaming this overrules the minijack/miniplug connection. Use the Libratone app to control volume on your minijack/miniplug connection.

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10. DLNA - Android / Windows Phone 8 / Windows support

With DLNA enabled firmware on your speakers - you can stream music from your DLNA ready music app on your DLNA ready Android / WP8 / Windows computer to your Libratone speaker without using AirPlay.

Basically your Android / WP8 / Windows computer and your Libratone speaker only need to be connected to the same network. Use your home WiFi or use Libratone PlayDirect™.

  • Android devices. Simply use the built in DLNA ready music app on your device. From the app - browse the network for DLNA compatible devices and find your Libratone speaker. Once selected - just play your speaker.

      • If your built in music app isn't DLNA ready - go search for another DLNA ready music app - e.g. 2player, BubbleUPnP, UPnPlay or Samsung AllShare Play

      • Best Android performance with Android version JellyBean 4.1/4.2.

      • Download Libratone app for Android from Google play here. Use Libratone app for Wi-Fi setup, Voicing, FullRoom Optimization and Volume control (AUX speaker setup).

  • Windows Phone 8 (WP8) Several WP8 are currently  DLNA hardware ready - but only a few WP8 have DLNA ready music software installed. Nokia is one of the WP8 manufacturers offering the full package. Upgrade your Nokia Lumia 920/925 with the latest firmware version and enjoy Nokia Lumia music on your Libratone speaker.

  • Computers - DLNA is allowing non-AirPlay compatible applications like Windows Media Player 11 and 12 to stream music to your Libratone speaker through "Play To". Try "Play To" on you music library from Windows Explorer.

For information on how to create or troubleshoot a specific DLNA setup on your Android/Windows device - please consult the user manual for your specific device.

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11. How do I optimize the sound experience from my Libratone Live speaker?

You can improve your Libratone Live sound experience through the Libratone app. The app allows you to enhance and customize the FullRoom experience by feeding the app information on the placement of your sound system, whereby it automatically adjusts the sound to fit your room. Voicing functionality offers a variety of different voicings to adapt the sound of your speaker. You can also update your sound system through the app when new features become available from Libratone. Finally, the app allows you to use your iOS device to control volume when you use the AUX connection.

The free Libratone app is available through Apple's App Store here.

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12. What are the Status Indicator signals in the Logo Button?

Your Live uses the following LED signals in the Logo Button to show its operating status:

  • WHITE Breathing: "I'm OK - Just sleeping".

  • WHITE Sequence - "I'm OK - Ready for PlayDirect and in Setup Mode"

  • WHITE Solid: "I'm playing" (AirPlay, PlayDirect, DLNA or AUX)

  • YELLOW Pulse: Booting or Updating.

  • RED Pulse: "Help me" (Network problem)

  • RED Solid: Standby.

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13. How to perform a factory reset

To clear all speaker settings on your Libratone speaker you need to perform a factory reset.

  1. Hold "Logo Button" while powering up the speaker (the button will pulse YELLOW).

  2. Release the "Logo Button" when it turns solid YELLOW.

  3. After 45 sec. of pulsing YELLOW the speaker will emit the WHITE setup blink sequence ("pulse-blink-pulse-blink" ...
    ... and so on) and enter Setup/PlayDirect Mode.

Please visit SETUP - Libratone Live here for instructions on how to setup the speaker.

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14. Libratone Live technical specifications

Like to get down to hard-core facts? Read all the Libratone Live technical specifications here.

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15. If you're having problems and need help Troubleshooting

If you get stuck in the use of your Libratone Live speaker our Trobleshooting section is the place to look for help.
Please visit the Troubleshooting FAQ pages here.

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16. Libratone app - iOS / Android

Add another dimension to your Libratone speaker by downloading the free Libratone app.

Libratone app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

The Libratone app keeps your speaker firmware up to date, and allows you to customize the sound to your music style and acoustic surroundings - and thereby enhancing the FullRoom experience.

You can download the Libratone app from

  • iTunes (iOS version) here

  • Google play (Android) here

Read more about the Libratone app and its features and functionality here

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17. Spotify

From iOS devices

To stream music from Spotify on an iOS device, simply tap the AirPlay icon in the lower right hand corner of the Spotify play screen.

Remember that the AirPlay icon will only appear if your Libratone speaker and your iOS device are connected to the same WiFi network.

Alternatively you can double press the home button on your iOS device and swipe the screen to the right to make a small music menu appear in the bottom. Press the AirPlay icon.

From Android devices

Because Spotify isn't DLNA or AirPlay compatible you can't transfer Wireless Spotify sound to a Libratone speaker.

You can of course always use a mini jack cable between an Android device with Spotify installed and a Libratone speaker.

From PC / MAC

Spotify does currently not support AirPlay from computers but you can use this guide to send Spotify to an AirPlay speaker:

PC - To stream music to a Libratone speaker from Spotify on your PC, you need to use a 3. Party audio grabber like Airfoil for Windows 3.5 (Rogue Amoeba).You can download a trial version or buy AirFoil for only USD 25.

MAC (Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.3 or later)

  1. Select your AirPlay speaker in "System Preferences"

  2. Press "Sound" and select "Output".

  3. Choose your "Libratone speaker"

If you are using OS X Lion 10.7 or previous versions, follow the same procedure as "Spotify from PC" and download Airfoil for Mac 4.8. 

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18. Deezer

From iOS devices

To stream music from Deezer on an iOS device, simply tap the AirPlay icon in the lower right hand corner of the Deezer play screen.

Remember that the AirPlay icon will only appear if your Libratone speaker and your iOS device are connected to the same WiFi network.

Alternatively you can double press the home button on your iOS device and swipe the screen to the right to make a small music menu appear in the bottom. Press the AirPlay icon.

From PC

To stream music to a Libratone speaker from Deezer on your PC, you need to use a 3. party audio grabber like Airfoil for Windows 3.5 (Rogue Amoeba). You can download a trial version or buy AirFoil for only USD 25.

From MAC (Mountain Lion OSX 10.8.3 or later)

1. Select your AirPlay speaker in "System Preferences"
2. Press "Sound" and select "Output".
3. Choose your "Libratone speaker"

If you are using OS X Lion 10.7 or previous versions, follow the same "PC" procedure and download Airfoil for Mac 4.8

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19. TuneIn Radio

From iOS devices

To stream music from TuneIn Radio on an iOS device, simply tap the AirPlay icon in the lower right hand corner of the TuneIn Radio play screen.

Remember that the AirPlay icon will only appear if your Libratone speaker and your iOS device are connected to the same WiFi network.

Alternatively you can double press the home button on your iOS device and swipe the screen to the right to make a small music menu appear in the bottom. Press the AirPlay icon.

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