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Elipson’s new MC Mini: a £380 Bluetooth stereo amplifier

80th birthdays are hard to come by (apart from in Bowhead whale and giant tortoise families), and Elipson is celebrating its landmark anniversary not only by launching special edition kit but also by expanding its product catalogue.

The all-new MC Mini sits below the Music Centre BT (£900) in its now-two-strong amplifier line-up, taking a rectangular form rather than follow the French brand’s proclivity for spherical designs (we assume you’re acquainted with its Planet speakers? If not, a glance below will right that wrong.)

Like its sibling, the MC Mini can connect to a source over Bluetooth aptX, in addition to via its digital optical, RCA and 3.5mm inputs. Outputs include subwoofer, 3.5mm and a USB for charging devices, with a line-out connector allowing for a second MC Mini amplifier to be added to cater for a four-speaker configuration. 

There’s two 80-watt Class D amps, down from the Music Centre BT’s twin 120-watts amps, and user control is courtesy of the front-panel knob and supplied remote.

Elipson has kept things simple with a brushed black aluminum finish - no doubt so that the attention is kept on the striking spherical speakers the brand naturally hopes will be partnered with it.

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Becky Roberts
Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, 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 Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.