We attended the official launch of Cambridge Audio's Minx micro speaker systems in London last night, timed to coincide with their US launch at the CEDIA Expo in Atlanta, having already been given an exclusive preview a few months ago.
What we saw and heard – even though they were pre-production samples – certainly piqued our interest.
Cambridge Audio has created three 21cm square, forward firing subwoofers of differing power – 200W, 300W and 500W – to match the dinky Minx satellite speakers. All the subs have gain, phase and crossover controls, and use one-piece aerospace grade aluminium cones.
You can build a simple 2.1 system, or go for a full 5.1 rig, depending on your requirements. Each standard Min10 satellite speaker measures just 8cm square, and there's a bigger version, the Min20, which is effectively two of the standard drivers combined into a single unit.
All the systems all use high-end BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) technology.
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BMR drivers combine the 'bending wave' principles seen in advanced flat panel speakers, but also feature pistonic movement (backwards and forwards) just like a traditional speaker.
"This bestows Minx with a much wider frequency response than comparable style speakers, meaning they can deliver a significantly better bass response," claims Cambridge Audio.
Designed to work equally well with music or movies, the Minx systems are finished in gloss white or scratch-resistant black, and are made from acoustically damped thermo polymer and extruded aluminium.
A simple wall bracket is included as standard, while table top stands, swivel wall brackets and floor stands are optional.
The Minx range will be available from November. Prices start from £350 for a basic 2.1 system, to around £500-£600 for a mid-price 5.1 set-up and £1200 for the top-of-the-range model.