Product Overview - Minx Min10 Satellite Speakers
2. Frequency Response: 140Hz-20kHz.
3. Sensitivity: 85db, Impedance: 8 ohms.
4. Power Handling: 15-50 Watts Recommended (A HREF="http://hometheater.about.com/od/hometheaterglossary/g/continuousdef.htm">RMS)
5. Weight: 0.95lbs (0.43kg), Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.1 x 3.1 x 3.3-inches (78 x 78 x 85mm)
6. Mounting options: Counter/Shelf/Table or On Wall.
7. Finish Options: Black or White
Product Overview - Minx X200 Powered Subwoofer
1. Driver: Front Firing 6.5-inch main driver supported by 2 side mounted 6.5-inch passive radiators. The Passive radiators extend the low frequency extension of the subwoofer by adding additional surface area for the sound to disperse.
2. Frequency Response: 39Hz (-6dB) to 200Hz, Power Output: 200 watts RMS
3. Phase: 0 to 180 degrees (continuously adjustable).
4. Crossover: Active Adjustable - 50Hz-200Hz
5. Connections: RCA Line input (LFE), AC power receptacle, Power On/Off: Two-way toggle.
6. Dimensions: (H x W x D) 8.6 x 8.3 x 8.7-inches (219 x 210 x 222mm).
7. Weight: 11.0lbs (5.0K)
8. Available in Black or White
When picking up or moving the subwoofer, be careful not to damage the side mounted passive radiators.
For a look at the speakers, subwoofer, and their connections and control options, check out my supplementary Cambridge Audio Minx S215 5.1 Channel Speaker System Photo Profile.
Minx BMR Technology
Cambridge Audio's Minx series speakers are more than just compact, they also house an innovative speaker design, referred to as a Balanced Mode Radiator.
Also, unlike most traditional cone speakers, BMR technology not only facilitates wide dispersion in the horizontal plane, but also in the vertical plane. What this means to the listener is that the Min10s project sound well beyond the confines of its small physical footprint.
So how did the Minx S215 system perform? First, take a look at the additional components I used to test the system and then proceed through the rest of the review.
Additional Hardware Used in This Review
Blu-ray Disc Player: OPPO BDP-93 used to play Blu-ray, CD, SACD, and DVD-Audio Discs.
Loudspeaker/Subwoofer Systems Used for Comparison:
System #2: Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 2: EMP Tek E5Ci center channel speaker, four E5Bi compact bookshelf speakers for left and right main and surrounds, and an ES10i 100 watt powered subwoofer.
TV/Monitor: A Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 1080p LCD Monitor
Level checks made using a Radio Shack Sound Level Meter
Additional Software Used in This Review
3D Blu-ray Discs: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Despicable Me, Disney's A Christmas Carol, Goldberg Variations Acoustica, and Resident Evil: Afterlife.
2D Blu-ray Discs: Across The Universe, Avatar (2D), Hairspray, Iron Man 1&2, Kick Ass, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour, Sherlock Holmes, Tangled, and The Dark Knight.
Standard DVDs: Hero, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, and U571
CDs: Al Stewart - Uncorked, Beatles - LOVE, Blue Man Group - The Complex, Joshua Bell - Bernstein - West Side Story Suite, Eric Kunzel - 1812 Overture, HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Sade - Soldier of Love.
DVD-Audio discs included: Queen - Night At The Opera/The Game, Eagles - Hotel California, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood - Uninvisible, Sheila Nicholls - Wake.
SACD discs used included: Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, Steely Dan - Gaucho, The Who - Tommy.
Audio Performance - Min10 Satellite Speakers
Whether listening at low or high volume levels, I found that the Min10's delivered clear sound, that was lively and surprising well dispersed.
For music vocals were distinctive and detailed. I would say the only complaint with that sound was a little thin in the lower midrange, but compared very well with the Klipsch Quintet speaker system used for comparison. In fact, in terms of vertical sound dispersion, the Min10s faired better than the Quintets.
With Dolby and DTS-related movie soundtracks, the satellite speakers not only did a great job reproducing a widely dispersed sound image that filled the room, with very little gap as sounds moved from channel to channel, but Min10's also produced good detail for their small size as well providing a sense of direction. Good examples of this are provided by the "Echo Game" scene in House of the Flying Daggers the "Blue Room" scene in Hero, and the first "Battle Scene" from Master and Commander. Also, another great test for the Min10's was Disney's Tangled, which contained a good cross section of music and surround action sequences.
On music-based material, the system faired better than I was expecting and did well with Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and Dave Matthews/Blue Man Group's Sing Along, and the orchestral sound field in Joshua Bell's performance of the The West Side Story Suite.
On the other hand, I found that the Min10's are somewhat subdued in the lower midrange tones and harmonics produced by pianos and other acoustical musical instruments. This was evident in the Norah Jones album, Come Away With Me. Although on par with the Klispch Quintet's performace in this area, the Min10's couldn't do the job that the much larger EMP system that I also used for this review. However, we are talking apples and oranges, especially in speaker size and power handling capability.