Powerful But Small Stereo Music System
The Minx 212 v2 stereo system from Cambridge Audio is a discreet yet musically impressive mini speaker package. Its ability to fill the room will have your friends wondering how something so powerful can be so small.
The Minx 212 v2 system consists of one pair of Minx Min 11 speakers and one Minx X200 subwoofer. At just 3" square, the satellites guarantee that jaws will every time you entertain! Thanks to Minx's ingenious implementation of BMR technology, these ultra wide bandwidth speakers can handle an extraordinary range of frequencies and work harmoniously with the matching 200-watt digital active subwoofer to deliver awesome results without eating into your living space.
Minx Min 11 Speakers
You've probably never heard such accuracy, detail, and realism from a speaker as small as the Cambridge Audio Minx Min 11. It's just over a mere 3-inches square. But despite its miniscule dimensions, the Min 11 satellite offers wide dispersion and beautiful sound. It's the perfect partner for a Cambridge Audio Minx subwoofer.
The Minx Min 11 is very similar to the previous model Min 10. But the bass frequency response dips down to 120 Hz, compared to 140 Hz for the Min 10. Much more importantly, though, is the Min 11's extended power handling of 25-200 watts compared to 15-50 watts for the Min 10. That gives you lots of flexibility for the amps and receivers that you can pair with the Min 11.
"Staggering Scale for the Size"
"The Minx is a solid, compact system that delivers staggering scale for the size," observes a January 12, 2011 review of the original Minx system in England's What Hi-Fi? magazine. "A fine offering and welcome addition to the style-speaker market."
In the July/August 2011 issue of Sound+Vision magazine, Brent Butterworth calls the MinxMin 10 speaker and the Minx X200 sub "the best little cube-shaped speaker system I've heard and the first that I liked as much as larger, two-way sub/sat speaker-system bargains."
"The Audio was Decidedly Un-Tiny Cube"
The favorable reviews of the original Minx system just keep on coming. "The audio was decidedly un-tiny cube," marvels Geoff Morrison in GamerVision.com for October 1, 2010. "The soundstage was quite large, belying the diminutive size of the speakers."
"To say we were impressed is a gross understatement," reports Luke Peters, Editor of T3 magazine in his review of the Minx for September 2010. "Extremely impressive for a system that seems to be at home in a dedicated AV room or an über cool penthouse apartment… Everything we experienced demonstrates that the Minx is a truly versatile sound system."
"Small, perfectly formed and capable of sound as big as Ben Hur, Cambridge Audio's Minx package is a tasty little number," writes Nic Tatham in his March 1, 2011 review of a 5.1-channel Min 10 package plus X200 sub for CNET Australia. "True home theatre performance with all manner of material makes this a sure-fired winner."
Balanced Mode Radiator Technology
The Minx magic is the result of an intensive two-year development program by Cambridge Audio's engineers to achieve extraordinary sound from incredibly small cabinets.
Cambridge Audio's exclusive Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) technology features in each Minx satellite speaker. BMR drivers utilize patented 'bending wave' principles normally seen in advanced flat panel speakers combined with pistonic movement (backwards and forwards) like in a traditional speaker design. This gives Minx a much wider frequency response than comparable style speakers for deeper and more powerful bass frequencies plus surprisingly spacious sound.
"Honeycomb Sandwich Membrane"
A honeycomb sandwich membrane is at the heart of BMR technology. Acting as a piston and a bending mode radiator simultaneously, it provides an incredibly wide frequency response.
Minx's machined aluminum extrusion provides a solid mechanical ground for the BMR driver. Ultra compact push-pull Neodymium magnets deliver astonishing power and more useable cabinet volume for superior dynamics. An acoustically damped thermo polymer cabinet offers extreme rigidity.
Quite naturally you want your speakers to fit into your home rather than designing your living space around your system. Once again Cambridge Audio's BMR adds value by delivering a much broader sound dispersion across the entire room, avoiding the typical 'sweet spot' pitfall of other style speakers, for the most enveloping sound imaginable.
Minx Min X200 Powered Subwoofer
At just 9-inches square, Cambridge Audio's Minx X200 is one of the world’s smallest subwoofers and is incredibly easy to fit into any room. But you would never guess that so much bass is coming from such a compact sub. The X200 has a healthy 200-watt continuous power output with much higher peak power and delivers low bass down to 39 Hz.
Significant Technological Advances
The X200 offers significant technological advances, implementing a forward firing driver for amazing punch and attack combined with an innovative Auxiliary Bass Radiator (ABR) to deliver superior efficiency and enable a much smaller footprint. It boasts a 6.5" bass driver and two 6.5" passive radiators for impressive bass performance.
It also feature a sophisticated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) designed by Cambridge Audio’s software engineers for the most sensational performance from unfeasibly tiny enclosures. Regardless of your room’s shape and size, Minx’s DSP and simple set-up adjustments ensure your system is perfectly customized for placement almost anywhere.
When you build a complete Minx system, all of the components will sound truly integrated for the purest possible audio whether you’re enjoying a live classical concert or an adrenaline-pumping car chase.
Minx Min 11 Speakers
The Minx Min 11 is very similar to the previous model Min 10. But the bass frequency response dips down to 120 Hz, compared to 140 Hz for the Min 10. Much more importantly, though, is the Min 11's extended power handling of 25-200 watts compared to 15-50 watts for the Min 10. Here is a sampling of the rave reviews that the original model Minx and the X200 sub have received in the audiophile press.
"The Minx is a solid, compact system that delivers staggering scale for the size… A fine offering and welcome addition to the style-speaker market."
- What Hi-fi? magazine, January 12, 2011
"The Cambridge Audio Minx 215 [satellite/sub system] is the best little cube-shaped speaker system I've heard and the first that I liked as much as larger, two-way sub/sat speaker-system bargains…. It's clearly one of today's best speaker-system bargains. The Minx is like a violin as opposed to an electric guitar. I hesitate to say it kicks ass, but it definitely satisfies."
- Brent Butterworth, Sound+Vision magazine, July/August 2011
"To say we were impressed is a gross understatement."
"Extremely impressive for a system that seems to be at home in a dedicated AV room or an über cool penthouse apartment… Everything we experienced demonstrates that the Minx is a truly versatile sound system."
- Luke Peters, Editor of T3 magazine, September 2010
"The audio was decidedly un-tiny cube. The soundstage was quite large, belying the diminutive size of the speakers."
"The hybrid design results in a wider frequency response as compared to other drivers of its size. This makes for better blending with the sub."
- Geoff Morrison, GamerVision.com, October 1, 2010
"The sub/sat combo produces some eminently listenable tunes combining fine imaging and stereo separation with depth of soundstage and genuine substance from the X200 subwoofer. It packs a particularly hefty punch for one so small, thanks to the nifty active/passive sub-radiator configuration. This means a trio of 140 mm woofers dish out the bass with 200 watts of power to the active driver. We found it better reinforced the lower frequencies by placing it in a room corner, but even free-standing, the X200 is never short on lower hertz."
"Small, perfectly formed and capable of sound as big as Ben Hur, Cambridge Audio's Minx package is a tasty little number. It's as happy delivering music as it is the latest movie blockbuster and taking up so little space, it'll no doubt be a hit with 'the partner' indoors also. Great design, slick looks (albeit a dust magnet) and true home theatre performance with all manner of material makes this a sure-fired winner."
- Nic Tatham, CNET Australia, March 1, 2011