Compact 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System
The compact Minx 315 v2 speaker system from Cambridge Audio gives you everything you need from home theater speaker system except big boxes and an oversize price tag. It includes five Min 11 satellite speakers placed at the front, center, and rear of your room and a compact X300 subwoofer located wherever you wish. From action movies to multi-channel music, you'll be blown away by Minx's epic delivery and amazed at the amount of bass this tiny system can deliver.
But micro size and potent power is just half the story. Where Minx really excels is in its ability to deliver utter composure and perfect integration. Establishing the source of Minx's deep rumbling bass will outwit even the most finely-tuned ear since all the sound appears to emanate from the miniscule satellite speakers rather than the subwoofer, which you can hide from view if you like.
Reviewing a Minx speaker system with Minx Min 21 satellites and a Minx X300 powered subwoofer, TrustedReviews.com for August 2011 reports, "The power on offer from such diminutive speakers defies physics, while the thrilling dynamics, clear detail and punchy, potent bass create the illusion that there are much larger speakers in the room."
TrustedReviews.com liked the Minx system so much, it awarded it the coveted "Recommended" status.
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."
"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."
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 X300 Powered Subwoofer
Delivering even more punch and deeper bass response than the popular Minx X200 subwoofer, the Minx X300 powered subwoofer not only features a 300-watt digital amplifier, but larger drivers, too. Despite its technical prowess, the X300 is still far smaller than a typical subwoofer at a mere 11" square. It sounds far larger, though, and will add a huge shot of bass excitement to your entertainment.
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. And like all Minx subwoofers, it features a range of simple controls to allow placement almost anywhere.
Significant Technological Advances
The X300 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 an 8" bass driver and an 8" passive radiator from aerospace aluminum cones 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
"Recommended" - TrustedReviews.com
"Jamo and Tannoy have already set the bar very high in the compact speaker system market, but Cambridge Audio’s Minx S315 sails right over it. The power on offer from such diminutive speakers defies physics, while the thrilling dynamics, clear detail and punchy, potent bass create the illusion that there are much larger speakers in the room."
- TrustedReviews.com, August 2011, review of system with Minx Min 21 satellites and Minx X300 powered 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. Here is a sampling of the rave reviews that the original model Minx 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
"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