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post #1471 of 1868
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Either sub will work out. Especially, since neither one delves into subterranean territory. If it were me, I would do the larger X500. Also, if you are serious about surround sound music, using the Min 21 for rear speakers would come highly recommended. Otherwise, the Min 11 would do just fine for movies.
post #1472 of 1868
Thanks a lot for the response. I am definitely going to consider the 21s for rears.

In all honesty, is the x500 really worth $999 as a sub, or is it only worth it because it was made for the min 21s? Then again, I would have a tough time swallowing $1000 for any sub, even though I can afford it.
Edited by ckeegan - 6/5/13 at 4:33pm
post #1473 of 1868
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The consensus is that you'll do better for the money. I would look real closely at an SVS sub such as these.
post #1474 of 1868
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Originally Posted by ckeegan View Post

Thanks a lot for the response. I am definitely going to consider the 21s for rears.

In all honesty, is the x500 really worth $999 as a sub, or is it only worth it because it was made for the min 21s? Then again, I would have a tough time swallowing $1000 for any sub, even though I can afford it.

I have all min21s around and love the sound. When you turn the volume up, the sound stays clean and clear and not muffled or heavy, like they are straining.

After I ordered the s325v2, I too kept wondering if I should have gotten the x500 one instead.
If you are thinking hard and it is between the x300/x500 I would go for the x500, but you should get the wife approval first (if it applies) Mine was fine either way and I went with the x300 because I like the size and cost. Now that I have listened to it for a little, it is fine for me. Maybe if they ever do go on sale I might get a second x300 to complement the other one (my AV does have a second sub out). I can attest that the sub is definitely omnidirectional because I got mine in the corner and it is fine. Not boomy at all and blends really well.

I've read and agree that you're paying a premium for the CA subs but it just seems to blend very well (like I mentioned) and I can't comment on how other brands might blend.
Good luck!

PS for those of you keeping track, tonight I am watching the NBA finals and definitely turning my AV on for that and tomorrow night I might watch the new blu ray, MAMA.
post #1475 of 1868
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...and tomorrow night I might watch the new blu ray, MAMA.

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I agree that the Min 21 definitely plays louder without distortion over the previous models. Voices are so clear, they're worth the price of admission alone. Add in the high end sparkle that the previous models made me left wanting, on some music material, and they are a no-brainer. btw, I really dislike the saying, "no-brainer". I mean, one needs a brain to figure out whether it's a go or not. Right?? biggrin.gif
post #1476 of 1868
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I agree that the Min 21 definitely plays louder without distortion over the previous models. Voices are so clear, they're worth the price of admission alone. Add in the high end sparkle that the previous models made me left wanting, on some music material, and they are a no-brainer. btw, I really dislike the saying, "no-brainer". I mean, one needs a brain to figure out whether it's a go or not. Right?? biggrin.gif

yeah but it is so obvious you don't even need a brain to figure out how good it is:) You can feel and hear it in your bones..
post #1477 of 1868
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yeah but it is so obvious you don't even need a brain to figure out how good it is:) You can feel and hear it in your bones..

Like I said, if you don't have a brain, you'd never know. tongue.gif
post #1478 of 1868
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When I had the two Min 21 in my smaller room, I was playing them at close to reference level at 100 Hz crossover. After about two music tracks, I started to worry and upped the crossover to my next choice of 150 Hz, to be on the safe side. I haven't listened to music that loud in a very long time. cool.gif
post #1479 of 1868
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Last night, I spent about 3 hours installing my two Min 21 side-back-rear surround speakers. The Cambridge Audio pivoting wall mounts that I received didn't pivot as much as my other wall mounts but I needed them to match the white speakers and all mine are black. The reason why I'm seeing these do not pivot as much as my current wall mounts (I use one for the center channel speaker) is because they are shorter than them and don't allow much movement. It looks like the smaller Min 10 or 11 would fair better. I had to end up mounting them on the ceiling near the corners of the room.

I've been playing around with the two different crossovers (100 & 150 Hz) in my larger room (living space) and have come to the conclusion that 150 Hz sounds best and will leave it there. As I stated before, my current AVR doesn't have any crossover choices between these two for me to experiment.
post #1480 of 1868
Hi, I have a Minx related dilema that I'd apriciate your expert opinions on. We are currently upgrading our TV and are aware the built in sound quality isn't going to be up to much.

As such we are thinking of getting a Minx-based setup (3x Min11s) with a Pioneer VSX-S300 AV receiver, or a Sonos Playbar. Which would offer the better results for TV and movie viewing sound?

Also, we currently listen to most of our music via the TV (through an AppleTv) would the Minx system be up to the job for non-audiophile music listening. I'm not expecting it to rival a dedicated Hi-Fi setup, but would it be on a par with something like a Bose Sounddock (my wife is threatening one)?

Thanks
post #1481 of 1868
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I've not hear the Sonos system but I hear it gets fair reviews. If you are considering the Min 11, are your plans to include a sub too?
post #1482 of 1868
Yes sorry, with the X200 sub.
post #1483 of 1868
We were looking at a sound bar but were advised they work best if you sit front on which we don't tv in corner of the room, so after much research went for 3 x min 21 and the x300 sub through Yamaha rxv673 best investment made just recently put 2 mor min 21 at the back of the lounge as the ceiling needed replacing looks neat and tidy and after saturdayand Sunday of playing them in the sound is great. Also these speakers according to sales staff through the sound out 180 degrees having gone through it all definitely stay with this configuration (first looked at Bose sound bar and 2.1 system about £2500) this has come in at under 1600 with amp blue ray Apple TV and all cabling much better investment.
post #1484 of 1868
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Originally Posted by spoynton View Post

As such we are thinking of getting a Minx-based setup (3x Min11s) with a Pioneer VSX-S300 AV receiver, or a Sonos Playbar. Which would offer the better results for TV and movie viewing sound?

I have a Sonos system including a Play3 (the other devices are Sonos Control). Love the Controls, very disappointed in the Play3. It doesn't sound nearly as good as the reviews would have you believe. For that reason, I would avoid the Playbar.
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Also, we currently listen to most of our music via the TV (through an AppleTv) would the Minx system be up to the job for non-audiophile music listening. I'm not expecting it to rival a dedicated Hi-Fi setup, but would it be on a par with something like a Bose Sounddock (my wife is threatening one)?
Thanks

We use a Minx 10 system for casual music listening and, personally, I love it for music. Paired with a good sub the quality is unbelievable for something so small. Even without a sub they sound very good to me. I have it hooked up to an old Sony receiver and the aforementioned Sonos Control and I really couldn't be happier with sound, footprint, and usability.

I got the 10s from Amazon for "next to nothing" but from what I hear the Minx 11 are even better.
post #1485 of 1868
Sorry forgot to say we tried both the x200 and the x300 and felt the x300 sub complimented the min21's a lot better.
Ps once lounge finished off will try to post pictures
post #1486 of 1868
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A nice article on a visit to Cambridge Audio headquarters.

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/meet-your-maker-hi-fi-visits-cambridge-audio/?utm_campaign=Hi-Fi%2B+Weekly+Emails&utm_medium=email&utm_source=email-123

Notice the little bit of info regarding their new forthcoming loudspeaker line and what drivers they are using. cool.gif
post #1487 of 1868
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I just found this link with a photo.

http://www.whathifi.com/news/high-end-show-cambridge-audio-unveils-new-amps-and-speakers

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Somewhat larger are the Aero speakers, featuring full-range balanced mode radiator (BMR) drivers instead of traditional tweeters. They also have custom-designed mid/bass drivers, and are designed for use in stereo and multichannel set-ups.

The full Aero range comprises:

• Aero 2 standmount speakers (above) - 6cm BMR plus custom-designed 15cm driver
• Aero 3 surround speakers - dual monopole/bipole configured surround sound unit (bipole for rear surround, dual monopole for rear and side effects in a 7.1 system) with 2 x 10cm BMR drivers
• Aero 5 centre speaker - 6cm BMR plus 2 x custom-designed 13cm drivers
- Aero 6 floorstanding speakers 6cm BMR plus 2 x custom-designed 15cm drivers
- Aero 9 subwoofer - with two 25cm drivers, one front-firing and one down-firing ABR (auxiliary bass radiator) to eliminate bass port air noise; 500W RMS high-efficiency Class D amplifier

The Cambridge Audio Aero range will be available this autumn, prices to be confirmed.
post #1488 of 1868
Very interesting indeed! Thanks Jeffrey.
post #1489 of 1868
A while ago there was some chatter about other BMR systems. I don't recall if Naim Ovators came up? Hopefully, CA Aero will be more wallet-friendly. smile.gif
post #1490 of 1868
Hi All,
I'm new to this forum. I'm changing my sound system and have just recently bought Azur 651r AV and now as a next step planning to change my speakers as well. After reviewing and demo of many speakers I have decided to buy Minx but unfortunately the local distributor only has Minx 20 & 10.
I'm not able to decide among 2 options and would appreciate your feedback/comments

Confirm setup:
1. Minx 20 for Front Left, Right & Center
2. Minx 10 for Front Left & Right Height

Option 1
Minx 20 for Surround

Option 2
Minx 10 for Surrond

It's not a matter of price i can afford to buy all Minx 20 but more that i feel that for surround i don't need to go for 20 and 10 will be good enough especially as my setup is 7.1 with front height.

Can you suggest which option i should go for and if i should go for Minx 20 for surround then why? I appreciate a early reply cuz i will be buying the system tomorrow noon.
post #1491 of 1868
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Not sure where you are located but the only reason to purchase the discontinued Min 10 & 20 is price reduction. Still, I would still consider not getting either one. The newer models Min 11 & 21 are really much better speakers. If you do decide to purchase and use the Min 10/20, and because they use the same drivers for the dual cube, you should be fine with either configuration. So, save some money and get the smaller cubes for the surrounds.
post #1492 of 1868
I agree with you, But i called the Distributor for Singapore/Malaysia/Indonesia and they said they have decided not to bring this model for whatever reason.
So if i ask you what would you suggest Buy Min 20/10 or not buy Minx at all and go for other options i.e. Waterfall Serio or Mission M-Cube.
Then what would you suggest as buying Min 21/11 is sure not an option regardless of their price.
post #1493 of 1868
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The word on the street is that the Minx speakers were a tough sell and a lot of dealers found themselves liquidating those models. This could explain why CA took the great qualities in the BMR design and went even further to produce a much better speaker. I, for one, would not think of mixing the 2/4 models Min 10/11 or Min 20/21 together due to their limited similarities.

I couldn't tell you anything about those other two brands you've mentioned because I have not heard them. There has to be a way you could have the Min 11/21 shipped to you from another country? imo, they are very much worth the effort. With the Min 10/20, I always wanted something more and that turned into something else until I tried the newer models for which I'm so glad I did.
post #1494 of 1868
Hi All,
I end up buying Min 20 (5) + Min 10 (2) for my 7.1 setup. Installation already done. Been playing them for last 4hrs break in still going on but i'm glad that i made this decision cuz my wife is even now impress with the sound these small speakers can produce.
Will share my impression once break in is done and speakers will be in full swing smile.gif
post #1495 of 1868
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Sorry to hear that you went with the previous models. At least, you're being introduced to what the BMR driver can accomplish. Soon you will be wanting more and an upgrade will be in your future. wink.gif
post #1496 of 1868
Trust me the kind of person I am, if i had an option to buy new model Min 21/11 i would have never bought Min 20/10 regardless of price difference but there was no such option.
I can say after been listening to Minx for almost 3hrs+ they are simply great nothing like i ever heard before during any demo or what i owned. They are best especially considering their size.
With few other speakers i demo i was always afraid i will lose on detail & base by going cube size but Minx has surprised me in both areas.
I have also done some tuning of my Azur and after the new settings on a very low volume i have heard the SQ which i never experienced before even with my Mirage speakers.
post #1497 of 1868
BTW any recommend cross over settings for Min 20 & Min 10 in my AVR (Azur do let me set individual cross over) and cuz i'm using a combo of Min 20 & 10 what settings you suggest to use for cross over at the back panel of my X200?
post #1498 of 1868
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140 Hz.
post #1499 of 1868
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New Minx Multimedia Speaker System

http://www.cambridgeaudio.com/products/minx-m5-usa

I'm not sure when it will be available in North America but I'm game. cool.gif
post #1500 of 1868
well it has been almost 2 months and I redid Audyssey recently. Crossover is at 150HZ. I just wanted to share that today I was listening to the built in FM and Steve Perry's Foolish Heart was playing. I turned the level to 60 (0-98) on my Marantz and it was loud and clear. I turned it to 70 and it was very loud and just as clear and then I turned it to 80 (I have set my marantz to limit to 80) and it was VERY loud and clear and filled not just my room but my whole small house lol. There is no way I can listen to level 80 where I was sitting because I didn't want to suffer hearing damage NOR do I want my neighbors complaining:). I just can't imagine what 98 would sound like, but I don't really need to find out. It is indeed amazing the quality and level of sound these little guys can put out.
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