Kin Mini Flex Unboxing
Yesterday I received two Kin Mini Flex speakers that I will be trying out as Height speakers. There doesn't appear to be really anything on here about them (unless the search function failed me, I haven't been all the way through this thread) so I decided I might post some photos of one of them. These speakers are sold separately, so one to a box. I tore into the first one like a four-year-old at Christmas, but thought to take some pics as I opened the second one.
The first pic is of the various items that are on the top of the box as it is opened. They are the instructions and templates for various mounting applications or applying the feet. Unlike most Totem speakers these come with a grill that is in a box nestled into the top Styrofoam, which can be seen in the second pic. The third has the grill box removed revealing the various hardware. The fourth is of the speaker in the box with the top Styrofoam removed. The speaker is wrapped in that soft Styrofoam material all electronics seem to come wrapped in these days. Over that is a plastic bag taped shut. When I removed the plastic bag from the first one I felt my fingers and thumbs pushing into the drivers as I undid the tape and unwrapped it. No harm done, but something to watch for.
The fifth pic is of the various mounting hardware and feet that come with the speaker.
The sixth pic is of the speaker unwrapped and in a horizontal position, much as is traditionally used for a centre speaker. The Mini Flex is deeper on one side then the other, the deeper side has the Totem logo in the middle of it. It can be placed at any angle, in this case with the logo (deeper) side down causing the drivers to point up a little.
The seventh pic is of the Mini Flex in a vertical position, as one often sees the front main speakers. This one is placed in what I'm assuming would be proper for the front left speaker, with the logo to the left causing slight toe-in of the drivers even if placed flat, such as if mounted on the front wall.
The eight pic is of the back of the Mini Flex where one can see the four gold plated binding posts and jumpers. The ninth photo is also of the rear, but with the plugs covering the two threaded holes for mounting removed.
The final pic is of the front of the Mini Flex with the magnetic grill attached.
I currently have the speakers hooked-up an old Marantz integrated amp in my second zone, which is in an old unfinished basement. An excellent amp, but a challenging environment with no room correction. I haven't listened to a whole album, but heard several tracks from several albums from a variety genres as I spent time in my second zone and main zone. No way to give any fair assessment in that context, especially as I was going back-and-forth from my full range, room corrected HT and the second zone, but a few things are clear. They are quite detailed and responsive, and I would not care to use them without a sub-woofer in a home stereo/surround system. They also seem not as smooth on the higher frequencies as I had hoped from a fabric tweet, but, hopefully that won't be an issue when actually in the HT,especially with room correction.
I'm hoping to get this integrated into my HT ASAP (today) as I'm hoping to determine if they integrate well in hopes of getting another two for Rear Heights right away (looking to be back working soon which takes me away from home and no local dealer, so I have to order them from Totem). However, I'm hoping to get a chance to try them out on their own with a sub, with room correction applied, this coming week. May not have time for that, though.
Last edited by morgiastic; 05-15-2019 at 01:14 PM.