The tiny Ophidian Minimo is what's best described as a "micro monitor", standing less than 18cm tall, as you can see in the photo below next to a CD case. but don't let this compact speaker fool you - it is a surprisingly capable little speaker that produces an image size and bass depth that belies its compact dimensions.
Much of the magic is in it's crossover design and Aeroflex technology, which allows the cute little Minimo to perform way beyond its tiny size, which can only be appreciated in the flesh. The Minimo is ideal for those tight on space, but still want a quality loudspeaker - this is among the very best I've heard at its £600 price point.
ophidian minimo speakers
The Minimo is ideal for those tight on space, but still want a high quality loudspeaker - and the Minimo is among the very best I've heard at its £600 price point. Many small speakers try hard to impress, but that seems to come effortlessly to the Minimo.
The Minimo uses a 27mm Sonolex coated soft dome HF unit, and a long throw 90mm mid/bass driver. The advantage of such a small mid/bass driver is its speed, producing tight bass lines with control that is more in line with high end loudspeakers. I've heard speakers costing thousands that can't match their pace and control, and both of those qualities ultimately affect clarity. Because bass quantity isn't their main goal, they come across as much more naturally balanced than most other sub £1,000 speakers.
Ophidian's Aeroflex technology is designed to do a similar job to a conventional loudspeaker port - produce extended bass from a small cabinet - but it does so without the side effects. Reflex ports usually produce a highly turbulent flow of air, which can produce port noise, and also drastically changes the bass depending on its proximity to the wall. Place your hand over an Aeroflex port and you'll hardly feel a thing. This allows the Minimo to be placed near to walls without all the negative issues, making it a very flexible little speaker that could even be placed successfully on bookshelves, making it a genuine bookshelf speaker - very few speakers touted as a bookshelf will actually work in that scenario.
The Ophidian Minimo speakers are one of our favourite products at the little audio company, so are permanently available for audition.