The Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 builds on the success of the Air 100 wireless speaker and again features a powerful sound and both AirPlay and Bluetooth.
The Minx Air 200 wireless speaker system is nearly identical to the £330 Minx Air 100 in terms of features, but it is bigger and bolder in both size and performance.
The Minx 200 features a power output of 200W. Inside the case are two 6cm balanced mode radiator drivers and a 16.5cm sub.
It is well built, is solid and feels like a quality product. It dimensions are 45 x 22 x 17.4cm meaning it’s not quite as portable as the Minx Air 100 but it is still compact enough to take pride of place in your living room, kitchen or bedroom.
The Minx 200 features AirPlay, Bluetooth and internet radio. It’s rare to find both AirPlay and Bluetooth in the same unit so this product will no doubt have a broad appeal to all smartphone, tablet and PMP users.
The 200 also features RCA analogue inputs and a 3.5mm input. There’s also an ethernet port for wired network connection.
Despite a dizzying array of connectivity options setting up the Minx Air 200 is fairly straightforward as long as you have a laptop handy and the instructions from Cambridge Audio and clear and useful.
Setting up AirPlay requires you to connect to the Minx Air 200’s own wireless network, type the IP address supplied into your browser to open up to the set up page. Then select your own home network, enter the password. You should then be able to use AirPlay.
Bluetooth pairing is very straightforward. Simply press the pairing button on the unit and wait a few seconds for it to connect with your device. Once that’s all done, you’re now fully connected to the Minx Air 200.
What really impresses is the sense of scale produced in the sound from this speaker system. The sound is big and expansive and it fills a fairly large room easily.
Regardless of source the sound is dynamic and open, even at high volume. There’s no excess brightness and even at the top end the sound quality is great.
The 200’s dedicated bass driver gives the sound a satisfyingly solid weight, making it more muscular and powerful. The bass control is located on the back of the unit.
You do need to be careful where you place the speaker though. Too close to the wall or in a corner then the sound can suffer.
This is a great speaker but compare it to something like the B&W A5 and it pales a little.
The Minx Air 200’s remote is a bit awkward to use. It’s small, with flat buttons that need to be pressed quite hard to work; there’s also a delay between button-press and action, especially when changing volume.
It’s a bit fiddly and annoying. It really is much easier to use your smartphone to control the 200 instead.
Minx Air App/Internet Radio
There’s a free Minx Air app that’s useful with the internet radio feature on the Minx Air 200. There are five buttons on the unit itself with preset stations, but you can select and programme up to 10 of your favourite stations using the app, which show up as little icons with station artwork.
When testing streaming was quick and uninterrupted.
The app also shows which source is currently playing, allows you to pause playback, change volume, and also change bass and equalizer settings.
The Minx Air 200 is very impressive. The sound is great and this and the dedicated bass driver gives it the edge over the Minx Air 100.
For the price it is very good value and the connectivity options really make it a compelling purchase.