With Tannoy’s HTS-101 and Jamo’s A 101 HCS 5 offering amazing sound quality at affordable prices, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to compact speaker systems. And Cambridge Audio’s Minx S315 isn’t about to make your decision any easier. Like its rivals, it’s a stylish 5.1-channel system that features a set of dinky, space-saving satellites that blend in discreetly with their surroundings – an increasingly important factor given that most people simply don’t have the space to house enormous floorstanders.
But according to Cambridge Audio this system is capable of delivering the same power and refinement you get from larger speakers. How? It’s the result of a two-year development programme by Cambridge Audio looking into ways of getting the optimum sound quality from small cabinets.
The S315 system comprises five identical Min 10 satellites and the X300 subwoofer. The cube-shaped satellites measure 78(w) x 78(h) x 85(d)mm, which is smaller than a can of Coke (see below). They’re possibly the cutest compact speakers we’ve clapped eyes on, and with their gleaming gloss black (or white) finish, curved edges and light grey trim they’re extremely stylish too. Add luxurious build quality into the equation and you’ve got yourself a real talking point for your living room.
The satellites feature removable grilles, allowing you to see the single driver lurking behind. On the back is a pair of silver binding posts, which can be pulled out completely to accommodate banana plugs. They also support wall, floor stand or table-top mounting, and there’s a basic wall bracket in the box, but for anything more elaborate you need to purchase optional accessories, which is a little cheeky given that the much cheaper Jamo A 101 HCS 5 throws in table stands as standard. The 600D table-top stand, 600P adjustable floorstand and 400M pivoting wall mount retail for £9.95 (each), £79.95 (pair) and £14.95 (pair) respectively.
The X300 subwoofer looks like a bigger version of the Min10, with its cube shape, shiny gloss-black finish and curved corners. At 311mm high it’s actually one of the world’s smallest subs, and should therefore pose absolutely no problem when finding a space for it in your living room – although Jamo’s wall-mountable sub is logistically easier to place. All in all this is a great-looking and well-made system that easily justifies its asking price.