Many home cinema speakers are designed to slip into your living room unnoticed but not Scandyna’s Micropod SE. This is a system that wears its designer heart on its sleeve, demanding your attention the moment you walk into the room. The system on test here is the 5.1 cinema pack, which comprises five stunning Micropod speakers and The Ball subwoofer. The satellites and sub are designed to complement each other aesthetically and sonically, boasting some of the sexiest curves since Marilyn Monroe.
The design of the satellites is exquisite. It’s their rounded, pod-like shape that makes them so distinctive, giving them a devilishly funky feel. They are two-way speakers with a separate midrange driver and tweeter, but the latter is free-mounted in a separate housing on top, which gives it an alluring dual-circle shape. Words don’t really do it justice, you have to see and handle one up close to appreciate the genius of its design.
Each one stands 160mm high, but if you attach the supplied aluminium ‘sputnik’ spikes it increases to 195mm. The spikes act like a little tripod when attached, providing stable support and enhancing the overall look of each speaker, although it’s a little awkward shoving them into the holes on the bottom.
Build quality is exceptionally good too, feeling hefty in the hand and coated in a luxurious gloss-black finish. If you’re really daring you could check out the alternative white, red, yellow, blue or silver finishes. The binding posts on the back are sturdy and easy to access too.
The eye candy continues with The Ball subwoofer, which shares the high-quality glossy finish (with the same choice of colours), robust build quality and compact design. As the name suggests, it’s (almost) spherical in shape and like the sats, it is perched on three silver spikes, standing 220mm tall when attached. A mesh on top reveals the woofer within, while a blue light on the front indicates when it’s switched on. The controls and inputs are located underneath, which makes them a tad tricky to access but has that covered with the supplied remote.