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X-Mini UNO and MAX – New “Sound Beyond Size”

on November 1, 2012 9:30 am

I love my X-Mini II Capsule and Max II Capsule speakers and X-Mini has just released upgrades to both these lines.  Both the new mono UNO and the stereo MAX now come with ceramic tweeters which produce a wider frequency range covering higher and lower sounds and battery life has been increased up to 18 hours on the MAX and 20 hours on the UNO. The UNO now has a weighted base to stop it bouncing around (something that many people actually found amusing and an “advantage” with the old line :) ) and charging is now via micro-USB to make it more compatible with current chargers (can I claim this one as it’s something I mentioned in my reviews :) )

Both new lines are available in 6 colours: gunmetal, blue, green, orange, purple and red. The UNO will retail for $39.90 and the MAX for $59.90 and they’ll be available on shelves or from X-Mini’s online store in December.

Check after the break to see the full press release.

XMI PTE LTD INTRODUCES A NEW GENERATION OF X-MINI™ CAPSULE SPEAKERS™

The latest offerings come with a new and improved driver

Singapore, November 2012 – Following the successful launch of the X-mini™ KAI Capsule Speaker™ which picked up both the red dot design and iF design awards, Xmi Pte Ltd headed back to the basics to improve on its basic Capsule Speaker™ models. The latest products from Xmi Pte Ltd, the new mono speaker UNO and stereo speakers MAX represent the upgraded standard of portable sound. Featuring an important change that significantly improves sound quality, there have also been improvements made in several of the other outstanding features of the X-mini™ Capsule Speaker™ series.

SOUND QUALITY

The UNO and MAX offer a new standard in portable speakers with the introduction of the ceramic tweeter. The quality of sound produced from any speaker depends largely on the tweeter material and after months of research, trials and prototype development, the engineering team at Xmi Pte Ltd found that ceramic was the most suitable material to bring the X-mini™ sound to the next level.

The ceramic tweeter brings about several advantages. As compared to aluminum tweeters, the ceramic ones can produce a wider frequency range covering higher and lower sounds. As a result of that, the distortion of sound is also much reduced because the ceramic tweeter is able to withstand high and low frequencies without producing any cracks in the sound.

When a speaker plays low frequency sound, it is difficult to maintain the depth and intensity of the bass produced. A tweeter that does not have a high enough efficiency will not be able to support a strong bass, resulting in soft and clouded music that lacks intensity. The ceramic tweeter is able to is able to produce clear and bright sounds precisely because it is capable of a highly efficient output even at low frequencies.

At each frequency point, the ceramic tweeter is able to perform better hence producing great clarity in sound even when various frequencies are mixed together in one song. With the ceramic tweeter in the UNO and MAX, details in music such as the voice of a singer and the sound of each instrument will be cleaner and clearer.

BATTERY LIFE

The X-mini™ Capsule Speakers™ are known to be able to last for hours and this will be no exception with the new UNO and MAX. In fact, the battery life of the UNO has been improved to last up to 20 hours with each charge while the MAX offers a playback time of up to 18 hours. The built-in Lithium-ion batteries are charged via USB for about two to three hours. With the micro USB ports being more popular now, the charging ports of the UNO and MAX have also been updated which means that users will be able to recharge their product with the same cables they charge many of their devices with.

WEIGHTED BASE FOR THE UNO

The X-mini™ Capsule Speakers™ are known to produce a bass performance beyond what is expected of its size! With the strong bass production from the X-mini™ Capsule Speakers™, it is a common sight to see them bouncing around when playing bass-heavy tunes. Even though many people have been amused at the sight of the X-mini™ Capsule Speaker™ bouncing around, a new feature on the UNO is that a weight has been added to the base so that it will stay in place while you enjoy the bass lines of your favourite tunes.

INDIVIDUAL STOWAWAY CABLES FOR THE MAX

The new stereo MAX speakers that come in a pair now offer an additional option of using each module on its own. Each side of the stereo speakers has its own stowaway cable built into its base, which means that you can just plug it into your media player and use it as a mono speaker. If not, just use the stereo cable that comes with the product, plug both speakers in and connect to your media player to enjoy a true stereo experience. Whichever way you choose to use it, mono or stereo, you will be able to get up to 18 hours of amazing sound!

SIX AVAILABLE COLOURS

The UNO and MAX come in a sleek gunmetal colour which is brand new to the X-mini™ Capsule Speaker™ range. With a snazzy selection of six colours which include the gunmetal and also favourites like blue, green, orange, purple and red, you can spice up your sound according to your favourite colour!

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

UNO

Dimensions                             : 60.0mm x 47.5mm (closed resonator)

Net Weight                               : 112g

Speaker                                    : Magnetically Shielded 40mm (3.6Ω)

Loudspeaker Output              : 2.5W

Frequency Response            : 150 Hz – 20 kHz

Signal-to-Noise                       : ≥82dB

Distortion                  : ≤1.0%

Playback Time                        : From 8 to 20 hours

Battery Capacity                     : 500mAh

Battery Charging Voltage     : 5V

Battery Charge Time             : Minimum of 2.5 hours

MAX

Dimension                               : 54mm x 82mm (closed resonator)

Net Weight                               : 160g

Speaker                                    : Magnetically Shielded 36mm (3.3Ω)

Loudspeaker Output              : 2W X 2

Frequency Response            : 60 Hz – 20 kHz

Signal-to-Noise                       : ≥91dB

Distortion                  : ≤1.0%

Playback Time                        : From 8 to 18 hours

Battery Capacity                     : 400mAh

Battery Charging Voltage     : 5V

Battery Charge Time             : Minimum of 2.5 hours

 About the Award Winning X-mini™ Capsule Speaker™

Winner of the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards (Germany) and the Infocomm Singapore Awards, which is the top innovation award in Singapore. The X-mini™ Capsule Speaker™ is revolutionary in the world of portable audio technology, striking the perfect balance of pocketsize portability and uncompromising sound quality. The X-mini™ Capsule Speaker™ has a patented extendable vacuum that mimics the resonance of a sub-woofer (Bass Xpansion System™ or BXS™) capable of producing explosive volume and bass over ten times its physical size.

 About Xmi Pte Ltd

Founded in Singapore, Xmi Pte Ltd is a technology-driven company focused on bringing the very latest wave of multimedia products to the global market. As we enter a fast-paced digital age, the ability to foresee market trends and react dynamically to market changes becomes quintessential to the success of any technology business.

Xmi Pte Ltd’s main objective is in creating multimedia devices that will precede major trends   in   Digital    Lifestyle    Technology. With unique products of superior functionality, mass-market appeal and uncompromising quality, Xmi Pte Ltd is set to push the boundaries of technology with new exciting products and build a global brand synonymous with innovation.

 Xmi Pte Ltd currently has distribution networks in 80 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia.

 

Comments

  1. 1
    Abhishek Ghoshal says:

    The Max seems to have undergone the bigger design overhaul…they look like a couple of UNO paired together.

  2. 2
    Ian Lim says:

    Abhishek – yes, they now use 36mm ceramic drivers compared with the 40mm in the Max IIs and each individual speaker now has it’s own inbuilt 3.5mm audio cable so they can be used individually. Not sure if each speaker has a volume dial though. They don’t have that distinctive Max II shape with the tilted driver either and I think they might be smaller too so would be easier to carry around :)

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