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Portable high-fidelity Bluetooth speaker with built-in battery.
Back in July I reviewed the Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 wireless speaker system. I walked away with mixed emotions. While it delivered solid sound performance, I was expecting more from a $600 speaker. Furthermore, the confusing setup and buggy Bluetooth connectivity had me suggesting to readers they look elsewhere for a high-end wireless speaker. This time around, Cambridge is back with a portable version of the Minx: the Minx Go. Over the last several months I have reviewed a number of Bluetooth speakers, and I was curious how Cambridge fit into the crowded mix.
The Minx Go is merely a shrunk-down version of the Minx Air line. This means that its design is a bit uninspiring compared to some of the interesting designs I’ve come across. However, I came to appreciate this as I settled on using the speaker in my condo’s living room. At 9.3 inches by 4.8 inches by 2.4 inches, the Minx Go is definitely larger than most of the Bluetooth speakers I’ve reviewed here, including one of the more recognizable entrants in the category, the Jawbone Jambox. At 2.4 pounds it weighs more than three times that of the Jambox, but the Minx Go is still portable enough to move it around the house or use it on the deck or patio.
The Go comes in glossy white or black, though its plastic shell is a bit of a fingerprint magnet. If you are going to be using it as a portable speaker, keep a cloth handy to wipe it down every once in a while. Even though the Minx Go is made of plastic, is still has a sturdy feel to it. There is a solid mesh on the front of the speaker to protect the twin two-inch woofers and titanium dome tweeters.
Unlike the Minx Air 200 and its collection of myriad buttons on the top, the Go has a more straightforward design, making the overall user experience much more enjoyable. On the top of the Go are only three buttons—the power/pairing button and volume up and down buttons. To pair the speaker with your Bluetooth device, make sure your mobile device’s Bluetooth radio is activated and then double-press the Go’s power button to put it in pairing mode. Once your mobile device recognizes the Minx Go from the list of available Bluetooth devices, select it to finish the pairing process. The Minx Go will remember the last eight devices it has paired with so you won’t have to repeat the pairing process again.