XMI, the maker of the diminutive X-Mini Capsule speaker line, has announced several product updates for the X-Mini. Read on for details.
XMI, the maker of the diminutive X-Mini Capsule speaker line, has announced several product updates for the X-Mini. They have announced a move from aluminum to ceramic materials for the tweeters as well as improved battery life, an improved cabling solution and a weight in the base of the speaker to prevent them from jumping around your table like the prior model did. Here is the 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 – 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.
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.
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!
The UNO will retail for US$39.99 and the MAX will retail for US$59.99.
Check out these product pictures:
I saw these speakers in action (the older model) in January and was struck by the sound coming from these small speakers. These are very portable and sound reasonably good for the price!