Epoz AktiMate Mini review: Epoz AktiMate Mini

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Typical Price: $650.00

Epoz AktiMate Mini

(Part #: CNETEpoz AktiMate Mini)
4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Best stereo image in its class. Detailed sound. CD input and 3.5mm jack. Excellent build quality.

The Bad Fussy about positioning. Remote control is basic and unreliable.

The Bottom Line The AktiMate Mini is an Australian-designed iPod dock that offers the best stereo sound we've heard in one of these systems.

8.6 Overall
CNET Editors' Choice Jan '11

If there's one thing Australia seems to do well it's speakers. From Whatmough to Richter and Krix our speakers are attracting the attention of the world. While stand-alone speakers are well catered for there's still some wiggle room in the premium iPod dock market, and this is where local company Epoz has done especially well.

Design and features

The AktiMate Mini and Maxi offer true stereo hi-fi from your iPod or iPhone and feature attractive designs as well. The Mini is a 2.0-channel system that comes with an iPod dock on top of one of the speakers, which also happens to house the amplification and other inputs. The amplifier is supplied by well-known hi-fi maker Creek and can pump out 40 Watts per channel.

The two speakers come in a choice of three colours — gloss white, red or black — and also includes rubber feet to stop them from shifting across your desk.

Inputs include a 3.5mm jack, a stereo input and an AV output, which will display videos on your iPod to a connected television. Epoz suggests you can also use the stereo output to connect a subwoofer. Strangely, the speaker comes with a USB port, but it can only be used as a charger for your mobile device and won't pass audio.

The device can be controlled by a push-button volume/selector switch on the front of the left-hand speaker or by the remote control. The remote is quite bare-bones and it's not possible to change the input with it — plus the unit doesn't always register clicks.

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