World's tiniest speaker

For some people when it comes to speakers, the smaller the better. If that describes you, check out the $10 Super Mini Cube.

The Super Mini Cube, for those who think small! Brent Butterworth

I know, I know, you don't have room for a decent set of speakers.

I've tried to tell you guys that when it comes to speakers, size still matters. Bigger speakers have tremendous size and performance advantages over pipsqueak models.

But since my pal Brent Butterworth wrote up the new Super Mini Cube speaker for the Sound & Vision Web site I figured something was up. The Super Mini Cube is supertiny; it's less than an inch cube, with a 0.75-inch driver, and better yet, it's powered by a built-in lithium battery. There's also a cable with a 3.5mm connector, so the Super Mini Cube can plug into your iPod or MP3 player. Battery charging is as simple as plugging in the USB cable. A little carry strap completes the package. Neat!

OK, the Super Mini Cube isn't perfect; first of all, you only get one for your $10, so forget about stereo. Funny, Brent didn't rave about sound quality, and I can't imagine it's up to any sort of audiophile standards.

The Super Mini Cube probably sounds a lot worse than anything I've blogged about or reviewed. So please don't e-mail me and ask what I think of it, or how it compares with your 1975 Bose 901 speakers. OK, that might be a too-close-to-call match with the Super Mini Cube.

Brent dubbed the Super Mini Cube the "World's Cheapest, Tiniest Audio System," and that's good enough for me.

About the author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.

 

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