Singapore-based XMI is harking back to its roots with the hamburger-style speaker that started it all--the X-mini. The capsule speaker with its signature accordion middle, which nabbed the company a red dot design award, has gotten a cap. We think it's a nifty upgrade since this not only protects the exposed driver from unintentional hits, but appears to help direct the sound. Also, thanks to a customized driver, the X-mini 1.1 in a recent demo at our Labs projected notably fuller-bodied and much richer sonics than the original.
What we also like is that XMI has brought over the best of its X-mini II over to the X-mini 1.1. Which means users get a built-in 3.5mm audio cable that tucks away into the base, and can now through the buddy-jack daisy-chain endless X-minis together for more volume. There's also a two-step volume switch dial for greater control.
The improved X-mini gets priced at $19, the same as the original, which is being phased out. The refreshed version, which appeared briefly at the Comex fair in Singapore last week, will ship in matte black and red when it hits retail shelves in a week.