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Blueroom Loudspeakers Minipod (Carnaby Blue) review:

Blueroom Loudspeakers Minipod (Carnaby Blue)

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The Good Futuristic design; small; accurate sound; flexible setup choices.

The Bad Limited bass output.

The Bottom Line If you want distinctive-looking speakers for a small to medium-sized room, the Minipod is an excellent choice.

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CNET Editors' Rating

7.0 Overall

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Looking like a prop out of Woody Allen's Sleeper, Blueroom's Minipod distinctive speakers are sure to grab attention, even when your stereo is off. A by-product of the engineering labs at B&W--a prominent British speaker manufacturer--these curvy units have quite a pedigree. The Minipods deliver the sort of stereo performance that we enjoy: detailed highs, realistic vocals, and good stereo imaging. Therefore, they're a nice fit for fashion-conscious shoppers who also want quality sound. Looking like a prop out of Woody Allen's Sleeper, Blueroom's Minipod distinctive speakers are sure to grab attention, even when your stereo is off. A by-product of the engineering labs at B&W--a prominent British speaker manufacturer--these curvy units have quite a pedigree. The Minipods deliver the sort of stereo performance that we enjoy: detailed highs, realistic vocals, and good stereo imaging. Therefore, they're a nice fit for fashion-conscious shoppers who also want quality sound.

Little, blue snowmen
On its Web site, Blueroom states that it's dedicated to a cyberorganic aesthetic, which goes a long way toward explaining the wild looks of the shiny, blue, plastic review units that we received. Blueroom offers these speakers in a whopping nine color options, including a translucent model. But the fancy, plastic cabinet isn't entirely for cosmetics; its rounded surfaces should help disperse any internal standing waves. And the rounded front is likewise intended to keep interference from the front baffle to a minimum.

Each Minipod includes a 1-inch, silk-dome tweeter and a 5-inch, Kevlar woofer. Since the woofer is very small, there's a port below it to better disperse low frequencies. However, there is no grille cover for the front of the speaker. Large, spring-loaded clips secure the speaker wires or plugs, and although we prefer traditional binding posts, the Blueroom's clips seem sturdy enough to do the job.

The Minipods offer you several mounting possibilities. Cleverly designed, aluminum tripod legs can be attached and allow you to adjust the tilt of the speakers a bit--perfect for shelf mounting. You can even plop the Minipods on speaker stands or remove the legs for storage on a shelf. Blueroom also offers brackets for wall mounting ($100 per pair) and a specialized $50 bag for taking the Minipods on the road.

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