Whatever Happened To?... Style Speaker Systems

Arron

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There used to be an annual award for style speakers and there are still plenty of them on the market. They're ideal for those of us with wives and/or small rooms. What happened to the reviews of them?

My house is tiny. It's a 300 year old cottage with low ceilings and fairly small rooms. There is no way I can have floor-standers let alone bring them in from the wall. Yet I have a very successful home cinema thanks to Mission M-Cubes (original not SE).

There probably isn't anything on the market that will significantly beat the M-Cubes but they've been out of production for more than a decade. So where are the reviews for someone else who wants something like them? Where are the reviews for speakers for people with small rooms? Where are the reviews for people who need speakers to be placed in corners?
 
There used to be an annual award for style speakers and there are still plenty of them on the market. They're ideal for those of us with wives and/or small rooms. What happened to the reviews of them?

My house is tiny. It's a 300 year old cottage with low ceilings and fairly small rooms. There is no way I can have floor-standers let alone bring them in from the wall. Yet I have a very successful home cinema thanks to Mission M-Cubes (original not SE).

There probably isn't anything on the market that will significantly beat the M-Cubes but they've been out of production for more than a decade. So where are the reviews for someone else who wants something like them? Where are the reviews for speakers for people with small rooms? Where are the reviews for people who need speakers to be placed in corners?
any review on its own is pretty pointless anyway as you're still going to have to find them to audition yourself, as @davidf says they have gone out of fashion for many
 
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Arron

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Not sure where you guys are looking but style speaker packages are still very much for sale and Kef is still making the T Series. Looking at Richer Sounds and Peter Tyson, the following are still in the game:
Monitor Audio MASS
Focal Sib Evo
Q Acoustics Q7000i
Cambridge Audio MINX
Gallo Acoustics Micro
Bowers & Wilkins MT-50
Focal Dome Flax
KEF T105, T205 and T305
Bowers & Wilkins MT-60D
Gallo Acoustics A'Diva SE
Monitor Audio Apex AV

That's a spread of prices from budget to serious. That's only two retailers so there are probably plenty of other style speaker packages around. All of these would be suitable for a small room. Some have reviews, some don't.

As for auditions, I'm not sure how much of a problem that would be. All of the demo rooms I've been in have been pretty small but none of them ever sound the same as having the speakers at home :\

(FWIW, my M-Cubes were a What Hi-Fi award winner back in the noughties at ~£1500 hence I doubt anything in the list above would be much of an improvement. This thought came about because a mate moved house.)
 

Arron

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I can personally vouch for the Cambridge audio minx system- superb, I’m surprised its not more popular
Which brings it back around to the reason for this thread. Where are the What Hi-Fi round-ups of style speakers? Why did the annual awards for style speakers stop?

I had a listen to the Mk1 Minx speakers and was impressed but thought, although they sounded bigger than their size, they still sounded like small speakers to me. But that could have been the rubbish setup Richer Sounds had. And there have been at least two major updates since then. Maybe that has changed. Yet there have been no Minx reviews/updates in What Hi-Fi for a decade. :\

It's a minor point but one of the reasons your Minx system sounds good is probably the lack of crossover.
 

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