The Minx Air has a big price tag, but does it have the sound quality to match?
The Minx Air 100 is a big unit, but one that screams style and sophistication as soon as you take it out of the box. Along the front of the Minx is a mesh grille and every bit of it is used to create a fantastic sound experience from the two 4″ drivers that are enclosed there. Along the top are your basic playback and Bluetooth controls and around the back are all the standard ports you’d expect. There’s also a handle to help you life the unit, but you won’t want to move it around too much as it’s surprisingly heavy and the handle doesn’t have any grip on it.
Controlling the Minx can be done in a variety of ways. For one you can connect to the unit through Bluetooth and stream your music wirelessly with little to no interference, you can use the 3.5mm audio jack to connect your Android phone or tablet to the unit, or use one of the dedicated Minx apps. By venturing on to the Play store you can download a few Minx apps to help wirelessly control the unit and also link it with many internet radio sites. The apps are pretty good to use, but we recommend sticking with the likes of Spotify and TuneIn Radio for streaming.
Sound quality is beyond what we expected from this piece of kit and it’s really hard to find any real fault with it. It can be customised to your exact preferences and musical tastes and the range of presets at your disposal is also impressive. The two drivers enclosed in the front mesh may not be the biggest you’ll ever see, but they provide enough power to keep even the most die-hard music fan happy. If you’re on the lookout for a new speaker that gives you plenty of bang for your buck, then look no further than the Minx Air 100.
Roku LT is a streaming device offering a wide range of content. But is it worth the price?
The Roku LT is a small media-streaming box that supports a whole range of channels and services. Around the back of the small box are two outlets for a HDMI cable, as well as a A\V out port. Alongside this you’ll also find a DC port. There’s little else to note about the design of the Roku LT, but its small size means you’ll have no trouble in placing it alongside the rest of your home cinema system.
The app to control the Roku LT is a free download from the Play Store. It works jointly as a remote to control the Roku interface that appears on your TV, but also as a way of controlling the content that’s streamed across to it.
Setting up is a definite mixed bag, but we were happy to find out that you don’t need a PC to control the LT, and instead it connects directly to you WiFi network. With the lack of a Ethernet port at the back of the LT, you’ll require a speedy WiFi network to get the best quality stream possible, else buffering becomes a serious issue.
Gesture-controlled headphones where sound quality is key
As well as expert noise-cancelling technology, the Parrot Zik headphones also include Bluetooth connectivity and some unique touch operation controls. All the touch controls are placed in the right cup and users can swipe in a variety of ways to pause, play and generally control the music they’re listening to. For the most part this feature works brilliantly.
Sound quality is fantastic and the range of preset EQ modes is also impressive. The only downside is the large frame of the Parrot Ziks. Although the metallic feel of them emits a premium finish, the cups are heavy, which means they can feel a little loose at times. Despite this, the Parrot Ziks are one of the most intuitive and unique pair of headphones on the market.
The Sonos PLAY:5 is the bigger version of the Sonos PLAY: 3. But is it worth the increased price? Read on for our full Sonos PLAY:5 review.
The PLAY:5 speaker is one of the largest speakers we’ve ever had the chance to get our hands on in Android HQ, and its size means it’s also one of the heaviest speakers we’ve ever reviewed.
The front of the speaker is encompassed by a metallic grille, while the rest of the speaker is coated in a thick plastic.
We were a little disappointed with the plasticky feel of the PLAY:3 system, but the same cannot be said about its bigger brother which pulls off the plastic design well.
The MU is a folding plug bursting with simplicity. But should you get one? Read on for our full review.
The MU is a very simply idea done well. It’s simply a folding plug after all. Unboxing The MU revels a small square block that you can then open up to use as a plug in any standard electrical socket. The unit feels solid, and is safe enough to use.
At the back of the kit is a USB port from which you can connect your Android phone, or any other device. Once you’re done, you can then twist the plug prongs around and fold it back up again. Its small size means it can easily be stored away, and its weight means you’ll be able to pack it when travelling. The clever design of The MU should also be noted. As the prongs are hidden when folded, there’s no chance of them scratching any of your devices when stored away.
Charging devices are very common, but the MU offers a simplistic approach to giving your phone that extra bit of battery when you need it.
A subwoofer at the pinnacle of sound quality. Read on for our full review.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Sonos SUB is the sheer size of it, and that size means it has plenty of weight to it. The large black sub is a distinctly different design to may other products in the Sonos range, and it definitely benefits from this. Straying away from the rectangular design of the Sonos Play systems, the SUB is a more square design with the a hole through the centre of it. Not only is the hole a nice aesthetic touch, it also helps balance the acoustics of the subwoofer, and stops any vibrations from happening that affect many similar subwoofers.
Along the back of the subwoofer are plastic grips allowing you lie the sub down, as well as a USB and AC power port. The rest of the SUB is encased in a black gloss finish, that once again looks great, but is prone to those dastardly foes; fingerprints.
For the subwoofer to work, you’ll first need to own either the Play: 3 or Play: 5 speakers, both of which we’ve tested before and are definitely worth the price. The SUB connects wirelessly to the Play:3 or Play: 5, or through the USB port on the back of it. Connecting wirelessly is easy through the Sonos Controller app that can be downloaded from the Play Store. The Sonos system is best when it’s distributed around your house, to really maximise sound, so connecting through USB is a bit of a problem in that department.