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The Wright Audio Mini Speaker is designed specifically for the difficult acoustic and speaker placement problems inherent in kitchens and bathrooms. However, they excel in any circumstance requiring excellent voice intelligibility and clear sound for music.
It is ideal when there is no surface space for a speaker and in-wall mounting is not practical.
Conventional speakers placed on kitchen or bath countertops and shelves are susceptible to liquid damage, take up valuable counter space and sound poor with this placement. Conventional speakers also sound poor when mounted onto the wall and especially so near the ceiling.
The Mini Speaker is acoustically designed for mounting near the junction of the wall and the ceiling with its included ceiling / wall mount. The mount pivots and tilts the speaker in any direction. The wire can either disappear into the ceiling or be placed to the nearest corner of the room and down using Wiremold (or similar) adhesive cord channels for a clean look.
The single 2 1/4" driver with a coated aluminum alloy diaphragm acts as a point source. In a high-activity area, a listener can move at wide angles to the speaker and still experience a smooth, clear and consistent sound field, free of the 'combing' frequency effects of a 2-way system with a separate tweeter, a speaker which would necessarily be several times larger.
The speaker also has a frequency characteristic which provides clear voice intelligibility and musical clarity such as is found in the noisier environments of a kitchen or bath.
Mounting each speaker on opposite walls to create an involving 'surround-sound' effect is recommended if possible.
The Wright Audio Mini Speaker is the best solution for these problematic rooms.
Cabinet Size: Only 4 3/4" W x 3 3/4" H x 2 1/4" D
Available in Warm White (shown) and Black.
Includes the Pyle 'mini' amplifier measuring just 6 x 4 x 2 inches, best for use with these speakers.
Due to the nature of electronics from overseas, we test each new amplifier before shipping to ensure your satisfaction.
Price: Only $195 / Pair
including amplifier, ceiling-wall mount and hardware.
U.S. Shipping: $19
Please note there is a $15 restocking fee if returned.
Available only directly from Wright Audio.
The Mini and Jewel speaker projects began when I could not find a table radio suitable for a desk or a kitchen that I could listen to for more than 5 minutes.
The Sangean, Tivoli, “Wave”and similar radios all share the same fatal sonic characteristics: a grossly bloated mid-bass, almost no highs and a severe 'boxy' sound, all ruining voice intelligibility -- just awful. Also, many radio stations add voice frequency equalization or use the microphone's “proximity effect” to boost the lower midrange to make the voice sound 'bigger' which worsens the intelligibility problem.
Thus began more than a few months of prototyping when I quickly became aware that for the uses intended, at closer listening distances in stereo, the speaker must be made smaller. Doing so drives the natural internal box resonances higher to avoid the detrimental boxy effects as well as minimize the lower midrange frequency reinforcement occurring naturally from nearby surfaces such as a wall or table top.
Of course this solution greatly reduces the bass frequencies, but voices and most music is in the midrange, above 200 cycles, and the use of a quite small but efficient driver which can reach over 12K without requiring a separate tweeter means that a single driver can cover the entire range over 150 cycles, a clear advantage for sound quality within its range with benefits of reduced size and cost.
The result is a far more neutral and well-balanced sound without the bass underlining of voices. However, there is more than a suggestion of upper bass, so the speaker does not sound too thin at the recommended listening distances. It could be suggested that a separate (sub)woofer module be used for bass, but for the intended uses, in a kitchen or bathroom, use of one would probably be impractical and is simply outside of the range of the speakers' intended use.
The two models, Mini and The Jewel, have
similar sonic goals in different listening areas. The cabinets have been
changed for the appropriate areas and two slightly different, but
similarly sized drivers have been used.
This is the most appropriate amplifier to use with these speakers because of its tiny size, sufficient power, its analog power supply and audio circuit. It also has a rather sweet sound particularly in the highs.
I also do it to encourage the use of an amplifier without a bass control because I see the probability of these speakers connected to some over-powered receiver and the bass control cranked to achieve more bass. There is a likely chance that sooner or later someone, perhaps a child, will see “how loud” or “how much bass” the speakers can play and damage them. Although these speakers could not have been possible about six years ago due to technology limitations, the small but rugged drivers do have an excursion and thermal limit. Use of the Pyle amplifier makes an accident less likely to happen.
By the way, I do not recommend any of the small
'Class D' or tripath amplifiers for use in this circumstance if you are
considering listening to AM radio. They generate considerable
radio frequency 'hash' and make listening to the AM radio band
impossible because of severe static.
If AM/FM radio is your primary interest, there are many used AM/FM tuners for less than $50 or $100 available from sources like Ebay, Craigslist, or a second-hand store. New AM/FM tuners have become a somewhat rare component and their cost is probably not justified in these circumstances.
In keeping with the 'small' theme, Teac, Parasound and Radio Shack / Realistic made half-size tuners. The discontinued and now pricey, sought-after Sony XDR-F1HD is also very small. I've also been successful in connecting the very good Sony Walkman radio series directly to the Pyle amplifier input. If the AM band is important to you, the sound of the current model (SRF-M37) is not as good on the AM band as the earlier, discontinued SRF-M35, which has wide band AM for higher fidelity. In fact, the AM sound performance will exceed about 95% of any of the usual full-size AM/FM tuners.
The combination of the Wright Audio Mini or Jewel Speakers with the Pyle PCA-1 Amplifier and a separate, AM/FM tuner will way outperform both in specifications and sound, any of the radio types described above or a packaged compact system. ~ Stephen Fritz
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