Yamaha has confirmed an October street date for its ingenious mini cube active speaker system, the NX-A01 (pictured above). Although designed to partner portable music players, it’s just as likely to find an audience as a PC system speaker.
Measuring less than 9cm each side, the box still manages a full-bodied sound thanks to the adoption of SR-bass (Swing radiator bass) technology. A hinged diaphragm is built into the body of the speaker unit itself, thereby reducing bulk. Finished in iPod-friendly white, it will sell for 99 quid.
The NX-A01 is likely to be the forerunner of an entire range of products utilising the SR-bass principle. The company is working on a range of super-slim speakers designed to partner flatscreen TVs, using the same technology, while a battery-powered fully portable version might also be possible. Terry Murphy, Yamaha’s technical product manager, said, “personally I want to release a pink special edition. I think it would find a huge audience.”
In Japan, the model comes equipped with Bluetooth, allowing owners of a particular brand of mobile phone to stream MP3s to the cube wirelessly. When it launches in the UK, this function will not be available. “That’s because there is no Bluetooth protocol for stereo audio in the UK,” says Murphy.