I’ve reviewed a lot of speakers in my time as a blogger and I’ve previously reviewed two Cambridge Audio speakers, the Minx Air 100 and the Minx GO Bluetooth speakers which were both really good speakers. Today, I’m going to bring you an in-depth look at Cambridge Audio’s high-end speaker, the Minx 200.

When a Bluetooth or AirPlay speaker crosses the $500 mark, you expect to be more than impressed. It has to look good, sound good, but it also has deliver just a little something extra to give a reason to be spending so much of your hard earned money on a Bluetooth speaker.

The Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200, which costs up to $600, is an undeniably nice speaker, but it doesn’t quite feel worthy of the asking price when it comes to the overall sound quality. For starters, it is a beautifully designed speaker, with a clean look that blends into most decor without drawing attention to itself. The Minx Air 200 also has a particularly good set of features, including both built-in Bluetooth and AirPlay, plus the option to tune into Internet radio presets with just a press of a button located on the top of the speaker itself. Let’s also not forget to mention that it has a remote control, so you control the Minx 200 from the comfort of your computer chair, the couch in the living room or wherever else you might have the speaker setup.

Cambridge Audio Minx 200 Speaker Image 3

The Specs And Features

  • Apple AirPlay technology
  • Bluetooth technology(aptX, AAC and SBC compatible)
  • Internet radio
  • Aux input(RCA and 3.5mm)
  • Digital Signal Processing(DSP)
  • High quality class D amplifier
  • Remote control
  • Adjustable bass control
  • USB charging port
  • Available in gloss black and gloss white finishes
  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Stream music from your Apple, Android or Bluetooth devices
  • Listen to your favorite Internet radio stations
  • Incredible, room-filling sound
  • Sleek design built to last

First Impressions

My first impression when I pulled the Cambridge Audio Minx 200 out of the box was that it looked as expensive as I know it’s priced. Pulling the sleek, all-black device from its box, I discovered smooth lines of hard plastic, lacquered in a thick coat of black gloss. On the front side was a superb quality metal speaker screen that matched the rest of the product. The back was just as glossy black as the rest of the device with a few openings for various inputs such as the USB port, 3.5mm audio jack and other necessary stuff.

While this is a portable Bluetooth speaker, the weight of the Minx 200 isn’t something you want to carry around for long. It’s heavy to say the least, and it all comes from the exceptional build that Cambridge Audio puts into all of their speakers, or at least the ones I’ve personally had the experience to use.

Product Design

I’ve seen a lot of Bluetooth speakers in my years of writing online and I have to admit, Cambridge Audio makes some of the best quality looking products that I’ve come across. So it’s not surprising that I have the same thoughts after using the Cambridge Audio Minx 200 for several weeks

When a Bluetooth or AirPlay speaker crosses the $500 mark, you expect to be more than impressed. 

To turn the device on, you simply press and hold the power button for a couple of seconds and the Minx 200 will power up in no time. Then to pair the device, you will need to double-tap the power button to put it into Bluetooth pairing mode. However, this wasn’t necessary for me since I turned the Minx 200 on and it instantly paired with my Nexus 7(2012) as I had Bluetooth enabled on my tablet, as I normally do most of the time. A very quick and seamless process that just couldn’t get any easier.

The top has two sets of soft rubber buttons that give you a satisfying click when you press them. The buttons on the right are used to control volume, pairing, and Play/Pause, while the numbered buttons on the left give you one-touch access to your favorite Internet radio stations that you can preset and store. Standalone Internet radio capability is a particularly nice plus over other AirPlay and Bluetooth radios, since it allows you to quickly get some music playing, without having to grab a smartphone or tablet. This is a feature that I found myself using most of the time since I listen to iHeartRadio almost non-stop.

AirPlay Setup Can Be Quite Difficult

AirPlay speakers all face a similar issue; they need to get on your Wi-Fi network, but they lack a screen and keyboard for entering a password. The Minx 200’s workaround is a little more difficult than most, requiring you to connect a laptop, smartphone, or tablet to a temporary network created by the Minx, then set your browser to 192.168.1.1 to select your home Wi-Fi network and enter your password. It’s simple enough for those who’ve tweaked network settings before, but a guided setup through the Minx’s app would have been a lot better.

I’m not a Windows users, so I did this via Fedora Linux, and while it was relatively simple, it certainly could have been a better experience all around. Let’s face it, syncing your Minx 200 via a Bluetooth connection is so much quicker and easier all around and definitely the way you should think about using it if you purchase one.

Sound Quality And Performance

With a $600 price tag, you’d expect the Minx 200 to hang with some of the better known speaker manufacturers out there. And while it does a pretty decent job, to me personally, it’s just not worth $600 in the sound quality area. I’d say it’s more around the $400 mark, and that’s still pretty good.

I’m one who listens to a bit of everything, from alternative, country, 80’s hair bands and 80’s pop, even to a bit of old school rap every now and then. What I noticed is that the Minx 200 fairs well on alternative and the 80’s pop and hair bands stuff. It does so with the volume nearly maxed out. Pretty standard for most speakers, though some struggle with these types of music, though those are usually your lower end speakers.

Where the Minx 200 struggled was on country and old school rap. You know, the stuff that’s got a bit of bass to it(yes, country has a bit of bass for those that don’t listen to it). With the volume turned most of the way up when listening to these genres, the Minx 200 distorts a bit. Kind of surprising from a speaker that costs $600 and really surprising from something that Cambridge Audio makes, as their stuff is usually very solid in all aspects.

Cambridge Audio Minx 200 Speaker Image 2

Where the Minx 200 struggled was on country and old school rap. You know, the stuff that’s got a bit of bass to it(yes, country has a bit of bass for those that don’t listen to it). With the volume turned most of the way up when listening to these genres, the Minx 200 distorts a bit. Kind of surprising from a speaker that costs $600 and really surprising from something that Cambridge Audio makes, as their stuff is usually very solid in all aspects.

Let’s face it, syncing your Minx 200 via a Bluetooth connection is so much quicker and easier all around and definitely the way you should think about using it if you purchase one. 

If the Minx 200 is something you’re using in the living room or even in your bedroom and not having an all out jam session with the volume cranked, then you’ll certainly be ok with the sound quality. I didn’t keep it turned up for long periods of time, as I only did it to test the quality of the speakers just to see how it handles in extreme situations. Trust me, as loud as the Minx 200 gets, you won’t have it on full blast for very long either, at least not while inside the house.

Final Thoughts

At $600 the Minx 200 is something you should seriously think about before you just jump out there and make that purchase. It’s decent, in fact, it’s actually darn good, but $600 is a bit on the high side of the price scale in my opinion. Even shopping around, you can find it priced at around $500, which certainly makes it a bit easier to make that decision if I had to. Ultimately, I’d spend about $425 – $450 for the quality and the sound that the Cambridge Audio Minx 200 gives out.

Not saying it’s cheap by no means, just with all the competition out there, it’s hard to sell a portable Bluetooth speaker these days for $500 – $600 and do it on a regular basis. Or at least in my eyes that’s certainly the case. Regardless, I’ve had an absolute blast using the Minx 200 for the several weeks that I’ve had it and I will admit that I’ll be a little disappointed to see it go back.

Website: Cambridge Audio Products
Product: Cambridge Audio Minx 200(Black)
Product: Cambridge Audio Minx 200(White)

About the author

Cliff Wade

Founder and Chief Editor of TechDissected. I'm an avid Linux user, that's addicted to music, electronics, the internet, computers, Android, iOS and everything tech related! Rocking a Google Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS Max and several other devices that go beep. Lover of #Cheeseburgers #Android #Penguins #Tech and the #HoustonTexans. Gadgets and Gizmos are my specialty. Customer Suppport Specialist and Social Media Manager for TeslaCoilSW, the makers of Nova Launcher, Nova Launcher Prime and TeslaUnread. If you have any questions just ask as I'm always happy to help.