The Vimberg Mino Loudspeaker

The first thing to say about the Mino is that it’s a bigger speaker than you expect. The sloping, facetted cabinet and narrow frontal profile do a great job of adding elegance and minimising what might be an otherwise imposing visual presence, but the speaker still stands almost 130cm (or a full four feet) tall and each one weighs 72kg. It is also built in the same factory as the Tidal speakers, with a heavily braced and segmented cabinet constructed in the same environmentally inert fibre-laminate material. Savings come in the shape of off-the-shelf drivers and components, a lacquer finish that’s sprayed rather than hand applied and deep enough to absorb the radius on the edges of the cabinets (as is the case with the Tidal speakers) and milled from solid hardware and footers in aluminium rather than stainless steel. The crossover is built with Dueland and Mundorf components and the binding posts come from Argento. Each speaker sports a 30mm ceramic tweeter, 90mm ceramic midrange (mounted on a precision machined aluminium sub-baffle) and three 168mm ceramic bass units. You can also order the Mino D, with Accuton’s diamond tweeter (at extra cost), an option that’s also available as a later upgrade on the all-ceramic version. The sophisticated dual reflex loading delivers a genuine 89dB efficiency and an F3 figure of around 36Hz, meaning that in-room response should/could stretch down into the mid to high twenties, depending on the room itself. There’s even a properly engineered port plug, should that prove necessary/desirable in your room. Impedance is a relatively benign 4 Ohms (with a 3.8 Ohm minimum at 100 Hz) and the frequency response above 50Hz is almost ruler flat. Like I said, it’s an AWFUL lot of speaker for the money – materially and technically – and suddenly it’s the competition that starts to look seriously over-priced (and under-engineered). It’s an impression that’s only reinforced once you actually start listening to the Mino.