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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:55 am 
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vin-ta-ge wrote:
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for $40 per pair? nothing out there
the magic is in the tweeter radio shack put into the minimus 7 and minimus 77

add the crossover upgrade (DIY or sold on ebay) and there is nothing to touch these two models in the pricerange.
all the other suggestions will provide info on speakers somewhat more expensive with similar performance in the mid to upper range frequencies.
limitation of the minimus 7 and 77...... cannot provide the bass extension due to their smaller cabinet size and woofer size


This upgrade ?
http://cgi.cafr.ebay.ca/Minimus-7-upgra ... 2eafd7a4c8

Do you think that is worth the asking price + shipping ?



YES, i have opened and upgraded over a dozen of the Minimus 7 and a couple of Minimus 77. Original Minimus 7 has only a capacitor for the tweeter. Almost all of the ones i opened had no other component inside and the foam used is very light. The crossover kit from ebay is a complete crossover for both tweeter and capacitor. The crossover is around 2500hz if i remember correctly.... i have to check again as i have one set left lying around somewhere. It keeps the woofer from going loose past 2500hz and wont intrude on the tweeter great sound from 2500hz on. The sweet sound is really from the great tweeter they used, you dont want the woofer to intrude into its frequencies.

-- 14 Sep 2010 14:03 --

save on shipping, buy two sets of the crossover. you will end up using both.

i have bought about four times from the ebay guy. add the capacitors, inductors and the other components the crossover includes and the price the seller charges is actually pretty good. bought four times because i always find a pair to buy after i sell mine and miss the sound for my office or bedroom. just sold my 7W modified and picked up another pair so might use my last spare crossover for this one too.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:17 am 
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Sure, the Visonik David is about the same size, maybe a tiny tad bigger. More expensive, said to sound better. I don't have Minimuses, do have Davids. Very good sound.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:35 pm 
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Zilch designed a Minimus 7 upgrade. It's tested and shows a flat response. I would have tried it but I had done the Keylites mod previously which improved the sound but it still has too much prominence in the lower highs for my liking.

Here's the URL for the Zilch mod:

http://audiokarma.net/forums/showthread ... 2&t=199790


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I have had a pair of 7s since about 1980. Absolutely indestructible. I have painted them twice, used as mains with and without a sub. They are currently wall mounted as my rear surrounds. Fairly power hungry for a small speaker because they are a sealed design. If I could go back in time, i'd buy three more pairs. Certainly worth the sixty bucks or so I paid.


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As you can see there are a number of options... I would also add the NHT Model Zeros and Super Zeros. Both are small and are good for the price...although there appears to be "vintage creep" happening with the prices of NHT speakers. The earliest NHT products are over 20 years old... there are problems one needs to be aware of.


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Easy: LS3/5A. Way better, even as clones.


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Erik wrote:
Easy: LS3/5A. Way better, even as clones.


Na, they are bigger and gazillion time more expensive !!!!!!!!
Nice try Erik :wink:


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No much bigger, but yes, way more expensive -- but way better.

I had no problem running those with anything. The minimus-7's, I do have a problem running those with expensive gear....


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Erik, asking too much of anything gets the same results.

These are 50 buck toss aways that ya shop yard sales for, then move the crossover.

Think small.

Smaller.

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All true.

Koss also made a mini-monitor, $100 brand new. Now discontinued. I may still have a pair lying around...

These are koss too, but different. Check out the seller!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290476250530


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I have the Mirage AVS-200 speakers, which were highly reviewed at the time.


+ 1

I picked up a set on flea bay for $25.00. They sound great for there size.

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The ADS are better and the Monitor Audio's are as well. For that matter, a pair of B&W DM12's or Celestion UL6 (if you can find them-good luck) or Rogers LS3 5A's which are not much bigger, blow the Minimus away, in my opinion. A pair of Energy Take 5 II's sound better to me as well.


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Finally picked up a pair of 7s here in Surrey. Love their footprint...but heck are they heavy. You are getting some serious drivers in these babies. Just giving them a good listen....very nice. Have them hooked up to a T-amp and there seems to be lots of juice to crank them.
Of note....good for Jazz. Lots of mid-range sweetness....

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vin-ta-ge wrote:
Comparitively, size for size or smaller is there anything better than the RS Minimus-7 ?


Szabo 424c

Made in Canada , do everything the LS3/5a do and usually sell for around 150 a pair used , sold in oak or black finish, the oak was real and looks very nice

Ported design, heavy for it's size needs a good speaker stand


Makes any minimouse 7 upgraded or not sound broken


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Paradign Cinema 70's.

Set my G/F with a pair of these and match them to an Energy 8" power sub. Driven by a Sony micro unit, I am surprise how well the system sounds.

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