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Big system wallop in a petite package

In days gone by exceptional audio systems required sweeping territorial concessions — great-sounding gear simply took up lots of space. Arcam makes the need for gargantuan components a thing of the past with this compact (yet killer-sounding) stereo package. Now you can have world-class sound and plenty of room to enjoy it.

You get:

First you take your Solo...

The Solo Mini's carefully designed aluminum chassis includes handy top-mounted controls.

Arcam's Solo Mini receiver is precisely what you'd expect from a British company with over 30 years of high-end audio expertise under their belt. Its independent pre amp section delivers a refined signal to the carefully designed and solidly built internal amplifier. The Solo Mini's detail, clarity, and impressive bass control make the reported 25 watts per channel seem greatly understated. It also plays your CDs and CD-Rs along with any MP3 and WMA music files you've burned to discs. Plus it shares its high-performance 24-bit Wolfson® digital-to-analog converter between the CD player and its front-panel USB slot, treating all your music with rock steady precision (Read more.)

These tiny performers deliver a huge soundstage with stunning impact that belie their diminutive size.

...then add this speaker duo

When Arcam performed a blind audition of the Muso bookshelf speakers for us, we thought we were listening to the pair of towers that stood silently by. The Musos were played through the Solo Mini so we knew immediately that we had an amazing match. Each speaker has a 1" ultra-light aluminum tweeter for crisp, clear highs. A 3-1/2" aluminum woofer fills in the mid- to low-frequency range, while a front bass port offers a little extra low-end kick that will have you astounded as well. (Read more.)

Product Highlights:

Arcam Solo Mini receiver:
  • 25 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20 kHz) at 0.10% THD
  • iPod® integration with optional dock
  • AM/FM radio with 60 station presets
  • built-in CD player plays CDs, CD-R/RW, MP3 and WMA
  • 24-bit Wolfson digital-to-analog converter
  • weight: 11.7 lbs
Arcam Muso bookshelf speakers:
  • frequency response 70-20,000 Hz
  • handles 30-100 watts
  • 4-ohm impedance - suited for high current amplifiers
  • frequency response 50-110 Hz (-3dB)
  • 1" ultra-light aluminum dome tweeter
  • 3-1/2" polymer/aluminum woofer
  • flared "L-shape" port offers extended bass response
  • 4-3/4"W x 6-1/8"H x 9-1/8"D
  • weight: 7.3 lbs.

Arcam Solo Mini + Muso Spkrs Reviews

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

  • This Stereo package contains three individually-packed items: the Arcam Solo Mini receiver/CD player and two Arcam Muso bookshelf speakers:
  • The Solo Mini box contains:
  • Integrated CD Player/Receiver
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • IR remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • FM adapter
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • Handbook (English/ French/ German/ Dutch)
  • Thank You/Online Product Registration sheet
  • Each Muso box contains:
  • One satellite loudspeaker
  • Detachable grille
  • Rubber mat
  • Handbook
  • Owner registration card/Thank You letter

Product Research

Amplifier Section
AM/FM Tuner
CD Player
Audio Connections
USB/iPod Functions
Remote Control
Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Speaker Connections
Speaker Mounting Options

Amplifier Section

Two-Channel Amplifier: The Arcam Solo Mini all-in-one music system features an integrated two-channel amplifier designed to drive the included Muso speakers. The amplifier is rated at 25 watts x 2 channels (at 1kHz, in 8-ohm, with 0.1% THD).

Torroid Based Power Supply: A Torroid based power supply ensures even demanding bass lines are delivered without compromise to other instruments or vocals.

Independent Regulated Power Supplies: The Solo Mini is equipped with independently regulated power supplies for audiophile-grade sound quality.

Bass & Treble Controls: The Arcam Solo Mini features independent Bass & Treble controls:

  • Bass: changes the relative volume of the lower frequency components of your music
  • Treble: changes the relative volume of the higher frequency component of your music

Note: The bass and treble controls are inactive when headphones are connected.

Balance: This setting allows you to increase the volume of one channel (left or right) relative to the other channel.

Cooling System: The Solo Mini utilizes a passive fanless cooling system to keep the all-in-one music system operating at a normal temperature.

Sleep Timer: This timer allows you to specify a listening period, after which the Solo Mini will switch automatically into stand-by mode. The timer can be set in 5-minute intervals, up to 120 minutes (2-hours).

AM/FM Tuner

Built-in Tuner: The Solo Mini is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

Preset Tuning: The Solo Mini provides up to 30 preset FM radio stations and 30 preset AM radio stations. Your presets are retained even if the Solo Mini is disconnected from the power supply.

Mono Mode: In some weak signal areas it can be beneficial to force the FM tuner to mono output, as mono requires a much lower signal strength to produce acceptable results.

Indoor Antennas: The Solo Mini comes with an indoor FM wire antenna and indoor AM loop antenna.

CD Player

Disc Compatibility: The Arcam Solo Mini features a silent slot-loading (inhaler-type) CD mechanism. The built-in CD player supports playback of CD-Audio and CD-Text discs, as well as finalized CD-R/RW discs with MP or WMA music files.

24-Bit Wolfson DAC: The Solo Neo's built-in CD player features a Wolfson 24-bit multilevel Delta-Sigma DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for audiophile-grade sound from your CD collection.

Low Jitter Clock: The built-in CD player features a low-jitter, high-precision crystal clock to improve timing accuracy and eliminate jitter.

CD Auto Play: When this feature is enabled, the inserted CD plays immediately. If disabled, the CD waits for a command from the remote or top-panel controls. This function only applies if source is CD.

Display Modes: The Solo Mini provides three display modes when listening to a CD:

  • Current Track Time: displays track number with elapsed track time
  • Remaining Track Time: displays track number with remaining track time
  • CD Text: song title and artist name from a CD-Text disc are displayed

Search Modes: The unit's built-in CD player offer various search functions to find your music:

  • Fast-Forward/Reverse: scan forward or backwards within a track
  • Skip (Next/Previous): skip to the next or previous track on a disc
  • Direct Search: directly access tracks on a disc using the numeric keys on the included IR remote control

Playback Modes: The built-in CD player offers Repeat and Shuffle playback modes:

  • Repeat: a single track, or the entire disc can be repeated
  • Shuffle: the tracks on a disc are played back in random order (can be combined with repeat function)

Audio Connections

Auxiliary Input: The Solo Mini is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for quick, temporary connection of your portable digital audio player.

Analog Inputs: The Solo Mini provides four rear-panel analog audio inputs (Game, AV, Tape/iPod, TV) for permanent connection of an external audio source, such as your Satellite/Cable box, Blu-ray/DVD player, Tape Deck, TV, or Game System.

Note: The Solo Mini is not equipped with a phono pre-amplifier. If you wish to connect a turntable, then you will need an external pre-amplifier.

Pre Out: To improve the sound quality, or if you require more than 50W/channel, you can connect the Solo Mini to an external power amplifier. The Unit's Pre Out can also be used to connect a powered subwoofer.

Tape Out: The unit's stereo RCA Tape Output can be connected a cassette recorder (or other recording device). The source being listened to is routed directly to the Tape Out, before the volume control.

Note: Under no circumstances should this output be connected to a power amplifier.

Binding Posts: The Neo Solo is fitted with four binding post speaker terminals that can accept either bare wire, pin-connectors, spade terminals, and banana plugs (single only). The speaker terminals are marked left or right and positive or negative.

Headphone Output: The Solo Mini is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm headphone output for connecting a set of headphones. When headphones are plugged into the unit's headphone jack, the main speaker output and the pre-amp output are muted automatically. The headphone jack is always active, except when the Solo Mini is muted.

Note: The unit's headphone jack accepts headphones with an impedance rating between 32-600 ohm, fitted with a 3.5mm stereo connector.

USB/iPod Functions

USB Port: The Solo Mini is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port to connect a USB flash memory device or MP3 player (that appears as a single "Removable Disk" when connected). USB hard disk drives can also be connected, but must have a separate power supply. The connected USB device must be formatted in FAT32. Once your USB is properly connected, you can playback stored MP3/WMA music file. The Solo Mini will display song title and artist name. The following playback modes are offered:

  • Normal: tracks played back in sequential order
  • Repeat: All (all tracks on a USB are played in order and then repeated), Folder (all tracks in a folder are played in order and then repeated), Track (playback of current track is repeated).
  • Shuffle: All (all tracks on the USB device are played in random order), Folder (tracks in current folder are played in random order)
  • Repeat + Shuffle: all tracks on the USB device are played in a random order and then repeated

Optional iPod Dock: The Arcam irDock ( 776IRDOCK, sold separately) is an external add-on iPod dock which can be connected the Arcam Solo Mini via its Tape (RCA) input and RS-232 Port. The irDock supports audio playback, video output, metadata display, remote control, and charging of your docked iPod/iPhone.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The Arcam Solo Mini comes with an IR remote control (CR50) for wireless operation of the all-in-on music system. The remote operates off of two "AAA" batteries (included).

Remote Out: This 3.5mm output carries all command signals from the front-panel remote control IR receiver. This can be used to route remote control commands to other equipment, which feature an 3.5mm remote input.

RS-232 Port: The Solo Mini is equipped with a RS-232 serial port that allows remote control from a PC, or similar device.

Driver Technology

Two-Way Design: The Muso is a two-way satellite loudspeaker that uses high-quality material throughout. This satellite loudspeaker has been designed to produce an accurate, powerful, and musical sound in a compact, bass-reflex cabinet. The Muso two-way loudspeaker offers a midbass performance far beyond that of a typical satellite speaker.

Note: The Muso is a satellite loudspeaker designed to produce midbass, midrange, and high frequencies. For low bass frequencies, pair this speaker with a powered subwoofer (sold separately).

1" Aluminum Tweeter: The Muso satellite loudspeaker features a 1"aluminum dome tweeter for exceptional clarity, transparency, and dispersion. The 1" aluminum dome tweeter features a light-weight neodymium magnet for higher efficiency & greater power handling.

3.5" Polymer/Aluminum Woofer: The Muso features a 3.5" polymer/aluminum cone woofer with rubber surround for dynamic midbass response. The woofer magnet's vented pole piece offers higher power handling capabilities with lower distortion.

Crossover Network: The Muso satellite loudspeaker employs a 6 component crossover (2.5kHz, 12dB/oct) with air-cored HF inductor on glass fiber PCB.

Enclosure Design

Bass Reflex Cabinet: The Muso satellite loudspeaker employs a bass-reflex (ported) cabinet. Its front ported design allows positioning close to walls or in cabinets. The smooth flow, flared L-shape port offers extended bass response.

Low-Resonance Cabinet: The Muso satellite loudspeaker's enclosure is made from a combination of aluminum & steel components bonded together with the latest adhesive technology for the lowest possible resonance. The SDA (Sound Dead Aluminum) further dampens cabinet resonance. The resin damped metal-to-metal bonding has no visible fixings.

Magnetic Grille: The satellite loudspeaker comes with a detachable magnetic metal grille. The grille is acoustically transparent.

Speaker Connections

Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The gold-plated 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 12-gauge), pin connectors, spade connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual).

Color-Coded: The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.

Speaker Mounting Options

Application: The Arcam Muso satellite loudspeaker can be used in a stereo (music) or home theater (movie) application.

Placement: The Arcam Muso satellite loudspeaker is designed for placing on a stand, shelf, or wall bracket. For optimum results the speaker should be placed 4"-12" from a rear wall, at least 2' from any side wall, and 6.5' apart. The Muso satellite loudspeaker should be mounted so the tweeter is at, or just below ear height when the listener is seated.

Note: The Muso speaker should never be placed on the floor or in corners.

Rubber Isolation Mat: The included rubber isolation mat fits inside the recessed area of the speaker base and provides a stable, non-slip surface that helps to acoustically decouple the speaker from its support.

Wall-Mounting: The Arcam Muso has dual threaded inserts (4mm) on the rear of the cabinet for wall mounting the speaker, using an optional wall-mount bracket (sold separately).

Magnetically Shielded: The Arcam Muso satellite loudspeaker is magnetically shielded for safe placement beside TVs, video displays, and computer monitors.

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