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Cambridge Audio Minx X201

Ultra-compact powered subwoofer (Black)

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Overview

Our take on the Cambridge Audio Minx X201

At just under 9" cubed, it's hard to find a subwoofer this powerful that's smaller than the Minx X201. What's so great about that? Its diminutive size will make this sub incredibly easy to place in your living room. Under a side table, in a corner, next to your entertainment stand — you can place it almost anywhere without sacrificing your style. And like all Cambridge Audio Minx speakers, the X201 is carefully designed to deliver the purest sound, whether you're enjoying a live classical concert or an adrenaline-pumping car chase.

Awesome bass from a hideaway sub

At just under 9" cubed, it's hard to find a subwoofer this powerful that's smaller than the Minx X201. What's so great about that? Its diminutive size will make this sub incredibly easy to place in your living room. Under a side table, in a corner, next to your entertainment stand — you can place it almost anywhere without sacrificing your style. And like all Cambridge Audio Minx speakers, the X201 is carefully designed to deliver the purest sound, whether you're enjoying a live classical concert or an adrenaline-pumping car chase.

Engineered with passion

The Minx X201 uses a 6-1/2" forward firing driver made of a single piece of super-strong, aerospace-grade aluminum for amazing punch and attack. It's paired with dual passive radiators that add some serious mid-bass boost. Cambridge Audio's software engineers specially designed the sophisticated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) in this sub, allowing it to pump out sensational bass from such a compact enclosure. You may even be fooled into thinking the X201 is several times its size.

Product Highlights:

  • 200-watt RMS amplifier
  • 6-1/2" front-firing woofer and dual 6-1/2" passive radiators
  • one-piece, aerospace-grade aluminum cones move air with incredible efficiency
  • frequency response 36-200 Hz (-6dB)
  • continuously variable 50-200 Hz crossover
  • specially designed DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for big bass from a small enclosure
  • adjustable phase control
  • line-level/LFE subwoofer inputs and outputs
  • auto on/off mode
  • scratch-resistant high gloss lacquer finish
  • 8-1/4"W x 8-5/8"H x 10-1/16"D
  • weight: 11 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years speaker, 3 years amp
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered subwoofer
  • Grille (installed)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Installation Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
Reviews

Cambridge Audio Minx X201 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)

Amazing small subwoofer

Ron from Timonium, MD on 4/1/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this along with 5 Minx X22 speakers for a new 5.1 configuration in my condo. Had to downsize for this room as it is a 19'x13' and wanted a subwoofer (+ speakers) that would fit into an AV cabinet. The bass response from this subwoofer is amazing, obviously compatible with the X22 speakers, but I am sure would sound great paired with any speakers. Fills the room but not too punchy and doesn't drown out or dominate the sound. I have the volume set at about 40% so there's plenty of power. I was truly skeptical about these speakers at first, but convinced that the sound quality is amazing and glad that I made the purchase.

Pros: Small size, fits in AV cabinet, deep room filling bass but not overpowering.

Cons: None thus far.

Great Sound From a Small Box

Anonymous from Atlanta, GA on 3/25/2018

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Impressive sound from a small subwoofer. I have it in a 18x18 living room to use with movies, sports, and music to add base to an in-ceiling speaker surround sound setup. It brings the right amount of base to to bring needed depth to the audio. I dont even have the volume up to high so I know it can get louder if needed. The small size keeps my wife happy because it practically disappears on the built-in shelves.

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Perfect to fill out TV sound

Brian from Minneapolis, MN on 2/11/2018

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Bought this to compliment the new Sony OLED TV - love the sound from the screen, but really missing below about 150hz. This smaller sub allows adjustment up to 200 and used the mini jack from the TV to allow sub to play with screen speaker. Fantastic TV sound in a 400sq. ft. room without adding a separate sound system. Well built and clean sound. Much more musical than Soundengine S8 sub from my PC that I tried first.

Pros: Clean sound Plenty of punch for TV Well built Attractive finish

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Cambridge Audio Minx X201

Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA on 11/2/2017

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Sounds great for the size!

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Size Matters

Steve from Bridgeton, NJ on 5/29/2017

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If you don't have the room for a full size subwoofer or you just don't like the looks of a big black box in your room then the Cambridge Audio Minx X201 is the sub for you. Its performance rivals that of the much larger sub, and it looks good doing it.

Pros: Size, Size, and Size along with performance and price compared to a comparable full size sub.

Cons: None so far

Great deep bass, from a little giant!

Anonymous from San Antonio, TX on 5/17/2017

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I am matching the Cambridge x201 with the Audioengine A5+ and the sound is amazing! The depth the sub adds to the speakers makes an already nice set up, sound fuller with the rich lows I had been missing. This sub is very musical, but is also excellent for movies and gaming. Small, but explosive!!

Pros: Easy set up, controls are user friendly, and really adds to an existing 2.0 set with no issues to pair.

Cons: None.

Cambridge Audio Minx X201

Bradford R from Lagrange, GA on 3/30/2017

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Great second sub. I needed a sub to fit into a tight space and this does the trick. Small, but great sound. The radiant speakers are a nice touch that broadcast the bass sound on three sides. Powerful at 200 watts. This is perfect if you don't want to have a giant speaker to look cool, but still want a speaker that delivers.

Pros: size, radiant speakers

Cons: size can be misleading

Tiny sub

Anonymous from Zion, IL on 3/15/2017

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I gave 4 out of 5 stars because this is not just based on sound. I needed sub to be small out of the way and look decent. I have had a much larger sub that was ridiculous when it came to bass but was also huge and not an attractive piece. This little guy gets it done pretty well, excellent for movies. As a sub for music not so much, I'm ok with that but for anyone thinking they can buy this and get the same sound as a much larger sub it's just not the case.

Pros: Size, looks

Cons: power

Amazing sound from such a small enclosure!

Peter on 9/9/2016

It is quite unbelievable when you open the box, you see this small square cube that is going to be your subwoofer, and immediately you begin to have buyer's remorse and questions such as "Why didn't I purchase a larger ported box subwoofer" or "Did I just make an expensive mistake??". I can set your mind at ease right this moment: you have purchased one of the most cleverly designed amplifiers on the market and you will get outstanding bass response even in a reasonably large room. If you want to destroy walls like that time you had a wall of subwoofers behind your head in your car, you will probably need to spend more a d purchase a different type of subwoofer, a ported box. They can make a house shake, at the expense of clean soundingredients bass. This subwoofer is great to add in to existing speakers, due to the size and generic look of the teeny tiny box (9" cube I believe). I have mine paired with three bookshelf speakers and a pair of older Onkyo satellites that were part of an old 2.1 system. The subwoofer blends in successfully putting out an amazing amount of bass, size notwithstanding. You will not be sorry if you purchase this subwoofer.

Pros: Outstanding sound, size of enclosure, array of controls, warranty, overall design.

Cons: The price is a little high.

Cambridge Audio Minx X201

David from minneapolis, MN on 3/6/2016

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Perfect size and amazing base.

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Holy Moley!

Brandon from California on 1/15/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

How does this small subwoofer make that much sound? Seriously, this thing rivals my old Infinity 12 inch sub, and its about 1/8th the size.

Pros: Easy adjustments, crossover dial has icons that show where to set it to match best with the matching Minx satellites, the sound is BIG

Cons: Can't they have a white power cable to go with the white sub? At this price it shouldn't be too much to ask for.

Cambridge X201 SUb woofer

Stephen from Texas on 7/21/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good solid unit for tight spaces.

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: Not much instruction in the manual

Details

Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Passive Radiator
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 6 1/2
Woofer Composition Aluminum
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs No
Speaker-Level Outputs No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 50-200Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq None
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 200
Frequency Response 36-200 Hz
Height (inches) 8-5/8
Width (inches) 8-1/4
Depth (inches) 10-1/16
Weight 11 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 5 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 5 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 3 Years
Amplifier Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research

Features

200W Amp w/ DSP: The Cambridge Audio X201 powered subwoofer is equipped with a 200 watt (RMS) amplifier with digital signal processing. Cambridge Audio's software engineers have designed a sophisticated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to provide real-time control of equalization and dynamic range processing for the maximum possible performance while preventing drivers overloading or distorting. This allows the Minx X201 powered subwoofer to handle more power and play louder.

6.5" Woofer + Dual 6.5" Radiators: The Cambridge Audio X201 powered subwoofer uses a front-firing, one-piece, aerospace-grade aluminum 6.5" cone woofer powered by the built-in 200W amplifier and twin side-firing, one-piece, aerospace-grade aluminum 6.5" auxiliary bass radiators. The X201 powered subwoofer uses an ABR system rather than having either an enclosed box (which would require even more power) or a ported design (which would require a bigger cabinet). The result is an extremely efficient and powerful active subwoofer housed in a tiny cabinet.

Controls: The Minx powered subwoofer offers complete rear-panel control of volume, crossover frequency, and phase.

  • Volume Control: The Cambridge Audio X201 powered subwoofer has a rear-panel rotary volume control to adjust the volume of the subwoofer relative to the other speakers in the system.
  • Crossover Frequency: The X201 powered subwoofer offers a continuously variable low-pass filter, adjustable from 50-200 Hz.
  • Phase Adjustment: The powered subwoofer's phase adjustment allows you to adjust the subwoofer's phase between 0° to 180°. If the bass sounds muddy or unclear, adjusting the phase control can sometimes strengthen the bass performance.

Connections: The Cambridge Audio X201 powered subwoofer is fitted with stereo RCA inputs and outputs.

  • RCA Inputs: The powered subwoofer has gold plated left & right RCA line-level inputs for use with receivers having a subwoofer or stereo preamp output that do not contain their own low-pass crossover. The left channel RCA input doubles as the LFE input, if your receiver has an LFE output and a built-in low-pass crossover.
  • RCA Outputs: The powered subwoofer's gold-plated left & right RCA line-level outputs allow you to connect (daisy-chain) a second powered subwoofer.

Auto On/Off: The X201's Auto On/Off feature will switch the powered subwoofer On and Off automatically by signal detection.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

size [ Brian  Feb 11, 2018 ]
compact size and good review of product. [ Norman  Nov 12, 2017 ]
Size, performance, and quality, sale. Along with AA air miles. [ Jon  Oct 30, 2017 ]
Space savings [ Jay  Jul 26, 2017 ]
Need compact footprint [ Larry  Jul 13, 2017 ]
Fits space that I have allocated and recommended by Aaron - Support Assistant [ Darwin  May 29, 2017 ]
I have other Cambridge gear and it is excellent sounding. This is for my office stereo. [ JOHN B  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Size and quality [ Kevin L.  Apr 23, 2016 ]
We used this amazing X201 subwoofer in a limited space in a small condo kitchen. It sits on a tiny corner shelf just above head height. It looks like a cute piece of modern art, but even though the kitchen is in open air with the dining room, living room, and office, it can easily drive the whole area with powerful, tight bass energy. Can't wait to hear it in our house! Had one damaged in shipping, Crutchfield took immediate care of everything. Both are truly spectacular, no complaints! [ John  Apr 09, 2018 ]
size [ william  Mar 02, 2018 ]
Quality of component per reviews, size (fits where I need to place it), color [ Dean  Jun 24, 2017 ]
Small footprint. [ Acie  May 18, 2017 ]

4 questions already asked

I am not seeing any mention of this subwoofer's crossover being active on those outputs. This means that if you use the RCA inputs, you should be able to then use the RCA outputs to send the audio to another device amp to power the speakers. However, if the amp has RCA outputs as well, you may want to run the signal to it first and then to this subwoofer. That would prevent any potential issue of the RCA outputs being limited by the crossover in this subwoofer. I hope this helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Jul 11, 2016 ]  Staff
Keep in mind that low frequency sound waves propagate through walls, floors and ceilings more noticeably than mid and highs. This little sub sounds so good that you'll be temped to crank it up. Just remember to have mercy on your surrounding neighbors. [ Randy  Feb 14, 2018 ]
Well it depends on how loud you play it...it will get loud enough to be noticed. Just turn the volume down. [ BRUNO G  Nov 09, 2017 ]
This should work for an apartment. It is not overpowering but it is smooth. [ Douglas  May 03, 2016 ]
I would probably say yes. The exact same thing happened to me with my first subwoofer. Frustrating, but they promptly sent a new one out that works perfectly and I sent the original one back, no problems at all! The 2nd J it works perfectly. Good luck, thx! [ Dale  Mar 26, 2018 ]
I have no problem taking signal from Pre-amp out to the sub. I assume you can verify both that your subout circuit works and that you have sufficient gain in the signal? Can you connect to other output channels to test it? [ Brad  Mar 25, 2018 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. [ Krissy  Mar 25, 2018 ]  Staff
It did not see any readily visible screws on the feet. [ Jay  Feb 21, 2018 ]
No, they are fixed to the bottom [ Kevin L.  Feb 14, 2018 ]
My best guess is that they're probably glued on since there are no visible screws. They made of a relatively soft material much like silicon that absorbs the vibrations produced by the sub and successfully keeps it from dancing across the floor. The feet are not the least bit "sticky" and have had no ill effect on my hard wood floor. With the speaker facing the front, both sides ported, and controls & connections on the back, there's really no other suitable place for the feet. [ Randy  Feb 14, 2018 ]
Yes [ JACK  Feb 13, 2018 ]
No. It looks like there are stick on rubber feet. You can get some ISO Pucks that work really well. [ BRUNO G  Feb 13, 2018 ]
Swappable with what? [ STEVEN J  Feb 13, 2018 ]
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