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Realistic Minimus 7

Metal Cabinet Speaker System

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Realistic Minimus 7

Description

The Minimus 7 is little only in size, not in performance - it's a real giant in concert hall sound.

The high compliance woofer element gives astounding bass and the dome tweeter produces crisp, clean highs.

Careful acoustic design matches the two dynamic elements with the enclosure and damping materials - resulting in amazingly smooth, broad frequency response.

Specifications

Type: 2 way, 2 driver loudspeaker system

Frequency Response: 50Hz to 22kHz

Power Handling: 40W

Impedance: 8Ω

Bass: 1 x 100mm high compliance

Tweeter: 1 x 25mm dome

Finish: die cast aluminium cabinet

Dimensions: 180 x 113 x 110mm

Weight: 2.03kg

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Reviewed Aug 25th, 2018 by Dkazoroski

I have a pair in continuous daily service since the late 70's.
Still going strong! One of the best background music speakers out there, but they can go to room filling levels and stay clean and non-fatiguing for hours on end.
It's a shame they are no longer made. Also sad that Radio Shack is gone now too. They had some pretty decent stuff back in the day.

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Reviewed Jul 23rd, 2018 by Txt

The stock Minimus 7 is a decent speaker but it just cries out for a more sophisticated crossover. There are many plans and kits available online but I’ve found the easiest solution is the crossover upgrade for the Micca MB42. You’ll get an already assembled Zobel Network crossover design with a sharp 18db/octave alignment, and the job takes about a half hour. The results are stunning, low tones go to the woofer and highs go to the tweeter, and each speaker element does precisely what it was designed to do. I got a nice pair of M7s on Craigslist for $30, and with an additional thirty dollar investment in the crossover, I’ve got a pair of mini speakers that holds its own with anything made today.

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Reviewed Mar 16th, 2018 by scootersage

These were rugged little guys. I used them in the late 70's as car speakers in Jeep Wagoneer's along with a little Realistic 40 watt booster. They came with a nice little bracket to hang them.

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Reviewed Apr 27th, 2017 by TexasBigEars

One of the highest quality, truly high-fidelity, used speakers you can buy, especially since the advent (pun intended) of powered sub-woofers and sub-woofer outputs.
Why? Because they have high quality tweeters - what is missing from almost all sub 5-figure speaker systems.
Get a pair of these greats, hook them up to your receiver, and play them at a reasonable (not loud) for, at least, two weeks continuously to let the x-over caps and the driver suspensions rebreak-in; and then you'll have a quality speaker system that's almost impossible to beat... if you want a music reproductions system.
Add an 8-inch (so that it can keep up with the mid-range) powered sub-woofer, cross it over at 120 Hz, and then experience all of the music for the first time!
It ain't a Staged DRM, but it is heavenly good!

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Reviewed Nov 27th, 2016 by Invictus50

I had to join HI FI just to post this review. I always loved these little speakers which I bought in the 70's or 80's can't remember. Anyway, I've been using Yorkville Sound YSM-1 cabinet speakers on my system and was very unhappy when I lost the woofer on one of them. I dusted off these tiny cast aluminium speakers and hooked them up - and - I was amazed! I live in a church with a 25 foot ceiling and the place is filled with clear uncolored sound. Amazing.

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Reviewed Mar 10th, 2015 by vickiehifi

I'm surprised that this little iconic speaker has not been reviewed before... maybe it is like a little guilty pleasure? Like enjoying a reality show on tv (Honey Boo-Boo?) but afraid to admit that to your friends? I've always liked these for their size and minimalist design. These were used in many restaurants and stores, mounted high in the corners and I always thought they had a pleasant, open sound, especially when placed as described. I recently bought a late 70's pair of these, and I did mod them with new woofers and a redesigned crossover and low pass filter that is being sold on Ebay. The improvement over stock is significant. No speaker this size is going to have much bass presence, but from about 100 Hz upward, the lower registers come through quite clearly. The Realistic soft dome tweeters are surprisingly good, and sparkle through clearly after performing a crossover mod as I did. The stock circuit didn't do much, still in their stock form these speakers were pretty good for most people. Worth the upgrade for the enclosure design, size and decent tweeters. If you have an old pair or can pick a pair up cheap at a garage sale, they are worth the time and expense of upgrading.

 

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duncandisorderly's picture

re: Minimus 7

I've got three pairs of these things- one japanese, one korean & one malay, & I have to say I can't hear any difference, so there's an end to that snobbishness! :-)

they are astonishing. I have a pair of them sitting on top of some tannoy system-8 NFMs & I have to keep checking which speakers have the cables going to them. they produce more bass with more authority than they have any right to do. & this is with the stock drivers. see a pair, grab them.

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