In the early years of this century, the Mini Utopia was the grand champion of “bookshelf” speakers. We put the word bookshelf in parentheses because the Mini Utopia is a rather large speaker and not one we commonly associate the term “bookshelf” with. Weighing in at a hefty 60 lbs each, the Mini Utopia are not “bookshelf” speakers that you can manage easily. Add their 24″ height, 10.5″ width and 16″ depth and its like lifting a mini fridge. Shape in the likeness of its other more expensive and bigger siblings, the Mini Utopia spots two 6.5″ woofers with their proprietary “W” technology. This enables it to dip down to 50 Hz and extends all the way up to 25 KHz. With a nominal impedance of 8 ohm and a sensitivity of 91.5 dB, the Mini Utopia is a tube friendly speaker (which we prefer to associate it with rather then solid state amps).
With some careful positioning, the Mini Utopia projects a grand scale soundstage that is richly textured, a bass that is far from being bloated and highs that are detailed and smooth. The matching stands ($1,200 option) works well with it and could be sand/lead filled (which we encourage) to provide a stronger stable base to the speakers. As a $8,200 package when it first launched, these were not cheap speakers. If they were built now, they would cost $12,000 when you factor in the inflation. Not small numbers either. But for under $2,800 now, they will easily rival anything out there for the same money. Except one big difference – an illustrious history.
Cosmetically, the speakers look good for its vintage. Minor scuff marks/nicks here and there and the usual polishing swirl marks over the glossy black surfaces but nothing alarming. The stands also have some nicks/dings here and there but functionally 100%. We don’t have the original boxes so shipping these four pieces would have to be freight where they are all strapped on a pallet for safe arrival. Local pickup from our store welcomed.