The baby of Unity’s rock‑themed monitors might be small, but its low‑frequency performance is seriously impressive.
The Unity Audio range of active monitors has expanded since its launch in 2009, and now covers a wide range of prices and performance aspirations. The latest addition to the range is the compact, entry‑evel Mini Rock. My only other experience of a Unity Audio monitor was the Pebble and Bam Bam system that I reviewed in this magazine back in the SOS December 2014 issue (https://sosm.ag/pebble-bambam). Back then, the Pebble was also Unity’s entry‑level monitor, so I guess it’s true to say that the Mini Rock is the Pebble’s replacement. I admired the Pebble and Bam Bam a great deal, so let’s hope the Mini Rock makes as good an impression.
Living fully up to its name, the Mini Rock is really quite small. It’s not dimensionally challenged down to BBC LS3/5A or Neumann KH80 DSP levels of tiny, but it’s not far off. Compact dimensions open up all sorts of potential applications in very small studio spaces, but also bring fundamental limitations of low‑frequency bandwidth and maximum volume level. We’ll see shortly how that pans out for the Mini Rock.
Along with living up to being called ‘Mini’, the monitor also feels suitably rock‑like, with a satisfyingly solid feel to its conventional, black‑finished, 18mm MDF panel enclosure. Relatively unusually for a compact nearfield monitor, the enclosure incorporates some tapped inserts on its rear and side panels designed for the attachment of wall‑bracket or cradle‑mounting hardware.
The Mini Rock’s most striking feature,...
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