Micromega MySpeaker with MyAmp Inside


Equipment report
Micromega MySpeaker
Micromega MySpeaker with MyAmp Inside

Micromega’s ever-expanding “MyRange” of compact and affordable electronics has in just a few short years grown to encompass the MyDac (TAS’ 2012 Product of the Year), MyAmp, MyGroov (you guessed it, a phonostage), and a headphone amp, the MyZic. Still, the French company, known for its full-fledged electronics, realized there was something missing from the overall picture, and created the MySpeaker. Or, for those who desire to bundle the entire, er, MyCaboodle, there’s the MySpeaker/MyAmp Inside—the subject of this review.

At its core the MySpeaker is a conventional compact two-way in a bass-reflex configuration. It’s outfitted with a one-inch soft-dome tweeter sporting an anti-reflective surround and a 5.25" mid/bass driver. The molded composite cabinet is available in a black satin or white finish. It appears durable to the touch and nicely finished to the eye. Some may look askance at the apparent economy of these enclosure materials but it’s really all about the implementation. Micromega knows this territory. The fact is, there is no consensus on what material necessarily guarantees the best sonic and functional results. I’ve heard great results from materials ranging from marine plywood, MDF, and solid woods to aircraft aluminum and Formula One exotics. They can all work to varying degrees of success.

The reflex port is downward-firing rather than the more typical front- or back-firing. Micromega believes that this not only aids placement options but also offers the smoothest and most linear launch of bass reinforcement into the listening space. To give the port room to breathe, each speaker is fitted with chrome footers that elevate the ported bottom panel. This makes the MySpeaker ideal for bookshelf or tabletop placement, but the user will need to carefully consider speaker stands to ensure the stands’ top plates are big enough to accommodate the woofers. To take the guesswork out of choosing stands, Micromega offers a dedicated stand.

Today’s wireless speakers are available in a wide array of configurations. For example, Dynaudio’s Xeo series (see the Xeo 2 review in Issue 270) represents the fully wireless/actively powered school whereby only a pair of power cords are required. On the other hand Audioengine’s HD6 (Issue 262) installs most of the wireless connection electronics and amplification in one speaker that connects to the passive speaker with an umbilical cable. This latter approach, taken by Micromega with the MySpeaker, is less costly but has its own virtues including simplicity of set up. Another of these virtues is a rear-panel switch that allows you to choose left or right placement of the amplified speaker. This is a huge benefit during setup, making it easier to connect source components, or when there’s only one awkwardly located AC outlet.

The active channel contains “the brains of the operation” (the wireless electronics, decoders, and DACs) as well as the MyAmp amplifiers. The MyAmp section is built around a Class AB output stage that delivers 30Wpc into 8 ohms, a figure that commendably doubles into 4 ohms. The amplifier is powered by an advanced resonant-mode power supply, a variation of switch-mode technology that reduces switching losses common to traditional switching supplies. The communication section accepts streams via the ubiquitous aptX Bluetooth module. MySpeaker offers one stereo pair of analog inputs along with coaxial and optical digital inputs. These two digital inputs can accept sampling rates up to 192kHz. The USB input is limited to 96kHz sample rate. A subwoofer output rounds out the connection jacks.

Convenience is a must with speakers of this segment, and the Micromega didn’t disappoint. MySpeaker arrives packaged with a pre-stripped bare wire speaker umbilical to run between the multi-way terminals of the active and passive speakers. Once connected, double-check to make the sure the correct voltage (110V/220V) is selected. Then using the remote control, “pair” your phone or tablet via Bluetooth with MySpeaker. A blue LED flashes to indicate that MySpeaker is pairing with your device. Up to eight devices can be paired. Another nice feature: a rear-panel USB port for recharging handheld devices.