Minstrel

March 9th, 2013

The first thing you notice about these speakers, is just how small they are and how little they weigh. As soon as you connect them up and power on you know they are something special.

The treble can be slightly sibilant and a little untidy. They do not have what I would describe as the most refined sound but they just bounce along with such enthusiasm that you can’t help but smile at them while you listen. Apart from the full and `juicy’ bass that seems to come from below you, the other fantastic quality they have is their imaging and sense of space around them. No other speaker I have tried has matched them for this, they really do throw the sound around which all adds to their charm. Although the figures don’t suggest it I’ve always found myself having to wind my amps up to get them going. They play rock, dance and gentle music with no real preference.

– Steve Bourney

[Good] Imaginatively packaged super-slimline floorstander. Not much welly or loudness but fine coherence and timing; a bit bright. Best Buy Award.

Hi-Fi Choice – Directory, Feb 1995.

Specifications:-

Royd Minstrel
Year of Release 1993
Dimensions (WxHxD) 642mm x 180mm x 160mm
Recommend Amplifier Power 20 to 50 Watts
Sensitivity 87 dB 1 watt @ 1 metre
Power Handling  
Nominal Impedance 8 ohms
Drive Units 1 Royd cast chassis 5" bass/mid unit and 1 Royd 19mm dome tweeter with secondary chamber
Crossover Frequency 3 KHz
Bass Resonance Frequency 43 Hz
Frequency Range 33 Hz to 20KHz
Port(s) Side
Terminals  
Finishes Walnut veneer and Black Ash vinyl. A limited edition White vinyl was also produced.
Weight 16.5 Kg

Retailed between £230-£300 depending on finish. Average second hand price is: £100 – £150 depending on condition, however one pair managed to fetch £175 on ebay April ’09.

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