BIRTH OF THE FIRST MINIPOD
With the popularity of the HousePod, it was evident to us that a smaller scale version would widen its appeal to a larger audience. My first concept originally called Pod Junior was conceived in 1994 (the illustration below and before), and carried the refined characteristics of the HousePod and incorporated acoustic improvements learned in collaboration with Laurence Dickie, Martin de Saulles, Robert Trunz and B&W loudspeakers Ltd. (B&W). The most visible of the acoustic improvements can be seen in the shape surrounding the high-end unit and the overall reduction in volume in scale to the primary driver, as the original HousePod cabinet volume was over-sized.
The MiniPod was born.
Martin de Saulles made improvements, which included the refined tweeter aperture horn and Dave Roberts crafted the pattern.
The first MiniPod cabinets produced in 1995 were molded in-house from our workshop facility at B&W Loudspeakers by our team from GRP material. The expense and time involved would not allow the potential of mass production, and so the original MiniPod began life as a relatively exclusive product. 4000 units made.