A HISTORY OF THE BLUE ROOM
Future Shape Of Sound
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2002 • BIRTH OF THE MICROPOD

2002/BIRTH OF THE MICROPOD

The MicroPod SE system was originally conceived as a complete home cinema audio solution, offering the fundamental nature of the MiniPod on a smaller scale. It was also never destined for release, but sometimes you can’t control everything.

My first ideas for the MicroPod were based on the shape of the MiniPod from the bottom of the driver and up, removing the port area and surround, making a clear relationship to the Pod range.

Taking this a step further, I started to experiment with the spine of the Pod and thinning the volume around the tweeter housing. Originally I wanted to incorporate a way of including the bracket as part of the shape (as illustrated below) allowing the seed-like form to be self-contained.

This idea was made redundant by the decision to make accessories available separately for this range. The styling, however, was kept, and the round element at the bottom of the cabinet incorporated to the fixing of the bracket assembly, which in essence was a scaled down version of the MiniPod Omnimount wall bracket.

When initially released, the drivers had a carbon weave cone. A revision of electrical components replaced this with the distinctive yellow Kevlar bass/midrange unit and a soft dome tweeter. Two different styles of subwoofer became available for theMicroPods including a smaller version of the MiniPod Bass Station (pictured right in the background) finished in a two-tone style exaggerating the curve that curls around the cabinet.

Fitted with the with the distinctive yellow Kevlar bass/midrange unit and a soft dome tweeter. Two different styles of subwoofer became available for the MicroPods including a smaller version of the MiniPodBass Station (pictured right in the background) finished in a two-tone style exaggerating the curve that curls around the cabinet.