AktiMate Mini Released 2007
First offered in just black or white, red was added approximately one year after release as
a direct result of consumer demand. The speaker’s initial appeal centred around its iPod
dock, which first appeared without a cover but that was soon changed to include a ‘lid’
to conceal the dock. The AktiMate Mini offered RCA in, RCA out, Video (for early model
iPods only), 3.5 mm stereo jack input and a USB facility to charge other devices, such as an
MP3 player. It offered full remote control of an iPod when docked and with its standby
function, an iPod would charge when not being used.
The Mini was upgraded to Mini+ in 2012.
Whilst the dock remained integral to the design, the charging USB was removed, as was
the Standby function. The tweeter was changed to a soft dome type and metal grilles
were added to the woofer.The most dramatic improvement was the addition of input
selection which could be accessed in either of two ways -
the front of the speaker or by the new well designed and simple to operate remote.
To further broaden the appeal a Bluetooth module was added in 2013 to the Mini+ -
however this could also be used in the original Mini and fitted directly into the iPod dock.
This meant that it was possible to use any smartphone or tablet as a source. In sourcing
this particular model we needed to be sure that early users of the Mini Would not be
AktiMate Maxi Released 2009
Building on the success of the AktiMate Mini, the Maxi took a giant leap
forward in terms of all that AktiMate could provide. Development remained
under the guidance of Mike Creek. Being very much a hi-
also offered in a real wood walnut finish along with the high gloss options of
red and black. White followed within 12 months.
As well as having all the features of the first Mini (excluding video), the
Maxi also offered the ability to listen to Internet radio or to stream music
from your own PC. Using a ‘Reciva’ based Internet module, the possibility
existed to use either a wired or wireless network.
Quite innovative at the time this AktiMate model attracted huge publicity and like its predecessor, it was the recipient of awards in many countries.
Some users did not always find it easy to use as home wireless networks were often limited in their capacity especially as more and more wireless devices started being used within the same home network. The Maxi always
performed at its best when making use of an Ethernet (wired) option.
The display which could be dimmed, provided information relating to
music sources, radio stations, saved favourites be they songs or radio
tations, it provided for a series of pre-
with a choice of music as the ‘wake up’. And so it went on.
The Maxi was discontinued in 2011 -
to the Maxi + and use a different more advanced Internet module but as
technology started to move forward at an even faster rate, it was decided
that rather than replace this model, an entirely new product would be designed with completely different technology options.
AktiMate Micro Released 2011
The AktiMate Micro was an instant success when it was introduced in 2011. Having
seen the need for a seriously good pair of stereo desktop speakers with sound quality
being the key component, the original Micro was designed to target that market.
It didn’t mean however that they should be limited to desktop use!
A two way fully shielded stereo pair of speakers which included 1 active and 1 passive
speaker as with all models, a 40W Class D amplifier was housed in the active speaker.
TheIPod dock was positioned on the top of the active speaker. The incorporated universal power supply meant that the speaker s could be used anywhere in the world without need for a change in voltage selection.The On/Off switch is located on the rear panel of the active speaker and a blue LED lights above the volume knob when the system is on.
The first review to appear in the UK noted “.....they immediately impress with the scale and energy of their delivery. Vibrant and punchy, the Micros offer punchy dynamics and a spacious well organised sound stage. Treble sounds attack crisply, the midrange is detailed and communicative, and the bottom end has the sort of substance and textural variation that all-
This was followed by a Group Test in the same magazine where our AktiiMate™ Micro was the outright winner beating some serious opposition. The speaker then went on to win the Desktop Product of the Year in What Hi Fi in the UK.
Whilst some subtle changes occurred along the way with the introduction of a metal grille over the woofer and the addition of a Bluetooth adaptor, the speakers did not received a major upgrade until development of the Micro B some two years later.