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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-fi product, it was 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 stations, it provided for a series of pre-set alarms for different functions with a choice of music as the ‘wake up’. And so it went on.


A further improvement on the original Mini was that the Maxi offered input selection making it more user friendly.


The Maxi was discontinued in 2011 - originally the plan was to upgrade it 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.


It was further decided that Epoz would seek to employ its own development engineer rather than utilise our earlier connections and this move proved to be highly successful.

AktiMate Mini


Released 2007


First offered in just black or white, red was added approximately one year after the initial 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 and add appeal. The AktiMate Mini also 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.


The amplifier section was developed under the guidance of Mike Creek from Creek Audio and the speakers were derivatives of the well respected British Epos brand.


What it lacked was input control which meant if there was a need to change from say CD to iPod, it was necessary to turn off the CD Player first before playing music from the iPod.


It offered full remote control of an iPod when docked and with its standby function, an iPod would charge when not being used.


In time optional cloth grilles were offered for the woofer and because of the limited video option, this feature was removed in 2009.


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 - directly from the control knob on 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 fiitted 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 disadvantaged