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uk/shop) They arrived the next day which was good if it wasn't for one of the speakers being ...
on 6 June 2016
I bought the Minirigs 2.1 directly from Minirigs [...] They arrived the next day which was good if it wasn't for one of the speakers being dead on arrival which was very frustrating giving the price. It simply would not turn on unless it was plugged in and even then it distorted at high volumes whereas the other working speaker did not. This is a problem that I have seen a few times in the Amazon reviews.
I immediately contacted Pasce and explained that it dead on arrival and that I had tried resetting it with no luck. To be honest I had quite a bad experience with their customer service. They wanted to repair my Minirig rather than replace it which I found to be very unfair giving that they are £369.99 I told them that It was dead on arrival so I wanted a replacement so that I didn't have to wait for it to get repaired. Also, that would make it a refurbished unit, not a brand new one like it's meant to be. If it had broken several months down the line I could understand.
I explained very clearly that I had tried everything I could to fix it and that I am entitled to a new one, not a repaired one. It somehow took 3 days of emails back and forth for Pasce to agree to replace it. They seem to have a habit of ignoring the full content of my emails which I have seen someone else mention here. It was a very frustrating experience! At my inconvenience, I had to print off a postage label
it was easy and fast to send back and I did end up getting the replacement quite quickly... 4 days later but with the emailing for 3 days it was a week all in all which wouldn't normally bother me but these do cost a lot and I was keen to be able to try them.
when I finally got a fully working 2.1 set I then realised that the sub is also faulty, It won't flash when it's charging and I can't turn it on without plugging an aux cable into it. This can be remedied by resetting it (holding the button down for 16 seconds and pressing it once when it turns yellow) But it doesn't take long to go back to how it was. I am yet to tell Pasce about this as I want to get some use out of the Minirigs rather than sent speakers back and forth.
Don't expect the 4 little rubber feet to stay on the bottoms too long, one fell off my broken Minirig the day I got it before it had left the house and I've ended up taking all off them off now as 2 came off the new one and 1 of the other speaker.
In my experience with Pasce I have found their quality control to be poor and the customer service was frustrating.
Moving on to the sound these do sound very good they have tight punchy bass and as many others have said they go very loud whilst remaining clear with pretty much no distortion. The trebles are precise and the mids sit in a good place. I will say though these do seem to be very Dance/bass heavy music biassed. It's like they have been EQ'd just for it. This isn't really a problem for me as mainly listen to reggae which sounds great and all sorts of dance music, ragga, DnB etc, however listening to rock music sounds a little odd I put some Pink floyd on and it sounded really odd on them. I have also watched a film with them and the sound is way off! basically, if you are looking for a sound that sounds just as it the recording studio wanted it to I would look elsewhere.
Battery life is amazing on these things and one of the main reasons I'm going to stick with them. Bluetooth can be a bit temperamental sometimes but gets a bit better as you get used to the little niggerly frustrations.
At this price, I would have expected to get 2 types of charging cables as the USB end on the ones you get with the Minirigs has a female port for charging a mobile phone or similar device but the problem with this is that if you plug it into something that has USB ports in a row like a PC, laptop, USB hub or battery bank then because of the way it is designed it will block the port next to it. This is obviously only really a problem when you have 3 Minirigs to charge and sticking them all in one place is preferred. This design has also prevented me from being able to use my 3 port battery bank to charge all of my Minirigs at once unless I pay £15 for 3 different cables.
(RAVPower 26800mAh) This thing will keep them going weeks!
I have tried many different high-end speakers and these really do shine but I would personally say they are over priced, yes they are built well, sound nice, have a long battery life, look nice and are built in the UK but still it's just lithium batteries, what I'm guessing a little efficient T-class Amp and some good quality 3" speakers and a little aptX Bluetooth board wrapped in an aluminium shell. I don't know much about manufacturing costs but I do know a lot about the cost of the type of components used. The markup certainly is high!
The JBL Xtreme can be had around £200 and sound very good too, like the Mining 2.1 it has lots of bass and isn't as far away from the Minirigs in terms of sound as the prices may suggest.
If you don't mind spending nearly double to get about 10% better sound quality than the closest competition and a bit more battery life then go for these.
The Minirigs stands above most of the competition but in my opinion not quite enough to justify the price. If they were say £250 and the quality control and customer service was better these would be a no brainer.