With the prospect of competing in a cinema set-up it was apparent that the MiniPod needed some extra bass extension and so a new design brief was set. Modern music listening and the emergence of home theater have created a need for amplification of that bottom octave without wanting to return to big speakers. Traditional subwoofers have always been large chunky boxes, and because most of them have built-in amplification, they usually sport unsightly heat extrusion fins.
My inspiration came from the ancient form of a percussionist’s drum for the shape of the MiniPod bass-station. The sub bass driver sits horizontally on top and vibrates like a drum skin, conducting sound through the cylindrical body of the subwoofer cabinet to the bass-port horn sat underneath.