Excerpt: Building on the success of Arcam’s Solo the Solo Mini takes modern trends to their extremes and brings us a sleeker, smaller Solo that even manages to slim the price tag down to a respectable Â£650 sans speakers. This miniturised version of the Solo retains all the performance of its bigger brother and sacrifices just a little loudness whilst being still powerful enough to fill a good sized room for a party or serious music listening.
Excerpt: Arcam has done a particularly good job of extending its Solo sub-brand. Starting with the original Solo model, we've now had a movie-playing version, the Solo Movie; an internet-streaming variant, the Solo Neo; and this, the compact version. OK, the Solo Mini is hardly petite by class standards.
Pros: High-quality build, still looks good, smooth yet detailed sound
Cons: Others offer more in the way of features, limited USB functionality
Summary: If a better combination of value for money and performance exists, we've never seen it. Arcam has crafted a truly admirable all-in-one system, bursting with features and oozing true hi-fi qualities
Pros: Price, Terrific performance, As good as most separates for the same price, Compact design
Cons: If there's something not to like, we can't find it
Excerpt: Flushed, no doubt, by the success of the original 'Solo', Arcam has now progressed to a three-band, half-width, receiver with built-in CD player - and that's usually the territory of Aiwa, Matsui and other faceless brands that no one has ever heard of.
Conclusion: Sehr kompakter CD-Receiver mit guten Zutaten und hochwertiger Verarbeitung, zahlreichen Eingängen und DAB-Empfang. Eine Phono-Vorstufe und ein Digitalausgang wären in dieser Preisklasse nicht schlecht gewesen. Klanglich kann der Solo Mini voll überzeugen – aber das Vergnügen ist nicht ganz billig.