Big Sound, Small Package

Denon's new Envaya Mini proves size doesn't equate to volume.

As recently as five years ago, speakers were regarded less as gadgets and more as furniture pieces, often standing as high as side-tables and warranting similar consideration as interior-design centerpieces. Nowadays, nearly everyone can get away with having a speaker as small and portable as Denon’s new Envaya Mini, which proves that big sounds can really come in small packages. According to Paul Belanger, the product manager for D+M Group, which owns Denon, this zucchini-sized Bluetooth speaker’s dual oversized drivers “allow it to perform way beyond what you’d expect from a speaker this size.” Though the Envaya Mini is orders of magnitude smaller than the oil drum-sized speakers of the past, its design, developed with Amsterdam-based Feiz Design Studio, is still very much a priority. “The sturdy, premium materials used to craft the unit were chosen to stand the test of time while still making it stylish,” adds Belanger of the speaker’s water-resistant materials. It’s hard rationale to argue with: A speaker’s good looks only matter if it works.

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