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The core of the system—and the biggest reason I traveled across the country to see it—is the Mighty mini-speaker. I encountered the Mighty at a trade show a couple of months before and couldn’t believe what I heard: an ordinary-looking bookshelf design that exhibited all of the precision and power handling of a top-notch, $10,000-per-pair tower speaker.

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Cinepro Mighty Speakers

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June 25, 2008 By Brent Butterworth

Muscle Speakers

I’ve been to hundreds of audio showrooms, but never one like this. Here, the hottest audio system seems like an impulse purchase compared with the other merchandise. That’s because everything I’m describing as “other merchandise” has four wheels, a ferocious engine, and a very sexy paint job.

I’m hanging out at Champion Motor Group, an auto dealer in Jericho, Long Island, New York. Champion deals in new Bentleys and Lamborghinis, as well as impeccable previously owned high-end autos. But the incredible selection of cars isn’t the only thing that makes Champion Motor Group unique. What’s most exciting to me is what lies just past the Lambos: a custom home theater showroom that serves as the main demo space for audio manufacturer Cinepro.

What are all these speakers and amps doing cohabitating with the world’s finest sports cars? “The managers of the dealership were familiar with our company, and they just thought what we’re doing is cool,” explains Cinepro vice president Dr. Constantine (Gus) Cossifos. “It’s a great fit for us because the story is the same: Our speakers and these cars are all luxury products designed for maximum performance.”

Under the Hood
The Cinepro showroom resulted from a collaboration between Cossifos, Cinepro president Michael J. Panicci, and Audio Command Systems, the largest custom electronics installation firm in the United States. It’s nice, although notably less extravagant than most of the theaters you see profiled in Home Entertainment. The point here is to showcase Cinepro’s products, not the interior design.

The core of the system—and the biggest reason I traveled across the country to see it—is the Mighty mini-speaker. I encountered the Mighty at a trade show a couple of months before and couldn’t believe what I heard: an ordinary-looking bookshelf design that exhibited all of the precision and power handling of a top-notch, $10,000-per-pair tower speaker. I couldn’t figure out how the ambitiously named yet inauspicious-looking Mighty could do what it does. So Cossifos invited me here for a technical rundown and a longer listening session.

One of the secrets of the $3,695-per-pair Mighty is the cabinet. Rap a knuckle against it, and you’d never believe it’s made from medium-density fiberboard. It feels more like cast concrete. The front is made from inch-thick MDF, the other panels are crafted from 0.75-inch MDF, and the inside is braced with more MDF. That’s a lot of biomass for a speaker that measures only about a foot high and half a foot deep. All this density is a good thing because speaker cabinets aren’t supposed to vibrate. If they do, they produce a sound of their own that mars the sound coming out of the woofers, tweeters, and midrange drivers. With the Mighty, there’s no chance you’ll have to worry about that.

Panicci credits the Mighty’s proprietary woofer cone—a carbon/wool composite material—for the speaker’s incredible power ha...

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