Voix MPX & MPY review

Plug in your iPod and immerse yourself in 2.1 sound

Voix MPX & MPY
The Voix MPX & MPY is not exactly a home cinema system but can seriously improve your TV's sound

TechRadar Verdict

An impressive system, if you aware of its limitations


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    Impressive design

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    Brings life to your iPod

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    Excellent stereo imaging


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    Build quality issues

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    No digital audio inputs

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As flatpanel TV audio can be a mere afterthought for many manufacturers, a decent stereo speaker set-up is a viable alternative to a true surround system. And Voix, with its pseudo 2.1 MPX/Y pair, provides a decent option. There's even a surprising addition... A flap reveals a fully-functional iPod dock.

The slim towers (the MPY lacks the iPod dock and bass driver) look sumptuous in their (surprise!) gloss black finish intended to complement your TV. The five dome drive units in each column, protected by metal grills, look like they mean business, too.

The rest of the components though, including the weighted base plates, are made of plastic rather than extruded aluminium. Very odd.

Stirring performance

Despite the questionable build quality, I have to admit to being stunned by the rousing performance.

Instead of the reedy sound you often get from small speakers, the MPX/Y system belts out a loud and
wide-open soundstage. From its descriptive top-end to the deep and agile bass, there's little to dislike about its music or movie playback.

The ten drive units work together to form a seamless stereo image if you're sitting anywhere between the two towers.

The tall form factor helps, too – obviously you can move the left and right speakers until you get the perfect stereo image, but the drive units are also perfectly in line with your ears if you're sitting on an average height sofa.

Bass prowess

There's no digital audio input – connection to your TV can only by analogue stereo line feeds – so there's no question of surround or pseudo surround sound, but it will seriously improve on the sound of any internal TV speakers.

Even without the optional subwoofer, which costs an extra £129, there's plenty of bass on hand from the built-in downward-firing bass driver on the MPX tower.

However, an optical in would have provided a cleaner and more convenient connection than the noisy phono inputs provided.

Slick iPod dock

It seems that iPod compatibility is fast becoming a legal requirement for consumer electronics, but this iPod dock is no afterthought. The symmetry of the elegant speaker is not quite ruined when you flip open the lid to reveal the cradle.

There's a little crackle when you slip your 'pod in, but so long as you have fitted the right adapter – there's one in the box for everything from a Shuffle to an iPhone 3G – your iPod will make a snug and clean digital connection, and hand control over to the Voix remote handset.

This system is not exactly home cinema and the lack of an optical input is distressing, but the Voix MPX/Y can seriously improve your TV's sound. And as an iPod dock, it's genius, if you're into that sort of thing.

Jim Hill

Jim is a seasoned expert when it comes to testing tech. From playing a prototype PlayStation One to meeting a man called Steve about a new kind of phone in 2007, he’s always hunting the next big thing at the bleeding edge of the electronics industry. After editing the tech section of Wired UK magazine, he is currently specialising in IT and voyaging in his VW camper van.