Arcam Solo Mini Music System – lots of sound from one small box

The Solo Mini Music System from British firm Arcam is for people who don’t like the idea of having a heap of silver, black or whatever colour boxes stacked up in their lounge room.

With a CD player, radio (FM/DAB or FM/AM) and stereo amplifier in one unit, the Solo Mini Music System has a USM port at the front as well as six analog inputs around the back, comprising five RCA ports and one 3.5 mm jack.

There’s also the ubiquitous iPod interface, requiring an optional dock or cable, to cater for the less discerning mobile-music generation.

Taking the clock and DACS from the company’s (What Hi-Fi?) award-winning CD73 system, the Solo Mini is said to reproduce the same clarity and precision as its higher-priced stablemates, the Solo CD, Movie 2.1 and 5.1, but for only $1,598.


  • Integrated CD, radio, stereo amplifier
  • CD or MP3 playback from CD discs
  • 2 x 25wpc linear amplifiers
  • Internal DAB/FM or AM/FM radio tuner
  • Integrated iPod control via optional rLead/rDock
  • Front panel USB input for additional media
  • Six additional analogue inputs
  • Alarm clock with “wake to” CD/tuner/alarm
  • Remote control
  • Full IR and RS232 serial control

Arcam Solo Mini Music System