on February 24, 2012
It's scary buying speakers that you never had an opportunity to audition. It borders on lunacy. Trust me though, you will be safe with these. My new place has a much smaller living room and because of doorways, hallways, and HVAC registers, there was just no way to utilize my existing Cerwin Vega huge floor standing speakers. And even in the places I've lived that actually had enough space for them, they still left me feeling the sound quality could be "better". They served me well for about 12 years, and everybody else loved them, but I've always wanted more. So I started my research. In Oklahoma City the opportunities to audition speakers is slim, but I did finally find a Best Buy with a listening room. I tried the Klipsh, Polk, and a few others, and just couldn't justify spending the money on them. It finally came down to the Orb Audio speakers and these. Since the Orbs are front firing, I was concerned about placement and achieving the so called sweet spot. Not even remotely a concern with the Mirage. Both speaker sets get raves all over the internet. The only real negatives I found on the Mirage have been from folks expecting them to do other than what they are very clearly designed to do. They didn't meet their expectations, but those expectations were unreasonable to begin with. You HAVE to use a subwoofer with these speakers. They are simply too small to provide huge bass response. These also require a " break in period" of 100 hours or so. As you listen, over time, they get louder without increasing the volume on the amp. They also start out a bit "bright" sounding. They either get "warmer" over time, or the listener gets use to the brightness, but I found that brightness to be exactly what I was missing in the Cerwin Vegas. These speakers, that I can hold two of in each hand, produce more volume than speakers so huge I can just barely lift them. They have more presence, and are far more accurate in their sound reproduction. They are also matched to each other. They virtually DESTROY the concept of the "sweet spot". Just remember, these are designed as a surround system that utilizes the subwoofer to provide bass response. Mirage does make other speakers that would be suitable for other than that, but I can't speak to those. I love these so much that I am getting another two separate speakers (unfortunately the two will cost me more than this entire set) and their 10" powered sub to replace my old JBL sub. I'm getting the extra two because since I bought this set, my 10 year old Yamaha HTR5550 is starting to give up the ghost. I'm losing optical inputs and it just isn't up to the quality input that I get from my comp and the newer input sources. I figured that since I have to replace it anyway, may as well step up to 7.2. so, on the way are speakers 6 and 7, the new sub arrives tomorrow, and another on Monday for the .2 portion of 7.2. New receiver by mid week next week. I can't wait to get it all going.
If you are looking for a surround system for anything other than a large area, with placement issues, you should be very satisfied with these. Don't listen to those who say you can't put them up high, or any of the other negatives. All you have to do when mounting them over six feet high is flip them upside down. I would suggest auditioning them if you can, because the omni polar design creates a listening experience that is very different than that from direct radiating speakers. It's actually more natural, realistic, and lifelike than what we are used to. Strangely, I can see how that could put some folks off, listening being such an individual thing. I love these speakers, and they are the best I have ever owned. To top it off, they are relatively inexpensive.
on December 10, 2009
I bought this speaker set from Amazon Marketplace in May 2009 and connected it to my Denon receiver. It certainly gave a better performance as compared to my old sony (an inexpensive set) speakers. However, in November the center channel speaker started giving muffled sound. I could hardly hear the dialogue from Blue Ray movies. I contacted the sellers and they referred me to the manufactureres. My experience with them was not very pleasant. The manufacturers ultimately referred me to a third party service center who were quite unprofessional. The bottomline is that after paying more that $700 on a set of speakers, we should get quality performance. The manufacturers should improve the quality of their products as well as service.
on October 9, 2010
The speakers sounded flat and shallow out of the box, but once calibrated on my receiver, they really do sound quite good. My Reference Series 12" Klipsch subwoofer was a little much for them and I had to lower the volume on it. Now that the levels are equal, the sound blends beautifully.
Music is a little centered with the omnipolar tweeter design, but I expected that. These speakers are used 95% of the time for movies so this wasn't a concern for me. Movies do sound great, the sound comes from where it is supposed to and you really do feel engulfed in the movie.
If you are looking for small satellites that have the WAF (wife approval factor), then these are for you. And remember...friends don't let friends buy Bose. Nothing from Bose can even come close to these at any price point.
on September 16, 2012
I first purchased the mirage nanosat 5.0 from best buy a few years ago and they really surprised me just how crisp and clear they were. I decided to get the prestige for my business, but since the prestige have the center channel, I decided to keep the prestige for home and they are much better than the previous nanosats. These are ment for tv and movie watching, not for music. Some people don't like these just because they don't understand what their purpose is. They are ment to fill the room with sound, there is no sweet spot like you would find in other conventional speakers. You will also need a subwoofer with these because they are small and can't produce anything past 120hz, which is where you need to set your reciever at (120hz/small). **If you really want these for music then please look elsewhere**. These are perfect for tv which I have my reciever in 5 channel mode and movie watching which I use movie mode on my reciever(Blu ray or on tv)
Only knock on the prestige: HIGH GLOSS BLACK = FINGER PRINTS (think new xbox 360 high gloss black)
on March 3, 2010
These speakers are great... i got them at Best Buy 50% off. I think for $460 its definately worth the price. but at full price, ($900+) i probably wouldnt go with these considering you have to purchase the subwoofer separately (another $360). in that case i would go with Definitive Technologies ProCinema 600. the sound was just a little better and for $799 u get the 5.1 instead of the 5.0.
But price aside, these are great!