If your home is your castle and you rule with an iron fist, you may want to stop reading right here. But if your queen is like most others, she has a powerful influence when it comes to decorating your palace. If your taste in electronic devices is on a grand scale but your queen disagrees, a treaty must be signed and consumer electronic purchases are usually scaled back.
For example, I have a penchant for large obtrusive floor-standing speakers with enough power to rip my clothes, all the while being accurate enough to hear a triangle playing during an orchestral movement. But finding space in my modest home or, more importantly, justifying three months salary on my dream ensemble, doesn't fly well with my wife. So, as others before me, I have learned to compromise to keep my queen happy. This has meant shopping for more modest sized speakers with value pricing such as the OMNISAT MICRO system from Mirage Speakers.
Unique Features - Mirage has taken their successful OMNISAT Omnipolar speaker design and made it smaller. Weighing less than three pounds each, OMNISAT MICRO satellite speakers are built to achieve a 30% direct and 70% reflective sound for a 360-degree omni-directional listening environment, just as with their nearly two-year old big brother, the OMNISAT. The benefit of reflecting sound is greater depth than with direct sound, similar to a concert setting. Instead of having a cone shaped sweet spot directed at one or two seating positions in a room, OMNISAT MICRO speakers with their Omnipolar technology reflect a great deal of sound for better dispersion to envelop listeners in every part of the room.
Each of the five odd shaped satellite speaker casings houses a one-inch pure titanium hybrid tweeter and a three-inch titanium deposit driver. The tweeter is mounted in a coaxial configuration above the polypropylene woofer. The drivers are angled using a patented technology called Omniguide, which provides the 360- degree imagery Mirage was seeking from a variety of mounting surfaces within the listening plane.
The speaker casings are unique unto themselves. Mirage uses injection molded reinforced plastic for a very durable, yet lightweight, cabinet that can be placed on a shelf, mounted to a wall or ceiling, or attached to an optional floor stand. Two-way chrome binding posts are situated in a hidden cavity on the back of each satellite to secure speaker wires.
The MICRO system comes complete with a diminutive subwoofer, the LF-100. This vented design is a front firing, front ported enclosure with an 8-inch titanium-deposit woofer. The total output from the sub is 100 watts of continuous power.
Click to Page 2 for Installation, Listening, and the Final Take.