Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Paradigm MilleniaOne Satellite Speakers (Set of Five)

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Introduction

Paradigm has made a name for itself around the globe for delivering speakers that are consistently strong in accuracy, gigantic soundstage, very precise imaging, deep, powerful bass (which usually significantly increase the cost of other speaker manufacturers offerings) all while keeping the cost below the competition. They do all engineering in house, all speaker component manufacturing in house, all assembly in house and all testing in house. #1 Best Price/Value for 20 years in Inside Track Magazine and #1 Overall 6 times. The MilleniaOne is a satellite speaker that can be used in all five (or seven) channels, along with a subwoofer. Only the MilleniaOne satellite speakers (set of five) are reviewed here.

According to Paradigm, they wanted to produce a speaker that would fit into today's more modern lifestyle. They also saw an opening in the market for a higher end lifestyle system that would sell for the same price. They used some new tricks to improve the sound of their satellites. For example, bass response was improved by lengthening the rear port, and, with using the same materials as the rest of the Studio series, they were guaranteed great frequency response. Design cues allowed them to get a fairly large internal volume without the cabinet appearing larger.

Specifications

  • Design: Two-way, Ported, Aluminum Enclosures
  • Drivers: One 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter, One 4" Mid/Bass
  • Crossover 3rd-order Electro-acoustic at 2.2 kHz
  • MFR: 120 Hz - 20 kHz On-Axis
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB
  • Suitable Amplifier Power Range: 15 - 100 watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 7.75" H x 4.5" W x 5.75" D
  • Weight: 5.4 Pounds/each
  • Finishes Gloss Black, Gloss White
  • MSRP: $249/each USA
  • Paradigm

Satellite sound systems have come a long way since their inception. Companies are now spending vast amounts of money on driver materials, enclosure engineering, crossover components, etc. so relatively good and even great sound can now be achieved. The only obstacle that remains is the innate, physical limitation which generally prohibits the satellites from producing usable low frequencies (there is often a "hole" in the frequency affecting male voices and other sounds in this frequency range, which isn't a problem if you only listen to The Bangles and watch Sex in the City reruns). For this reason, when I see a new system come to market the first question that pops into my head is "how well is the "hole" covered and how well do the satellites integrate with a subwoofer." Read on to find out.