Mirage® Dramatically Improves Third-Generation Home Theater Speakers
New Omnisat® Series speakers are slimmer, curvier and sound better than ever
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 7, 2008) — Superior driver technology, slim cabinetry and sleek style were all significant factors when Mirage—known for its immersive sound—began designing its latest OSł home audio speakers. Slated to launch next month, this third-generation Omnisat® Series, consisting of a floorstanding speaker, center channel and compact audio speaker, will replace the company’s v2 line.
According to Martin Tustin-Fuchs, Mirage product line manager, the Omnisat v2 Series firmly established itself as one of the best-sounding home speaker lines in its class. Technology advancements over the past few years, however, have allowed Mirage engineers to take this line and really improve upon its style and immersive performance. In fact, many of the technologies found in the OSł speakers trickle down from Mirage’s flagship OMD Series.
Where cosmetics are concerned, the new magnetically shielded OSł-FS floorstanding speaker, OSł-CC center channel and compact OSł-SAT speaker are slimmer-looking and curvier than their predecessors. All three models are available in a high-gloss black finish and feature magnetic grilles covered in black cloth. Additionally, the floorstander comes in a brushed-black version, while the compact speaker has a high-gloss white option, too. High quality five-way binding posts on each model ensure distortion-free connections.
“These contemporary home audio speakers will appeal to a large variety of consumers—especially the design-conscious person who desires premium audio in a sleek and sexy package,” said Tustin-Fuchs.
With a minimal depth of 6.125 inches, the OSł-FS floorstander, mounted to a glass base for added appeal and stability, stands almost 42 inches tall. It features an MDF-reinforced cabinet to eliminate cabinet vibration and reduce standing waves. The cabinet is internally divided into two sections. The top portion features a 1-inch pure titanium tweeter and an active 4.5-inch poly titanium deposit hybrid midbass driver with an aluminum phase plug, mounted in a patented Omniguide array. This section also incorporates a 4.5-inch passive radiator for greater bass extension. The bottom section consists of four 4.5-inch poly titanium hybrid passive radiators and two active 4.5-inch poly titanium hybrid woofers with aluminum phase plugs, allowing the speaker to create tight, precise bass without the need for a subwoofer. All of the drivers apply patented Ribbed Elliptical Surround technology for greater output and fidelity.
The OSł-CC center channel employs a 0.75-inch pure titanium hybrid tweeter, a 3-inch poly titanium deposit hybrid midrange and two 4.5-inch poly titanium deposit hybrid woofers with neodymium motor structures and aluminum phase plugs. Like the floorstander, the OSł-CC utilizes Ribbed Elliptical Surround technology on its woofers. It also comes with a detachable tabletop stand and a wall mount bracket.
A little over 8 inches tall, the versatile and compact OSł-SAT can serve as a front, center or surround sound speaker. It employs a 1-inch pure titanium hybrid tweeter and a 4.5-inch polypropylene titanium deposit hybrid woofer with an aluminum phase plug and Ribbed Elliptical Surround technology. An included wall/ceiling mount bracket and optional Mirage floor stand further add to the speaker’s adaptability.
According to Tustin-Fuchs, however, Mirage’s Omnipolar® approach to sound is what makes these home audio speakers and the company’s other product lines truly unique. Each Omnisat OSł speaker has a patented Omniguide module, involving two deflectors. While one deflector rests on top of the speaker’s tweeter, the tweeter itself is housed in a deflector, suspended over the midrange or woofer. These combined elements distribute sound directly towards the listener, as well as reflect it off walls, ceilings and other surfaces—resulting in a perfect 360-degree soundstage that evenly permeates the listening environment.
All of these speakers will be sold individually through the specialty retail channel for mix and match simplicity. The U.S. MSRP for the new Omnisat models is as follows: $250* for the satellite, $400* for the center channel, $500* for the brushed-black floor stander and $600* for the high-gloss black floorstander. For increased bass response, the company recommends pairing the speakers with any of the following Mirage subwoofers: the miniature MM-8 or MM-6, the Omni-S8 or the Prestige S10 or S8.
*Prices subject to change without notice.
Established in 1977, Mirage® is known throughout the audio industry as an innovator, continuously setting new standards in speaker design and performance. The company has built its reputation around a different class of listener—one that wants to be completely immersed in sound. Unlike directional speakers, Mirage products are Omnipolar®, delivering the same direct-to-reflected sound ratio as a live event. Audiences don’t notice where the sound is coming from; they just know they’re enveloped in their favorite music and movies. Owned by Klipsch Group, Inc., Mirage is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.