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Paradigm MilleniaOne Speaker System First Look

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Paradigm MilleniaOne Speaker System

Paradigm MilleniaOne Speaker System

Summary

  • Product Name: MilleniaOne 5.0 Speaker System
  • Manufacturer: Paradigm
  • Review Date: May 10, 2011 01:10
  • MSRP: $1,249 (5 satellites), $1,399 (sub)
  • First Impression: Mildly Interesting
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MilleniaOne Speakers

Design (each speaker
including center channel
2-driver, 2-way vented die-cast aluminum
enclosures with integrated baffle and chassis.
Low-diffraction grilles maximize imaging and
ensure smooth dispersion.
Crossover 3rd-order electro-acoustic at 2.2 kHz
High-Frequency Driver 25-mm (1 in) S-PAL™ satin-anodized
pure-aluminum dome
Bass / Midrange Driver 102-mm (4 in) S-PAL™ satin-anodized
pure-aluminum dome
Low-Frequency Extension* 76 Hz (DIN)
Frequency Response:
On-Axis
30° Off-Axis

±2 dB from 120 Hz - 20 kHz
±2 dB from 120 Hz - 18 kHz
Sensitivity - Room / Anechoic 89 dB / 86 dB
Suitable Amplifier Power Range 15 - 100 watts
Maximum Input Power 50 watts
Impedance Compatible with 8 ohms
Height, Width, Depth
(not including stand)
19.5 cm x 11.5 cm x 14.5 cm
7-3/4 in x 4-1/2 in x 5-3/4 in
Weight (unpacked) TBA
Finishes Gloss Black, Gloss White

MilleniaSub

Design Dual driver, sealed box, vibration cancelling,
built-in Ultra-Class-D™ power amplifier,
built-in wireless receiver for wireless option,
USB port for PBK equalization
Amplifier: High-Current,
Discrete Output
900 watts Dynamic Peak /
300 watts RMS
Amplifier Features Auto-on, soft clipping, thermal monitoring
Bass Drivers Two 355-mm x 76-mm (14 in x 3 in)
reinforced polymer cones,
corrugated Santoprene® surrounds,
25-mm (1 in) voice-coils
Low-Frequency Extension* 21 Hz (DIN)
Subwoofer Cut-Off Frequency Variable 35 Hz - 150 Hz; Bypass Option
Sub / Sat Phase Alignment Variable 0° - 180°
Line-Level Input RCA Sub-Out / LFE-Out of receiver,
processor or other line-level source
Height, Width, Depth
(horizontal, including feet)
13.75 cm x 46.5 cm x 35.5 cm
5-1/2 in x 18-3/8 in x 14 in
Height, Width, Depth
(vertical, including stand)
38.25 cm x 12.5 cm (stand width 17.9 cm) x 46.5 cm
(15 in x 4-7⁄8 in (stand width 7 in) x 18-3⁄8 in)
Height, Width, Depth
(on-wall, including hardware)
35.6 cm x 46.5 cm x 15.0 cm
(14 in x 18-3⁄8 in x 5-7⁄8 in)
Weight (unpacked) 10.9 kg / 24 lb each
Finishes Satin Black, Satin White
Accessories (sold sep.) Paradigm PT-2 Wireless Transmitter (see below)
Paradigm Perfect Bass Kit room correction system
MilleniaSub Wall-Mount Bracket system

Executive Overview

What does your mom want for Mother's day more than a small speaker system? Well, probably just about anything but if you have to get her speakers, Paradigm may have an option for you. The MilleniaOne system has been out for a little while but we haven't taken a close look at it. We're about to remedy that.

As you can see from the picture above, the satellites are tiny. At 7.75" tall, 4.5" wide and 5.75" deep, they'll fit just about everywhere. They feature a die-cast aluminum enclosure with a high gloss finish and silver drivers. They have an oval shape with a 4" Satin-Anodized Pure-Aluminum Bass/Midrange driver paired with a 1" tweeter constructed out of the same material. While the tweeter looks like it is mounted co-axially inside of another woofer, it isn't. That's just a stylized baffle that probably functions as a bit of a horn. The speaker have matching grilles (you can get the MilleniaOne speakers in either white or black) and look to be a metal mesh. Paradigm promises that the grilles are low-diffraction and won't affect imaging and dispersion. 

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With a small, satellite speaker system you are most worried about two things - placement and performance. With the MilleniaOne system, placement is not an issue as they include not only stands but wall mounts. Performance is helped not only by superior drivers but also a vented design. As you can see in the exploded view above, Paradigm is using an extended port to increase the bass output of these small speakers. Paradigm promises a low end extension both on and 30 degrees off axis down to 120Hz at +/-2dB. Not super impressive but they also specify a low frequency extension down to 76Hz "DIN". DIN, apparently indicates -3dB in a typical listening room. So... we don't know. We'd suggest crossing over the MilleniaOne speakers at 120Hz and lower the crossover until you hear dropouts.

MilleniaSubIf you want to add a sub, your Paradigm dealer will likely recommend the MilleniaSub. The MilleniaSub is a diminutive 14" by 18.375" by 8.875" and a paltry 24 pounds. Like the speakers it comes in either white or black but with a satin finish rather than high gloss. It has a 300 watt class D amp and a built in wireless receiver for use with the Paradigm PT-2 transmitter (you'll need to buy that separately). It an RCA style input, variable 35Hz to 15Hz crossover with a bypass option, and a variable phase control. It has a USB port for use with the Paradigm PBK-1 Perfect Bass Kit which is a room correction system which, you guessed it, is sold separately. And while you're at it, if you want to wall mount the MilleniaSub, you can buy the bracket system as well.

placement

The real story here are the drivers. In such a small enclosure, you're going to need to maximize the driver space. The MilleniaSub looks more like an external hard drive than a sub and they've utilized both sides installing a driver on both. The enclosure is sealed and designed to resist vibration and is constructed out of 5mm thick extruded aluminum. The dual 14" by 3" reinforced polymer cones are held to the box by an over-molded corrugated Santoprene surround and have 1" voice coils. The drivers fire in opposite directions which also helps reduce vibrations and resonances. Unlike the satellites, Paradigm doesn't give a specification for how low the sub will go. All it lists is the DIN measurement which puts it down to 21Hz. That we would like to see... hear... feel. As you can see from the graphic above, placement options are numerous.

Conclusion

Paradigm has a great reputation for sound but they also have a reputation for price. The satellites are not overly expensive at $499 for a pair or $1249 for a 5.0 set (the per speaker price is listed at $249 but you can only buy them in sets). The MilleniaSub, on the other hand, is commanding $1399, more than the 5.0 speakers. If you are really into home theater, you might not think spending as much (or more for some of us) on a sub as all the rest of the speaker is unusual but for the average consumer, it is shocking. We'll have to see how they react. The fact is that the speakers are small, should perform well, and the sub is probably one of the most easy to place on the market. If they had thrown in the wall bracket and the wireless transmitter the price would seem better.

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Recent Forum Posts:

Seth=L posts on July 03, 2013 10:24
The quality is top notch. Incredibly inert and solid feeling.
slipperybidness posts on July 03, 2013 09:23
Seth=L, post: 975393
I'll actually keep it brief.

Open sound, very forward. Heavily recommend time alignment by putting speakers at ear level and tilt as far up as the bracket allows (stand mount, not wall mount), doing so mellows them out a little if you don't like the aggressive sound. Not much for extension, but low enough to pair with a good subwoofer. I have mine paired with an M&K V-125THX and the sound is very even keel. Impressive dynamics for such a small speaker.

What's your take on build quality and the aluminum enclosure? It's the enclosure that catches my interest the most.
Seth=L posts on July 02, 2013 18:16
I'll actually keep it brief.

Open sound, very forward. Heavily recommend time alignment by putting speakers at ear level and tilt as far up as the bracket allows (stand mount, not wall mount), doing so mellows them out a little if you don't like the aggressive sound. Not much for extension, but low enough to pair with a good subwoofer. I have mine paired with an M&K V-125THX and the sound is very even keel. Impressive dynamics for such a small speaker.
Seth=L posts on June 25, 2013 08:26
Mildly interesting only because of the superlatively expensive compact subwoofer. The satellites are impressive and blend well with a good subwoofer.

I'll post a more comprehensive analysis later on.
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