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I picked up these new Paradigm satellite speakers and thought I would share my thoughts. These are the Paradigm Millenia One satellite from their middle-tier Reference Seres. I was looking for something compact, stylish, and most importantly accurate sounding that would replace my big active studio monitors in my computer speakers (tryiing to reduce the amount of clutter on my desktop). I plan to add a small amp like the Audioengine N22 or a NAD integrated to supply the power to these. (edit: I picked up the N22 and it's a perfect match...great little amp)

First, these things look great. They use aluminum cone tweeter and woofer, and are housed in a ported solid aluminum enclosure with your choice of gloss white or black. They come with desk stands and wall mounts for your mounting convenience. There is a few degrees of give for the desktop stands, so you can aim them up slightly. The speaker terminals won't take bananas and are spring loaded, but I inserted Belden 12 gauge wire into them with no problem. The grille is also aluminum and are magnetically attached. Unfortunately they come off pretty easily and are a bit loose. I noticed that they grills rattled a wee bit when I ran bass test tones through them. I like the fact that the grills are solid, great for curious young fingers.

Here's the specs for the system off the Paradigm site
SPECIFICATIONS
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 ±2 dB from 120 Hz - 20 kHz
30° Off-Axis ±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 7-3/4 in x 4-1/2 in x 5-3/4 in

The stands are also solid metal and the whole speaker feels like a million bucks. They didn't skimp on the construction of these in any way. You know these aren't cheap computer speakers as soon as you pick them up

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I measured their bass response in my normal HT room, and it was as expected, rolling off below 100Hz.



I threw some bass sweeps at them and they sound very clean with no chuffing or rattling (except for the grill)

Price is $549 MSRP in Canada for 2.0, $1349 for the 5.0 set. Should be less in the USA. These are made in China. Workmanship is first rate (better than my last pair of made in Canada Studio 10v5 which had some cosmetic flaws)

How do they sound? I would say they are befitting their reference name. These sound very much like their big brother Studio series (they use the same tweeter), there is an obvous similarity tothe sound of the Studio 10 above 150Hz. Certainly they are very limted in the bass (effectvely -3dB point is above 100Hz). Highs are detailed, sparkly but not harsh or siblilant, mids are well integrated, and what limited bass they put out is tight and never bloated sounding. If you take the time to integrate a quality sub (pick one that you can cross over at 100-120Hz), you have a very compact but premium sounding system.

Unlike many other sub/sat systems, music sounds very good, no obvious frequency suckouts in their sound. I also ran these without a sub and obviously a lot of bass was missing, but they were still listenable. I compared these to my Energy RC-Mini which are micro satellites and these Paradigms were a step above in clarity, dynamics, and bass depth despite similar specs.

Of course, dynamically they are very small speakers and thus they work for small rooms only but I was able to fill my 18x15 space with moderate volumes with no problem.

All in all, these are well worth looking at if you want a WAF friendly mini speaker but don't want to give up musical quality.

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Sweet thanks for the review and good pics. I have been looking at them for a while but have not had a chance to hear them. I would like to use them as height speakers or surround backs. I was wondering how they mount to the wall. Can you turn the bottom brace around to mount them?
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I was wondering how they mount to the wall. Can you turn the bottom brace around to mount them?
For wall mounthing, you wouldn't use the stand part, they give you an extra joint and plate and you attach the speaker to that instead

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I have a 5.0 set with a SVS SB-12NSD and I'm thoroughly happy with them!
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nice. how did you attach the speakers on those stands?

I thought that if I were going to stand mount it, I would find a stand where you can utilize the rear wall mount bolt to attach the speaker to.

I think I should mention mention that this system is a bit different in that the center channel is just the satellite placed on its side (it has a slightly different stand than the sats).

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nice. how did you attach the speakers on those stands?

The stands have a pedestal on them that is smaller than the base of the MilleniaOne stand. It is sitting on top but it actually covers it entirely...
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How's the sound quality when listening in low volume? I was going to get the Polk TL2 but low volume listening has descent sound from someone in here.

Also, there is a great review here by SoundstageXperience.

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I would say the low volume listening is better than average for a speaker of this size. Many very small speakers seem to sound tinny when used at low volumes. That's because they have droops in their frequency response which is even more noticeable at low volumes. The Paradigms are very linear across the upper bass to mid treble and you can still hear the detail.

However, no speaker will sound convincing at low volumes because of the way our ears behave. That's why Dolby Volume (http://www.dolby.com/consumer/unders...e-details.html) and Audyssey Dynamic EQ is such a great feature to have (I'm convinced it's one of the most significant and useful features in modern receivers)

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For wall mounthing, you wouldn't use the stand part, they give you an extra joint and plate and you attach the speaker to that instead

Ok thanks. Those really look sweet!
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Has anyone compared these to Def Tech's PM1000's? I am picking out a new HT system for a small room and can't decide between the two sets. Auditioning is hard since the speakers are sold at different retailers! :-/
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I would say the low volume listening is better than average for a speaker of this size. Many very small speakers seem to sound tinny when used at low volumes. That's because they have droops in their frequency response which is even more noticeable at low volumes. The Paradigms are very linear across the upper bass to mid treble and you can still hear the detail.

However, no speaker will sound convincing at low volumes because of the way our ears behave. That's why Dolby Volume (http://www.dolby.com/consumer/unders...e-details.html) and Audyssey Dynamic EQ is such a great feature to have (I'm convinced it's one of the most significant and useful features in modern receivers)

Thanks for the information. That is very interesting to know.

How does it sounds when place on desktop when use as a desktop speaker?

Another option is the PSB Imagine Mini. There lots of good impression about this little bookshelf speaker.
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I wonder how these compare to Paradigm Atoms. Anyone have a chance to audition them side by side?
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I wonder how these compare to Paradigm Atoms. Anyone have a chance to audition them side by side?
I had Atom v.6's before upgrading. The treble and the midrange are a notch above. The speakers defy the their size. I would've been happy with the equivalent sound quality of the Atom in the smaller size but these are absolutely a step up!
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I just noticed that SV mag posted their review of the Millenia One and Sub system.
http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/par...iaone_speakers

Very impressive review for satellite, especially their measurements.

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The measurements of the MilleniaOne satellite are extraordinary. On-axis response is admirably flat, but the off-axis response is simply amazing. Even at 60° off-axis, there’s almost no difference in the response except the expected treble roll-off (about -2.5 dB at 10 kHz).

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I’m thrilled that at long last a speaker manufacturer decided to build a lifestyle system with all the care and quality it normally lavishes on its cost-is-no-object gear. After an hour, I was convinced that the Paradigm MilleniaOne/MilleniaSub combo is one of the best lifestyle systems I’ve reviewed. And after 4 hours, I was convinced it’s one of the best speaker systems I’ve reviewed.


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...and more recently, this review in hometheaterhifi.com.

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LOVE the look of those. Please post pics once you have them setup on your desk.
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LOVE the look of those. Please post pics once you have them setup on your desk.



Behind the right one is the Audioengine N22 amp. I have a small sub underneath the desk as well.

The other speakers were there temporarily for comparison's sake

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Very nice, finally Paradigm makes an attractive looking set of speakers for once...i am impressed.
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anyone have any recommendations for floor stands for these speakers - just picked up the 5.0 and need to find suitable stands
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warpdrive, thanks for sharing - it will help a lot of people.

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warpdrive,

Looking at your desktop speaker setup, are you using the Audioengine N22 amp to power your Milleniaone?
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warpdrive,

Looking at your desktop speaker setup, are you using the Audioengine N22 amp to power your Milleniaone?

yup, works and sounds great

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Behind the right one is the Audioengine N22 amp. I have a small sub underneath the desk as well.

The other speakers were there temporarily for comparison's sake

How do they compare sound wise with those Dynaudio MC15's?
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How do they compare sound wise with those Dynaudio MC15's?

Surprisingly good actually. And it makes for a good comparison since
MC15 are around $1200 and the Paradigm+N22+Microvee sub come out to the same price.

I did some brief comparison level matched and they actually have very similar tonal balance with the Paradigms sounding a wee bit more forward in the upper mids which seemed to give them a very slightly nasal quality at times (but only slightly). One other thing I noticed is that the Paradigms suffer a bit due to their short height and stands causing the mids sound a bit more shouty on my desktop. Then I propped them up a bit more and that improved the sound. The Dynaudio wins on dynamics too as they just seemed more effortless when you starting to push the volume higher, the Paradigms sounded a bit more constricted. Of course, the Paradigms won out on the bass quantity since I was pairing them with a sub. The MC15 have good enough bass for casual music listening but they could also benefit from a sub. In the end, the Dynaudio's smooth soft dome would win me over if I had to live with just one. Luckily I have both at my disposal (I'm repurposing the Dynaudio for another room)

All in all, I am extremely pleased with the Millenia for their size and quality of sound. The fact they held up very favourably in comparison to pro quality Dynaudios shows that these are not the normal HTIB satellites. They are one of the few mini-sats that I could spend quality time with. For an ultra compact desktop system, they are hard to beat IMO.

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Thanks for the review and info! I am planning on using these guys for my front heights and rear surrounds when I get to that point.
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That is pretty impressive that the Audioengine N22 amp with 22w can power it with good sound. Just what I needed to know. I need a desktop speaker soon.
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