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1080pixel's Avatar 1080pixel
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A reputable electronics dealer has the silver Uni-theater for $300 and the black one for $600. I am thinking getting a silver one and spray paint it black (or dark gray like its cousin).

Has anyone tried that? Problems? Void warranty? Looks tacky/cheap?

Obviously you can't return it once painted.
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Was thinking of picking up some Mirage Omnisat V2FS fronts to replace my Polk Surroundbar (which I don't really like). However, I'm wondering what might be a good center channel with the V2FS fronts? I don't like the look of the V2CC AT ALL. I know it's best to get something matched, but that thing is pure ugly to me (your mileage may vary). Anyone have the V2FS fronts successfully matched with another center? I really like something sleek like the Polk VM20.

I'm using a Denon AVR3080CI and Infinity sub, by the way.
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A reputable electronics dealer has the silver Uni-theater for $300 and the black one for $600. I am thinking getting a silver one and spray paint it black (or dark gray like its cousin).

Has anyone tried that? Problems? Void warranty? Looks tacky/cheap?

Obviously you can't return it once painted.

Never tried it or known anyone who has. Probably won't void the warranty since it is not a modification of any of the parts that matter in such instances. Just make sure that you don't paint any of the drivers in the process. Also, painting the grille could prove to be tricky which could result in the undesired tacky/cheap appearance you most likely are trying to avoid. Best of luck in your endeavor.
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Originally Posted by LushMojo View Post

Was thinking of picking up some Mirage Omnisat V2FS fronts to replace my Polk Surroundbar (which I don't really like). However, I'm wondering what might be a good center channel with the V2FS fronts? I don't like the look of the V2CC AT ALL. I know it's best to get something matched, but that thing is pure ugly to me (your mileage may vary). Anyone have the V2FS fronts successfully matched with another center? I really like something sleek like the Polk VM20.

I'm using a Denon AVR3080CI and Infinity sub, by the way.

Aside from the V2-CC, the only other Mirage products that use the same composite drivers are the Nanocenter, Nanosat, Nanosat Prestige, and Omnisat V2. Any of those would be a theoretical match, but the V2-CC is the best overall option with the V2-FS. Mirage, unfortunately, has never really had a sleek center channel option. BTW, I have a demo V2-CC I'd let go for an attractive price. Wish I could be of more help. Perhaps someone who has successfully mixed-and-matched will enter with some suggestions.
RWALKER44's Avatar RWALKER44
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I'm on the fence between the Uni-theater ($500) or two Nanosat with a cc ($500)...I have heard the Nanosat but not the Uni-theater..Should they both sound the same? Can I get good seperation with the Uni in a small room?

I will pair it up with a sub. Do you suggest the Omni S8 or the Omni S10? I was also looking at the Velodyne subs, but thought it would better better to stay within the brand

I am planning on getting rear speakers later
pbc's Avatar pbc
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I'm on the fence between the Uni-theater ($500) or two Nanosat with a cc ($500)...I have heard the Nanosat but not the Uni-theater..Should they both sound the same? Can I get good seperation with the Uni in a small room?

I will pair it up with a sub. Do you suggest the Omni S8 or the Omni S10? I was also looking at the Velodyne subs, but thought it would better better to stay within the brand

I am planning on getting rear speakers later

While I've read good things about the Unitheater, it will never give you the same separation and spacial feeling as seperate speakers.

As for the sub, bigger is always better if you can fit it (goes lower, more headroom etc). Keeping the "brand" consistent should be the last thing on your priority list for subs, it really doesn't matter as you're not looking to "timbre" match or voice match the sub to your speakers.

Regards.
1080pixel's Avatar 1080pixel
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Here are two reviews on Uni-Theater:
http://www.soundstageav.com/audiovid...s/20050901.htm
http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/art...&page_number=1

The Uni_theater speaker is not for everyone. It's main niche is simplification, elegance, minimalism.
1080pixel's Avatar 1080pixel
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By the way, the SILVER Uni-Theater is on clearance at Vanns for half the price of the black color.
RWALKER44's Avatar RWALKER44
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Thanks for the heads up, I just purchased at Vanns. Although it would be nice to get the seperation. $300 for the Uni-Theater is hard to pass up. Its twice the speakers for half the price. The Uni is also much cleaner looking.

I also just purchased a HSU Sub to go with it. My wife wants the Mirage Omnican for the L,R & rear, but I have not made up my mind.
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i picked mine up last week. I was thinking of grabbing one more. I really want a pair of V2s though and i keep getting screwed on some Ebay auctions. I almost had a pair of V2 floorstanders for $425 shipped.
1080pixel's Avatar 1080pixel
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My silver Uni coming Monday 5/12. Got my matte black spray can ready! Hope to post some before and after pix.
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Are you going to disassemble the unit or just tape it up?
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Originally Posted by RWALKER44 View Post

I'm on the fence between the Uni-theater ($500) or two Nanosat with a cc ($500)...I have heard the Nanosat but not the Uni-theater..Should they both sound the same? Can I get good seperation with the Uni in a small room?

I will pair it up with a sub. Do you suggest the Omni S8 or the Omni S10? I was also looking at the Velodyne subs, but thought it would better better to stay within the brand

I am planning on getting rear speakers later

Go with the Nanosats. I haggled with a Best Buy associate for an open box item. I ended up getting the Prestige 5 set, which consists of 4 Mirage Nanosat Prestige and 1 Nanosat CC. I got that for $500.

Try a Best Buy to see if they have that set as an open box item. The ones I got were essentially brand new, I kid you not. I honestly don't think they were ever used. I could live without the box.
1080pixel's Avatar 1080pixel
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Are you going to disassemble the unit or just tape it up?

Definitely remove the grill and spray paint both outside and inside. I might need to spray at an angle and not straight on so "sides" of the perforations get coverage too.

I am thinking of cutting cardboard template for the speakers to cover up them up during spraying. I am not sure about those tiny tweeters yet.

As for the case, I won't install the glass base until the case is painted.

I think it's best to keep the spray paint at least about a foot or foot/half away from the painting surface.

THIS IS NOT INSTRUCTION FOR YOU TO DO IT. IT'S SIMPLY HOW i PLAN TO DO IT.
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Look into powdercoating. Not too expensive for an item that small and it will give a nice gloss finish (any color). You will need to remove the speakers though.

You can also go to an auto painter and get a price, may be worth the extra cash. I think the DIY spray paint is a bad idea
tomwil's Avatar tomwil
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Stopped in BB/Magnolia and decided to get the Mirage Omni S8 Subwoofer. When they brought out the box, I noticed that on the box it said it was made in China.

I looked at their floor demonstration model, and it was made in Canada. They would not sell me the floor model, so I left empty-handed.

How reliable is Mirage "made in China" electronics? My KLH subwoofer that was made in China died in only a couple of years. I don't want the same thing happening with the Mirage.

The Mirage seems to have a circuit board and transformer, as shown.


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My Mirage Omni 350s are for sale. PM me if interested.
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Paid 300 for the silver instead of 600 for the black, then painted black myself.
Here are the before and after pix. The 'metallic' in the paint shows up as tiny 'sparkles' because of the camera's flash but I barely see them.
Not as good as the orig black but I think it's worth $300 saved.
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How reliable is Mirage "made in China" electronics?

I've sold Mirage before and after the manufacturing shift from Canada to China and I've had the same amount of failures with both countries of origin - 2 each (all but one within warranty and the warranty ones were replaced free of charge).
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Paid 300 for the silver instead of 600 for the black, then painted black myself.
Here are the before and after pix. The 'metallic' in the paint shows up as tiny 'sparkles' because of the camera's flash but I barely see them.
Not as good as the orig black but I think it's worth $300 saved.

1080p, very nice job!! Congratulations on the success of your project and happy listening
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I've got OMD-5 as satellite "mains" & some omnican6's coming as surround. I'm going to splurge on the OMD-C1 to round out the system (oh along w/ a Hsu sub I've had for 10 yrs).

but the question is... can the omd-c1 center sit above the TV? THis would put it at 6' off the ground, and so 2-3' above the ear when seated. Also wondering if you're supposed to turn it upside-down if you do mount it high like that.

Let me know if you have some thoughts or experiences for me. much appreciated!!
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I bought my in-laws 5 omnisats with a small HSU sub. Not a very accurate sound stage, but sound very open. perfect for my in-laws, who wanted them to be as invisible as possible, and a much better option than the bose system i talked them out of.
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First let me disclose that I am pretty much a newbie when it comes to home theaters. I'm looking to purchase a complete home theater and have already decided on the TV (Samsung LN52A650) and the receiver (Denon AVR-2308CI) but am somewhat undecided on the speakers. The manager at Electronics Expo recommended the Mirage Nano Sats 5.1, but I'm a little concerned that the sub won't be strong enough for my room which is approximately 23' x 18'. Also, I read some reviews where some people had problems with the cc where they had trouble clearly hearing dialog, but I think this may be more of a placement issue rather than an issue with the cc. I'm now considering going with the Nano Sat Prestige system and buying the Mirage M10 sub, however that package will cost $1,400 or so vs the $600 for the Nano Sats 5.1 package. Is it worth the difference in the money? I'm also considering getting the KEF KHT3005 speakers since a salesperson at 6th Ave Electronics recommended these and CNET has them rated as their Editors Choice. The KEF's are on sale at Circuit City for $900 after their 10% online coupon. I appreciate anyone giving me some input. BTW, I anticipate using the speakers as follows: 50% watching TV, 20% gaming, 20% movies & 10% listening to music. Thanks in advance.
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Paid 300 for the silver instead of 600 for the black, then painted black myself.
Here are the before and after pix. The 'metallic' in the paint shows up as tiny 'sparkles' because of the camera's flash but I barely see them.
Not as good as the orig black but I think it's worth $300 saved.

why didn't you pay $300 for the black B-stocks? I got mine from ebay for < $300......

But I really admire your painting/spraying skill! It really look like an original black lol!

by the way, may I know what kind of terminal you use for your Uni-Theater? I am forced to use bare cable I'm using Belden 1311A (12AWG) and I almost bought 1313A (10AWG) and I doubt it can fit in the hole in the spring terminal.
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why didn't you pay $300 for the black B-stocks? I got mine from ebay for < $300......

But I really admire your painting/spraying skill! It really look like an original black lol!

by the way, may I know what kind of terminal you use for your Uni-Theater? I am forced to use bare cable I'm using Belden 1311A (12AWG) and I almost bought 1313A (10AWG) and I doubt it can fit in the hole in the spring terminal.

I am not comfortable about purchasing stuffs from ebay especially electronics.
Bare cable. I heat it up with solder and flux so it won't fray or broken from connect/disconnect.
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FWIW the Mirage Omnisat V2s seem to be on sale now ... for example, Vanns.com
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FWIW the Mirage Omnisat V2s seem to be on sale now ... for example, Vanns.com

Do you know if that's because they're being discontinued? When the V1's were discontinued, they ended up selling for about $80 a piece.
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Do you know if that's because they're being discontinued?

New Omnisat (OS3) product is said to be coming in September. The changes include MDF baffles and OMD series-inspired ribbed elliptical surrounds. Prices will remain the same on the OS3-Sat and OS3-CC while the OS3-FS will increase by $200 MSRP per pair.

No new traditional Omni series box product is slated. The only other new product introductions are a satellite smaller than the Nano, called the Pico, and a couple of new small, high power subwoofers that will be crossed over between the Mirage and Energy lines.
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Hi,

I'm moving to a new house that has a 5.1 speaker setup already installed.

The center channel speaker is a cheap one though.

I have a Uni-Theater from my old house. Has anyone tried using the Uni-Theater as a center channel speaker? Is there anyway to utilize all of the drivers from just one speaker cable?

Thanks
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I'm currently putting together a 5.1 home theater system. My budget is $2,500 for speakers. I already have a subwoofer, so I will just be purchasing the fronts, the satellites, and a center channel.

I've auditioned Mirage speakers in the past, and I've been impressed by their ability to make just about every seat a good one.

I'm trying to decide if I should get four Omnisat V2 FS floorstanders and their matching center channel, or go for four OMD-5 bookshelves with their matching center.

If it helps, the room I will be using is 14' 9" wide and 23' 8" long with 6' 6" ceilings (it is a finished basement, hence the low ceiling height). The last 5' 5" of the left wall is a doorway into another room.

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