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Yeah, that certainly wasn't my intention. To be fair to Mirage, I ended up buying a set of speakers that cost 5x as much (Aerial Model 9s and a CC5 center). If the Mirage center had been up to the challenge, I probably would have just bought the Mirages, but it is a theater after all, and the OMD-C1 really just didn't sound that good to me. Some very annoying midrange resonances and not much in the way of bass. The Aerial CC3 (3x the price) sounded much better, and the CC5 (6x the price!) is a world beater.
I almost ended up using the OMD-15s with my old Mirage MC-si, but I finally discovered what I didn't like about that speaker. The off-axis response is not so good -- the highs roll off rather a lot as you leave the center seat. The Aerial centers sound great even well off axis.
Once the Aerial center was chosen, I did actually try it with the OMD-15s, but the timbre match was of course not very good, so it was on to Aerial mains.
And, honestly, I really felt that I was getting much better commitment to quality by buying from a company that builds in the USA. I think if Mirage were still built in Canada, their speakers would really be better. Building in China has undeniable cost benefits, but in my experience there's very little to inspire the assembly workers to really take pride in their work, and that produces a product that's "good enough" but no more. (This does not reflect upon the workers themselves, but upon how the factories are run.)
Mike Kobb(Formerly "ReplayMike". These opinions are mine alone, and in no way reflect the opinions of employers past or present!)"Mike's Money Pit" Build Thread