Originally Posted by diablo1
Well, I'm not too sure about that. I previously owned a surround system from Orb Audio (4 Mod1's with a Mod2 center), and to me, the Paradigm MilleniaOne sounded significantly better. You are the first person I have encountered who has presented the opinion that single-driver speakers are superior to multiple-driver ones. I would even suggest that most people in the audio world have the opposite opinion... I appreciate your list, though, as well as your point of view. Some of the speakers on there are really cool, like the ones from MSD. Would love to give those an audition...
Actually, it was Jim who gave you the link to the list of speakers.
I bet the Paradigm MilleniaOne did sound better. It's a better loudspeaker that costs more. Yes, I'm very familiar with the Orb Mod1, Mod2 and Mod4 speaker configurations. I've owned them myself. They used a very simple 3 inch low cost driver. I owned some original Anthony Gallo Micros too.
Actually, I didn't say single driver speakers are superior to all
multi-driver ones but the Minx models do things very well that I've not heard any other brand of satellite in it's price class do. To me the Minx outperforms them in key areas like no crossover to color the sound, no beaming at higher frequencies, a flat on-axis frequency response, correct timing throughout the entire frequency range that they're capable of producing, frequency response out to 25 kHz without the use of a tweeter (you can call it a 2 1/4" super tweeter) and a very low distortion level. They are capable of producing the largest soundstage I've heard from such a small speaker and especially at it's price point.
After owning a Minx system for just a couple of months, I went to listen to other satellite speakers and immediately found faults with the sound they were producing. They were literally hard to listen to and I was so thankful that I chose the Minx. Just to name a few of these speaker brands, B&W, Def Tech (which I used to own before the Minx), Kef, Martin Logan, Monitor Audio and Mirage.