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post #661 of 6690
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Originally Posted by 60285 View Post

I received my Athena LS-C100 a couple of days ago, and got my receiver (Onkyo 705) and my Omni 550's this morning. Two small hitches:
1) The delivery guy told me he delivered a package for me (my cables and banana plugs) yesterday, but delivered it to the wrong address!!! Moron!!!
2) One of my 550's was black and the other was cherry. Now I have to send it back and wait until I get the matching speaker.

The point of this baby rant is that I am one of those who actually purchased the Athena to try with the 550's. I was going to try it both ways and let you know which IMVHO was better. I will still do this, but instead of letting you all know sooner, it will have to be later.

I'm hoping that once everything is in place that it will be worth the (extended) wait!!!

You could fire up the Athena by itself and let us know how it sounds

I would like a center with "big" clear sound. My 550s will be here on Tuesday.
post #662 of 6690
Just sent my Omni 350s and 550s back. For the price their sound was OK. Not near the clarity, depth, or imaging of my old 1989 Polk 11Ts. The really bad thing was that I had a tweeter go bad right out of the box on one of the 550s and now the mid-range on one of the 350s has gone bad. These speakers were hooked up to a system I have had set up for several years with a good NAD amp and NAD CD player. I play mostly classical music so it had nothing to do with over powering them. Just bad components I guess. Had to give them a try based on all the positives stated on this thread and the fact that the price was very good. But, sent them back and purchased Paradigm Monitor 9s instead. Wow, very good sound. Beat my Polks. But of course, quite a bit more expensive. Just wanted to post my experience with the Omnis for what it is worth.
post #663 of 6690
Wow RB that is pretty shocking to hear your bad experience. I've sold quite a few Omni Series speakers and the Mirage line for many years and have never had any issues. Guess your 550's and 350's came from a rare bad batch. Ultimately, I'm glad that you found a speaker in the Paradigms that fit your needs. Happy listening!
post #664 of 6690
I'm considering the OMD-15 speaker. Has anyone installed these and can you tell me whether or not I will need a subwoofer to go with them? I watch about 3/4 movies and listen about 1/4 cds.

Jack
post #665 of 6690
just another pic of the 550's

love these things..

post #666 of 6690
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Originally Posted by JackB View Post

I'm considering the OMD-15 speaker. Has anyone installed these and can you tell me whether or not I will need a subwoofer to go with them? I watch about 3/4 movies and listen about 1/4 cds.

Jack

That's a highly subjective question. Common-sense would suggest that for HT, a sub is a necessity. How big is your room?
post #667 of 6690
TDI, yes, I know. I was really looking forward to hearing the 550s and 350s and the omnidirectional aspect, but unfortunately, I must have gotten a bad couple of sets as you say. Just did not have the heart to try two more sets, so I went with the Paradigms. I am sure overall the Omnis are great speakers for their price range, it would seem they are any way given all the good talk about them on the forums. I would love to hear them in someone else's set up to see what they can really sound like. Never got that chance in my room.
post #668 of 6690
My room is 15.5 wide by 29.5 long. The rear speakers are at about 17 feet. The 12 feet behind the rear speakers is the dining area. It's a townhome.

Jack
post #669 of 6690
I have decided to sell my 350s because I love my Cambridge minimonitors that much! They are in 100% mint condition, but I don't have the original packing materials (not enough storage space), and this will add to the shipping cost.
PM if interested. (Local pickup in OKC would be awesome!)
post #670 of 6690
Well got my 550s and one of them is cherry and one is black. Crap what the heck is wrong with Vanns? This sucks big time. I set them both up anyway to try them out. They sound good to me straight out of the box. For music I do not need a sub with these that is for sure. Turned the bass on my receiver down 3db.

Break in? What is moderate levels... <90db?

Will try a few movies with and with my omnisat center to see how they do as a phantom. One thing for sure is these things are much more efficient than the ominsat...these things are loud.
post #671 of 6690
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Originally Posted by VOLKeith View Post

Well got my 550s and one of them is cherry and one is black.

Their stock is almost gone. Maybe they don't have two of the same color?
post #672 of 6690
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Originally Posted by PULLIAMM View Post

Their stock is almost gone. Maybe they don't have two of the same color?

Well maybe they thought I would not notice
post #673 of 6690
Partial quote from VOLKeith: Well got my 550s and one of them is cherry and one is black. Crap what the heck is wrong with Vanns? This sucks big time.

This is what happened with me when I received my 550's last Friday. I (after the customary 20 minute wait) found out that the brain surgeon that was taking the online orders thought the options were CHarcoal or CHerry, therefore was putting in all orders with a CH on the end, signifying CHERRY speakers......these are supposed to be black ash anyway, NOT charcoal, and still got a mis-pick anyway...so at least they got one right, even though they messed that one up, too...it wasn't what was on my packing list.....
In any event, I have another black one being sent to me.....customer service was going to make me wait until they got mine back, but one of the good folks in the shipping department called me back shortly afterwards and said they were sending me out the right speaker that day, which they did. At least they fixed their boo-boo right away. Vanns is usually very good, so I guess I'll give 'em a pass on this one....
As of Friday, they only had 35 BLACK ASH left...minus mine....so 34 and counting......
post #674 of 6690
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Originally Posted by 60285 View Post

Partial quote from VOLKeith: Well got my 550s and one of them is cherry and one is black. Crap what the heck is wrong with Vanns? This sucks big time.

This is what happened with me when I received my 550's last Friday. I (after the customary 20 minute wait) found out that the brain surgeon that was taking the online orders thought the options were CHarcoal or CHerry, therefore was putting in all orders with a CH on the end, signifying CHERRY speakers......these are supposed to be black ash anyway, NOT charcoal, and still got a mis-pick anyway...so at least they got one right, even though they messed that one up, too...it wasn't what was on my packing list.....
In any event, I have another black one being sent to me.....customer service was going to make me wait until they got mine back, but one of the good folks in the shipping department called me back shortly afterwards and said they were sending me out the right speaker that day, which they did. At least they fixed their boo-boo right away. Vanns is usually very good, so I guess I'll give 'em a pass on this one....
As of Friday, they only had 35 BLACK ASH left...minus mine....so 34 and counting......

Well I dropped off the speaker at UPS last night and called Vanns today and they shipped me the new speaker today 3 day select so at least I won't have to wait a week to get it. The customer service rep said he did not know how a cherry was shipped as none have been in shown in stock for quite a while. Anyway I am satisfied with this service.

The cherry speaker did not look half bad but black fits in with my all black man cave motif.
post #675 of 6690
I tired the phantom center with the 550s and the Omnisat center. The 550s sounded good as a center and were very clear, but the sound seemed much better seperated with the real center. The Omnisat is not as clear though and a lot of this is probably because it is placed above my screen against the wall. Also the disadvantage to the phantom center is you have to have the volume up enough to hear the dialogue and this can make the sound too loud overall if watching a movie while other are sleeping. With a dedicated center you can turn the center up a little to hear the dialogue and leave the rest of the sound effects at a lower level. I think I am going to try the Athena C100 or maybe an omni 150 as the center. The Athena is rear ported and I wonder how it will sound with port plugs. The best option is probably the C100 on a stand a bit from the wall in front of the screen but wanted to avoid a center on a stand if possible. The Omni 150 is front ported so I thought it may work well on the wall and match good with the 550s.
post #676 of 6690
anyone looking

the impossible to find mirage omni 150c is available at crutchfield in the scratch and dent.

i got both 550's from crutchfield, very good to deal with, and neither scratch or dent on my 550's. just the box was beat up.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-7u6wqNf...ch=mirage+c150
post #677 of 6690
Anyone running the 150c using the port plug? If so how does it sound.
post #678 of 6690
I love my Cambridge speakers, but I also still love my Omni 350s (These speakers are very different from each other, and each has its unique charms.) The plan at this point is to keep both and occasionally swap them.
Do you guys prefer your Mirages with or without the grille covers on?
post #679 of 6690
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Originally Posted by tooskinny View Post

Anyone running the 150c using the port plug? If so how does it sound.

The port plug is only meant to be used when the speaker is very close to the wall behind it.
post #680 of 6690
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Originally Posted by PULLIAMM View Post

Do you guys prefer your Mirages with or without the grille covers on?

My 3 year old likes to use the grill covers as helmets.

I tried the 550s without the covers and think they sound better but it probably is just in my head. I will need to leave them on for protection though. When he was 2 he stuffed my sub port full of his PJs and put golf balls in the port hole as well.
post #681 of 6690
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Originally Posted by PULLIAMM View Post

I love my Cambridge speakers, but I also still love my Omni 350s (These speakers are very different from each other, and each has its unique charms.) The plan at this point is to keep both and occasionally swap them.
Do you guys prefer your Mirages with or without the grille covers on?

i keep the tops off, and the fronts on. i like the look.
post #682 of 6690
I keep the covers on mine. With the original Omni series, it's all or nothing with the way they were designed (front cover attaches to the top). Also, that shiny disk inside of the Omniguide would probably be very tempting for my 2 year old daughter, something about having to push anything that looks like a button. Better to be safe then sorry!
post #683 of 6690
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Originally Posted by ditch-digger View Post

i keep the tops off, and the fronts on. i like the look.

I hadn't even though about that as an option. I was thinking either both on or both off.
I haven't arrived at a definite preference yet, but am leaning towards leaving them off. (No kids or pets to worry about.) The silvery look of the cones goes well with my silver components, ant to me they look more compact without the covers.
I am also starting to feel that, while the Cambridges are awesome in a relative sense (relative to size and price), the Mirages are better overall and will probably be my listening preference most of the time. They also reduce my interest in experimenting with other brands because the Omni imaging spoils me for conventional, monopole designs.
post #684 of 6690
I currently have a 7 channel Mirage setup - OM-9 fronts, OM-C2 center, and 4 OM-R2's for side and back surrounds. I'm thinking of replacing the OM-9's with the OMD-15's. Ideally, I'd like to keep my OM-C2 center and OM-R2 surrounds. Would the OMD-15's be a good match with the OM's I already have? And is it worth it to upgrade from the OM-9's to the OMD-15's? Should I consider the OMNI 550's? (Asthetically, they won't match the high gloss black of the rest of my OM's, but I guess that isn't the end of the world if the sound is there.)
post #685 of 6690
Opinions will vary but ..

Match - it would be for many if not most people, though what one person considers a match another person might not. The OMC2 is a beast, in the best sense of the word, so if you have a place for it it's worth trying. Probably depends on how much you use it and personal preference.

Worth it - hard to say - are you unhappy with something or do you just want to try something new? The Omniguide approach is an improvement IMO from the old front and back array. But the OM line was/is something special.

550s - great deal for the money, but not really an upgrade from what you have.
post #686 of 6690
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Originally Posted by buzzy_ View Post

Opinions will vary but ..

Match - it would be for many if not most people, though what one person considers a match another person might not. The OMC2 is a beast, in the best sense of the word, so if you have a place for it it's worth trying. Probably depends on how much you use it and personal preference.

Worth it - hard to say - are you unhappy with something or do you just want to try something new? The Omniguide approach is an improvement IMO from the old front and back array. But the OM line was/is something special.

550s - great deal for the money, but not really an upgrade from what you have.

Buzzy - thanks for the reply. I'd definitely like to keep the OM-C2. It's one of the best centers I've heard. No complaints there. As for replacing the 9's, I'm not unhappy with them, just looking for something with a little more low-end and a little bit fuller sound and thought maybe the OMD-15's would give me that. Then maybe I could re-purpose the OM-9's for side surround. And my thought was that I wouldn't have to replace my Mirage center and surrounds if I upgraded to a newer Mirage speaker for the fronts, assuming they were a close enough timbre match. A lesser reason is that I really need to bring the OM-9's quite a way into the room because of the back array. I was assuming (maybe incorrectly?) that I could push the OMD-15's a little closer to the front wall since they have the Omniguide instead of the rear firing drivers. Unfortunately there are no dealers near me that carry the OMD line, so I'd probably be buying online from Vann's or Crutchfield. Would appreciate any other thoughts about the sound of the OMD-15's. And price being equal, who's better to buy from - Vann's or Crutchfield?
post #687 of 6690
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Originally Posted by HarleyRider View Post

Buzzy - thanks for the reply. I'd definitely like to keep the OM-C2. It's one of the best centers I've heard. No complaints there. As for replacing the 9's, I'm not unhappy with them, just looking for something with a little more low-end and a little bit fuller sound and thought maybe the OMD-15's would give me that. Then maybe I could re-purpose the OM-9's for side surround. And my thought was that I wouldn't have to replace my Mirage center and surrounds if I upgraded to a newer Mirage speaker for the fronts, assuming they were a close enough timbre match. A lesser reason is that I really need to bring the OM-9's quite a way into the room because of the back array. I was assuming (maybe incorrectly?) that I could push the OMD-15's a little closer to the front wall since they have the Omniguide instead of the rear firing drivers. Unfortunately there are no dealers near me that carry the OMD line, so I'd probably be buying online from Vann's or Crutchfield. Would appreciate any other thoughts about the sound of the OMD-15's. And price being equal, who's better to buy from - Vann's or Crutchfield?

great luck, and service with crutchfield.
post #688 of 6690
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Originally Posted by HarleyRider View Post

Buzzy - thanks for the reply. I'd definitely like to keep the OM-C2. It's one of the best centers I've heard. No complaints there. As for replacing the 9's, I'm not unhappy with them, just looking for something with a little more low-end and a little bit fuller sound and thought maybe the OMD-15's would give me that. Then maybe I could re-purpose the OM-9's for side surround. And my thought was that I wouldn't have to replace my Mirage center and surrounds if I upgraded to a newer Mirage speaker for the fronts, assuming they were a close enough timbre match. A lesser reason is that I really need to bring the OM-9's quite a way into the room because of the back array. I was assuming (maybe incorrectly?) that I could push the OMD-15's a little closer to the front wall since they have the Omniguide instead of the rear firing drivers. Unfortunately there are no dealers near me that carry the OMD line, so I'd probably be buying online from Vann's or Crutchfield. Would appreciate any other thoughts about the sound of the OMD-15's. And price being equal, who's better to buy from - Vann's or Crutchfield?

FWIW, I was looking to swap my OM-9s for the OMD-15 as well but I was told by Mirage that the OMD-15 needs even more room to breath than the OM-9s. Give Mirage a call and ask for Michael Colter. He knows the OM series like no other I spoke with at Mirage.
post #689 of 6690
post #690 of 6690
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Originally Posted by PULLIAMM View Post

I am also starting to feel that, while the Cambridges are awesome in a relative sense (relative to size and price), the Mirages are better overall and will probably be my listening preference most of the time.

Turns out I was wrong. More comparison convinces me that the greater bass extension and larger soundstage of the Omnis are worth giving up for the other qualities that the S30s have to offer.
My Omni 350s are still for sale, with local (Oklahoma City) pickup preferred.
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