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post #6601 of 6697
Thank You for the kind words.
The A / V Rack is the OmniMount 27U
post #6602 of 6697
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Originally Posted by steve71 View Post

Just a heads up, Woot has a pretty nice price on the OMD-28's in rosewood or black. $1905 for a pair, shipped!

http://sellout.woot.com/offers/mirage-omd-28-floorstanding-speaker-5

I bought a pair for our great room, mostly just for background listening. I'm more of a high efficiency speaker kind of guy, but we don't want huge, ugly speakers in this space - they need to be nice furniture first and foremost. Good sound will be a bonus. wink.gif

If they don't work out, I figure I can probably get my money back on ebay or craig's list.

Anyone else rocking these speakers?

I bought a set of 28's in rosewood. One correction, the price is $1805 for the pair shipped. The sale is still on. I got a delivery notice from UPS, they say they will deliver tomorrow. Interestingly, they said the shipper is Amazon.

Now I have to decide what to do with these. I could use them for stereo in my living room, but I never use that room. I'll set them up in my HT and decide how well they work the the OMD-C1 center and OMD-5 surrounds & rears. I don't want to have to get OMD-C2 & OMD-R's as well!
post #6603 of 6697
Congratulations on picking up the OMD 28s! What a great price for such nice speakers. If I hadn't recently purchased my OS3 FS towers (which I love) and had the budget I would definitely have bought a pair in rosewood. They don't ship to Canada either.

Looking forward to hearing about your listening experience, especially after the break in period.

@ CrazyKat, nice setup indeed. I am looking forward to having a dedicated space for my setup in the next few years (I am in a condo and don't feel good cranking up my system too much for the neighbors sake).
post #6604 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

I bought a set of 28's in rosewood. One correction, the price is $1805 for the pair shipped. The sale is still on. I got a delivery notice from UPS, they say they will deliver tomorrow. Interestingly, they said the shipper is Amazon.

Congrats on the new speakers. FYI Amazon owns Woot
post #6605 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

I bought a set of 28's in rosewood. One correction, the price is $1805 for the pair shipped. The sale is still on. I got a delivery notice from UPS, they say they will deliver tomorrow. Interestingly, they said the shipper is Amazon.

Doh! Yes, you're correct, they are $1805.

Strangely enough, my original order didn't appear to go through. I got a conformation email, but no charge on my CC and no trace of the order on "Stuff you bought".

Customer support was 100% useless (no response in 2 days), so I asked to cancel the order and I re-ordered a pair. Hopefully it works this time.

How long between your order and your shipping notification email?
post #6606 of 6697
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Originally Posted by Niko2911 View Post

@ CrazyKat, nice setup indeed. I am looking forward to having a dedicated space for my setup in the next few years (I am in a condo and don't feel good cranking up my system too much for the neighbors sake).

It could be worse.... biggrin.gif

I live in the middle of nowhere, with practically no neighbors. Yet, despite having a 5,500sqft house, I still have to watch non-G rated movies with headphones. My kids bedrooms are on the same floor.

The property also has a detached 30x40 guest house that I want to turn into one big movie theater, but that's going to take a long time to complete. So for now I use headphones....
post #6607 of 6697
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Originally Posted by steve71 View Post

It could be worse.... biggrin.gif

I live in the middle of nowhere, with practically no neighbors. Yet, despite having a 5,500sqft house, I still have to watch non-G rated movies with headphones. My kids bedrooms are on the same floor.

The property also has a detached 30x40 guest house that I want to turn into one big movie theater, but that's going to take a long time to complete. So for now I use headphones....

Having a detached Movie theater and/or Music room sounds awesome. smile.gif
post #6608 of 6697
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Originally Posted by CRAZYKAT View Post

Having a detached Movie theater and/or Music room sounds awesome. smile.gif

There's about 80 yards or so between buildings. I've hit 120db peaks in there with music (>50hz) and the wife says she can't hear ANYTHING in the main house. Maybe with subs/movies it will be different, but it's looking promising.

I just need a healthy dose of motivation to get started building the subs.
post #6609 of 6697
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Originally Posted by steve71 View Post

Doh! Yes, you're correct, they are $1805.

Strangely enough, my original order didn't appear to go through. I got a conformation email, but no charge on my CC and no trace of the order on "Stuff you bought".

Customer support was 100% useless (no response in 2 days), so I asked to cancel the order and I re-ordered a pair. Hopefully it works this time.

How long between your order and your shipping notification email?

I ordered on Monday, got the order confirmation on Tuesday, shipping notification very late Wednesday (after I last checked email), delivery notification today (Thursday) from UPS and hopefully delivery Friday.
post #6610 of 6697
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Originally Posted by steve71 View Post

There's about 80 yards or so between buildings. I've hit 120db peaks in there with music (>50hz) and the wife says she can't hear ANYTHING in the main house. Maybe with subs/movies it will be different, but it's looking promising.

I just need a healthy dose of motivation to get started building the subs.

That's for sure, a healthy dose of motivation is something a lot of use could use. smile.gif
post #6611 of 6697
I second that.

On another note, had an interesting experience contacting Mirage's Canadian distributor today:

The only mirage models they carry are the nanosats and Omni series that are being sold through 2001 Audio/Video. The rep also told me that although they get tons of calls they have no plans to carry the higher end models as they feel that that market is very small and they basically want to try and attract the lowest common denominator which was sad.

Then I called Mirage's US number, selected the option for consumers and was directed to a lady who again asked me if I was a dealer or a consumer and then proceeded to tell me that they don't sell to the public (even though their phone system implies thusly. She was kind of rude and then have me a phone number for a local rep.

The impression that I am getting from Mirage, unfortunately, is quite sad. It's as if there is no more passion left in the company except for the enthusiasts that gather on forums like these. I am getting a feeling that once Mirage was purchased the people responsible for the last generation of speakers were repositioned elsewhere.

I just don't quite understand why a company with such a unique sound would abandon the opportunity to find new clients.

Sorry for the rant people, I just got a bit disheartened by the experience. I love my speakers and the sound they produce and I know many people that were blown away by the sound and thought they were worth far more than what I paid. Would be nice if more people had the opportunity to hear that for themselves.
post #6612 of 6697
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Originally Posted by Niko2911 View Post

Congratulations on picking up the OMD 28s! What a great price for such nice speakers. If I hadn't recently purchased my OS3 FS towers (which I love) and had the budget I would definitely have bought a pair in rosewood. They don't ship to Canada either.

Looking forward to hearing about your listening experience, especially after the break in period.

@ CrazyKat, nice setup indeed. I am looking forward to having a dedicated space for my setup in the next few years (I am in a condo and don't feel good cranking up my system too much for the neighbors sake).

Thank You,
I would also like a dedicated room like a basement to have a much larger area for a Movie theater and Audio room, but for right now my Living Room has to do. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Niko2911 View Post

I second that.

On another note, had an interesting experience contacting Mirage's Canadian distributor today:

The only mirage models they carry are the nanosats and Omni series that are being sold through 2001 Audio/Video. The rep also told me that although they get tons of calls they have no plans to carry the higher end models as they feel that that market is very small and they basically want to try and attract the lowest common denominator which was sad.

Then I called Mirage's US number, selected the option for consumers and was directed to a lady who again asked me if I was a dealer or a consumer and then proceeded to tell me that they don't sell to the public (even though their phone system implies thusly. She was kind of rude and then have me a phone number for a local rep.

The impression that I am getting from Mirage, unfortunately, is quite sad. It's as if there is no more passion left in the company except for the enthusiasts that gather on forums like these. I am getting a feeling that once Mirage was purchased the people responsible for the last generation of speakers were repositioned elsewhere.

I just don't quite understand why a company with such a unique sound would abandon the opportunity to find new clients.

Sorry for the rant people, I just got a bit disheartened by the experience. I love my speakers and the sound they produce and I know many people that were blown away by the sound and thought they were worth far more than what I paid. Would be nice if more people had the opportunity to hear that for themselves.

Sadly with Mirage all but gone it was surprising to me to see Woot selling some new OMD 28's and for the price they are asking was amazing, but I have buddies on other forums that all have said shipping to Canada has been a problem even for replacement parts.
post #6613 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

I ordered on Monday, got the order confirmation on Tuesday, shipping notification very late Wednesday (after I last checked email), delivery notification today (Thursday) from UPS and hopefully delivery Friday.

That's not bad for $5. Fingers crossed you get yours in time for the week-end!

I see my new order status has changed to 'shipping now'. I'm so happy I decided to re-order, rather than wait for woot's customer service to sort things out. No doubt if they sold out, I'd be out of luck.
post #6614 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

I ordered on Monday, got the order confirmation on Tuesday, shipping notification very late Wednesday (after I last checked email), delivery notification today (Thursday) from UPS and hopefully delivery Friday.

They came ~6 PM Friday. Boxes looked a little beat up but I know Mirage packages their speakers really well so just brought them in and let them warm up until morning. I didn't want to thermal shock them or get condensation. Saturday morning I unpacked them. Mirage recommends having two people to get them out of the box and so do I. Never the less, I was able to do it by myself. I checked them out and everything was visually flawless. I let them warm up for another 8 hours or so then hooked them up to my Onkyo TX-NR808 receiver. Eventually I'll use one of the power amps I have but the Onkyo is fine for the break in. It took 4 dB more gain than the OMD-15's to match the levels by ear. No point in running Audyssey until the break in is complete.

Now I have to figure out what to do with the OMD-15's. I'm thinking of upgrading my receiver to a 9.1 model (Onkyo 929?). Then I could use the 15's as front wides. Alternately, I could use the 15's as L/R surrounds and take the OMD-5's that are currently there and use them as front highs. Anybody have any experience with front wide vs. front high setups? The advantage of the front high would be only 1 pair of speakers taking up floor space up front.

post #6615 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

They came ~6 PM Friday. Boxes looked a little beat up but I know Mirage packages their speakers really well so just brought them in and let them warm up until morning. I didn't want to thermal shock them or get condensation. Saturday morning I unpacked them. Mirage recommends having two people to get them out of the box and so do I. Never the less, I was able to do it by myself. I checked them out and everything was visually flawless. I let them warm up for another 8 hours or so then hooked them up to my Onkyo TX-NR808 receiver. Eventually I'll use one of the power amps I have but the Onkyo is fine for the break in. It took 4 dB more gain than the OMD-15's to match the levels by ear. No point in running Audyssey until the break in is complete.

Now I have to figure out what to do with the OMD-15's. I'm thinking of upgrading my receiver to a 9.1 model (Onkyo 929?). Then I could use the 15's as front wides. Alternately, I could use the 15's as L/R surrounds and take the OMD-5's that are currently there and use them as front highs. Anybody have any experience with front wide vs. front high setups? The advantage of the front high would be only 1 pair of speakers taking up floor space up front.


In my last house I used 15's as front wides and 5's as front highs (also had 15's as surrounds). I could only imagine that the 15s are better as surrounds than the 5's (I didn't test, so I could be wrong, it's just my perception). However, I did feel the front high's added more depth and substance than the front wides. That's just my opinion. Plus I think it's much easier to add front high's than wides.
post #6616 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

They came ~6 PM Friday. Boxes looked a little beat up but I know Mirage packages their speakers really well so just brought them in and let them warm up until morning. I didn't want to thermal shock them or get condensation. Saturday morning I unpacked them. Mirage recommends having two people to get them out of the box and so do I. Never the less, I was able to do it by myself. I checked them out and everything was visually flawless. I let them warm up for another 8 hours or so then hooked them up to my Onkyo TX-NR808 receiver.

Good to see they arrived in flawless condition (once out of the box). You're very dedicated waiting that long to plug them in. I live in a very cold place, but with low humidity, so I give things 3-4 hours and call it good. smile.gif

Looks like I'm going to get one speaker on Wednesday and the other one hasn't shipped yet rolleyes.gif
post #6617 of 6697
Because I can't run a 5.1 setup for a while (children), I'm going to sell my OMD-5's, OMNI 150's and OS3-CC. I'm sad, but it's life and someone else can get great use of them. I doubt I'll be able to sell them locally (central WI). Is there an active market for Mirage speakers somewhere? Here in the classifieds, Audiogon, ebay? What do you guys recommend?
post #6618 of 6697
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Originally Posted by kurto View Post

Because I can't run a 5.1 setup for a while (children), I'm going to sell my OMD-5's, OMNI 150's and OS3-CC. I'm sad, but it's life and someone else can get great use of them. I doubt I'll be able to sell them locally (central WI). Is there an active market for Mirage speakers somewhere? Here in the classifieds, Audiogon, ebay? What do you guys recommend?
To answer your question: The OMD5s are in high demand, and easy to ship. You could probably sell them here, and they would definitely sell on eBay. OS3-CC still in demand. Should sell on eBay. Much easier if you still have the original boxes. The Omni 150s - hard to say. Try eBay or locally.

Look at closed sales for prices. Sell them separately, not as a set, as they aren't matched.

Some unsolicited advice: Consider keeping the OMD5s and figure out a place to set them up. Or in storage.

Or, if you don't think you're going to get offered much for the Omni 150s, and you want the OMD5 cash, use them.

Either of those could be wall mounted and as a 2.0 would still sound much better than TV speakers, as well as for music.

BTW, I sold my higher end stuff when my first child was about 2. I don't regret doing it, as I wouldn't have used it, and I figured I could find something new when I had time again, and when it was a priority again. But I hung onto some modestly priced speakers, and even added some, and have gotten good use out of them.

The OMD5s are essentially irreplaceable, and not a huge investment, which is why you might hang onto them as 2.0. Or the Omni 150.

It's worth having something to play music with good quality, even if only now and then. Helps maintain sanity, the parent essentials coffee and scotch aren't always options. And you'll start listening to music for and with the kids soon. (There is some kids music that is actually good music.)

When you get time, hook up something that can stream music from a computer, or play it from a player.

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Edited by buzzy_ - 1/27/14 at 2:34pm
post #6619 of 6697
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Originally Posted by buzzy_ View Post

To answer your question: The OMD5s are in high demand, and easy to ship. You could probably sell them here, and they would definitely sell on eBay. OS3-CC still in demand. Should sell on eBay. Much easier if you still have the original boxes. The Omni 150s - hard to say. Try eBay or locally.

Look at closed sales for prices. Sell them separately, not as a set, as they aren't matched.

Some unsolicited advice: Consider keeping the OMD5s and figure out a place to set them up. Or in storage.

Or, if you don't think you're going to get offered much for the Omni 150s, and you want the OMD5 cash, use them.

Either of those could be wall mounted and as a 2.0 would still sound much better than TV speakers, as well as for music.

BTW, I sold my higher end stuff when my first child was about 2. I don't regret doing it, as I wouldn't have used it, and I figured I could find something new when I had time again, and when it was a priority again. But I hung onto some modestly priced speakers, and even added some, and have gotten good use out of them.

The OMD5s are essentially irreplaceable, and not a huge investment, which is why you might hang onto them as 2.0. Or the Omni 150.

It's worth having something to play music with good quality, even if only now and then. Helps maintain sanity, the parent essentials coffee and scotch aren't always options. And you'll start listening to music for and with the kids soon. (There is some kids music that is actually good music.)

When you get time, hook up something that can stream music from a computer, or play it from a player.

.

I totally agree, the OMD 5's are amazing and very versatile and well worth keeping for later applications smile.gif.
post #6620 of 6697
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Originally Posted by CRAZYKAT View Post

I totally agree, the OMD 5's are amazing and very versatile and well worth keeping for later applications smile.gif.

Yeah, I love the OMD-5's, but for as far as I can see into the future, my speakers are gong to need to be in cabinets. I have some nice Paradigm bookshelf monitors that sound great and fit neatly away from wear little hands can get them, along with a sub, so I've got a solid 2.1 setup that works for movies and music. The Mirages need room to breathe, and I'm not going to be able to have them on stands for a long time, and I don't need speakers anywhere else (and I definitely don't need speakers in storage), so I figured selling them could net me a little cash and somebody else some great speakers.
post #6621 of 6697
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Originally Posted by kurto View Post

Yeah, I love the OMD-5's, but for as far as I can see into the future, my speakers are gong to need to be in cabinets. I have some nice Paradigm bookshelf monitors that sound great and fit neatly away from wear little hands can get them, along with a sub, so I've got a solid 2.1 setup that works for movies and music. The Mirages need room to breathe, and I'm not going to be able to have them on stands for a long time, and I don't need speakers anywhere else (and I definitely don't need speakers in storage), so I figured selling them could net me a little cash and somebody else some great speakers.

Very true, the OMD's shouldn't be in a enclosed environment and providing the opportunity for someone to have them is great.
post #6622 of 6697
I grabbed a pair of OMD-28s off of Woot and was happy they arrived in pristine condition even though the boxes were pretty beat up. So far they sound fantastic and their not quite broken in yet. They are power hogs and I'm considering upgrading the venerable Rotel RMB-1075 to something with a little more oomph. That being said, I'm now realizing that the OMD-5s are pretty hard to come by and was wondering if anyone had any opinions on a good alternative match for surrounds. They will have to be mounted high and angled toward the listening position with brackets so 'flat' wall speakers are probably out. Any thoughts?
post #6623 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

They came ~6 PM Friday. Boxes looked a little beat up but I know Mirage packages their speakers really well so just brought them in and let them warm up until morning. I didn't want to thermal shock them or get condensation. Saturday morning I unpacked them. Mirage recommends having two people to get them out of the box and so do I. Never the less, I was able to do it by myself. I checked them out and everything was visually flawless. I let them warm up for another 8 hours or so then hooked them up to my Onkyo TX-NR808 receiver. Eventually I'll use one of the power amps I have but the Onkyo is fine for the break in. It took 4 dB more gain than the OMD-15's to match the levels by ear. No point in running Audyssey until the break in is complete.

Now I have to figure out what to do with the OMD-15's. I'm thinking of upgrading my receiver to a 9.1 model (Onkyo 929?). Then I could use the 15's as front wides. Alternately, I could use the 15's as L/R surrounds and take the OMD-5's that are currently there and use them as front highs. Anybody have any experience with front wide vs. front high setups? The advantage of the front high would be only 1 pair of speakers taking up floor space up front.


I am currently running a full 11.1 setup with mirage speakers. I have omd-5s as the heights and omd-15s as wides. I prefer dts neox over auyssey dsx for the surround processing. My recommendation would be for wides over heights if given the choice.
post #6624 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

They came ~6 PM Friday. Boxes looked a little beat up but I know Mirage packages their speakers really well so just brought them in and let them warm up until morning. I didn't want to thermal shock them or get condensation. Saturday morning I unpacked them. Mirage recommends having two people to get them out of the box and so do I. Never the less, I was able to do it by myself. I checked them out and everything was visually flawless. I let them warm up for another 8 hours or so then hooked them up to my Onkyo TX-NR808 receiver. Eventually I'll use one of the power amps I have but the Onkyo is fine for the break in. It took 4 dB more gain than the OMD-15's to match the levels by ear. No point in running Audyssey until the break in is complete.

Now I have to figure out what to do with the OMD-15's. I'm thinking of upgrading my receiver to a 9.1 model (Onkyo 929?). Then I could use the 15's as front wides. Alternately, I could use the 15's as L/R surrounds and take the OMD-5's that are currently there and use them as front highs. Anybody have any experience with front wide vs. front high setups? The advantage of the front high would be only 1 pair of speakers taking up floor space up front.


Very nice pic! I have actually been considering lately selling my OMD-15's and purchasing some 5's since I will be going to a DIY setup in front this year.
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post #6626 of 6697
Thinking about buying a pair of OMD28's but with them being out of business, I am a little hesitant. Getting an OMD C2 might be a little tough. I do have OMD15's and an OMD C1 that I will keep as my bedroom system, but since my NHT 2.4' s are getting a little long in the tooth, I am looking into either bipolar or omni speakers to replace them.

Are these still a good, safe buy, considering there might be no parts, hard to find center's and surrounds?
post #6627 of 6697
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Originally Posted by Mixdoctor View Post

Are these still a good, safe buy, considering there might be no parts, hard to find center's and surrounds?

They are a very good buy IMHO, but if you do need repair you will be relying on what's available on the used market.

But speaker don't break by themselves. A amp that fails might take out your speakers or a little kid with curious finger can wreck a driver. But the grills look to be VERY protective - to the point I wonder how how they effect the sound.

Anyway, mine finally arrived yesterday, a day late, but at least they arrived as a pair. The boxes were trashed, rips and holes in the cardboard. Fortunately the speakers all seem to be OK. But the Mirage badge fell off one of the speaks and one of the binding post seems to need fixing. Neither should be a big deal to sort out.

I'm really impress with the finish on these speaker. They look expensive! I will post up some pics later.

So far the sound is OK. Seems to be getting better with break in, but I can't crank them until the 100 hours in up.
post #6628 of 6697
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Originally Posted by Mixdoctor View Post

Thinking about buying a pair of OMD28's but with them being out of business, I am a little hesitant. Getting an OMD C2 might be a little tough. I do have OMD15's and an OMD C1 that I will keep as my bedroom system, but since my NHT 2.4' s are getting a little long in the tooth, I am looking into either bipolar or omni speakers to replace them.

Are these still a good, safe buy, considering there might be no parts, hard to find center's and surrounds?

That sale is over now so the matter may be moot but then again maybe Woot will find a few more & put it up again. Parts should be available for awhile but I've never needed a spare part for any speaker I've owned in the 40 years I've been buying speakers. I fully expect Klipsch to honor the 5 year warranty should the need arise.

OMD-C2 & OMD-R's seem really scarce, I'm planning on using the 28's with my C1, 15's & 5's.

I now have ~100 hours on my 28's, time to crank them up this weekend & see what I think.
post #6629 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

I fully expect Klipsch to honor the 5 year warranty should the need arise.

I fully expect them to pull the "Woot is not an authorized retailer" card. biggrin.gif

But, hey I could be wrong smile.gif
post #6630 of 6697
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Originally Posted by dr_gallup View Post

That sale is over now so the matter may be moot but then again maybe Woot will find a few more & put it up again. Parts should be available for awhile but I've never needed a spare part for any speaker I've owned in the 40 years I've been buying speakers. I fully expect Klipsch to honor the 5 year warranty should the need arise.

OMD-C2 & OMD-R's seem really scarce, I'm planning on using the 28's with my C1, 15's & 5's.

I now have ~100 hours on my 28's, time to crank them up this weekend & see what I think.


I am looking for a little bigger image and a little more detailed high end over my OMD15's even though I mainly hear they have more bass, which I don't really need. I let my Velodyne's handle that, I had given up on getting these, but it seems like these come up on Woot every now and then. About how often are these on sale there? I am cross shopping these with Martin Logan's.
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