Pros Immersive sound
Cons The Mirage 5.1 system uses the standard satellite for the center channel.With some movies the center channel speaker is a bit weak. You might consider upgrading to their dedicated center speaker.
Summary Not sure where the one bad egg review came from.. but I just purchased these speakers a few weeks ago along with a Marantz receiver and love them.
I have been researching surround speakers for several years.. waiting to make the plunge when I needed a new TV. Well that day came so I decided to add surround sound to my 46" sony 3D tv.
I came across these speakers by accident 3 years ago and have been researching other comparable systems during that time. In the end I ended up with the Mirage speakers. You should hear these with the new Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack.. wow.
While researching speakers I stopped in the big yellow box store and demo'd several systems. There are some good alternatives out there. One thing I found was that the Mirages were often neglected in the showroom- not setup properly or weren't' featured with their subwoofer. This makes a huge difference.
For a small to medium room. I don't think you can go wrong with these.
Pros Cheap, small
Cons Sound horrible
Summary Can't believe the good reviews. If you doubt me, just go and listen to them. Compare them to any bookshelf in the world, like the Energy Take, Klipsch, Pioneer, etc. HUGE difference. The Nano's have a very tinny high end, and the midrange is so muddy that it's quite difficult to understand a female vocalist. As for orchestrals, forget it.
I rarely take the time to write reviews or comments, but in this case the VAST difference between the positive reviews and my actual listening experience motivates me to warn others. Judge for yourself. But DON'T buy them without comparing them with others in an actual, in-person listening test.
Pros Room filling sound. No clear dead spots. Excellent surround effects. I often turn my head when watching a program because sound appears to come from within my apartment, even though I know better.
Cons I would not expect these to be a good choice for a center channel speaker-- I bought one separately based on what I read in other reviews. They took some time to "warm up" to optimal sound.
Summary I have a 7.1 system which I bought along with a new 55 inch 3D tv and the Yamaha RX v-667 receiver late last year. I am in LOVE with the sound. I am not a sophisticated audophile, however to me the sound is simply incredible. I am in an apartment with a modest (17X12) living room, and these babies sure fill the room with sound, and with effects. Be patient at the beginning-- at first I was disappointed in my fancy sound system, but as the speakers/receiver "broke in," my delight grew. I do recommend listening to them first at a big box, because the sound is slightly different than traditional speakers.
Pros Beautiful and clean sound. The aesthetics are different but then become way cool to the eye.
Cons The NANO S8 sub I feel was very weak and I replaced this with something that had a lot more power. An 8inch sub with 80 watts I feel is just not enough. Especially for me.
Also, I'm not too much of a fan of having such a small center speaker.
Summary I'm consider my self some what of an audio enthusiast and reviewed and listened to a lot of different satellite speakers. For the price, and search around, you can't go wrong. I spent $500 on vanns.com.
The sound stage is great. Once you enjoy the omni directional sound you won't want to go back.
I knocked off 1/2 a star because the sub was weak. For most it may be fine.
I'm a little particular about my sound so I've upgraded my sub to something a lot better and also upgraded my center channel to the Mirage OS3-CC and use my extra speaker for 6.1.
Can't go wrong. Buy it!
Pros Not knowing too much about speaker technology, I read some reviews and thought I was buying good product at a reasonable price. I am not sure anymore if this is true.
Cons I can understand that things some times do go bad. The real test for the company is how they handle the customer when that happens. My experience with this company in comparison to other tech. companies in the market is the worst so far.
Summary Sub woofer started making thunderous noises within 4 months. When I complained, they told me to bring it to their authorized service center. Service center told me that it will be fixed in 2 weeks and they will call me. After 21/2 weeks when I got tired of waiting I called. The service center told me that Mirage did not send them the parts. I called Mirage, they told me that the service center did not follow their procedure. They also told me that in any case it takes them 6-8 weeks to repair their products under warranty. I think this is rather long time to make good on a product for which the customer just paid you full price.