The Mirage® brand—owned by Klipsch Group, Inc.—has always been known throughout the audio industry as an innovator, continuously setting new standards in speaker design and performance. You'll find that Mirage is one of the few companies founded on the principle that sound should be omnidirectional and completely immersive, rather than directional and "forced."
The Mirage legacy began in Canada in 1977 when a small group of devout audiophiles made it their mission to develop a speaker that could deliver a soundstage so natural, audiences would forget they were listening to a product, rather than a live event. So, in 1978, Mirage formed an alliance with the Canadian National Research Council (NRC) to study speaker acoustics and how it influenced personal preferences.
Then, in 1987, Mirage achieved a major breakthrough when it launched the world's first bipolar speaker, the M-1, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. It was a product that delivered amazing output and approached a 360° sound field, evenly diffusing smooth audio performance all around the room. In fact, the NRC tested the M-1 before its release, and in double-blind testing with numerous listeners from all walks of life, it was rated the best sounding speaker among the hundreds sampled.
But for Mirage, the M-1's success wasn't enough. Rather than resting on their laurels, they were constantly looking at ways to improve the natural dispersion of sound—and it came in 1996, with the introduction of the OM-6 speaker and Omnipolar® technology. The OM-6 was the first speaker to deliver the same direct-to-reflected sound ratio as a live event. When a speaker is Omnipolar, it works with the room to create the proper proportion of direct and reflected sound, resulting in genuine, realistic performances.
In 2002, while traditional speakers were still focused on direct sound dispersion, the Mirage brand was improving its Omnipolar 360° sound philosophy with the introduction of the patented Omniguide module. This ingenious design made it possible for Mirage speakers to disperse sound the way the ear and brain are accustomed to receiving it—30 percent direct sound delivery and 70 percent sound reflection. In other words, audiences could experience the same natural, immersive sound, regardless of where they sat in the listening environment. And, from then on, the Omniguide became the heart and soul of the Mirage brand.
However, as you look at Mirage speakers today, you'll find there's more to them than enveloping audio experiences. Their style is as beautiful as their sound. The brand uses sophisticated cabinetry, and each meticulously manufactured product, whether it's a floorstander or a satellite, complements its environment as the embodiment of modern design.
Without a doubt, Mirage is an industry innovator with its patented designs and technologies that focus on a different way of listening. After all, we understand that not everyone hears sound the same way.