The Mirage® brand 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 the only company founded on the principle that sound should be omnidirectional and completely immersive, rather than directional and "forced."
Ian Paisley, who eventually becomes the vice president of engineering for Mirage, designs a speaker that measures 30Hz to 20kHz +/- ¼ db on axis, possibly the world's flattest frequency response ever. Listening tests, however, reveal that the speaker's performance was perceived as disappointing. Thus, more time was needed researching how people listen and interpret sound waves from a speaker.
The Mirage legacy begins in Canada, when a small group of devout audiophiles make it their mission to develop a speaker that delivers a soundstage so natural, audiences forget they are listening to a product, rather than a live event.
Mirage forms an alliance with the Canadian National Research Council (NRC) to study speaker acoustics and how it influences personal preferences.
Ian Paisley takes his research further, testing speakers with rear transducers that operate in-phase with traditional front-mounted drivers. In double-blind listening tests, these prototype speakers achieve the NRC's highest test scores ever in a study—96 out of 100.
Mirage achieves a major breakthrough with its launch of 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.
Absolute Sound magazine ranks the Mirage M-1 "the speaker of the decade" in the United States.
Mirage sets a new benchmark for low distortion with the development of the world?s first pure titanium hybrid tweeter, featuring a titanium dome with cloth surround.
The Mirage research and development team designs the twin-driver BPSS-210 Servo-Subwoofer, reducing low frequency distortion to less than 1 percent at 20Hz. A patented Phantom/Real is introduced on the LFX-3 Crossover, allowing perfect center channel and subwoofer blending in any high-end, multi-channel speaker system.
Mirage advances its bi-polar designs with the introduction of the OM-6 speaker and its Omnipolar® technology. The OM-6 is the first speaker with the same direct-to-reflected sound ratio as a live event.
While traditional speakers were focusing on direct sound dispersion, Mirage?s chief designer, Andrew Welker, improves the brand?s 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. The Omniguide finds its first application in the Omnisat satellite speaker system.
Mirage introduces the Nanosat speaker at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. At the time, it was considered the world's smallest Omnipolar® speaker, and eventually became the brand's best-selling product in history. Also, Mirage engineers develop the brand's revolutionary Ribbed Elliptical Surround technology, a design responsible for increasing excursion, eliminating distortion and raising efficiency in subwoofers. The Omni Series subwoofers are the first to implement this technology.
Mirage debuts its Uni-Theater® speaker at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This revolutionary home theater solution put three channels of sound—left, center and right—into one horizontal cabinet. The CES committee thought so highly of the speaker, it was voted one of the trade show's most innovative audio products.
In August, Klipsch Group, Inc.—an Indianapolis, Indiana-based speaker manufacturer that, at the time, owned the Klipsch® and Jamo® speaker brands—acquires Audio Products International Corp., makers of the Mirage® and Energy® brands.
The Mirage brand introduces an all-new logo design, reaching out to those unfamiliar with the brand, while also creating enthusiasm and revitalization for those already in the know. Just in time for the fall selling season, the brand launches its MX home theater system, which happens to be the smallest Mirage product to date, a new generation of its sleek and slim Omnisat® Series, called OS³, and two mini subwoofers, the MM-8 and MM-6.