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Mirage® Brings Signature Immersive Sound to its Smallest Speakers Ever

New MX home theater system designed to create a serious WOW factor among consumers

Mirage® Brings Signature Immersive Sound to its Smallest Speakers Ever

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 7, 2008) — Featuring five palm-size speakers and the brand's smallest-ever powered subwoofer, the new Mirage® MX home theater system is engineered to deliver serious sound without drowning out a room's decor. 

"This is truly a milestone for Mirage, and perhaps the entire consumer electronics industry," said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, Mirage product line manager. "Because the miniature MX system, which stands for "minimum exposure, maximum entertainment," uses extremely high-performance drivers and components, listeners will be blown away by its intense WOW factor." 

According to Ian Paisley, vice president of engineering for Mirage and the mind behind the MX, two phrases motivated him in its design: "less is more" and "speakers should be heard and not seen." Paisley, who, after 30 years with the company, plans to retire in September, considers this miniature marvel his "swan song." 

"Mirage has come a long way from 1986's 5-foot M-1 speaker to today's 4.3-inch tall MX model," Paisley said. "The MX is one of the coolest projects I have ever been involved with. It demonstrates what is possible if you open your mind to all of today's incredible technologies."      

Each two-way MX stereo speaker has a maximum power handling of 100 watts, working well with a wide variety of amplifiers. Inside each durable polycarbon enclosure finished in high-gloss black, you'll find a .63-inch pure titanium hybrid tweeter for warm, rich high frequencies and a 2.5-inch aluminum woofer for substantial, low distortion bass performance. According to Paisley, the fact that the company managed to apply its unique Omnipolar® technology to a product this size is the most impressive feature of them all. 

"Omnipolar technology is what makes these small audio speakers sound huge and immersive," he said. "With compact designs, the Omnipolar advantage of creating a massive sound stage is even more important than with larger stereo speakers. It's also important to note that this technology only works with the best drivers possible; otherwise, the magic wouldn't be there."     

At the core of Omnipolar technology rests the patented Omniguide module, which has two deflectors. While one deflector rests on top of the speaker's tweeter, the tweeter itself is housed in a deflector, suspended over the woofer. These combined elements distribute sound directly towards the listener, as well as reflect it off walls, ceilings and other surfaces—resulting in a 360-degree soundstage that evenly permeates the listening environment. 

An 8-inch cube constructed of rigid MDF, the system's MM-6 subwoofer employs an 800-watt amplifier, dual 6.5-inch black anodized aluminum passive radiators and a 6.5-inch black anodized aluminum cone woofer with an inverted Ribbed Elliptical Surround, delivering tight, powerful bass response with low distortion. The subwoofer also includes a proprietary protection circuit, allowing users to achieve clear bass at all volume levels. A low pass filter with bypass mode allows the subwoofer to blend perfectly with the other MX speakers, using the built-in crossover or a home theater receiver. Finished in high-gloss black, the MM-6 features seven layers of polyurethane and has been hand sanded to further enhance its lustrous quality.     

Slated to launch in November to specialty retail outlets, the Mirage MX home theater system will carry a U.S. MSRP of $1,200*. Mirage will also sell individual MX stereo speakers for $150*, so consumers can add channels to their 5.1 MX package, if desired. 

*Prices subject to change without notice.

About Mirage®

Established in 1977, Mirage® is known throughout the audio industry as an innovator, continuously setting new standards in speaker design and performance. The company has built its reputation around a different class of listener—one that wants to be completely immersed in sound. Unlike directional speakers, Mirage products are Omnipolar®, delivering the same direct-to-reflected sound ratio as a live event. Audiences don't notice where the sound is coming from; they just know they're enveloped in their favorite music and movies. Owned by Klipsch Group, Inc., Mirage is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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