Paradigm Millenia HT Speaker System

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UNPACKING

The Paradigm MilleniaOne and MilleniaSub arrive packed in very sturdy cartons sealed not only with packing tape but hefty staples. The internal shock damping was excellent.


All the Paradigm products are very well packaged and protected from shipping damage.


The five MilleniaOnes secured in place with closed-cell foam inserts.

A couple of other product samples accompanied the speakers:

Paradigm PT-2 Wireless Transmitter ($149) - A 2.4 GHz wireless device that can send the bass signal at 48 kHz / 16 bits to as many as four Paradigm subwoofers simultaneously up to 50' away. It eliminates the need for a cable to the sub.

Paradigm Perfect Bass Kit (PBK $299) - A sophisticated room equalization system, complete with calibrated microphone and software, to optimize the bass response of the Millenia speakers for the room, the position of the speakers and the listeners' position. Its effective range is below ~400Hz, where room effects are most prominent.

More on these accessories later.

DESIGN, FEATURES, SPECS

The Paradigm MilleniaOne bears a passing resemblance to the metal-enclosure Braun products from the 1970s which were the original mini hifi speakers, born to reside on the back deck of a BMW sedan, but quickly adapted for lifestyle hifi. Speaker technology has come a long ways since then, and the MilleniaOne employs a great many innovative high tech tricks. Here, Paradigm PR writers breathlessly describe some of those features & benefits:

"Molded 1" Aluminum Domes... anodized silver color finish. Powerful rare-earth neodymium magnets deliver incredible energy in the gap!

"Single-Piece 4" Aluminum Bass/Midrange Cones... anodized silver color finish. Single-piece construction allowed us to iprove the cone modal vibartion pattern and bingo -- better frequency response immediately.

"Optimized Magnet/Motor Structure... more attention to detail in the optimizing of the structure than anything found in a big box store... and anything else claiming to be high-end quality for that matter!

"Sculpted Die-Cast Aluminum Enclosures, integrated baffle and chassis... a thicker wooden cabinet with the same external dimensions wouldn't have allowed us to fit the large powerful drivers. And since aluminum is a superb conductior of heat, the enclosure also functions as a heatsink."


    This cutaway view of the MilleniaOne shows off its many high tech features.

    The metal grill attaches neatly by way of magnets around its rim.


    The sturdy integral stand allows a range of vertical and horizontal tilt, whether the MilleniaOne is mounted horizontally or vertically.


    Note port on back (with speaker rotated for horizonal center channel operation). The terminals are spring loaded and accept only bare wire, perhaps up to 14 gauge. They are awkward to access and use, especially when the stand is set up for vertical operation. The thumbscrew for stand adjustment is also a bit awkward.

    Paradigm MilleniaOne Specifications
    Design 2-driver, 2-way vented die-cast aluminum enclosures with integrated baffle and chassis. Low-diffraction grilles maximize imaging and ensure smooth dispersion.
    Crossover 3rd-order electro-acoustic at 2.2 kHz
    High-Frequency Driver 25-mm (1 in) S-PAL™ satin-anodized pure-aluminum dome
    Bass / Mid Driver 102-mm (4 in) S-PAL™ satin-anodized
    pure-aluminum dome
    Low-Frequency Extension 76 Hz ((DIN 45 500. Indicates -3 dB in a typical listening room.)
    Frequency Response On-Axis ±2 dB from 120 Hz - 20 kHz
    30° Off-Axis ±2 dB from 120 Hz - 18 kHz
    Sensitivity Room - 89 dB
    Anechoic - 86 dB
    Suitable Amplifier Power 15 - 100 watts
    Maximum Power 50 watts
    Impedance Compatible with 8 ohms
    Height, Width, Depth
    (not including stand)
    7.75"H x 4.5"W x 5.75"D
    19.5 cm x 11.5 cm x 14.5 cm
    Weight 3kg w/ integral stand (we measured it)
    Finishes Gloss Black, Gloss White


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