Paradigm Millenia HT Speaker System

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POWER MEASUREMENTS

This is SPCR; it is a long established tradition to measure and report power consumption whenever possible. They are difficult to do while the speaker/amps are actually working to produce sound, but much easier in static mode. The MilleniaOne speakers draw no power, but the MilleniaSub does.

MilleniaSub
AC Power & SPL Measurements
State
MilleniaSub
Rockus 3D | 2.1
Audioengine A2
AC Power
SPL (dB)
AC Power
SPL (dB)
AC Power
SPL (dB)
Off, plugged into AC.
7W
0
4W
0
1W
0
On, volume control at MUTE
11W
0
7W
0
4W
0
TV sound, moderately loud
11W
60~85 dB@2m
12~24W
60~85 dB@2m
4~20W
60~85 dB@2m
Playing music in large room, just below overload
11~50W
60~95 dB@3m
20~44W
60~85 dB@3m
15~30W
60~85 dB@3m

The MilleniaSub is exceedingly energy efficient in use, rarely budging from its residual 11W AC power draw except during short peaks, even when playing quite loudly. This, despite the 300W RMS / 900W peak power rating of the amp within, which admittedly is supposed to be very energy efficient. Obviously, my listenting never demanded that kind of power, although it's quite possible the AC power meter used here simply does not have the ability to track the very short power peaks typical in music. The power supply within does not have power factor correction, however; PF measured 0.57 at most loads. While pulling 11W, its Volt-Amp draw is 19~21VA. When it auto-shuts off, the power draw drops to 7W, or 12~13VA.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Paradigm MilleniaOne and MilleniaSub speakers comprise a sophisticated, high fidelity speaker system which has been a pleasure to review. Used as a 3.1 or 5.1 speaker system with a good AV receiver and a large HDTV, the Millenia system delivers highly intelligible dialog, great sound effects, and all the drama of a movie soundtrack with excellent rendition of the sonic ambient. As a "pure" stereo 2.1 system, the Paradigm Millenia is formidable, challenging my excellent full-range NHT 2.9 speakers in many areas, with an involving sound stage, extended treble, highly detail mids, good dynamics through the full frequency range, and punchy deep bass. The user-friendly PBK room matching software ensures that you get the best from the speakers even if your room is not ideal, and the PT-2 wireless transmitter makes it a cinch to get the audio easily to the sub, without any extra wires, across a long distance (50').

That the Millenia system manages to deliver all this with such dimunitive stylish boxes is icing on the cake. The MilleniaOne + Sub is a setup I would seriously consider as a replacement for my big NHT 2.9 speakers. Downsizing the speakers so dramatically would free up space in the room to the delight of other family members, yet the change would not entail any reduction in musical fidelity; rather, it would bring some real gains in sonic performance. Admittedly, it's possible that the maximum comfortable loudness level could be a bit lower than the NHT 2.9s, but it is rare for me to push such high volume levels.

Keep in mind that a good stable pair of 2' tall stands is needed for the MilleniaOnes. The size and shape of these stands will dictate just how small (or large) a footprint the speakers will have in your room.


Paradigm's illustration of the many creative ways that the little MilleniaSub can be positioned in your space. I would forgo sub-sofa placement, though. I tried it briefly with it beside the sofa and found the bass could be localized. It's too weird to feel the bass coming from next to you when the rest of the sound is front of you.

All in all, the MilleniaOne and MilleniaSub are impossible not to recommend strongly. My only regrets about these Paradigms are: The price of the sub, which is a bit steep at $1400, and that I will soon have to part with them now that the review is — finally!, sighs the patient Paradigm rep — done.

Our thanks to Paradigm for the extended loan of the Millenia speakers, PBK room equalization, PT-1 wireless transmitter, and Anthem receiver.


Paradigm MilleniaOne + MilleniaSub receive the SPCR Editor's Choice Award

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