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Mirage Loudspeakers M-1Si
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim Field a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Another review a few years on from my first one. I STILL have these speakers which is incredible as I've changed everything else in my system many times. I've run these with Krell, Sony, Marantz and all sorts of other amps and CD players. One of the finest speakers bar none. Placement is critical! Spend all of your time moving these around or they'll boom. I use 140 watt Audio Research monoblocks now which the speakers love. Power is key but so is quality. The soundstage will open up as you give these better partnering electronics. They do not pin-point the sound so if you're looking for a WATT/Puppy 7 style presentation these may not be for you. However the Mirages do throw a much bigger image than even this sort of high end. Most speakers will sound really small after these. I was amazed at how much was missing after running JM Labs (floorstanders) and the classic Acoustic Energy AE2's. Certainly these are great but the image is too small. The main problem with the Mirages is getting them balanced correctly, with drivers pointing both ways, whatever is behind them will have a large effect on the sound. I will be considering a TACT room correction device in the future. Still difficult to get hold of in the UK, if you can DO IT!!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   London Hifi shop



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Simpson a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is truly anamazing set of refrence speakers. Not yet to be duplicated. In my opinion Mirage went way down hillwhentheygot bought and though some of the names are the same the speakers are not. Who invented Bi Polar? MIRAGE...THis has yet to be duplicated in the midrange price point of the M1si.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $4600.00

Purchased At:   clasified



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bkwong73 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
For an audio enthusiasts on a budget. The Mirage M1 speakers were a bargain of a life time. They have a massive deep and wide soundstage. With superb low end bass and liquid midrange. The bipolar design lends superbly to Hometheater application with a very enveloping presentaion. The sound is not bright or fatiquing. The soundstage presentation tends to be more holographic than pin point and precise like a smaller monitor speakers.

Associated equipment used in the audio system with the Mirage M1 speakers. The EAD Theatermaster Signature Preamp/processor, EAD Powermaster 2000 power amp, Sony Scd-777es Sacd player used as a transport. Harmonic Technology cables throughout and PS Audio 300 powerplant.

The Mirage M1's are a massive 185lbs beast each and for best results should be used with powerful solid amplifiers.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Used



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Timothy Field a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I bought the M1's for 1500 pounds in the Uk after getting a discount. The wife of the guy who bought them said he wasn't allowed them because they were too big. So I got them cheap 'cos they were too big to keep in his hifi shop.

I'll start by saying that out off all of the speakers I've ever heard only a few get anywhere near this. Wilson Bench 'The Bishop' being one of them (they're also 20000 pounds).

The soundstage is huge, a vast spread of sound. No sub required as they go cleanly as low as you'll need. The integration is also far better than most speaker + sub setups... and really if you want to do it properly you need 2 subs.

You'd really have to hear these for yourself to gauge what you're missing. Close you eyes and the singer is there with you, a guitar being plucked behind him and an orcestra filling the room with warm strings. Absolutly stunning!

Placement however is very very important, getting these at least 3 to 4 metres apart is a minimum. 1 metre away from a back wall minimum and a concrete floor helps too.

As far as partnering electronics goes, I found these will really shine with decent cabling, Vdh The First is a great one to use. Your amp will need a fair bit of power 100 Watts as a starting place.

I prefer a warm sound so setting up something like a Meridian Cd player would be prefered. You don't necessarily need expensive equipment though, these will perform very well with basic Cambridge Audio stuff etc... just make sure you get the cables right. Mine benefited from an Einstein mains filter too.

If you can find them, buy them, along with some of the my favourites, high end Maggies, B&W's top stuff and The Bishops, these rank among the best I have ever heard. BUY THEM!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Second hand.....



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ERIC HOFFMAN a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I HAVE OWNED MARTIN LOGAN PRIMARILY, AND HAVE ENJOYED THEIR TRANSPARENCY, BUT WHEN I HEARD MY FRIENDS M-1's I WAS AMAZED BY THE COHERENCY, AND THAT THEY SOUNDED SO MUSICAL. I DID NOT BELIEVE YOU NEEDED ALL THAT BASS, BEING A MARTIN LOGAN FAN, THEY COULD NEVER REACH THE BOTTOM THE WAY THE M-1si CAN! UNLESS YOU ADDED A SUB, BUT IT WOULD NEVER BLEND AS SEEMLESSLY AS THE MIRAGE DOES. THEY DO REQUIRE A BIT OF ROOM TO FULLY REALIZE THEIR SHEER LIFELIKE SOUNDSTAGE. IT TOOK MYSELF AND ANOTHER STRONG FRIEND TO MOVE AND POSITION THESE ENORMOUS BLACK BEAUTIES. I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LISTEN TO SOME FINE LOUDSPEAKERS, AND IN MY OPINION, UNLESS YOU HAVE UNLIMITED FUNDS, FOR THE DOLLAR, YOU CANNOT PURCHASE A MORE "COMPLETE" SPEAKER! IT HAS EXTENDED, DETAILED HIGHS. ACCURATE, LIFELIKE, WARM, RICH, SHALL I GO ON?!, MIDS. AND THOSE ULTRA DEEP LOWS, NOT BOOMY,FLABBY, BUT IN THE RIGHT SET-UP, AS TIGHT AND CONTROLLED AS ANY SUB, I'VE HEARD SO FAR. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, IF YOU CAN FIND A SET FOR WHAT I PAID, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   KATLI AUDIO




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