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Mirage Loudspeakers M-990
7 Reviews
rating  4.86 of 5
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Soderheim a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Bipolar design creates a huge soundstage that must be experienced to appreciate what these speakers can do. Acoustical imaging is on par with conventional designs. Bass goes deep and and can do justice to organ notes. Midrange is decent but not the last word in resolution. High frequencies are silky smooth with no harshness.....these tweeters sing. Overall if I were to describe the sound I would say that the Mirage 990's are very musical and soulful. One can feel the emotion in the music......really sweet sounding speakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I bought these when they were first introduced at dealer accomodation pricing because I was the store manager of a Hi Fi shop that was a Mirage dealer. I bought them because after extensive listening, I determined that I actually liked them more than the next model up the line, the M7SI, and they have a narrower footprint. That made them more ideal for my listening room. Also, they sounded better than, by a wide margin, the similarly priced options from the other lines I was carrying at the time, i.e. Boston Acoustics, Polk Audio, Phase Technology, Definitive Technology, B&O and Soundwave. Definitely audiophile quality for those on a budget. They are very forgiving with regards to the amplification used with them. I use either a Forte' Audio Model 6(200WPC solid-state class A/AB) or an AVA Super 70+(40WPC tube rebuild of the Dynaco Stereo 70 by Van Alstine). As long as the amp is of good quality(no receivers need apply!) it'll drive the M-990s fine.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $480.00

Purchased At:   Dealer accomodation



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell Hickson a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I have owned these speakers for six years, and enjoyed them the entire time. The midrange is not quite audiophile quality, but the rest of the stage is all there. The best setup is about three feet or more away from the wall with nothing between them. The lisener should be in freestanding space also. I am not crazy about bipolar speakers but they throw up an incredable soundstage. If your equiptment is up to par they are a real delight.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Phonograph



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

Date Reviewed: December 3, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I used these for several years with a Carver integrated amp rated at 90wpc. I always thought they sounded great, but last year when I upgraded to an Adcom 5500 (200wpc @ 8 ohm, about 275wpc @ 6 ohms) I was amazed at how much better they sounded. The amount of bass that these speakers can cleanly reproduce is amazing given the size of the woofers. When I worked for Tweeter during college, I auditioned a set of MIT speaker cables with these, and the image cleaned up considerably. I think these Mirages are good enough to take advantage of true quality components, but at the same time I think if you have some crap in your system these will let you know. My only gripe is the cheesy oak vinyl covering, but considering I got them for about $500 US in 1994 I won't complain :)

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Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nasser Khan a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 14, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I bought these used for $600 Canadian a pair a couple of years ago from someone using them with a Technics receiver that couldn't power anything under 8ohms impedance. WHen I heard them for about a minute at a time before his stereo died, I was sold. My receiver at the time was quite a bit more robust than his 15 pound technics toy.

Bipolar setup gives a very wide soundstage.. Somewhat bright but I tend to like them like that.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995




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