Mirage Loudspeakers 890i Floorstanding Speakers

Mirage Loudspeakers 890i Floorstanding Speakers 


Bipolar radiator-vented tower speaker


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[Mar 14, 2007]
Audio Enthusiast


Medium size speaker that fills the room with clean sound.


A bit tippy if you have small children or crowded parties.

My system is used for stereo listening as well as home theater. There are four 890i speakers for the mains and surrounds, along with a Mirage MC-2 center speaker and a Velodyne F-1500R subwoofer, all driven by a Pioneer Elite VSX-07TX receiver. I paid $350 per speaker versus a list price of $450 each.

I've been very happy with this set-up. The sound is clear and crisp. I was initially unsure about the marketing hype for the 890i's bipolar design, but I am quite satisfied. Having the four identical speakers really helps the sound 'move' around seamlessly. The MC-2 center is not quite as well matched, but I am probably being picky. No one else can tell, and the centers man purpose is dialog anyways.

The listening space is a living room with vaulted ceiling in an 'L' shape with the dinning room. The far side of the dining room is open to the family room and kitchen. I was a little concerned about speaker efficiency. The bipolar design is not quite as efficient as some speakers, with a specification of 88dB for 1W at 1m. However, I have no problem filling the rather large volume with sound.

With the sub-woofer, I could have even stepped down to the 590i, but given the choice I'd pick the 890I again. The 1090i was also nice, but a bit daunting to fit into my listening space.

2-1" Titanium Dome tweeters
2-5 1/2" Polypropylene woofers
38Hz-22kHz Frequency response
30Hz usable bass response
84dB sensitivity in an anechoic chamber
88db in a normal room]
6 ohm nominal impedance, 4 ohms minimum
50-150 watts RMS per channel as recommended amplifier power
150 watts maximum power handling
39.75" H x 10.125" W x 8.25" D
60 lbs.
Black fabric on four sides with black high gloss base and top

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