- Written by Brian Florian
- Published on 24 June 2013
Introduction to the Paradigm MilleniaOne CT
Is it Home Theater, or Media Center?
Most of us here at Secrets have been Home Theater enthusiasts for a very long time, reaching back to the early days of Laserdiscs and Dolby ProLogic. Then the big screen TV market exploded, surround sound became accessible to the mainstream, and now everyone is into home theater….or are they?
Truth is, home theater in the classic sense remains very much niche. How many people claiming to have a home theater actually devote living space to it, or even make concessions in a multipurpose space? By and large what is mistakenly referred to as home theater is in fact a more general purpose "media center", a technology hub for consuming audio and video in a modern living space.
Paradigm saw this trend coming a mile away which prompted them to launch crossover products such as their "lifestyle" speakers: designs which ensued the traditional utilitarian box motif for more decor friendly formats without compromising audio performance. More recently they moved the paradigm (pardon the pun) further with their Shift brand whose initial offerings spoke to the MP3 player generation: powered desktop speakers and high fidelity earbuds.
The subject of the current review rounds out the Shift product line: a simple to setup and use audio "upgrade" for the proverbial big screen TV. The MilleniaOne CT is in essence Paradigm's essay at enabling high fidelity audio in a modern, almost anti-home theater, living room. We previously reviewed the MilleniaOne's as a set of five satellite speakers, and here, we review them as a pair, powered by two amplifiers inside the included subwoofer.
PARADIGM MILLENIAONE CT SPECIFICATIONS
- Deisgn: Two-way, Sealed Enclosure
- Drivers: One 1" Aluminum Dome Tweeter, One 4" Mid/Bass
- MFR: 120 Hz - 20 kHz, ± 2 dB
- Crossover: 3rd-order electro-acoustic at 2.4 kHz
- Sensitivity – Room / Anechoic 89 dB / 86 dB
- Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Dimensions: 7.75" H x 4.5" W x 5.75" D
- Weight: 6.5 Pounds/each
- Finish: Black Gloss
- Design: Sealed Enclosure
- Driver: One 14" x 3"
- Amplifiers: 100 Watts RMS to Subwoofer, 50 Watts x 2 for Satellite Speakers
- Auto-On / Standby, Soft Clipping
- Subwoofer Cut-Off Frequency: 150 Hz Fixed
- Input Optical Digital; 3.5-mm Auxiliary Analog
- Dimensions: 14" H x 5" W x 12" D
- Weight: 4.4 Pounds
- Finish: Textured Black
- MSRP: $1,199 for the Satellite Speakers and Subwoofer
- SECRETS Tags: Speakers, Subwoofers, Audio, Speaker Systems, Satellite Speakers