Conventional box speakers direct sound straight ahead, but the Mirage Omnisat set has an omnidirectional design, meaning it radiates sound in a 360-degree spherical pattern. They sure don't look or sound like any speakers you've heard before! Such radical engineering tends to be expensive, and while Omnisats aren't exactly cheap, they're more affordable than say, a plasma TV. A complete Omnisat 5.1 system, with Mirage's Omni S10 subwoofer, runs $1,750 at full retail, and the individual speakers list for $250 apiece. Viewed from above, the Omnisat is oval shaped; the shape not only looks cool, it also minimizes the speakers' resonance for a cleaner sound. The satellite's ABS plastic cabinet felt remarkably solid and inert, and a rubberized coating contributes to the design's luxurious aura. A bubble-shaped metal mesh grille protects the drivers. Manufactured in Canada, Omnisats are available in black, platinum, platinum/black, and white finishes.
Mirage's swiveling Omnimount wall bracket ($49 per pair, available in black or white) was designed with easy installation and mounting flexibility in mind. Oh, and here's a new twist: invert the Omnisats, and you can mount these little guys upside-down on the ceiling; they'll project down toward the listening position. That might be just the ticket for your rear surround Omnisats. The speakers are generally not fussy about placement, but we preferred the sound of floor-stand-mounted Omnisats. Audiophile buyers should go with Mirage's 30-inch-tall stand ($150 a pair, available in platinum/black or white)--it features a cast metal base and a hollow tubular support shaft to conceal unsightly wires.
The Omnisat is the largest of Mirage's omnidirectional satellites. You can save a bit of dough by opting for the Omnisat Micro, or even more with the smaller-still Nanosat. Omni technology is also available in the Omni Series range of tower speakers, monitors, and a center and surround speakers.Traditional speakers, known as direct-radiating designs, project most of their sound forward in a conical pattern, but the Omnisat radiates a spherical 360-degree sound field. Its innovative, functionally elegant design utilizes a cast-aluminum baffle and a separate dispersion module positioned above the woofer and tweeter to create the omnidirectional radiation pattern. This approach utilizes a room's reflections to create a deep, wide, and tall sound stage. The 4-inch titanium-polypropylene woofer was designed specifically for the Omnisat, and the 1-inch titanium dome was derived from Mirage's top-of-the-line tweeter.
The solid metal binding posts are beautifully made and offer a solid connection with banana jacks, spades, or stripped bare-wire ends.
The 10-inch, 200-watt Omni S10 subwoofer completes the system.