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Mirage Nanosat®

Single satellite speaker with black brushed aluminum finish

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by Chris Egner

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

Add exciting wraparound sound to your home theater system with Mirage's ultra-compact Nanosat speaker. This satellite uses advanced Mirage technology to ensure a remarkably spacious, realistic soundstage. And its small size and elegant black finish let you easily integrate it into your listening space.

Innovative design for expansive, lifelike sound
The key to Mirage's open, true-to-life sound is their exclusive Omnipolar® technology. The satellite disperses sound evenly in a 360° pattern, thanks to the saucer-shaped Omniguide mounted above its drivers. The result: a deeper, wider, taller soundstage that transforms your entire listening space into a "sweet spot." You won't have to anchor yourself to one prime seat — you'll experience warm, natural audio throughout the room.

Out-of-the-way placement options
Mirage's Omnipolar design gives you plenty of placement flexibility. The small satellites fit nicely on shelves or tables, or you can mount them on the wall using the included hardware. Because of the way they radiate sound, they're more forgiving than direct-firing speakers. You can even mount the satellites up high, near the ceiling, for an unobtrusive installation.

Build your own Nanosat system by teaming up five, six, or seven satellites with a Mirage powered subwoofer for full-bodied, high-impact sound. Or check out Mirage's pre-assembled Nanosat home theater speaker system for an easy, all-in-one solution.

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Highlights:

  • video-shielded
  • frequency response 110-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • Omnipolar® technology for 360° sound dispersion
  • 3/4" PTH™ tweeter
  • 2-3/4" Titanium Deposit Hybrid polypropylene woofer
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 87 dB
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • binding posts
  • black brushed aluminum finish
  • 4-1/4"W x 6"H x 4-3/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Acoustic Suspension
Video Shielded
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Yes
Tweeter Type
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Dome
Tweeter Size (inches)
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0.75
Midrange Size (inches)
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Woofer Size (inches)
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2.75
Woofer Composition
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Titanium Deposit
Woofer Surround
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Butyl rubber
Power Range
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10-100
Sensitivity
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87 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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110-20k Hz
Connector Type
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Post
Bi-amp Inputs
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No
Height (inches)
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6
Width (inches)
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4-1/4
Depth (inches)
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4-3/4
Weight (pounds)
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2.7
Mounting Bracket Included
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Yes
Recommended Stand Height (inches)
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30-48
Parts Warranty
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5 Years
Labor Warranty
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Black satellite speaker
  • Removable cloth grille (attached)
  • Removable keyhole bracket (attached)
  • Extra Mirage logo
  • Owner's manual

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Drivers: The satellite speaker houses a 2-3/4" titanium deposit polypropylene cone woofer with butyl rubber surround and a 3/4" pure titanium hybrid (PTH) dome tweeter mounted on the Omniguide.

Omnipolar Technology: By utilizing the natural room reflections this speaker design radiates sound in a 360° pattern, expanding the sweet spot to encompass virtually the entire room.

Omniguide: The patented Omniguide module utilizes two deflectors, one each for the tweeter and midrange. The module disperses sound the way the ear and brain are accustomed to receiving it; thirty percent is direct sound, the other seventy percent is reflected off walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces for a completely immersive, 360º experience.

Enclosure Design

Enclosure: The satellite speaker has an acoustic suspension, extruded aluminum enclosure.

Connections

Speaker Terminals: The satellite features high-quality binding post speaker terminals for a secure and convenient connection. You will need to remove a plug that's inserted in the center of the binding post if you wish to use single banana plugs, the terminals are too far apart for dual banana plugs. Spade connectors, pin connectors, or bare wire up to 10 gauge can also be used.

Mounting Options

Video Shielded: The satellite speaker is magnetically shielded for safe placement near your TV or computer monitor without causing picture interference.

Mounting: The NanoSat speaker comes with a key-hole slot wall mount bracket installed. The bracket is mounted with one screw and can position the speaker right side up or upside down. Once mounted the speaker can swivel left or right (approximately +/-40°). The bracket mounts the speaker approximately 1/4" from the wall. The 1/4" 20 threaded insert on the bottom can also be used with other brackets. If you mount the satellite speaker more than six feet off the floor, Mirage recommends turning it upside down. If you place the satellite speaker on a table or shelf, put it as close to the front edge as possible.

Optional Stands: The NanoSat speaker can be mounted on the optional Mirage MS-STB-1 stands (item number 653MSSTBB). When mounting the speakers on these stands, you must retain and use the rubber washers that come with the speakers (mounted between the speaker and the attached metal bracket). Without the rubber washer, the NanoSat speaker will not properly tighten to the stand.

 

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Video: Mirage Nanosat® Speakers

Video: Mirage Nanosat® Speakers

by Chris Egner, Amanda P.
12/10/2008
 
Video: Mirage Nanosat® Speakers

Crutchfield experts Amanda and Chris share their impressions of Mirage's Nanosat and Nanosat Prestige speakers in this short video.

 
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3 out of 5

Nanosat

Written By Robert, CC, TX on Monday, June 20, 2011
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I bought these speakers as a pair of surround speakers. I liked the black satin finish and they were small enough to mount without attracting a lot of attention. My thoughts after listening to them is that they would sound better in a whole Mirage system, as in, a complete omnipolar system. My testing was simple - play a couple of scenes and listen to them vs my current surrounds (Energy) and with no changes to EQ or DSP settings. I could tell immediately that the Mirage set didn't play as loud and didn't disperse the sound as well. Not wanting to write them off and hoping they needed a break in period, I left them plugged in for the next week, watching movies, watching concerts and also some gaming. While I got used to the Mirage sound, I plugged my old speakers in and was immediately greeted with a fuller sound. I really like the style but the sound doesn't match, at least in this particular application.
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5 out of 5

Execllent Speakers

Written By Bob M, Palatine, IL on Thursday, March 24, 2011
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I use these as rear surround speakers in a 5.1 system. I have them mounted on
Sanus EFsat speaker stands. Once set up I noticed the difference immediately.
They definitely get the job done in my family room.
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5 out of 5

Sound

Written By George, Mount Juliet, Tn on Monday, June 07, 2010
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Looks great high up on the wall and sound very good with music, haven't had a chance to give them a work out with my home theater. Had bose mini cubes before and the sound was little thin.
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5 out of 5

Mirage Nanostats

Written By doublewing, Oregon on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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Such a big sound field from a small speaker system. For unusually shaped small theatre rooms, this Nanostat speaker system sounds like a "Big" theater system, yet small in physical stature..........you can't go wrong with this speaker system. The Mirage Omni S8 sub is a perfect match for the Nanostats, along with the Denon 2809CI for pushing the 7.1 channels. My only complaint concerning the Nanostats was the center channel.........to rectify the problem, I purchased a Pro 1000 center channel...........boy, did that make a difference. My small upstairs theatre using the Nanostats sounds better than the $5000 in wall speaker system I have downstairs................all 5's for this speaker system!
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4 out of 5

Small Speaker--Big Sound

Written By Anonymous, Milwaukee, WI on Saturday, February 07, 2009
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Quality built speakers that produce wonderful sound for the size. The design of these allows my rear channels to really come alive. They are small enough you can hide them yet big enough to produce the sound you need in any mid sized room. Not quite as small as the Bose but better sound.
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