Mirage OMD-C1

Center channel speaker (Black)

  • Mirage OMD-C1


  • Mirage OMD-C1


  • Mirage OMD-C1

    Without grille

  • Mirage OMD-C1

    Without grille (Black)

Item #: 653OMDC1B

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Our take on the Mirage OMD-C1

by Loren Barstow

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

Experience clean, accurate movie dialogue and robust sound effects with the OMD-C1. This speaker's advanced design and sturdy construction work together to create powerful, dynamic center channel sound. Team the 'C1 with the other speakers in the OMD series, the OMD-15 and OMD-5, for a complete multichannel system.

The key to this speaker's expansive, true-to-life sound is Mirage's exclusive Omnipolar® technology. Thanks to the saucer-shaped Omniguide mounted above its top drivers, the OMD-C1 can disperse sound evenly in a 360° pattern. This ingenious design creates a wide soundstage that lets everybody enjoy crystal-clear movie dialogue and sound effects, no matter where they're seated in the room.

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The included tabletop mount lets you place this speaker on a flat surface, such as a shelf or on top of your TV. Or, use the included hardware to mount it on a wall for a cleaner installation. The hand-crafted cabinet and high-gloss finish make it a handsome addition to any home theater room.

In addition to making a great center channel speaker, the OMD-C1 can also be used as back surround speaker in a 6.1-channel home theater setup.


  • video-shielded
  • frequency response 65-20,000 Hz
  • Omnipolar technology creates a larger, more realistic soundstage
  • handles up to 175 watts
  • 1" PTH™ tweeter
  • 4" Titanium Deposit Hybrid polypropylene midrange
  • dual 5-1/2" Titanium Deposit Hybrid polypropylene woofers
  • patented Ribbed Elliptical Surround™ for greater strength and higher power handling
  • 6-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity: 90 dB
  • includes wall-mount bracket and tabletop cradle
  • binding posts
  • high-gloss black finish
  • 19"W x 7-11/16"H x 7-5/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) 4
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/2
Connector Type Post
Power Range 10-175
Sensitivity 90 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 65-20k Hz
Height (inches) ---
Width (inches) ---
Depth (inches) ---
Weight ---
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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  • Gloss black center channel
  • Removable black cloth grill
  • Table top stand
  • 9mm bolt
  • Plastic wall bracket
  • 2 Rubber spacers
  • 4 Rubber caps
  • Mirage logo sticker
  • Polishing cloth
  • Owner's Manual

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Overview: The Mirace OMD-C1 is a dedicated three-way center channel that features Mirage's OMNIPOLAR technology and Mirage's OMNIGUIDE design. The center speaker comes in a gloss black finish with removable black cloth grille.

OMNIPOLAR Technology: This technology radiates sound in a perfectly spherical dispersion pattern, expanding the sweet spot to encompass virtually the entire room.

OMNIGUIDE Design: The design consists of a conically shaped cylinder that is responsible for reflecting sound in a perfect 360 degree pattern. This unique design guarantees the same tonal balance and dispersion characteristics no matter how and where you mount the speakers.

  • The speaker should be inverted with grille facing downwards when it is mounted above 6 feet.
  • The speaker should be mounted normally with the grill facing up when it is mounted below 6 feet.

Applications: The OMD-C1 is designed for use as a Front or Rear center channel in Home Theater surround sound applications.

Voice Matching: The center channel is voice matched with the following family of Mirage speakers - Mirage's OMD-28 or OMD-15 floor standing speakers, Mirages OMD-5 bookshelf/satellite speakers and Mirage's OMD-R rear surround speakers.

Note: The Mirage OMND-S10 subwoofer is recommended for the OMD-Mirage family of speakers.

Video Shielded: The speaker is magnetically shielded so you can place it on or next to your television without distortion.

Drivers: The drivers used in the OMD-C1 are as follows:

  • Woofer: The speaker features two 5.5" poly titanium deposit hybrid woofers with ribbed elliptical rubber surrounds.
  • Midrange: The OMD-C1 also features a 4" poly titanium deposit hybrid midrange driver which directs the sound into the OMNIGUIDE module of the speaker cabinet.
  • Tweeter: Floating above the midrange is a precisely angled cast aluminum OMNIGUIDE module that houses the speaker's proprietary 1" PTH tweeter.

Enclosure: The sealed cabinet is made of very solid inert medium density fiberboard (MDF) which creates a solid, flex-free cabinet which eliminates music altering distortion. The enclosure is curved and completely sealed.

Mounting Options: The speaker can be wall mounted using the supplied plastic wall bracket. The wall bracket is attached to the speaker using the supplied 9mm bolt. The screws needed to hang the bracket from the wall are not provided. The center channel also comes supplied with a table top stand that the speaker rests in allowing you to set the OMD-C1 on top of your TV (if applicable) or on a shelf.

Speaker Terminals: The OMD-C1 uses high quality gold-plated binding posts located on the rear of the speaker. The terminals will accept a wide range of connector type including spade lugs, banana plugs or pin type connectors.

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5 out of 5

Better than I tought, really makes the differnce with vocals

Written By GiovanniD, WA on Sunday, April 14, 2013
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Big difference to the former Acoustic Research central speaker (a 90's model :) ). I have it since one month and even if not properly broken in, vocals are tremendous (e.g. the movie picture dream girls). I am very glad of the purchase.
full and satisfying vocals, very "precise" and clean rendering, great look (central speaker is always seen, just below or above the screen)
size could e a problem in small or medium-small installations
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