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Mirage OS3-CC

Center channel speaker

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Item #: 653OS3CCB
 

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by Chris Egner

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.

The sleek Mirage OS3-CC center channel speaker delivers crystal-clear dialogue and smooth, accurate sound for on-screen special effects. You'll hear exceptional detail with movies, TV shows, and video games. This speaker's sophisticated design ensures a spacious, realistic soundstage. Place it on your TV or audio/video cabinet using the detachable stand, or mount it on the wall above or below your flat-panel TV with the included bracket.

Innovative design for expansive, lifelike sound
The key to this speaker's open, true-to-life sound is Mirage's exclusive Omnipolar® technology. The OS3-CC 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.

Build a high-performance system
Complete your home theater system with voice-matched Mirage OS3-SAT satellite speakers, OS3-FS tower speakers, and a Mirage powered subwoofer for full-bodied, high-impact sound. You can also add a second OS3-CC for a strong back surround speaker.

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Highlights:

  • video-shielded
  • frequency response 70-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • Omnipolar technology for 360° sound dispersion
  • handles up to 175 watts
  • 3/4" PTH™ tweeter
  • 3" Titanium Deposit Hybrid polypropylene midrange
  • dual 4-1/2" woofers with neodymium motors and Ribbed Elliptical Surround™ technology
  • impedance: 8-ohm nominal
  • sensitivity: 91 dB
  • wall-mount bracket and detachable table stand included
  • binding posts
  • high-gloss black satin finish
  • 17-13/16"W x 5-1/4"H x 4-11/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure
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Acoustic Suspension
Tweeter
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Dome
Midrange size (inches)
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3
Woofer size (inches)
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4-1/2
Connector Type
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5-way post
Power Range
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10-175
Sensitivity
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91 dB
Impedance (Ohms)
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8
Frequency Response
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70-20k Hz
Height (inches)
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5-1/4
Width (inches)
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17-13/16
Depth (inches)
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4-11/16
Weight
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5.6 lbs
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 OS³-CC center channel speaker
  • Black cloth grille
  • Wall-mounting bracket
  • Sheet of 3 rubber bumpers
  • 4 Self-adhesive clear rubber bumpers
  • 2 Black plastic spacers
  • Owner's Manual
  • Wall-mount template
  • Wall spacer kit instructions

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Overview: The Mirage OS³-CC is a center channel speaker that uses sophisticated driver technology and Mirage's exclusive Omnipolar technology to make the small bookshelf speaker ideal for virtually any home theater application. The speaker comes in a Gloss Black finish.

Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Omnipolar Technology: This technology provides a 360° soundfield to immerse you in sound wherever you are in the room. Omnipolar technology provides a perfect balance of direct and reflected sound for accurate, realistic listening.

Omniguide Design: The design consists of a conically shaped cylinder that is responsible for reflecting sound in a perfect 360° pattern. This unique design guarantees the same tonal balance and dispersion characteristics no matter how and where you mount the speakers. For best results, the following mounting guidelines should be followed:

  • When mounted above 6 feet, the speaker should be inverted with grille facing downwards.
  • When mounted below 6 feet, the speaker should be mounted normally with the grill facing up.

Drivers: The drivers used in the OS³-CC are as follows:

  • Woofers: The speaker features two 4.5" polypropylene titanium deposit hybrid woofers with ribbed elliptical rubber surrounds mounted at the top of the sealed cabinet. The woofers are equipped with neodymium motors and phase plugs.
  • Midrange: A 3" polypropylene titanium deposit hybrid midrange driver is centered between the woofers on top of the cabinet. Like the woofers, the midrange has a ribbed elliptical rubber surround.
  • Tweeter: Floating above the midrange is a precisely angled cast aluminum Omniguide module that houses the speaker's proprietary 1" PTH (pure titanium hybrid) tweeter.

Voice Matching: The OS³-CC can be matched up with Mirage's OS³-FS tower speakers or OS³-SAT satellite speakers, and a Mirage powered subwoofer to create a home theater speaker system.

Enclosure Design

Enclosure: The 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.

Connections

Speaker Terminals: The OS³-CC uses high quality gold-plated binding posts located on the back of the speaker. The terminals will accept a wide range of connector type including spade lugs, banana plugs or pin-type connectors.

Mounting Options

Mounting: The speaker can be wall mounted using the supplied wall bracket. The screws needed to attach the bracket to the wall are not provided. A cardboard template for marking the wall for bracket placement and wire cutout is included. The speaker also has a wedge on the bottom of the speaker so it can be placed on a stand or a shelf. The footprint of the speaker measures 17-13/16" wide x 4-5/8" deep.

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

 
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2 out of 5

Mirage OS3-CC

Written By FrankH, Houston, Texas on Saturday, April 02, 2011
 
This speakers unusual shape is a pain to setup, as the speakers are oriented in an upward position some of the softer speech can be hard to understand. I am going to replace this as soon as possible.
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5 out of 5

This is the center channel speaker to get

Written By Richard, Framingham, MA on Sunday, March 01, 2009
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I had used the speakers in my old floor-standing TV as center speakers when watching movies through my receiver, where there had been no good place to put a center speaker. Having bought a Samsung DLP platform-sitting HDTV, I finally needed a real center speaker; but it had to be low-profile to sit with the TV but not block the screen. And it could not be too wide, to not block the TV's speakers for ordinary TV viewing.

The center speaker is the most critical, as most program sound is centered, where a wide range of sound has to be conveyed. A center speaker which sits on a platform with an HDTV has to be low-profile; but that can result in smaller drivers and dissatisfyingly compromised sound. The innovative design of the OS3-CC angles the drivers upward, and stacks the tweeter. This both allows for larger woofers in a compact enclosure and disperses the central sound the way it really needs to be. This is in contrast to conventional forward-firing center speakers, which tend to inappropriately localize center sound and enforce a "sweet spot".

I admit to having to get over the unusual appearance of the OS3-CC before seriously considering it. Once I did, I fully understood its advantages, on paper. I committed, and am immensely enjoying those advantages, in proven reality. Its performance is exceptional, its engineering impressive, and it is unobtrusively elegant. This is the center channel speaker to get.
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