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Mirage Nanosat

Single satellite speaker

5 Reviews

Item # 653NANOPB

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Our take on the Mirage Nanosat

Treat yourself to great home theater sound with Mirage's ultra-compact Nanosat speaker, sold individually. This satellite uses advanced Mirage technology to ensure a remarkably spacious, realistic soundstage. And its small size and elegant good looks make it easy to integrate into your listening space.

Treat yourself to great home theater sound with Mirage's ultra-compact Nanosat speaker, sold individually. This satellite uses advanced Mirage technology to ensure a remarkably spacious, realistic soundstage. And its small size and elegant good looks make it easy to integrate into your listening space.

Innovative design for exceptionally open, lifelike sound
The key to this satellite's big, true-to-life sound is Mirage's exclusive Omnipolar® technology. Thanks to the saucer-shaped Omniguide mounted above its drivers, the Nanosat can disperse sound evenly in a 360° pattern. The result: a deeper, wider, taller soundstage that transforms your entire listening space into a "sweet spot." Mirage's approach delivers a combination of direct and reflected sound that's more like what we hear in real life. And you won't have to anchor yourself to one primary seat — you'll experience warm, natural audio throughout the room.

Out-of-the-way placement options
Mirage's Omnipolar design gives you lots of placement flexibility. This tiny satellite can sit comfortably on shelves or tables, or you can mount it on the wall using the included hardware. Because of the way it radiates sound, this speaker is more forgiving than a direct-firing speaker. For example, you can place the it high up near the ceiling for a cleaner look.

You can build your own Nanosat system — team 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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Product Highlights:

  • sold individually
  • video-shielded
  • frequency response 110-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • Omnipolar technology creates a larger, more realistic soundstage
  • 3/4" PTH™ tweeter
  • 2-3/4" Titanium Deposit Hybrid polypropylene midrange/woofer
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • sensitivity 87 dB
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • binding posts
  • 4-1/4"W x 5-13/16"H x 4-5/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Black/Silver satellite speaker
  • Removable metal grill (attached)
  • Removable keyhole bracket (attached)
  • Owner's Manual sheet

Mirage Nanosat Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

Great Sound, and a Crutchfield rescue

Rich from Union City, NJ on 2/14/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Mirage Nanosat speakers sneak up on you. I recently upgraded from an aging but solid Advent system to the 5.1 Nanosat system with the S8 subwoofer, adding a Nanosat CC for the center channel. That left me with an extra Nanosat satellite, which I put aside as a spare. At first I wasn't blown away - the sound was different from what I was used to. But I quickly realized that the sound had opened up, regardless of the audio source. Both my wife and I noticed nuances in recordings we had owned and listened to for decades, even vinyl. The room was more evenly filled with music, and, counterintuitively, while the speakers themselves were harder to locate stereo imaging was more precise. I can, and do, listen for hours. But this review isn't just about the speakers. After 3 months, I decided to buy one more Nanosat satellite to pair with the fifth speaker from the original set, to use in a second room for now and eventually in a 7.1 set up. At this point, I discovered Mirage had discontinued my model. Crutchfield to the rescue! They found a "dent and scratch" speaker (a nick the size of a pin prick) and had it to me 48 hours later. Rachel Maddow and Pat Metheny now fill my kitchen - thank you Crutchfield, and Mirage!



Sounds Expensive...Isn't

David from Los Angeles, CA on 7/22/2008

Even though I am using a 100 watt cheap Sony amp (DG520) for a basic 2.1 application, I've got something really special. I've paired my NANOSATS with Mirage's S-8 powered subwoofer. All I can say is that this is absolutely an affordable way to make a small room seem like it's an IMAX. well, not really, but at least like a much more expensive system. The small satellites (slightly smaller than non-Lifestyle Bose satellites) put out a ton of sound and deliver beautiful highs and mids. The lows are booming from the compact powered S-8. I watched King Kong last night and was thrilled with the output. Times are tough. Money is tight. If you need to drown out the outside world, this is a great and affordable way to do it. Thank you Crutchfield!



Great back surround speakers

Kevin from Denver, CO on 7/9/2008

I am really impressed with these speakers. The sounds are crisp and clear, especially voices and instruments. I am using them on the stands for my rear surround speakers in a 7.1 set-up. My side speakers are the bose 161 and these are much better overall sounding than those speakers, I will probably replace those with the Nanostats eventually. The nanostats are extremely sturdy in build. The are also sharp looking almost futuristic. I think they sound better than Bose cube speakers as well. Get these speakers, you won't be disappointed. P.s. the nanostat speaker stands (ms stb 1) need to be modified to fit speakers properly, see my review on those on how to modify them.



Great Surround Speakers

Jong from NYC on 6/1/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When I decided to move from a 5.1 to 7.1 system, I faced a decision whether to buy an additional 2 surround speakers to match my existing system or get something else. As I was browsing Crutchfield's speaker selection I was struck by the nanosat small size and omni-directional sound. After some research on the internet, I found some articles on how bipolar speakers were better for surround speakers. The nanosats are omni-polar but the basic premise holds. I had not been very happy with the limited "sweet spot" with my old surround speakers so I decided to try these. Not only do they work beautifully, they are very small so this works great in the limited space of my NYC apartment. Now that I own 4 of these for my surround speakers I'm thinking of replacing my front and center speakers with Mirage speakers as well.



Great surrounds at a great price

Mark from Summer Lake, OR on 1/11/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Mirage lives up to their reputation. The difference in surround sound from my previous surrounds is amazing!<BR>The bullets and helicopters truly do whiz by your head with these units. You are enveloped in a movie.<BR>DVD audio opens up like you cannot believe. The individual instruments are so discernible and crystal clear. High notes and mids really improved and are very sharp and precise.<BR>A breeze to hang on the wall with the included brackets, or just set em on a shelf or stand. You cannot beat this sound, especially at this price!




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Video Shielded Yes
Tweeter Type Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 0.75
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 2.75
Woofer Composition Titanium Deposit
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 10 to 100
Sensitivity 87 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response 110-20k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 5-7/8
Width (inches) 4-1/4
Depth (inches) 4-7/16
Weight (pounds) 2.9
Mounting Bracket Included Yes
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 27-36
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research


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

OmniPolar Design: Using the Omniguide, the NanoSat satellite speaker radiates sound in a 360° pattern. This pattern creates a deeper, more spacious soundstage and a bigger sweet spot in your listening area than a typical direct radiating speaker. When listening to acoustic instruments live, we hear more sound reflected than directly. The Omniguide closely approximates this reflected to direct ratio, giving the NanoSat its large, realistic soundstage.

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

Mounting: The satellite 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. The bracket mounts the speaker approximately 1/4" away from the wall. 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 (653MSSTBB). When mounting the speakers on these stands, you must retain and use the white 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.

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.

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

Speaker Matching: If you wish to use the NanoSat speaker for a surround system, you can purchase additional satellites (653NANOPB) and/or an additional center channel speaker (653NANOCTR, same design in a different cabinet) to fill out your speaker requirements.

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