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Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Flat Screen Speaker System

Introduction to the Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio

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Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Flat Screen Speaker System - Triple View

Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Flat Screen Speaker System - Triple View

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If you are looking for new set of loudspeakers for your home theater, you might want to check out the stylish, and great sounding Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Loudspeaker. This speaker system combines all three front channel speakers (left, center, and right) into one 41-inch long housing that is attractive and designed for wall mounting. The Millenia 20 Trio complements flat panel LCD and Plasma televisions and can be used alone, or combined with a subwoofer and/or a set of surround speakers.

Product Overview

Features and specifications of the Millenia 20 Trio include:

1. Design: 9-driver, 3-channel (2-way center; 2-1/2-way Left and Right) acoustic suspension, on-wall/shelf-mounted, magnetically shielded for home theater use.

2. Crossover: 2.0 kHz, 800 Hz (bass drivers on Left and Right channels).

3. Tweeters: Three 25-mm (1 in) domes, die-cast chassis, ferro-fluid cooled.

4. Bass/Midrange Drivers: Four 115-mm (4-1/2 in) MLP™ cones, 25-mm (1 in) dual-layer voice coils.

5. Bass Drivers: Two 115-mm (4-1/2 in) mineral-filled polypropylene cones, 25-mm (1 in) dual-layer voice coils.

6. Frequency Response: On-Axis ±2 dB from 120 Hz - 20 kHz, 30° Off-Axis ±2 dB from 120 Hz - 18 kHz, Low Frequency Extension: 80 Hz.

7. Sensitivity: 87 dB, Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms.

8. Suitable Amplifier Power Range: 15-150 watts - Maximum Input Power: 90 watts

9. Height: 5-1/8 in, Width: 41-5/16 in, Depth: 4-3/4 in, Weight: 18 pounds

10. Available Finishes: Polished Aluminum, Black Chrome, Suggested Price: $1,149.

Hardware Used

Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Flat Screen Speaker System - Connections Close-up

Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Flat Screen Speaker System - Connections Close-up

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Home Theater Receivers: the Onkyo TX-SR705 7.1 Receiver (used in 5.1 channel mode), Harman Kardon AVR147 (5.1 channels) .

DVD player: OPPO DV-983H DVD/SACD/DVD-Audio Player

Blu-ray Disc Player: Sony BD-PS350.

Comparison Loudspeaker Speaker Setups:

System #1: Klipsch F2s, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center , Klipsch Synergy Sub10 Powered Subwoofer .

System #2: 2 JBL Balboa 30's, JBL Balboa Center Channel, 2 JBL Venue Series 5-inch Monitor speakers, and Polk Audio PSW10 Powered Subwoofer.

TV/Monitors: A Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 1080p LCD Monitor, Syntax LT-32HV 32-inch LCD TV.

All Displays were calibrated using SpyderTV Software.

Audio/Video connections were made with Accell, Cobalt, and AR Interconnect cables.

Level checks for speaker setups were done using a Radio Shack Sound Level Meter

Software Used

Movie titles used included scenes from the following:

1. Blu-ray Discs used included: 300, Across The Universe, Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian, Iron Man, Master and Commander, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour, The Dark Knight, and Wall-E.

3. Pre-recorded standard DVDs used included scenes from the following: The Cave, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Moulin Rouge, and V For Vendetta.

Standard CDs included: Al Stewart - A Beach Full of Shells, Beatles - LOVE, Blue Man Group - The Complex, Joshua Bell - Bernstein - West Side Story Suite, Eric Kunzel - 1812 Overture, HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Lisa Loeb - Firecracker, Nora Jones - Come Away With Me.

DVD-Audio/DTS music discs used included: Queen: Night At The Opera/The Game, Eagles: Hotel California, Sheila Nicholls: Wake, Alan Parsons: On Air. Also included: The Corrs: In Blue (Dolby Digital).

SACD discs used included: Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, Steely Dan - Gaucho, The Who - Tommy.

Testing Setup

Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Flat Screen Speaker System - Front View - Grill On

Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Flat Screen Speaker System - Front View - Grill On

Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com
I listened to the Millenia 20 Trio in three different types of setups:

1. As a single, standalone (L,C,R) speaker system.

2. As a standalone speaker system, combined with a separate subwoofer (Klipsch Synergy Sub10).

3. Same as setup #2, but adding two left and right surround speakers (Klipsch Synergy B3).

Proceed to Page 2: Evaluation and Final Take.

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