Test Report: Paradigm MilleniaOne Speakers & MilleniaSub Subwoofer
Take a closer look at the 4-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter. The diaphragms are made not from flexy paper or plastic but from rigid anodized aluminum. Rap a knuckle on the metal enclosure and you’ll hear a dull thunk similar to what you’d hear if you knock your knuckle on the sidewalk. This speaker is far more serious than its size and $249 price suggest.
Yet the MilleniaSub subwoofer makes the MilleniaOne’s design seem timid. It uses two super-slim 14 x 3-inch “racetrack” drivers (each with roughly the same area as an 8-inch woofer), mounted opposite each other to cancel vibration. A 5-millimeter-thick extruded aluminum enclosure houses the drivers and a Class D amp rated at 300 watts rms. You can place the $1,399 MilleniaSub fl at on the floor, mount it vertically on its included stand, or even attach it to a wall.
Each MilleniaOne satellite includes a table stand and wall mount. You can buy the MilleniaOne in a pair for stereo or in a set of five for home theater. In the latter configuration, one of the MilleniaOnes is turned on its side for center-channel use. Normally, turning a single-woofer two-way speaker on its side is a recipe for disaster, because interference between the drivers gives you a radically different sound as you move across the room. But the close spacing of the drivers, combined with the relatively steep third-order crossover, essentially eliminates audible interference problems.