Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Flat Screen Speaker System

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

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/Plasma/OLED TVs and can be used alone, or combined with a subwoofer and/or a set of surround speakers.

NOTE: The Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Loudspeaker looks like a sound bar, but unlike most sound sound bars, it requires coonection to a home theater receiver for amplification and source access. However, just as you would with separate speakers, this sound bar can also be combined, via a home theater receiver, with a subwoofer (recommended) and 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.

Testing Setup

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).

Audio Performance

I found the performance of the Millenia 20 Trio was very good with both music and movie sources, providing excellent midrange vocal and dialog presence, as well as providing a credible left and right channel sound image.

Although the left and right channel sound image is not as wide as placing separate left and right speakers at a wider distance from the center channel, the left and right channel sound image did project away from the physical speaker system housing to produce a sound image with great detail and depth.

I found that using the Millenia 20 Trio with additional surround sound speakers and a subwoofer provided an very good alternative for a home theater setup. The Millenia 20 Trio provided a very realistic center and left/right sound image for my Westinghouse 37-inch LCD television.

Another aspect of the Millenia 20 Trio's performance is light with regards to upper bass frequency response. According to the automatic speaker setup parameter results from my receivers, the Millenia 20 Trio has a functional low end frequency cutoff point of about 120HZ, which is common for this type of speaker system. I would suggest using the Millenia 20 Trio with an additional subwoofer if you want deep bass response.

On the other hand, the Millenia 20 Trio has very good presence and depth in the midrange. Front dialog staging in films was very good, and vocals on music material offered a lot of depth.

Some good vocal examples were cuts from CDs by Norah Jones (Come Away With Me), Al Stewart (A Beach Full of Shells), and Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon).

Although the Millenia 20 Trio performs very well, and does provide separation between the left, center, and right channel sounds that go beyond its physical left and right borders, it must be pointed out that using this approach to the front left, center, and right channel speaker setup does yield a slightly different surround imaging result than having independent speakers, especially in a large room.

If you replace a separate set of separate Left, Center, and Right channel speaker with the Millenia 20 Trio in a large room in combination with surround speakers that are placed far apart, you may notice that while the rear surround image will still maintain a wide sound field, you will experience a narrowing of the surround image with sounds that are combined both the front left and right and surround speakers. This may be noticeable with rear to front sound movement.

What I Liked About The Millenia 20 Trio

1. Great Sound - Very clear and distinct midrange and highs.

2. Comes with what you need for wall mounting.

3. 41-inch width fits matches well with a 42-inch LCD or Plasma Television.

4. Easy-to-Use, excellent quality, push-in speaker wire connectors.

What I Didn't Like About The Millenia 20 Trio

1. Not a substitute for a multi-channel surround sound speaker system in a large room.

2. Need to use a subwoofer for best full-range frequency listening.

Final Take

I found that the Paradigm Millenia 20 Trio LCR Speaker System delivered clear sound across a wide range of frequencies and provided well-balanced left, center, right sound image.

The Millenia 20 Trio is a single housing, about 41-inches long, that includes the Left, Center, and Right channel speakers. However, despite this design, the Millenia 20 Trio supplied a good Left/Center/Right image. The sounds from the left and right channels projected to the sides beyond the physical length of the speaker. Also, the center channel portion delivered a very good vocal and dialog presence from both music and movie source material.

The different types of setups I used in this review yielded different results with regards to surround imaging and bass depth. However, as far as sound quality goes, this speaker system worked well alone, or as part of larger system. I must be noted that the Millenia 20 Trio, when used alone, will not provide the more enveloping surround sound environment as when using additional surround sound speakers. However, in a space-saving setup, this system delivers a wide soundstage with good detail. The Millenia 20 Trio can easily be used in a small-to-medium size room, and is a great design and size match for use with a 42-inch Plasma or LCD flat panel television.

I really enjoyed using this system and found that it performed better that I expected.

For an closer look at the Millenia 20 Trio, also check out my Photo Gallery.

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Additional Components Used In This Review

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.

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

Software Used In This Review

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.

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