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Paradigm MilleniaOne 5.0 System and SE Subwoofer Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
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Paradigm MilleniaOne 5.0 System and SE Subwoofer Review

Various internet radio stations and music services, like Pandora, sounded remarkably good, despite being compressed.  I was becoming convinced that the MilleniaOne’s could handle anything I threw at it. I believe you would have to try real hard to trip them up, like forcing them to play at unreasonable volumes, or spinning the most demanding, crescendo filled orchestral music you could find.

Paradigm SE SubNext I used my wife’s HP laptop to playback DVD’s and stream Netflix on the full 5.1 system.  Yet again, darn impressive results. I can’t imagine you can do better if space is limited. Soundtracks sounded great, with pin point imaging, clear dialogue, and real sense of immersion in the mix. This was a far cry from the “plastic” sound I hear from prepackaged home theater systems geared towards small living rooms. I really enjoyed everything I threw at the MilleniaOne system and SE subwoofer.  There was never a hint sonically of how small these speakers really are. Special mention should go to the SE sub. The low frequencies it produced were nimble, tight, and had substantial weight, with no loss of articulation or overhang.


Paradigm, best recognized for providing a tremendous value and great sound across their entire product line, is also known for trickling down technology from their top tier products.  The MilleniaOne series is no exception. The drivers are pretty advanced for a $250 speaker. The workmanship, finish quality, and overall feel is pretty impressive. While I did not get to use the MilleniaSub with the satellites, the SE subwoofer, along with the Perfect Bass Kit was a great match.  I found the software based calibration method rather painless, and it yielded excellent results.

For those with small to medium size media rooms, I can’t think of a better choice than the Paradigm MilleniaOne series. They look great, are easy to position, via wall mounting or the supplied stands, and most importantly, can be configured as two channel, two channel with sub, or multichannel. I believe there are not too many other companies who could pull off all of the above. I guess that is one of the benefits of having a broad product line, a state of the art design and production facility, and a nice R&D budget, as Paradigm does.  Many thumbs up for the MilleniaOne series.

Paradigm MilleniaOne 5.0 System



MilleniaOne Specifications

$250 per speaker


Design (each speaker

including center channel

2-driver, 2-way vented die-cast aluminum

enclosures with integrated baffle and chassis.

Low-diffraction grilles maximize imaging and

ensure smooth dispersion.


3rd-order electro-acoustic at 2.2 kHz

High-Frequency Driver

25-mm (1 in) S-PAL™ satin-anodized

pure-aluminum dome

Bass / Midrange Driver

102-mm (4 in) S-PAL™ satin-anodized

pure-aluminum dome

Low-Frequency Extension*

76 Hz (DIN)

Frequency Response:


30° Off-Axis


±2 dB from 120 Hz - 20 kHz

±2 dB from 120 Hz - 18 kHz

Sensitivity - Room / Anechoic

89 dB / 86 dB

Suitable Amplifier Power Range

15 - 100 watts

Maximum Input Power

50 watts


Compatible with 8 ohms

Height, Width, Depth

(not including stand)

19.5 cm x 11.5 cm x 14.5 cm

7-3/4 in x 4-1/2 in x 5-3/4 in

Weight (unpacked)

Approx 6 Lbs


Gloss Black, Gloss White


SE Subwoofer Specifications




Single high-excursion driver, configurable

down-firing / front-firing driver, sealed

enclosure, patented built-in Ultra-Class-D™

power amplifier, USB port / PBK Interface

Amplifier: High-Current,

Discrete Output

900 watts Dynamic Peak / 300 watts RMS

Amplifier Features

Auto-On / Off, soft clipping

Bass Driver

254-mm (10 in) CAP™ cone, oversize

ceramic / ferrite magnets, 50-mm (2 in)

4-layer voice-coil, dual Nomex® spiders,

AVS™ die-cast heatsink chassis

Low-Frequency Extension*

24 Hz (DIN)

Subwoofer Cut-Off Frequency

Variable 35 Hz - 150 Hz; Bypass Option

Sub / Sat Phase Alignment

Variable 0° - 180°

Line-Level Inputs

RCA (L/R-Mono) for L/R Line-Out

or Sub-Out / LFE-Out of receiver,

processor or other line-level source

Height, Width, Depth


NOTE: Feet must be used

in every installation

29.1 cm x 27.9 cm x 27.9 cm

11-1/2 in x 11 in x 11 in

(Height includes feet; depth

includes grille and amplifier)

Weight (unpacked)

8.73 kg / 19.25 lb each


Black Gloss, Rosenut



Reviewer System

  • Digital Sources: Marantz NA7004 Network Player connected via Ethernet, Western Digital 1 TB hard drive FLAC, HP Laptop, Toshiba DVD player
  • Amplifier: Cambridge Audio 540R 5.1 home theater receiver
  • Cables: Kimber, Transparent






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