Major Mojo: Paradigm Millenia CT Desktop Speakers Page 2
Easy Does It
Humble Pie's "Rockin' the Fillmore" kicked the Millenia CT into high gear. If you're the type who likes to really crank your desktop tunes, this system will make you very happy. Hushed, late night levels sound good as well, but the Millenia CT isn't as airy and pure as my Emotiva airmotiv 4 desktop speakers, they are more transparent. The Paradigm had more grunt and power than the Emos, the sub definitely makes a big difference down there. Micah Sheveloff's new CD, "The Exhibitionist," remained in heavy rotation throughout the review period. Sheveloff's vocals sounded you-are-there natural, and sure, the mix is free of the usual overdone compression, reverb, and equalization, and the CT system made that abundantly clear. Play a heavily compressed and EQ-ed recording like Booker T's "Potato Head" CD from a few years ago and it's going to sound pretty bad. The CT tells it like it is.
I set up the Millenia CT just minutes after taking down the KEF LS50 speakers I reviewed here at InnerFidelity, and the KEFs sounded a lot better. As they should, the LS50s run $1,500 a pair, and unlike the Millenia CT ensemble, the LS50s aren't self-powered, and I was using a $2,500 Bel Canto REF500S amp to drive them. My Schiit Bifrost DAC and Mac mini computer were used in both test systems. The Millenia CT, for $699.99 may not be a serious contender for state-of-the-art desktop sound, but it offers bona-fide bang for your audiophile bucks.