James Larson, of Audioholics writes: "The midrange frequencies of the 5F speakers are easily the
best of any speaker I have had in my home thus far. I cannot imagine a
loudspeaker with more midrange clarity; in this range the Persona 5F were
superb. The bass felt natural and not boosted or otherwise disconnected from
the rest of the sound. It was powerful when it needed to be and extended quite
deeply for a tower speaker of its size. The dispersion is wide and uniform, so
they will have very good coverage across a large listening area instead of a
single ‘sweet spot.’ The Persona 5F speakers have enough dynamic range to
handle a good sized room too. They can get loud and have no problems doing so,
and their imaging and soundstage is also terrific."
We're very proud to share this Persona cover and amazing review from TONEAudio!
"Paradigm has created one of the world’s finest loudspeakers the right way, by applying what they’ve learned from decades of research, design and manufacturing know how to produce a speaker with no compromises. There’s nothing they don’t do, nothing they won’t play..." "It’s one of the finest speakers I’ve had the pleasure to listen to at any price."
We've had the honour of hosting some very exciting guests at our facility in Mississauga lately. In August, we hosted our first-ever consumer factory tour! A fantastic group of Paradigm owners visited the factory, in honour of our 35th anniversary. A huge thank you to everyone who came out and spent the day with us! Additionally, we were honoured to have Deputy Minister John Knubley and Assistant Deputy Minister Paul Halucha, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, visit us for a tour based our innovation and Crafted in Canada success. We were sure to snap a shot of them with our custom Persona 7Fs, in honour of Canada's 150th Anniversary.
The Paradigm team had a fantastic time at CEDIA 2017, and not just because of the beautiful weather! Paradigm introduced the new Décor Custom Collection. These custom-length, build-to-order speakers offer a sleek and seamless
installation with flat-panel TVs for a completely tailored look, but with
Paradigm high-performance sound. Décor speakers are Custom Crafted in
Canada and ship to customers in only three days from ordering. The collection was very well-received and attendees packed the booth to see what all the buzz was about. Additionally, a custom Persona 7F in yellow was front and center, adding to the excitement. It was also announced at the show that Persona will be offered in twelve new premium finishes! Finally, the new PW 300 was also on display, expanding Paradigm's current wireless system offering. You can view the Décor Collection and the entire booth via the images below.
"What can I say? There are damn few speaker systems that I’d consider selling my children—or myself—for medical experiments to acquire. But the Persona 3F and the rest of the speakers in this Paradigm Persona system are so astounding, so unequivocally brilliant in their performance that they will convince your ears that they don’t exist, despite what your eyes will try to tell you."
"Paradigm set out to create the best, state-of-the-Paradigm-art speakers the company has ever produced, bringing together top-notch cabinet construction and finishing capabilities and advanced driver technologies in hopes of achieving something greater than the sum of its already great parts. They’ve succeeded."
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"The new Persona 9H from Paradigm Speakers f***ing rocks! You COULD drop a hundred grand on a pair of Wilsons, YG's or Magicos, (and none of these choices have ...powered woofers with built in) or you can spend $35,000 on a pair of Paradigms and the other $65,000 traveling all over the world for about three months buying cool records. This is a world class speaker folks. Powered by a compliment of Foundation series components from Audio Research Corporation, the entire system with a great turntable still won't cost you as much as a pair of boutique-y speakers."
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New to vinyl? Not sure where to start? Popular Mechanics outlines how to join the "vinyl revolution." We love that they've included a pair of Paradigm Atom Monitor bookshelf speakers in one of the recommended set-ups!
Anthony H. Cordesman’s outstanding review of the Persona 9H can be found in the April 2017 edition of The Absolute Sound.
"Let me begin with the conclusion. The Paradigm Persona 9H is a new assault on the state of the art in speaker design by one of Canada’s leading companies…[I]t’s one of the best speaker systems I have ever had the opportunity to listen to or review."
"There’s no need to mince words. Hands down the total performance of the PW Amp has to be heard to be believed. The PW Amp with ARC is nothing short of magical and brought peak performance out of each setup I used it in."
"Paradigm’s PW Amp does something that the competition just can’t: deliver hi-res audio streaming to your speaker setup that compensates for the anomalies produced by your room-speaker interactions. Whether it’s a standalone system or a whole-home audio solution with multiple zones, you’ll be hard pressed to find a solution that makes your setup achieve its full potential. In fact, I liked the PW Amp so much that it’s going to find a permanent place in my home setup. I can’t think of a better recommendation than that."
Read the full article from Tech Hive, and visit our website for more information about the PW Link.
Brent Butterworth had great things to say about the look and sound of the Prestige 2000SW:
"If you want a subwoofer that looks as good as it sounds, consider Paradigm's Prestige 2000SW. This 121-pound sub sports a 15-inch woofer and 2,000-watt Class D amplifier in a gorgeous cabinet that's
available in a furniture-grade finish of piano black, gloss cherry, satin walnut, or satin black walnut. One of Brent Butterworth's favorite parts of this package is the included Perfect Bass Kit, which he considers to be one of the best subwoofer auto EQ systems available."
"I’d love to see the stats: How many audiophiles in 2016 bought parts of their system -- or their entire system -- online or over the phone, without ever having heard the component(s)? I know from the letters I receive that many of you do, if only out of necessity. The number of dealers stocking high-end audio gear has shrunk over the years, and sometimes it’s just not feasible to hear the component you’re considering buying before you actually buy it. And comparing two different brands side by side -- the two specific brands you’re most interested in -- is often next to impossible. Many dealers carry only a few brands, and typically complementary rather than competing brands."
"The speakers I recommend are the new Paradigm Persona 7F ($25,000 USD per pair), the next-to-top model of the Persona line. The very top Persona is the 9H, which has an active bass section with four 8.5” woofers. The fully passive 7F has a 1” beryllium-dome tweeter and, surprisingly, a 7” beryllium-cone midrange. The bass range is handled by two 8.5” woofers -- half the number in the 9H -- that must be powered by your own amplifier. Although I love the thought of the active bass in the 9H, a pair of them costs $10,000 more and I suspect that the 7F would produce plenty of low end for most folks in most rooms. Plus, a lot of people like the more conventional passive approach, because that’s what they’re used to. And that’s OK. Being a large three-way speaker, the 7F should be able to handle practically anything you throw at it, including doing double duty with movies and music. I hear that you can get them in blue -- Aria Metallic Blue, to be specific. That’s what I’d choose."
We're excited to share this review of the Paradigm PW Amp, from AVS Forum's Mark Henninger.
“The Paradigm PW Amp was music to my ears… Thanks to the combined power of DTS Play-Fi and ARC software, the feature set of the Paradigm PW Amp is remarkably deep."
"I can't commend Paradigm enough for providing the flexibility in bass management and room EQ that ARC affords; this is the only networked amp I am familiar with that offers such sophistication, which is crucial if you want to achieve true high-fidelity. I also applaud the company's choice to go with DTS Play-Fi since that ecosystem encompasses products from many companies, unlike the proprietary systems offered by some other vendors."
We also announced our new
soundbars and Paradigm’s first high performance outdoor loudspeaker system at
this year’s CEDIA.
The PW Soundbar and Soundplay
are powered soundbars able to create an immersive surround-sound experience.
Featuring advanced wireless connectivity, these soundbars are building blocks
to a whole-home ecosystem.
Soundbar is the newest model in the Paradigm Premium Wireless Series and has a
step-up feature set, including HDMI inputs and DTS® Play-Fi®, providing
wireless multi-room streaming capability.
Features of the PW
Soundbar and Soundplay include:
power of 135 Watts (270 Watts peak) combined total output across the nine
control capability – IP commands and automation over WiFi and LAN hardwire
Room Correction (ARC™)
Digital Surround processing (DTS 5.1)
Digital Surround processing (Dolby Digital 5.1)
The PW Soundbar features
connectivity – HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2 for 4K/60, HDMI output with Audio Return
Featuring DTS® Play-Fi® streaming technology:
Pair with other speakers in Paradigm’s Premium
Wireless Series to build whole room or whole home wireless audio systems
Source rebroadcast – wirelessly stream
third-party sources to other Premium Wireless products in the home.
Compatible with iOS, Android, PC and MA
Wireless Rear Surrounds – wirelessly connect
other Premium Wireless products; such as the PW 600 or PW AMP, for a dedicated
5-channel surround sound experience.
The new Garden
Oasis series delivers dynamic, natural sound, and weatherproof technology makes
it ideal for any outdoor climate.
scalable system includes 4-inch and 6-inch satellite speakers, as well as
10-inch and 12-inch subwoofers. Each satellite speaker can be switched between
8 ohm, 70V and 100V options. Paradigm’s patent pending Reduced Edge Diffraction
(RED™) technology enhances dispersion characteristics and performance.
The system also
includes a unique 10-inch and 12-inch underground subwoofer. With only a
chimney port visible once installed, this part of the system also blends
seamlessly with its surroundings.
Keep an eye out
for additional details about these new additions to the Paradigm family!
“…[Y]ou want to
experience these speakers, for they have the power to evoke emotions like
nothing I have ever heard before. Loud surround is simple. Imaging and transformational
sound is not.” - Heather L. Sidorowicz, ResidentialSystems.com
“I had a chance to listen to some tracks through a
pair of Persona 9H’s, including Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Tin Pan Alley,” Peter
Gabriel’s “Mercy Street,” and Daft Punk’s “Giorgio by Moroder.” The speakers
handled the challenges of the acoustically difficult meeting room with aplomb.
ARC smoothed out the bass response from the two speakers, and with a total of
eight 8.5-inch differential-drive woofers pumping the air, they had plenty of
depth and impact. Imaging was as good as it gets, which is usually the case
with well-designed top-tier speakers.” - Mark Henninger, AVSForum.com
“We quickly realized that these are speakers we'd want to take a
closer listen to in our own listening space.” - Gene DellaSala, Audioholics.com
“I enjoyed a fantastic demo that
featured some of the most detailed recordings I’ve heard. The transparency and
resolution seemed almost without limit. The goal of Paradigm’s five-year
development was to minimize distortion. To my ears, they’ve eliminated it.
I look forward to seeing these speakers measured because they presented nothing
but clean neutral sound.” - Christian Eberle, Hometheaterhifi.com
Stay tuned for more details about the Persona Series!
Power. Some of us have it. We all want it. When we finally get some, we always want more, don't we? What are we talking about here? Subwoofers. Bass. Big, deep, omnidirectional, stomach-rumbling low frequencies. The only way to achieve it, is to have the power it takes to make it.
We're talking about subwoofer amplification, the clean, constant power that relentlessly moves the cone and the motor on the voice coil of the speaker we love. At Paradigm, we want to give you the power (in every sense of the word) to indulge your deepest-downest, lowest bass fantasies and desires.
Hit the jump to get a little subwoofer refresher, which will make it clear how we believe power fits into the subwoofer puzzle. We’ll dish a little about the innovation we came up with to deliver more extreme subwoofer power, more efficiently, than practically anyone out there.
Bass is the easy part, isn't it? Just move a big driver, and like magic: low frequencies come out. That equation was fine for big 80s boomboxes, but it doesn't explain serious bass response and why it's important for you and for your sound system.
At Paradigm, we have our own ideas about bass. We've studied the issue for over 30 years. We've come up with some improvements, defeating many of the issues that get in the way of producing low frequency response. And we've come up with some ways to improve on those improvements using better technology both inside the subwoofer enclosure, and out.
We are pleased to share a fantastic review of the Paradigm Prestige 2000SW that was just published! "A well designed and very attractive looking sealed subwoofer with an imposing 15-inch aluminum driver and a 2000-watt class D amplifier, the 2000SW is looking to be more than just a generic thumping black box in your living room. The addition of PBK also attempts to add a new level of integration and more consistent sound quality to the mix."
"The overall sound quality coming from the Paradigm subwoofer was excellent, particularly with music. It reproduced detailed notes and bass lines with resounding clarity and an admirable lack of distortion. For all practical purposes, one of the 2000SW subwoofers was able to produce more than enough output to energize my room, pretty effortlessly, down to just about 20 Hz before a fairly steep roll off of the signal. Although I’ve had subwoofers that have played flat down to about 10 Hz in this room, very few of them have sounded as clean as this Paradigm has in its given operating range." —Carlo Lo Raso
How important is a subwoofer? Without a subwoofer, you have no Jaco Pastorius or Bootsie Collins, no exploding Death Star, and no cello concerto. So, for a full-spectrum dynamic audio experience, you really need to include a subwoofer in your listening plans.
We love bass. We live for the lows. Being moved by big bass is fun. It gets everyone onto the dance floor (even if the dance floor is your living room) and it nails you to your seat during a movie. You need a sub.
Don't have a sub yet? Don't think you have the room, worried about what the neighbors will think, satisfied with just your mids and highs? Take the jump and we'll show you three compact subwoofers made especially to fit the bass needs of smaller rooms and apartments, and more.
Since then, this blog has been one big award and one great review after another. Hey, we're tooting our own X-PAL Tweeters here, so to speak. But we'd understand if you're beginning to feel that our bragging is getting dry.
How about some information you can really use? Maybe even an opportunity to -- most important -- learn something that helps you get better performance from your audio equipment? That's exactly what we've been thinking, too.
Click the jump to find out what we have in store for you now, and what you can do to be sure you don't miss any upcoming posts.
2015 came with many great successes including an editor's pick award for the Paradigm Prestige Series from CE Pro editor Robert Archer!
The Best of 2015
"Just over a year ago the Canadian company Paradigm added to its large and diverse product line by introducing its Prestige series of speakers. Balancing contemporary industrial designs, along with its latest engineering concepts, the product line, which includes its 75F, may be the best products Paradigm has ever produced. These easy-to-drive, dynamic and well-balanced speakers are killer with music and home theater content. With all of that being said, they are reasonably priced too."
The Prestige 95F earned a stellar review from Home Theater Review in 2015 and has now won a Product of the Year award from them!
"The Prestige 95F may look a bit different from previous Paradigm speakers, but Dennis Burger says that this "beautifully crafted and meticulously engineered" 2.5-way speaker, which sits atop the Prestige Series, continues the Paradigm tradition of offering outstanding performance."
Click here! to check out all of the 2015 Best Of Award winners.
Click here! to learn more about Paradigm's Prestige Series.
Home Theater Review gives the Paradigm Premium Wireless PW AMP 4.5 Stars & a raving review!
"...the PW AMP is a wonderful little Class D amp with a smart design and wonderfully dynamic, detailed, nuanced performance, along with excellent bass management and room-correction capabilities and more than enough power to drive great big honking tower speakers" - Dennis Burger, Home Theater Review