September 25, 2018

The Technology Behind the Defiance Subwoofer

Keith Dowd, Paradigm’s Director of US Sales, said it best when he was quoted for the press release for the Defiance series, “When bass is properly reproduced, it is the foundation in music and movie soundtracks. It’s easy to design a subwoofer that makes a lot of noise, but a subwoofer with vanishingly low distortion that sounds as good as a high-performance speaker can only come from a company that knows how to design and build high-performance speakers.”
Here is what makes the Defiance Subwoofer amazing:

1.    Active Ridge Technology (ART) Surrounds. ART is a uniquely engineered surround design that allows the driver to move faster and farther. When you look at a Defiance Sub, you see what looks like the edge of a paper plate around the driver, and this is part of the ART technology. This patented driver design is “over-molded,” meaning these items are fused (not glued) to the cone to allow for the farthest possible throw without distortion or destruction. The Defiance Subs measured a 3dB gain in output, with a 50% reduction in audible distortion. Yes, that’s right; we upped the output while significantly reducing the distortion. One Defiance sub produces the same output as two subs from other brands.

2.    Built-in ARC Technology. With this technology, you can shape the bass to fit your space. This technology is controlled via a smartphone app (iOs and Android). ARC measures your area, compares it to lab standard responses, and instantly removes performance-robbing anomalies resulting in an accurately rendered deep bass.

3.    Subwoofer App Control. This app simplifies set up and tuning, controlling volume, low-pass filter, phase, room gain, and much more. There are even three present listening modes, and you can turn off ARC all in this powerful app.

4.    Wireless Capabilities (Optional). All the new Defiance subwoofers (expect the V8) can benefit from the Defiance Wireless Transmitter System. The transmitter and receiver modules connect easily and allow users greater placement options for a subwoofer.

5.    Ported on the Bottom. This makes the subwoofer easily adaptable to most configurations. The subwoofer can be put in a cabinet or set on the floor – whichever fits your design. This ported design also allows for better airflow as well make the sub more adaptable to fit many configurations. 

Defiance V Series is a budget-conscious choice for big bass. Defiance X Series is Crafted in Canada for truly huge high-performance bass. Whichever one is right for you, Defiance subs are all bass, no gimmicks.

For more information on these great subwoofers, visit our website here.

August 21, 2018

How Do You Get Great Sound Without Disrupting the Décor of the Room?

Your home is decorated, and now it’s time to add the home theater system of your dreams to the living room television, but space is a challenge. You have your receiver and amplifier, but the room is just not big enough for floor standing speakers. Also, your significant other does not want “ugly speakers” as part of the decor. For any audiophile that cohabits with a non-audiophile, getting the sound you want that the decorator in the family likes is a challenge. There is hope. If you are struggling to find a compromise on your home theater with your significant other, here are three ways to overcome the standard objections to adding a sound system to a display.

1. Do we need speakers? We purchased a new TV. Today the speakers on the new televisions are on the back of the display. This means, when they are mounted on the wall, which the typical way to put the tv in the living room, the speaker sends the sound to a wall, then it bounces off. The result – horrible sound. A quality speaker designed to accompany the displays will redirect the sound while improving the quality and the experience of your new television.

2. I do not want a speaker sitting on the table under the TV or around the room. Getting the ok to rest a speaker on a piece of furniture or have floor standing speakers around a small living room can bring on harsh words. Avoid this conversation by purchasing speakers that blend seamlessly with the display. Décor speakers are available in both horizontal/sound bar and side-mounted / vertical configurations. Speakers can be combined to create a slim, elegant, high-performance audio system that is customized to the exact height and length of any wall-mounted, flat panel television. This is a custom-built speaker that will seamlessly blend with your display to not take away from the aesthetics of the room. 

3. We cannot have true surround sound, so why bother? While surround sound may not be possible, improving the sound from your television with a Décor speaker is the perfect solution. The Décor line of speakers come in one, two, or three channel specs giving you the flexibility to use any size television and match it with high-performance Paradigm home theater audio, without worrying about mismatched aesthetics or poorly blended sound.

With these tips, you should be able to come to a compromise on getting the quality sound you want in a sound system that does not disrupt the look of your living room. See our full Décor line on our website to see all the options available. 

October 20, 2017

Persona Praise Continues...

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."

Click here! to read the full review
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October 4, 2017

Paradigm Featured in Electronic House's Winning Homes

Paradigm products are featured in six of Electronic House's Home of the Year winning homes!

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Persona 9H Graces the Cover of TONEAudio

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."

Click here! to read the full review
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Paradigm Visitors!

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.

Paradigm Makes Three Exciting Announcements at CEDIA 2017

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.

July 31, 2017

Sound & Vision Gives the Persona 3F System 5 Stars Across the Board!

The stellar reviews keep rolling in!

"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."

Visit our website for more information about the Persona line.

Persona 9H Labelled a "World Class Speaker" by TONEAudio

Fantastic feedback from the pros at TONEAudio:

"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."

Visit our website for more information about the Persona line.

Getting Started with Vinyl

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!

Read the full article from Popular Mechanics and visit our website for more information about the Atom Monitor.

May 31, 2017

Paradigm at High End Munich 2017!

The team is back from a fantastic time at High End Munich 2017. The decidedly Canadian room featured a pair of custom red Persona 7Fs, along with two white Persona SUBs.

Feedback from those attending the show was great and it was exciting to display the entire Persona lineup after debuting the Concept 4F at High End Munich 2015.

Thanks to all who joined us at the event!

April 28, 2017

Another exceptional review of the Persona Series!

Dennis Burger, Home Theater Review, spent some time with the Persona 3F (along with a pair of Persona Bs and a Persona C) and awarded it a resounding 5 stars across the board!

So many great quotes, we couldn't choose just one!

“…There's an undeniable high-end elegance to the speakers that pictures and words alone cannot wholly convey. Build quality is flawless. The finish is simply luxurious.”

“From their exceptional dispersion characteristics to their wonderful tonal balance, exceptional clarity, and stunning detail, Paradigm's Persona Series speakers leave one wanting for nothing...”

“They are, quite frankly, some of the most gorgeous and best-built audio components I've ever been fortunate enough to house for any extended amount of time.”

Read the full article from Home Theater Review and visit our website for more information about the Persona line.

The "Sleek, Stylish, Sophisticated" 9H Graces the Cover of The Absolute Sound!

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."

Learn more about the entire Persona line on our website!

"Paradigm Takes Brand to New Levels with Persona Speakers"

CE Pro speaks with John Rein, co-owner, Audio Video Therapy, LLC discusses how the Persona series is "exceeding all of our expectations" and says the speakers are "amazing." Watch the full video:

Learn more about the entire Persona line on our website!

SoundStage! Shorts - Paradigm's Perforated Phase Alignment (PPA) Lenses

Learn about Persona's Perforated Phase Alignment (PPA) Lenses and how they impact what you hear

Learn more about the entire Persona line on our website!

April 27, 2017

Paradigm's ISE Debut!

Paradigm made its ISE Debut earlier this year. It was a fantastic show and we can't wait to return in 2018!

A Must-Watch Video about the Persona 9H!

An incredible video of the history, development, design, and features of the Persona 9H from SoundStage! Network!

Learn more about the entire Persona line on our website!

Paradigm Wins Big with 2017 Editors' Choice Awards from The Absolute Sound

The Shift A2, Signature SUB 2 and Persona all received recognition from The Absolute Sound!

Visit our website for more information about the Shift A2, SUB 2 and Persona!

February 1, 2017

Paradigm PW Amp Review: This DTS Play-Fi Amplifier Will Bring Out the Best from Your Speakers

"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.

December 5, 2016

Paradigm Prestige 2000SW Subwoofer Named in's Best of 2016 Awards

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."

Read more about this year's Best of Awards from, and visit our website for more information on the Prestige 2000SW.

November 4, 2016

Persona 7F Named as Speaker this Reviewer would Buy, Sound Unheard

"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."

Read the full article from The SoundStage! Network, and visit our website for more information about the Persona Series.

October 11, 2016

"Music to my ears" - Mark Henninger's Review of the Paradigm PW Amp

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."

Read the full review from AVS Forum, and visit our website for more information on the Paradigm PW Amp.

September 28, 2016

More product announcements from CEDIA 2016!

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.

The PW 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:
  • Amplification power of 135 Watts (270 Watts peak) combined total output across the nine amplifiers.
  • IR mapping capability
  • IP control capability – IP commands and automation over WiFi and LAN hardwire connection
  • Anthem Room Correction (ARC™)
  • DTS Digital Surround processing (DTS 5.1)
  • Dolby Digital Surround processing (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Bluetooth connectivity

The PW Soundbar features also include:
  • HDMI connectivity – HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2 for 4K/60, HDMI output with Audio Return Channel support
  • 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.

The fully 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!

Persona, our new flagship lineup, debuted at CEDIA 2016, to rave reviews!

“…[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,

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,

We quickly realized that these are speakers we'd want to take a closer listen to in our own listening space.” - Gene DellaSala,

“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,

Stay tuned for more details about the Persona Series!

July 13, 2016

Subwoofers, Part 4: Please enjoy responsibly: With high power comes deep bass.

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.

May 26, 2016

Subwoofers, Part 3: Rubik's Cube of Bass

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. 

So you know we make subwoofers for every application, now hit the jump to find out how Paradigm bass is different from other species of bass. 

April 27, 2016

"It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen and it definitely looks like it means business..." - Carlo Lo Raso

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

Read the full review from Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, and visit our website for more information on the Prestige 2000SW.

April 25, 2016


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. 

April 13, 2016

Subwoofers, Part 1: You need a better reason to come back to our Blog.

We recently used this blog to introduce you to Paradigm's new Prestige Series of high-powered subwoofers. You know: "Louder. Lower frequency. Lower distortion. Gut-wrenching power!"

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.

March 1, 2016

Paradigm Prestige Series Named The Best of 2015 by CE Pro Editor Robert Archer

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."

Click here! to see all of the winners.
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