Paradigms Studio Monitor has for years been considered among
the main competitors to B&Ws legendary 801- and at a much lower price. Paradigm
has just revised its Studio Monitor to become a line of speakers, not just one model.
Studio 100 V.2
This is the direct replacement for the venerable Studio Monitor. With a 1" metal dome tweeter, 5 ½" mica polymer midrange and two polypropylene woofers, Studio 100 is a power to behold. Whether you want the impact of organ music or kettle drums, Studio 100 will go down to meet the challenge. It is more efficient and amplifier friendly than Studio Monitor and is a joy to behold in terms of sonic flavor and image. This is a true audiophiles delight with great power capability.
Studio 20 V.2
A dynamite mini! 14Hx8 1/2Wx11"D. You wont believe the bass impact from this little speaker. It uses the same 1" tweet as its bigger brothers and mica polymer midrange driver. Very impressive and reasonably efficient.
Monitor 9 V.2
Monitor 9 uses two 8" polypropylene woofs and a new 1" metal dome tweeter. The beauty of this tower is its flexibility. It is efficient enough to be driven by virtually any receiver or amp. Its bass is prodigious. Its clarity is excellent. If youre looking for a speaker with muscle that doesnt ask for a lot of amp to get the job done, this is it.
Monitor 7 V.2
7 uses two 6 ½" polypropylene woofs and the new metal dome dome tweet. It is a fairly sleek tower at 7 5/8"W (38 1/2" tall). It has good punch and clarity and is also very efficient. Literally any receiver can drive it. Its character is a shade thick in the bass, a good choice for popular music especially.
Monitor 3 V.2
3 uses an 8" polypropylene woofer and the new metal dome tweet.
It is rich and warm sounding for a traditionally styled bookshelf speaker.
The new tweet is brighter than the older textile style, but not too much so!
Mini Monitor V.2
The Mini Monitor is a super value.
With one 6 ½" polypropylene woofer, you might not expect much bass- but youll be shocked. This new mini uses the metal dome tweet.
Its flavor is a tad brighter than its predecessor and surprisingly large sounding!
The Atom is already the most revered mini speaker in the audiophile community. Ideal for small systems (you wont believe the bass!), the Atom is nothing short of astonishing. The Atom is comprised of a 5 ½" cast frame, polypropylene woofer and a new, ¾" CMC (Ceramic/Metal Composite) dome tweeter. The new CMC tweeter has Paradigms new Controlled Waveguide faceplate to create better dispersion than ever before! Note, these are REAL drivers, not some flimsy stamped woofer or spitty Far East tweeter!
Steve Stone of Stereophile
"I like this speaker because it gets the midrange frequencies right- to me, the most important function of a loudspeaker.The Atoms not only get the midrange right, they also have reasonable bass impact and can put out fairly high spls without distortion. Compared to the Energy Excel, the Atoms have far more depth, three-dimensional space and more cohesive soundstage. Of the three speakers I reviewed here (NHT Super Zero, Energy Excel & Paradigm Atom) my favorite is the Paradigm Atom."
The Titan has a tough act to follow in the Atom, but it is up to the task. Due to its larger enclosure the Titan can house a 6 ½" cast, polypropylene woofer and the same ¾" CMC dome tweeter used in the Atom. The result, as you would expect, is fuller midrange and bass performance.
Steve Crowe of Australian HiFi:
"These little boxes deliver a remarkably big sound- big because of its full body and well extended soundstage that belies the actual size of the drivers that produce it. The tweeter here imparts a delightfully rich but uncluttered treble. It never reaches towards harshness, regardless of the musical program, and displays a kind of soft sweetness that needs to give most music a warmth and hint of intimacy that would very much suit the bulk of rooms that will necessitate the use of such small speakers. The bass is the big surprise of the Titans. Strong, tight, punchy- and very convincing. The overall sound is quite well balanced. Ensemble work is handled very well by the Titans, with each instrument clearly defined and properly positioned.
The Titans may be small and inexpensive, but their sound could never be described in the same way."
New! Phantom V.3
The new Phantom V.3 is essentially a Titan with a second woofer configured in a small tower design. Featuring two 6 ½" woofers and a 1" CMC dome tweeter, Phantom V.3 is a modestly priced and sized tower packing a big punch!
Servo 15 is a full sized (20Hx18Wx21 ¾"D) powered subwoofer. It has a built in 400 watt amp but does not have a built in crossover. The price includes an X-30 (line level) or X-20 outboard crossover. If you have a preamp processor with built in sub crossover and adjustable volume control, then you wouldnt need to use the X-20 or 30. Servo 15 is thunderous yet reasonably tight. The servo system features a circuit that controls the woofer when it senses distortion beginning to develop. The Servo 15 is certainly a state of the art contender when you need a theater sub with enormous power!
PS-1200 is a tank. It has a 12" woofer, NOW 175 watt amp!, adjustable crossover and phase control. It moves big time air and is a major league product in every sense of the term.
PS-1000 is THE BEST subwoofer buy on the market.
The size is reasonable (16 3/4Hx17Wx19"D) and the performance spectacular. It is a PS-1200 in a smaller box with a 10" driver, same amp and features.
PDR-10 uses a stamped 10" woofer- ALL the PS series are CAST. This uses an 100 watt hybrid amp, not the 130 discrete watt amp used by the PS series subs. Regardless, PDR-10 is nice, and small (14 1/4"Hx13 1/2"Wx16"D), but it isnt a PS-1000...
Studio/CC uses the Reference Series metal dome tweeter and two mica-polymer woofers. It is intended to be used horizontally- the correct mate for other Reference Series spks
The new CC-370 uses two 6 ½" polypropylene woofers and one new metal dome tweeter. It is the ideal match to the new Monitor Series speakers. Its full size makes it rich and powerful, not thin and whimpy!
NEW! Matches Phantom, very similar to CC-370 at a lower cost.
Shallower (6 1/2Hx20 3/4Wx8 ½"D) version of CC-370 without as much bass- appropriate for use when you have a shallow TV space to sit atop.