Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Digital Trends Recommends Paradigm Soundtrack 2 to make your TV Sound as Big as it Looks

Digital Trends wants to help you make your TV sound as big as it looks and to do so, they suggest some excellent sound bar systems including our very own Paradigm Soundtrack 2!



From Digital Trends...

"As the modern “less is more” aesthetic gains popularity, sound bars have become a coveted item among home theater enthusiasts. The advantage of this option is that it lends itself to a sleek, unobtrusive look, while bolstering the anemic sound systems of many modern TVs. Of late, the move to ultra-thin, clean styling has left less and less space for speakers, as manufacturers favor stunning visuals over heart-stopping sound."

"Fortunately, the best sound bars can give you both. These space-saving speakers are now self-powered and provide their own amplification. As such, there’s no need to carve out space for a home theater receiver, making the bars a logical fit for those with limited space. Boxy floor-standing speakers just aren’t practical when square footage is at a premium. Whatever your reason for going the sound bar route, you’ll want to make sure you choose the brand and model that best suit your entertainment system."

Click here! to read the list of suggestions from Digital Trends
Click here! to learn more about Paradigm's Soundtrack 2


Monday, February 9, 2015

New Video: Paradigm Prestige Speakers


Check out our latest video on the making of Prestige speakers by our friends at SoundStage! Network...




Click here! to learn about Paradigm's Prestige Series.
Click here! to see more from SoundStage! Network.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Paradigm Millenia CT 2 wins a Home Theater Review Best of 2014 Award



Paradigm Millenia CT 2 Powered Speaker System, $899
Paradigm's updated Millenia CT 2 system combines the plug-and-play convenience of a soundbar/subwoofer combination with the performance we've come to expect from Paradigm's small powered speakers. Add in Bluetooth with aptX and lower the price compared with its predecessor, and you've got a recipe for success.


Click here! to see all of the Best of 2014 winners.
Click here! to learn more about the Millenia CT 2 or to buy now.


Monday, January 26, 2015

An Inside Look at the New "Crafted in Canada" Prestige Series from Paradigm Speakers

Late 2014, we opened our doors to a handful of a/v journalists to show them how our new Prestige Series is "Crafted in Canada". As a result, one beautiful video and five fantastic articles were published. Take a look!



Click through each of the below links to read about each of the journalists' experiences at Paradigm headquarters:

Dennis Burger, HD Living:
"...manufacturing is usually such an ugly, industrial process. Even the most beautiful final products go through their gangly, awkward phases as they’re being refined from raw materials to final product. But there’s something about the Paradigm process that runs contrary to this. Even in such a raw, folded states, the blocks of wood that would eventually be sanded and sprayed and filled with electromechanical components to become a Prestige speaker were tantalizingly beautiful in and of themselves. And indeed, as those little monoliths pass through different hands as they travel around the factory, they retain an essential beauty during each step of the process. I’m sure that’s not intentional. But it makes me appreciate the final product even more."

"Paradigm is one of those rare companies that doesn’t seem to be standing in its own way. One arm
is offers Shift products (headphones, soundbars, and powered speakers) and the other arm is creating high-end luxury speakers. The result is one great big hug of outstanding audio. They’re playing the game from both angles instead of fighting the trends of the world (great soundbars while building better speakers). With the finest ingredient and great care for the process. It appeared to me that Paradigm has created a recipe for success."


"There are many other benefits to making the product in Canada. The company has control over all phases of manufacturing. For instance, it's able to wind voice coils and crossover inductors with exactly the right number of turns of wire. Having R&D and manufacturing in one building compresses the engineering process. For example, engineering staff can make a prototype basket for a driver on a 3D printer, then build up the entire driver and system, then evaluate performance in the anechoic chamber. Early on, it looks like the Prestige Series is a hit."


"If I ever had to describe Canada’s most significant trait, I’d say it is modesty. Not in the bashful or
apologetic kind of way, but rather in the quiet, proud confident way. In fact, Paradigm’s new moniker is “Crafted in Canada” instead of the more boastful, “Made in Canada” (or North America). Canadian modesty precludes boasting about an accomplishment; they’d rather show you than tell you. That’s what comes to mind when I look at the new Prestige speaker line and the impressive home of Paradigm in Mississauga, a neighboring city to the metropolis of Toronto, Ontario. It was a treat to tour the facility, watch the process of design, fabrication, and assembly of the Prestige Series."

"There is no question that Paradigm is exceedingly proud that the new Prestige Series is crafted in Canada.  Developing a new speaker range that offers the same amount of visual value and the same amount of performance, if not better, than competing brands that are made in China was quite difficult but the Paradigm engineering team rose up to the occasion.  Paradigm estimates that its cost to produce the speakers locally is somewhere between 20 and 30 more than it would be compared to manufacturing in China... One thing is for certain – we can’t wait to get our hands on these speakers so that we can put them through our series of listening tests."

To learn more about Paradigm Prestige Series visit: 



Friday, December 12, 2014

Paradigm Millenia CT 2 Wins Best of 2014 Award from Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity

We are proud to announce that the Paradigm Millenia CT 2 has won a Best of 2014 Award from Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity!



Click here! to see the Secrets Best of 2014 award winners.
Click here! to learn more about the Millenia CT 2 or to buy now.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Paradigm Soundscape Wins 2015 Soundbar of the Year from Audio Video Magazine in South Africa!




Click here! to check out Audio Video Magazine in South Africa.
Click here! to learn more about the Paradigm Soundscape.




Friday, November 14, 2014

Paradigm Soundtrack Wins Best Sound Bar from Digital Trends


We are honored that the Paradigm Soundtrack System was named #1 from Digital Trends for "Best Sound Bars"!



Click here! to see the 10 "Best Sound Bars" from Digital Trends.
Click here! for more info on Paradigm's Soundtrack System.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Video: Subwoofers & Great Bass from Paradigm


We're all about that bass! Watch our latest video on Subwoofers & Great Bass from Paradigm: 


Click here! to learn more about Paradigm subwoofers.
Click here! to view all Paradigm videos.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

"12 Affordable Speakers for Your Budget" by CEPro includes Paradigm

 CE Pro named "12 Affordable Speakers for Your Budget" and included the Paradigm Millenia LP 2 and Millenia LP XL.


"Engineered to complement today’s generation of ultra-slim flat-panel TVs, Paradigm’s Millenia LP2 and LP XL speakers sit less than two inches off the wall once mounted.  Paradigm says the speakers incorporate tweeters that are designed for clarity, as well as midrange drivers that are engineered for uncolored tonal accuracy. The speakers’ bass drivers are said to deliver response that is free of cone standing waves and micro distortion. The speakers mount vertically or horizontally and they can be used for two channel and multichannel systems."

Click here! to read the full article.

Click here! for more info on Paradigm's Millenia LP XL.
Click here! for more info on Paradigm's Millenia LP 2.


Monday, October 6, 2014

The Paradigm Soundscape Earns a Sound & Vision Top Pick Award & 4 Star Review


When Daniel Kumin of Sound & Vision decided to review the Paradigm Soundscape soundbar, he wanted to answer a question... "Just how close can you come?" 'To what?' you're asking...What Kumin meant was, how close can you get to the sound of loudspeakers powered by a receiver with a soundbar? The answer? Well, if you read the headline, you can probably guess. But it's worth the read on to find out...


Unboxing
"...expectations were high as I unboxed Paradigm’s $1,500 Soundscape, a slim, round-shouldered soundbar designed, like many of its peers, for on-wall or shelf/tabletop mounting equally. (Paradigm includes extensive template and bracket accessories to make the former as straightforward as possible, and rubbery feet for the latter.) The design combines seven drivers into a trio of two-way hardware channels (the center is dual-woofer’d), each with a dedicated 25-watt (RMS) amplifier channel, and the system is supported by DSP-based surround magickery. I couldn’t wait to hook it up."

First Listen
"When I finally began my critical listening, I judged the Paradigm design to be a carefully tuned reproducer with open, natural vocal tonality on both male and female announcers and singers. The Soundscape struck me as leaning just a touch to the warm-and-full side of the spectrum, but otherwise just about spot-on, splitting the difference between casual TV-sound-appliance and audiophile-balanced Serious Listening device."

Music
"In fact, with the volume at its maximum setting of 100, the Paradigm proved able to deliver almost 80 decibels SPL at my listening position from THX- reference-level (–20 dB FS) test noise, which is very good for a soundbar."


Movies
"All good stuff, but any soundbar is going to live or die with movies. The Paradigm continued to impress me across a clutch of favorite scenes, offering lots of clean level while maintaining clear, balanced dialogue and very respectable dynamic impact."

Another Serious Soundbar  
We can definitively add Paradigm’s name to the handful of makers that offer “serious soundbars”...The Paradigm continued to impress me across a clutch of favorite scenes, offering lots of clean level while maintaining clear, balanced dialogue and very respectable dynamic impact... The Soundscape also goes substantially lower than a lot of other soundbars... if you value dynamics, bass extension, and overall sound quality first, you’ll be well rewarded. 
 
Click here! to read the Soundscape review from Sound & Vision.
Click here! for more info on Soundscape or to buy online.

  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Paradigm Soundscape Wins a 2014 Technology Integrator EXC!TE Award


We are pleased to announce that the Soundscape won a Technology Integrator 2014 EXC!TE Award!

"Soundscape is a powered 5.1-channel soundbar designed to deliver surround sound for large flat panel TVs, boasting four powerful polypropylene woofers, three pure-aluminum dome tweeters and two low-turbulence ports. Paradigm's engineers have achieved an extraordinarily wide soundstage with superb stereo separation, exquisite highs, rich midrange, and deep articulate bass. With a refined fit and finish, the affordable Soundscape is stylish yet unobtrusive, easy to operate, and allows custom integrators the ability to tailor the audio experience for the end user."

Paradigm's Erin Phillips & Justin Bright accepting the EXC!TE Award

Click here! to see the EXC!TE Award winners.
Click here! for more info. on the Soundscape and to buy online.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Game changer: A soundbar an audiophile can love" - CNET on the Paradigm Soundscape

"The Audiophiliac spends quality time with Paradigm's Soundscape, it's clearly the best sound bar he's heard in ages."

It's really hard not to be excited when you read a headline and sub-headline like the above... Especially when it is regarding our very own Paradigm Soundscape 5.1 soundbar. Below are some quotes from CNET audio journalist, Steve Guttenberg.


"It came as a total surprise to me, but when the Paradigm Soundscape sound bar appeared in the CNET office I thought why not give it a spin? Unpacking the super solid 'bar it was easy to see Paradigm's build quality shames the more typical plastic or lightweight wood sound bars, the Soundscape metal clad, 20-pound, 5.5 by 42 by 5 inch cabinet looks sleek."

"The Soundscape is significantly more powerful than any other subwooferless sound bar, and clarity and dynamic punch were superb... man, this sound bar is a force to be reckoned with! Whether it was Kong wrestling with dinosaurs or space station hijinks, the Soundscape's dynamic punch easily KO-ed what passes for merely excellent everyday high-performance sound bars..."

"...most folks prefer a single speaker, easier-to-setup solution. So for them the Soundscape is highly recommended."

Click here! to read the full Soundscape review from CNET.
Click here! for more info on the Soundscape or to buy online.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

4 Stars for the Paradigm Millenia CT 2 from Sean Killebrew of Home Theater Review

In a recent review of the Paradigm Millenia CT 2, Sean Killebrew of Home Theater Review awarded it with 4 stars and compared Paradigm to a successful restaurant! Read on for details...

Performance
"Those who are familiar with Paradigm and have experienced the sound quality of their speakers understand that this is where the company hangs its hat. That's not to say that their products suffer in terms of aesthetics or general form factor; it's simply that, while a company like Bang and Olufsen might focus on aesthetics, Paradigm begins and ends with performance. Paradigm begins and ends with performance. The Millenia continues that tradition of exemplary sound quality."

Music
"I was a bit shocked to realize that the CT 2, despite its relative affordability, is remarkably revealing... I was immediately hit with a brilliant reproduction of the song. The mids and highs were compelling and warm, and the imaging was better than I'd expect from a system of this ilk.


Movies
"... while you can't replace dedicated surround speakers, the Millenia handled the smoke and mirrors of creating surround sound from two speakers as well as any system I've heard."

"... the Paradigm did an admirable job of conveying all of the action and dialogue without sounding muddy or distorted, even at higher volume."

Conclusion
"While $899 is certainly not a drop in the bucket, when you take a hard look at the Millenia CT 2's price-to-performance ratio, it starts to make sense.... you can find plenty of competition in the three-channel plug-and-play realm, but you're just not going to find many that look and sound as good as the Paradigm. This is how Paradigm has done so well across its product line. It's akin to running a successful restaurant, which is to say: make it look nice, serve up a memorable experience, and don't insult us with your pricing. The same recipe seems to be working just fine for Paradigm."

Click here! for more info on the Millenia CT 2 or to buy now.
Click here! to read the full review from Home Theater Review.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Introducing Paradigm’s Prestige Series: Respect for the Original Source


Prestige Series combines innovative new technologies with smart engineering and authentic craftsmanship for astonishing performance at an incredible value. 

For over 30 years, Paradigm has set the precedent for innovation and technology in loudspeaker manufacturing. The new Prestige Series builds on this history by combining new technologies with smart engineering that provides astonishing performance at an incredible value—all completely crafted in our Canadian facility. Prepare to be impressed and astonished. 

Prestige is Paradigm—Refined

With a new, unobstructed look: clean, sharp lines, with close attention paid to the smallest details. These loudspeakers don’t rely on gimmicks. 

Prestige is Smart Engineering

Harnessing cutting-edge new technologies, like our Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens that protects the delicate S-PAL™ tweeter dome and acts as the Phase Plug, blocking out-of-phase frequencies for smoother, extended high frequencies with incredible detail and higher output. 

Prestige is an Authentic, Handcrafted Piece of Art

Designed, engineered, and fully Crafted in Canada, by people who love great audio (just like you). From the precise workmanship of the non-resonant cabinets to their beautiful premium-grade finishes, Prestige is truly hand-built for performance.

Maintaining control over the design and manufacturing process is the only way to ensure perfection. For the ultimate in control, Paradigm builds its drivers in-house. Only by handcrafting each midrange and bass driver ourselves can we guarantee the consistency of our precision engineering, going beyond the industry standard to deliver superior high performance in each and every Prestige loudspeaker we build.

Prestige cabinets are flawlessly wrapped with real walnut hardwood and offered in a variety of beautiful premium-grade finishes: Walnut and Black Walnut have a smooth satin finish with distinctive wood figuring. Midnight Cherry and Piano Black feature a luxurious hand-rubbed, high-gloss finish.

There are five models in the Prestige Series lineup: three floorstanding speakers (Prestige 95F, 85F & 75F), two center channels (Prestige 55C & 45C), one surround channel (Prestige 25S), and one bookshelf speaker (Prestige 15B). 



Prestige Series models will start shipping in Q4 and will be available from authorized Paradigm dealers nationwide. Pricing TBD.

Stay tuned for more product details: www.paradigm.com. 
Click here! for digital images of the Prestige series.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Paradigm Teases New Product Launch

It all started two weeks ago, when we added a count down clock to the Paradigm home page along with a teaser image of a mysteriously draped speaker. (see image below)...


But yesterday, we took it to the next level with an update to the home page that included a link to a teaser video.







Looks like you'll have to wait until the clock runs out 
and CEDIA EXPO 2014 begins for the unveiling and more info! 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

"It is in fact the best sound-system-in-a-box I've come across so far" - Brian Florian on Paradigm's Soundtrack 2 System

After reviewing (and enjoying) the original Soundtrack System, Secrets of Home Theater was anxious to give the second iteration a go. So we shipped off a system to Brian Florian and recently he published his thoughts on the Soundtrack 2. Below are a couple of quotes that summarize his overall experience...

"Paradigm hit a sweet spot delivering a product which satisfies... cost & sound quality"

"Paradigm distinguishes themselves by making the most of what is possible within both the fiduciary constrains, as well as the engineering challenges of the form factor. It is in fact the best sound-system-in-a-box I’ve come across so far south of a kilobuck."

"While it's not a stretch to think that the Soundtrack 2 might be bested by a pair of the company’s own Mini-Monitor speakers coupled to a modest receiver, there is a plethora of people who have no interest in a bunch of big boxes and the rat’s nest of wires which come with, and who just want better sound than what their TV is giving them. For such applications Paradigm has I think hit a sweet spot delivering a product which satisfies both in terms of cost and sound quality."

Click here! to read the full review by Secrets of Home Theater.
Click here! for more info on the Soundtrack 2 or to buy online.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"The Rolls Royce of soundbars - a premium soundbar in every sense" - AVForums on the Paradigm Soundscape

We are delighted to share a review of the Soundscape published by AVForums. Writer Mark Hodgkinson called the Soundscape "The Rolls Royce of soundbars" and awarded it with a score of 9/10 overall and AVForums "Highly Recommended" status. Here are a few tidbits, but we encourage you to read the full review.

"The Paradigm Soundscape is the Rolls Royce of the soundbar sector. It’s big, bold and perhaps a little brash but it goes about its business beautifully, thanks to superior engineering and incredible attention to detail that elicits a performance your typical speaker bar can’t touch."

"The Paradigm Soundscape is the Rolls Royce of the soundbar sector."

"The design of the Soundscape is such that all the drivers are independently amplified and completely isolated from one another, allowing it to produce a true stereo soundstage for two channel, whilst also being fabulously capable with multichannel movie and TV sources.

"It packs punch regardless and its performance is thoroughly bombastic"



"The delivery is accurate, involving and exciting for your typical film soundtrack whilst beautifully composed and assured with musical duties. You can even add a more little low end impact with an external subwoofer, either wired or wirelessly with the supplied adaptor, but it packs a punch regardless and its performance is thoroughly bombastic, in any case, with a refinement in the mid-low notes unique in this product sector."

"This is a premium soundbar in every sense... in terms of how it sounds, it currently has no equal."

Click here! to read the full Soundscape review from AVForums.
Click here! for more info on the Soundscape or to buy online.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Paradigm has engineered a sound system of beauty and quality for an affordable price" - Secrets of Home Theater on the Millenia CT 2


Francisco Licon of Secrets of Home Theater & High Fidelity recently wrote a review of our Millenia CT 2 and enjoyed the 2.1 systems very much. Below are a couple of quotes from the review...

"provides a big, clear sound"
"The Millenia CT 2 provides a big, clear sound and is easy to use and set up. They also look really cool. I can see this as a high quality bedroom system for the audiophile who has an all-out system in their main room or an apartment dweller (hope your neighbors don’t complain when you crank it up). Or this may be a system for the average guy or gal that is just not as crazy as I am about equipment, but wants a very high quality sound system that offers simplicity of set up and use."

"a sound system of beauty and quality"
"...my time with the Paradigm Millenia CT 2 system was really enjoyable and fun. The Millenia CT 2 was adept at playing music and movies, the system disappeared into the source and allowed me to enjoy the creative efforts of the producers and musicians. The system is classy and sophisticated enough to fit into an Austin hipster’s condo and is easy and simple to set up and use. Paradigm has engineered a sound system of beauty and quality for an affordable price. The Millenia CT 2 is definitely worth a look for its sound quality and solid design."

Click here! to read the full Millenia CT 2 review.
Click here! for more product info or to buy online.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Paradigm Soundscape Earns Trusted Reviews Recommended Status and 9/10 Star Rating!


Last week, Trusted Reviews in the UK published a raving review of the Paradigm Soundscape. Earning a score of 9/10 and the Trusted Reviews "Recommended" badge of approval, the Soundscape comes up on top yet again!



“If you’re in the market for a soundbar and have a big budget to play with, the Soundscape is a worthy purchase thanks primarily to its sumptuous design and outstanding sound quality, which help justify the hefty price tag and earn it a Recommended badge. It delivers the sort of big, room-filling sound stage you’d expect from bigger speakers, with huge bass output, masses of detail and authoritative dialogue. Music also sounds fantastic through Soundscape’s high-end driver array… Staggeringly good sound quality and debonair design make Paradigm’s Soundscape an impressive soundbar…”

Click here! to read the full review from Trusted Reviews.
Click here! for more info on Paradigm's Soundscape.