In the seventies of the last century, a new company called Paradigm appeared in the Canadian city of Toronto. Two talented engineers, Scott Bagby, who became the chief developer, and Jerry Vander Maerel, who took on the role of marketer, have been running it continuously for more than 30 years. A major event in the history of Paradigm was the acquisition of the facilities of Sonic Frontiers, which produced stereo electronics. Sonic Frontiers’ product range also included cinema equipment under its own Anthem brand. Paradigm did not stop there, and immediately began work on creating an elite series of speaker systems, calling it Studio. Studio speakers were produced for about 20 years and became a global bestseller, having survived five deep modernizations.
To manufacture Paradigm speaker systems, we use our own components and materials that have properties most suitable for high-quality and most accurate reproduction of the sound picture of your favorite compositions. Innovative designs, advanced materials and cutting-edge construction techniques have made Paradigm an international leader in loudspeaker technology. From the best-selling Performance Series to the sensational Monitor Series, stunning subwoofers and incredible in-wall speakers, Paradigm speakers set the standard for superior sound – exceptional acoustic accuracy, wide dispersion, ultra-low distortion, significant spaciousness, precise positioning, enhanced deep bass and stunning dynamics! Paradigm loudspeakers are recognized around the world for their exceptional sound. In their products, Paradigm engineers use the latest design techniques and advanced materials, which have allowed the company to receive international recognition for the excellent sound of Paradigm speaker systems, both as part of stereo systems for listening to music, and as a set of home theater speakers.
Paradigm acoustics have a fairly high sensitivity, which allows them to be used with any amplifiers and audio-video receivers without requiring high output power from them. Such high efficiency can be achieved through the use of lightweight polymer diffusers and an improved motor system with larger magnets. The sound of Paradigm acoustic systems is distinguished by excellent dynamics, powerful moving bass, wide dispersion and the ability to create a spatial sound image without reference to the sound source. The sound of Paradigm speakers does not bother the listener at all and is characterized by unobtrusiveness and comfort. At the CEDIA exhibition held in the USA in September 2015, Paradigm presented the latest line of luxury acoustics Prestige. According to the company’s management, the main role of the Prestige is to replace the great-sounding but outdated Studio.
In the history of every speaker system manufacturer, there are models with the release of which the company made a qualitative leap in development. For the Canadian brand Paradigm, this milestone was definitely the development and release of the Persona series. Like all manufacturers of speaker systems, Paradigm engineers have set themselves the task of minimizing as much as possible the distortions that arise during speaker operation, be it nonlinear, thermal or phase. But to achieve it, we had to develop from scratch all the components of the system – speakers, cabinets, crossovers and even protective grilles. The design is literally crammed with original patented solutions. Let’s start with the main component of any speakers, that is, with dynamic heads. The pride of the Persona series is the use in all models of not only tweeters, but also mid-frequency drivers with diffusers made of pure beryllium. This expensive and difficult to manufacture and process metal is considered one of the best materials for use as speaker membranes, due to the ideal combination of rigidity, low weight and high internal damping.
Of course, Paradigm was not the first company to use beryllium in its columns, but its products are definitely cheaper than current products from competitors. The most interesting element is the mid-frequency section, because it allows beryllium speakers to work out almost the entire range up to 450 Hz, and all this thanks to an excellent mid-range driver with a diffuser with a diameter of 7 inches! Dual Differential Drive woofers have also been developed specifically for the new series, their distinctive feature is the use of a double voice coil, a special inverted and profiled ART suspension, as well as continuous profile cones made of aluminum. In addition, built-in magnets are used here. Together, this allows for 50% more linear excursion with minimal distortion compared to a traditional design, resulting in exceptionally deep and clear bass.