Thursday, April 17, 2014

"For great sound quality with little hassle, the Paradigm Soundscape is the sound bar you should go listen to" - Reference Home Theater

Chris Heinonen of Reference Home Theater evaluated the Paradigm Soundscape and the review was published yesterday. Given that this is the first Soundscape review we have seen go live, we were very excited to hear about Chris' experience. After reading the review, we are very content! Chris gave the Soundscape 4/5 for Value, 5/5 for Performance and 4.5/5 as the Overall rating. Here's a look at his thoughts...

"The Paradigm Soundscape sound bar features left, right and center channels that each have separate drivers. Combined with a well designed port system, the Soundscape is able to produce deep, meaningful bass while still maintaining clarity on difficult movie and music passages. Soundscape specs say it produces bass down to 30Hz. Many sound bars with external subs can’t produce bass this deep."

"Integrated Bluetooth allows for streaming from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. AptX support provides the best quality Bluetooth streaming you can get today."

"A unique feature on the Soundscape is the wireless subwoofer adapter. The Soundscape has an RCA sub out, but most people want their subwoofer to be out of the way, without wires connecting it. With the built-in wireless transmitter and included external receiver, the Soundscape can work with any subwoofer across the room."

Great Detail and Bass
"Guitar through the Paradigm Soundscape is crisp and clear. There is a metallic edge to the guitar that can be in-your-face with how distinct it is. I worried that might lead to fatigue during extended listening sessions but I had no such issues. While listening to “Lost Cause” by Beck the vocals remain well anchored while the guitars steal the song through the Paradigm."

"The amount of bass you get from the Soundscape is impressive. “So What” from Kind of Blue features a bass the resonates with the Paradigm. Bass is clear and powerful, but not bloated, coming from the sound bar. The sax solo kicks in and is set off to the left, though not as wide as with a pair of speakers. The soundstage is large enough to set the sax apart from the other instruments though not massive."

"Watching movies on the Paradigm Soundscape is an enjoyable experience. During the opening scene of Skyfall, the chase sequence with Bond comes alive. The Soundscape has the bass to bring across the rumble of a train and the impact of a car crash. The dedicated center channel speaker keeps dialogue anchored in the center of the action and always clear. Where lesser sound bars with fewer channels lose clarity during heavy action sequences the Paradigm thrives on them."

Sound First, Features Second
"Paradigm has put sound quality first and features second and I think that is the way to go. Most extra features are never used by people, but the benefits of better sound quality everyone will hear. The most impressive aspect of the Paradigm Soundscape is the amount of bass this bar can create. It isn’t as small as some of the sound bars out there, but it plays much deeper than you’d ever expect it to."

"I’ve heard a huge number of sound bars through my work with The Wirecutter, Secrets of Home Theater, and Reference Home Theater. The Paradigm Soundscape might be the best that I’ve heard to date. It doesn’t have any major flaws, and it sounds superb. It offers a huge step up over the speakers built into your TV without the complexity of separate components. For great sound quality with little hassle, the Paradigm Soundscape is the sound bar you should go listen to."

Click here! to read the full Soundscape review from 
Reference Home Theater.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Paradigm Soundscape named About.com "Product of the Week"

On Friday, About.com posted their Home Theater "Product of the Week" and our very own Soundscape earned the spot. Here are Editor Robert Silva's comments...

"If you are in the market for a Sound Bar and are looking something that delivers quality, as well as convenience, then check out the newly available Paradigm Soundscape."

"At its core, the Paradigm Soundscape is a sound bar with seven independently amplified speaker drivers, grouped into three channels, additionally supported by port mounted on each end (bass reflex design). The Soundscape is approximately 42-inches wide, which visually matches well with TV screen sizes from 37 to 50 inches (or larger), and houses four 4-inch midrange/woofer drivers (one for the left, two for the center, and one for the right), and three 1-inch tweeters (left, center, right). The power output of the Soundscape is rated at 25 watts-per-channel x 7 (RMS)."

"The Soundscape provides onboard Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, enhanced further by Paradigm's virtual surround sound processing. For connectivity, the Soundscape includes two digital optical , one one digital coaxial, and one set of analog RCA-type audio inputs. You can also access audio content wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices. For control, the Soundscape comes with an easy-to-use remote, or, if your TV or Cable/Satellite Satellite remote has learning capability, you can use that option as well."

"It is important to note that although the Soundscape does not come with an external subwoofer, it reproduces low frequencies down to about 30Hz. However, it does come with both a wired subwoofer pre-out and wireless receiver for connection of an optional powered subwoofer, if desired."

"If you are looking for a sound bar solution to complement your TV viewing experience, check out the Paradigm Soundscape ($1,499.99) as a possible choice. Granted it is more expensive than most sound bars, but it delivers better sound than those bargain-priced models - definitely worth a listen."

"For more details, including more on speaker construction, amplifier design, and the virtual surround sound processing system, refer the Official Paradigm Soundscape Product Page. The Soundscape is available through Authorized Paradigm Dealers."


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Paradigm Wins Three 2014 Editors' Choice Awards from The Absolute Sound

The Absolute Sound published the 2014 Editors' Choice Award winners in the March issue 241 and we are very pleased with the results. Paradigm won not 1, not 2, but 3 Editors' Choice awards!

Paradigm SHIFT A2 - Desktop Loudspeakers
"A 2012 Golden Ear recipient, the SHIFT A2 is more than just a cleverly named loudspeaker. Compact, internally powered, and equipped with DSP bass management and enough back-panel inputs to connect to almost any source, this is what 21st century entry-level high end is all about. A combination of sound and value, it extends the welcome mat to budding high-enders who may have felt they couldn't afford the entrance fee." - Neil Gader, Issue 224

Paradigm Reference Studio 10 - $1000 - $1500 Stand-Mount and Floorstanding Loudspeakers
"Paradigm's diminuitive Studio 10 is inherently warm and full, with a remarkably large presentation that will appeal to a wide range of listeners. It's not the most transparent design, but is nevertheless lively and involving. This front-ported two-way can sit on a shelf, but performs best on a rigid stand placed somewhat into the room. Bass isn't bad, but some will want to add one of Paradigm's subwoofers to fill out the bottom end." - Wayne Garcia, Issue 2014

Paradigm Reference Signature SUB 2 - Subwoofers
"The Paradigm SUB 2 may be one of the few subwoofers that can be properly mated with planar loudspeakers. Its lightning-fast ability to project front, rear, and sideways means that it is simply impossible to detect where it is positioned. The SUB 2 features what Paradigm calls Vibration-Canceling Design Architecture, and the design clearly delivers the goods. The hexagonal cabinet can make it hard to install, but once in place the SUB 2 can deliver a crushing 112dB at 10Hz." - Jim Hannon, Issue 214.


For the full list of winners pick up a copy of the March issue 241.

Click here! for more info on the Paradigm SHIFT A2.
Click here! for more info on the Paradigm Studio 10.
Click here! for more info on the Paradigm Signature SUB 2.



Monday, April 7, 2014

"The perfect setup for someone wanting great sound on a modest budget." TONEAudio on Paradigm's Monitor Series 7 & Anthem's MRX 510

Jeff Dorgay of TONEAudio was looking for a great 5.1 system including electronics under $5,000. Monitor (being our most popular budget friendly series), seemed like the most logical choice and because our sister company Anthem just came out with the new line of their MRX receivers, we were able fulfill their wish! We decided to ship TONEAudio the Paradigm Monitor 9, Center 3, Surround 1 and SUB 10, along with the middle of the line MRX 510. Rob Johnson and Jeff Dorgay completed the system review and published it in Issue 62 of TONEAudio magazine. Here are a few of the highlights...


"Paradigm and Anthem both produce quality audio equipment at reasonable prices - Anthem on the component side and Paradigm on the speaker side. The two sister companies (to which MartinLogan is also a sister company) are based in Ontario, Canada, and their complementary product lines allow buyers to piece together a home-theater system with speakers and componentry that pair well together."

"One of my favorite features of the system is the wireless subwoofer. Older systems require a long wire connecting the digital processor to the sub that is an eyesore at best and a stumbling hazard at worst. It’s nice having the option of placing the sub behind the sofa where it’s out of sight, and where it also offers a tangible rumble to the listening seat."


On with the Show

"The opening scenes of James Bond films always dazzle the viewer with action sequences, and Quantum of Solace on Blu-ray does not disappoint. The sounds of car chases, machine guns, and explosions complement the visuals wonderfully. The shattering of a windshield during a particularly nasty car collision surprises me with the subtle tinkle of glass raining down on metal and concrete. It’s a level of detail and delicacy that I hadn’t been expecting." 


"In stereo mode, Steve Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's Blues and Sunrise retain sold sonic imaging across the width of the perceived stage, with layering in the distance."

"While more expensive stereo or home-theater equipment may offer greater realism and detail, the price-to-performance ratio of this whole system is exceptional. The Anthem proves a great complement to the Paradigms, providing plenty of punch and sonic synergy so that no particular frequency range stands out in the mix."

"Go ahead, make my day." 
"While $5,000 is certainly not chump change, in the world of hi-fi that investment often only gets you one stereo component. Alternately, that same money can provide a complete home-theater setup that offers great quality, performance, and value.

"For those seeking a single home audio/video solution, this Anthem/Paradigm combo gets you the best of both worlds: a solid two-channel setup and a 5.1 surround- sound system—just add audio and video sources. Plus, with unobtrusive looks and the ability to hide the subwoofer, you’ll forget the system is even in the room so you can get lost in the depths of a movie."

Additional Listening - by Jeff Dorgay 
I’ve got about five grand to spend for everything. Can I get a killer home-theater system for that much?” Yes you can. At the numerous tradeshows I’ve attended around the world, Paradigm and Anthem always have the most impressive displays with systems offering performance on a level I’d expect from gear with much, much bigger price tags."

"The Paradigm speakers are easy to place, and thanks to the ARC, you don’t have to be quite as fussy as you would without it. And did I mention that this setup moves some major air? Explosions and car chases are awesome, with plenty of heft. But even when watching my favorite episodes of Ren and Stimpy, the little bits of classical music playing in the background still float delicately around the listening space."

"In short, this is the perfect setup for someone wanting great sound on a modest budget. Best of all, Anthem and Paradigm are sister companies, so you know everything will work well together."

 Click here! to download Issue 62 of TONEAudio for the review. 
Click here! for more info on Monitor Series 7 speakers.