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Review Audioholics January 31, 2007 : :
   Paradigm is a Canadian-based loudspeaker company whose primary focus is on performance, no nonsense build quality and value
   Paradigm's current best product line, spanning from bookshelf speakers to large and heavy floorstanding giants, is from their Reference division - more commonly known as the Studio Series
   The Studio 40 v2 (Retail US$1200/pair) is 21" H x 8" W x 12" D weighing a hefty 40lbs each! The Studio 40 v2 is their middle of the line product in this series and is basically a smaller version of the Studio 60 v2 with respect to driver topology, utilizing a smaller cabinet in which produces less bass output
   The v2 in this series stands for the newest version of these speakers as they have been refitting from their original highly successful Studio Series loudspeakers. The v2's offer better cabinetry, extra internal baffled type bracing, more finishes, and improved crossovers
   However, the drivers remain somewhat unchanged from the original series with only minor tweaks for enhanced power handling and performance.

   Upon setting up the Studio 40 v2's in the listening room, we were immediately overtaken by their girth and apparent excellent build quality. Lifting them was a chore. When positioned for optimal placement, it became obvious by their weight that their build quality befitted their impressive looks
   These speakers were by far the best crafted, most aesthetically pleasing out of all the ones reviewed in this article. In fact, the Paradigms were the only speakers in this review that we felt looked and sounded better with their grilles on
   Usually we take the grilles off of speakers for cosmetic and performance reasons. However, the Paradigms seemed to sound a tad smoother with them on, and looked more impressive as the grilles blended as one with the cabinets.

   It was refreshing to see such attention to detail that Paradigm had bestowed upon a budgeted speaker system such as this one, which made them look and feel so solid. There are many loudspeakers on the market at more than double the price with nowhere near the comparable build quality of these beauties
   While excellent build quality is a great feature, a loudspeaker's most important attribute is sound quality. After all, you're not buying loudspeakers to act solely as nice furniture to fit your room's decor
   In addition to their impressive build quality, the Studio 40 v2 speaker system had a very pleasant overall sound. They did not sound boomy or hollow like the B&W 600 series, nor did they sound honky or forward like the Alon's
   Instead, they sounded musical and dynamic which are two critically important virtues of a quality loudspeaker design. This was likely attributed, in part, to the extra bracing in the cabinets, and the quality of the crossovers utilized
   In fact, if memory serves, the original Studio Series didn't sound quite as good as these. The Studio 40 v2's tonal balance was excellent, and ranked right up there as one of the best loudspeakers in this review
   The midrange was clean, and detailed, slightly on the dark side, but not too forward sounding. The highs were equally transparent without sounding sibilant.
   In fact Sade's CD ("Lovers Rock") literally rocked on these speakers with tight clean bass extension and a huge, dynamic soundstage. When we replayed this song on the Paradigms using the Aragon and Sherbourn Electronics, the bass became even more prominent and tight, with plenty of slam
   We found little reason to use a subwoofer with them in small to medium sized rooms and had to check on several occasions to be certain the subs were actually turned off. When we listened to the Rebecca Pidgeon SACD "Raven" disc, we were quite impressed with broad soundstage the Paradigms portrayed on Rebecca's voice
   Although, we did notice that the overall sound quality of her voice was not as fluid as we heard when compared to some of the other speakers in this review.

   The Pat Metheny / John Scofield CD ("I Can See Your House From Here") literally hit home on these loudspeakers. All of the dynamics of the instruments were clearly heard without a hint of strain regardless of how loud we played them. These speakers seemed to be bullet proof in that they accepted everything we threw at them without complaint or lack of composure.

   The weakest point of these speakers that we found was that they tended to sound a little boxy when placed in smaller rooms, compared to the Axiom Audio, RBH, or Monitor Audio Speakers. This may be partly attributed to having a wider baffle, and their ability to achieve higher bass outputs than all of the other speakers in this review
   It is a difficult task to build a medium to large full range speaker system with relatively large drivers while minimizing the horizontal baffle surface area. This is the reason why many companies choose odd cabinet shapes, or place the tweeter on top of the cabinet. These techniques help to minimize diffraction, resulting in a more focused and transparent sound
   We felt that the Paradigms really needed more space to breathe and open up. We discovered their optimal sound character when they were placed about 10 feet apart on stands at ear level, and slightly toed in, while sitting 14 feet away from them
   However, the Studio 40's really seemed to excel in a larger living room environment, slightly toed in, especially when mated with a good subwoofer. They played amply loud in the larger room and welcomed more power, especially from a separate high quality power amp, as opposed to a receiver
   Their bass extension was deep and tight down to around 50Hz with a smooth roll off below that.
   This allowed them to seamlessly blend with the RBH sub, yielding quite an impressive dynamic presentation usually found in much larger and more costly floorstanding speakers with multiple drivers

   The beautiful aesthetics and well-balanced nature of these speakers would bestow a sense of pride upon any audiophile who owned them.

Specifications :
  -:®:-   Vintage : 2007 model
  -:®:-   Cosmetic : black colour
  -:®:-   Design : 3 driver, 2-1/2-way bookshelf / stand-mounted
  -:®:-   Crossover : 3rd order electro/acoustic at 1.5kHz, 2nd order electro/acoustic at 400Hz
  -:®:-   Frequency Response On-Axis : ±2dB from 59Hz to 22kHz,  Frequency Response 30° Off-Axis: ±2dB from 59Hz to 20kHz
  -:®:-   High Frequency Driver : 25mm (1 in) PAL pure-aluminum dome, diecast heatsink chassis, ferro-fluid cooled
  -:®:-   Mid/Bass Frequency Driver : 170mm (6-3/4 in), MLP mica-polymer cone, AVS diecast heatsink chassis, 38mm voice-coil
  -:®:-   Low Frequency Driver : 170mm (6-3/4 in), filled polypropylene cone, AVSā„¢ diecast heatsink chassis, 38mm voice-coil
  -:®:-   Low Frequency Extension : 34Hz (DIN)
  -:®:-   Sensitivity Room / Anechoic : 91dB / 88dB
  -:®:-   Impedance : Compatible with 8 ohms
  -:®:-   Suitable Amplifier Power Range : 15 to 180 watts
  -:®:-   Maximum input power : 140 watts
  -:®:-   Dimensions [HxWxD] : 54.6cm x 22.2cm x 30.5cm  [21.5" x 8.75" x 12"]
  -:®:-   Weight : 16kg each  - packed ~ 18kg each

   For sale now by email at $950.00

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   each extra 5kg :  add $6.00 NI, $11.80 SI

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South Island: 30kg @ $24.30 $82

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