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New Paradigm Founders Leave European Speakers Floundering For Value

Forget about expensive European speakers from Italy or Germany  the hot new premium speakers on the block are the all-new Canadian Paradigm  Founder Series which are both designed and manufactured in Canada.

Retailers such as The Lifestyle store in Paramatta swear by the new Paradigm Founder speakers which according to Lifestyle Store director Vinod David “Sound fantastic”.

“I heard them last week and we immediately ordered two of the 120 models which retail for $13,999, one for our upstairs demo room and one for the showroom.” he said.

According to the local distributor Audio Active the new Founder Series “Are selling as soon as they hit stores”.

Another popular speaker range that is currently in demand are the Bowers & Wilkins Anniversary 600 series in particular ‘603 S2 Anniversary Edition speakers as well as the 607 S2 which are proving popular according to the Sound United owned Bowers & Wilkins who are struggling to keep up demand.

According to Phil Newton the Country Manager for Sound United “Demand has again surged since NSW went into COVID-19 lockdown”.

The new Paradigm Founder Series product family runs from $3,899 for a Founder bookshelf model to $8,999 for the 100 model and $6,499 for the 80C floor standing loudspeaker.

One neat new addition is a $4,4999 centre speaker that makes the range ideal for a home theatre set up.
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The floor standing and stand mount models feature ported enclosures, while the centre and left/centre/right speakers have sealed enclosures.

Bruce Thierbach General Manager at Audio Active said the new Paradigm Founder speakers can be used for high-performance two-channel or multichannel audio setups.

Among the technologies found in the new speakers is an advanced shock-mount isolating mounting system while the midrange and bass drivers are mechanically decoupled from the front baffle using this approach, the company said.

“This special mounting hardware uses an elastomer suspension to prevent any transfer of vibration from the driver to the cabinet, and from the cabinet to the driver,” according to Paradigm.

“By eliminating resonance, the driver is free to render sound purely and efficiently with no audible distortion and maximum clarity.”

Premium-Grade Finish Options

The Founder Series speakers also sport a new coaxial midrange driver on the centre channel models, which uses OSW’s oblate spheroid shape with a coaxially mounted tweeter, according to the company.

Paradigm claims that that its cascade-fusion bracing inside the floor standing models’ the faceted cabinets improve rigidity and break up standing low-frequency waves, benefitting bass in particular with more clarity and accuracy, the company claims.

In terms of aesthetics, Paradigm will offer Founder Series in four premium-grade finishes: walnut, black walnut, midnight cherry and piano black.

The first two options feature a smooth satin finish and “distinctive wood figuring,” while the latter two are high-gloss designs, the company notes.

Advanced Shock-Mount Feet decouple the cabinet from the floor – twice, the company says, “for extremely effective vibration decoupling.” Paradigm provides interchangeable hardware for both carpet and hard surfaces.