Paradigm SE series speakers
The winning record Paradigm's Special Edition (SE) series of speakers racked up in blind testing piqued our interest, but now it's time for John Q. Public to take the taste test. If the promise of Studio-like sonics at Monitor-ish price points holds, the SE series should help Paradigm add customers to its ranks, that's for sure. If you're chasing after a matched surround setup, it's simple -- pick between bookshelf (SE 1, $299 each) or floorstander (SE 3, $699 each) left/right channels, and then add in an SE center ($499), SE subwoofer ($699), and additional SE 1s as surrounds to your heart's content. As you'd expect from Paradigm, there's some emphasis on high-efficiency -- so you can bet that these will sing well together, even with a smaller amp. Judging from the press photo, the cabinets are a little boxy, but the glossy finish (in slimming black, no less) and radiused edges should help you sneak these into your setup. Full press release after the break.
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October 27, 2009 – Paradigm Electronics Inc., an international leader in speaker design and manufacturing, announces it is now shipping the Special Edition (SE) Series, a limited and unique addition to the Paradigm® collection. Combining elements from the affordable audiophile-quality Paradigm line and higher-end Paradigm Reference line, the SE series speakers brings a new generation of affordable elegance to the company's vast offerings. The SE series features the SE1, a bookshelf speaker, the SE3, a floorstanding model and the SE Center and SE Subwoofer, all outfitted with stylish real wood veneer cabinets. Paradigm Special Edition (SE) speakers, with soft edges, clean lines, state-of-the-art technology, compact dimensions and real wood veneer cabinets are a stepping stone to the world of high-end audio for budget conscious consumers.

Like the award-winning and ever popular Monitor Series, the SE line will boast Paradigm's SuperDrive™ technology, which combines very high efficiency with very high output and ultra-low distortion. This results in top-level performance from the Special Edition line regardless of amplification. The drivers represent a best of breed hybrid mix that includes high frequency drivers from the Paradigm Monitor Series and mineral-filled polypropylene bass/midrange drivers handed down right from the Paradigm Reference Studio Series. Both the SE 1 bookshelf and SE 3 floorstanding boast the benefits of an aluminum midrange including remarkable clarity, superb extended bass response and elimination of unwanted resonance and distortion.

Aesthetically speaking, the Paradigm SE series presents a system with clean lines, soft edges and general design characteristics seamlessly integrated into the home décor. With a reasonable footprint, this collection provides real wood veneer finishes for customers seeking sophisticated appearance at a competitive price.

SPECIFICATIONS

SE 1 Bookshelf
  • Two-driver 2-way bookshelf/stand-mounted:
  • 5-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, 1˝ H-PTD™ dome
  • Estimated $299 MSRP
SE 3 Floorstanding
  • Four-driver 2-1/2-way floorstanding:
  • Two 5-1/2˝ carbon-infused polypropylene bass,
  • 5-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass,1˝ H-PTD™ dome
  • Estimated $699 MSRP
SE Center
  • Four-driver 3-way center channel
  • Two 5-1/2˝ carbon-infused polypropylene bass,
  • 3-1/2˝ M-ICP™ midrange, 1˝ H-PTD™ dome
  • Estimated $499 MSRP
SE Subwoofer
  • Bass Reflex Single Driver Design
  • 10 Driver with CAP™ Carbon / Aramid Fiber Polypropylene Cone
  • 900 watts Dynamic Peak / 300 watts RMS Sustained
  • Paradigm's Proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Design
  • Comprehensive Range of Input and Control Facilities
  • USB Port for use with the critically acclaimed Paradigm Perfect Bass Kit (PBK™) Room Correction System
  • Estimated $699 MSRP
Paradigm's Perfect Bass Kit (PBK) is available as an upgrade and sold separately.

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