There's no earth-shattering new developments in the sixth version of Paradigm's Monitor speaker lineup, but let's face it -- after four revision cycles, you've probably got things pretty dialed in. Take the modest (at least on paper) improvements to the Monitor v.6s as a sign of the company's dedication to solid engineering development, okay? Speakers are coming under increasing fashion scrutiny, so many of the changes in the Monitor v.6 series are cosmetic: redesigned magnetic grills that will stay perfectly centered, nickel-plated screws and a new finish called Wengé (pictured above). What makes our ears perk up are the redesigned, phase-coherent crossovers that Paradigm says raise the efficiency of these speakers to horn-loaded levels. As always, the Monitor models are an affordable slice of the high-end, with prices ranging from $150 - $700 per speaker. Full press release after the break.
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Paradigm Monitor v.6 speakers
PARADIGM INTRODUCES MONITOR SERIES v.6
Design and engineering updates make Paradigm's affordable high-end Monitor series even more of a tremendous value.
Toronto, Ontario – August 2008 – By "tweaking for perfection" the sixth incarnation of its acclaimed Monitor Series, Paradigm today improved the best value in loudspeakers. The re-vamped Monitor line retains all of the same technology as the v.5 series while adding updates such as modified phase-coherent crossovers, redesigned magnetic grilles and a luxurious new finish. For individual product updates, the Titan Monitor gains a new rear port as well as an updated voice coil for even better bass response.
In response to customer and dealer feedback, Paradigm did a complete re-design of the Monitor v.6 grilles. The new magnetic grilles feature ultra-low diffraction with re-worked, reinforced placement of the magnets to ensure the grilles will stay perfectly centered over the baffle at all times and not move unless removed.
For aesthetics, Paradigm added nickel-plated screws to all bookshelf, floorstanding and center-channel speakers to provide a lustrous, high-tech touch. Made popular by luxury furniture manufacturers, all v.6 models are also available in a chic new Wengé (pronounced wen-gay) finish. When black, rosenut or cherry don't match a room's décor, customers now have the option of wengé, a dark brown, almost black, finish with fine pencil-thin, light tan lines interspersed with blackish brown stripes.
"When you have something that works and sells as well as our Monitor Series, it doesn't make a lot of sense to re-invent it top to bottom," says Paradigm Marketing Manager Mark Aling. "However, if the R&D team identifies something that can be improved, even incrementally, our philosophy is that such changes enhance the value of the product. Paradigm's customers and dealers deserve the best value possible, and that's what Monitor Series v.6 is all about."
Paradigm's SuperDrive™ technology, first introduced in Series v.5, remains a vital component of the Monitor Series. SuperDrive combines very high efficiency with very high output and ultra-low distortion. Combined with the tweaked crossover design, even moderately powered amplifiers allow the Monitor Series v.6 speakers to deliver a higher level of performance than ever before. Because of their high efficiency and power handling, Monitor Series v.6 speakers hold their own in terms of efficiency and output with major brands of horn speakers. In non-level-matched a/b comparisons, the new Monitor speakers not only play as loud, but their sound is authentically high-end. Compared to all other major speaker brands, when it comes to playing loud, Monitor v.6 speakers lead the way–not just in their product category, but compared to speakers selling at more than twice the price!
The new Monitor Series v.6 lineup:
Atom Monitor – Two-driver 2-way bookshelf/stand-mounted: 5-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, 1˝ H-PTD™ dome; $149/ea
Mini Monitor – Two-driver 2-way bookshelf/stand-mounted: 6-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, 1˝ H-PTD™ dome; $219/ea
Titan Monitor – Two-driver 2-way bookshelf/stand-mounted: 7-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, 1˝ H-PTD™ dome; $279/ea
Monitor 7 – 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; $379/ea
Monitor 9 – Four-driver 2-1/2-way floorstanding: Two 6-1/2˝ carbon-infused polypropylene bass, 6-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass,1˝ H-PTD™ dome; $499/ea
Monitor 11 – Four-driver 2-1/2-way floorstanding: Two 7-1/2˝ carbon-infused polypropylene bass, 7-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, 1˝ H-PTD™ dome; $699/ea
CC-190 – Four-driver 3-way center channel: Two 5-1/2˝ carbon-infused polypropylene bass, 3-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, 1˝ H-PTD™ dome: $299
CC-290 – Four-driver 3-way center channel: Two 6-1/2˝ carbon-infused polypropylene bass, 4-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, 1˝ H-PTD™ dome; $499
CC-390 – Seven-driver 3-way center channel: Four 6-1/2˝ carbon-infused polypropylene bass, two 4-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, 1˝ H-PTD™ dome; $699
ADP-190 – Four-driver 2-way surround/rear: Two 5-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, two 1˝ H-PTD™ domes; $249/ea
ADP-390 – Five-driver 3-way surround/rear: One carbon-infused polypropylene bass, two 4-1/2˝ M-ICP™ mid/bass, two 1˝ H-PTD™ domes; $429/ea
*All prices are US FMV. Monitor Series v.6 bookshelf and floorstanding speakers are available in Cherry, Rosenut, Black Ash or the new Wengé finish; Atom Monitor is also available in White. ADP-190 and
ADP-390 are available in Black or White.
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