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Paradigm Signature S8 v.2 Loudspeakers Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
4.5 Stars
Value
5 Stars
Overall
5 Stars

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High Points
• The S8 v.2 is utterly musically involving and possesses a sort of sonic oneness that is on par with speakers costing five times as much.
• The updated Beryllium tweeter is smooth, refined and one of the best high-frequency transducers on the market today.
• The S8 v.2's bass response is deep, richly textured and agile, negating the need for a subwoofer in all but the largest of listening rooms.
• The S8 v.2's fit and finish is first-rate. This is one of the most solidly-built loudspeakers I've encountered in a long time.
• The S8 v.2 is easy to mate with a variety of different components and system needs.

Low Points
• The removable grille is essential to the speaker's overall sound and should be left on for optimal performance, but be careful when removing it, for it is pretty fragile.
• The recessed binding posts make thicker-gauge speaker cable connections a ch ore. If you're one for bi-wiring, you're going to be frustrated unless you use banana terminations.
• The high-gloss finish is prone to showing dust and fingerprints, so frequent dusting and/or polishing is essential to keep the S8 v.2 looking its best.
• The S8 v.2 needs a fair amount of space to breathe and sound its best. If your room is too small, I suggest looking at the Paradigm Signature S2, which uses the same tweeter and midrange as the S8 v.2, but in a smaller package.

Conclusion
At just under six grand a pair, the Paradigm Signature S8 v.2 is an absolute steal. Its performance rivals that of costlier speakers and even bests a few. Rest assured that nothing, and I mean nothing, can touch it at or around its cost. You'll have to spend considerably more to warrant the performance differences if you're looking for more than what the S8 v.2 can give. The finish is first-rate and, while large, it is among the least visually imposing floor-standing speakers I've come across, for it is just gorgeous. While I get to spend time with just about every and any loudspeaker on the market today, I chose the Paradigm Signature S8 v.2 as my reference floor-standing speaker for the time being. The question is, will you do the same?
Competition and Comparison
If you are interested in comparing the Paradigm Signature S8s against their competition, read our reviews for the
Revel Performa F52 loudspeaker and the MartinLogan Vista Hybrid loudspeaker.  You can also find more information by visiting our Floorstanding Speaker Section and our Paradigm brand page.  Discuss floorstanding speakers at HomeTheaterSpot.com.  Find your nearest Paradigm dealer.

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