Published On: September 4, 2009

New Paradigm Reference Signature Series v.3 Speakers

Published On: September 4, 2009

New Paradigm Reference Signature Series v.3 Speakers

Version 3 of Paradigms flagship Signature Series of loudspeakers is ready for release to the public. These will be the highest-output and most dynamic high-end loudspeaker Paradigm has ever produced. The significant difference with the v.3 is the extensive modifications made to the bass/midrange drive units.

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Paradigm is about to introduce the third version of its flagship Paradigm Reference Signature Series. Thousands of "no-holds-barred" Paradigm research and engineering hours went into developing the Signature Series v.3 speakers, which are the highest-output, most dynamic high-end loudspeakers ever produced by the company.

Additional Resources
Read more Paradigm reviews on this resource page....
Read more floorstanding speaker reviews from brands like Paradigm, PSB, B&W and Monitor Audio.

Contributing to v.3's 50 percent increase in output are extensive modifications to the bass/midrange drive units. Signature v.3 bass/midrange drivers are fitted with extreme low-density NLC (Non-Limiting Corrugated) TPE surrounds, FEA-optimized and overmolded onto the cone. The state-of-the-art surround material is 10 times more effective than standard thermoplastic elastomers in damping vibrations and resonances and the new corrugated design has increased peak-to-peak cone excursion from 20-mm in earlier versions to a full 30-mm. A new long-stroke split-coil motor system takes advantage of the extreme excursion by doubling the linear portion of the stroke without requiring a larger magnet. The redesigned motor also keeps mass and inductance of the voice coil low for breathtaking midrange clarity.

Bass cones on Signature v.3 speakers were re-engineered for increased stiffness and better equipped for higher output with new NLC£ Santoprene surrounds. To support the extended excursion, the motor structure was also redesigned, increasing the linear portion of the stroke through voice coils almost double the original in length. New core parts including a yoke and pole piece were retooled and FEA-optimized and even the magnets were thickened to accommodate double-distance cone travel.

Value-conscious audiophiles will appreciate the option of Paradigm Reference G-PAL£ (gold-plated pure-aluminum) dome tweeters on the compact S1, C1 and ADP1 models, making the Reference Signature experience even more attainable.

Read a full list of upgrades to Signature v.3 is listed on Page 2


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Upgrades to Signature v.3 Bass/Midrange and Bass Drive Units
• Overmolded NLC non-limiting corrugated TPE (Santoprene for the bass 
• drivers) surrounds 
• Redesigned Nomex Spiders 
• Redesigned die-cast aluminum heatsink chassis with AVS cooling 
• Advanced split-coil motor system (bass/midrange drivers) 
• Cutting-edge long-stroke motor system (bass drivers) 
• Thickened permanent ceramic (hard ferrite) magnets with focused-field geometry 
• Retooled magnetic pole piece and metal top plate (bass drivers) 
• Metallized high-integrity dust caps (bass/midrange drivers) 
• Injection-molded mineral-filled polypropylene bass cones boast a 30% increase in mineral content

The Signature v.3 lineup (prices shown are cherry finish, U.S. FMV):
S1 G-PAL - Two-driver 2-way compact bookshelf, G-PAL (gold-plated, pure-aluminum) domes - $599/ea
S1 P-Be - Two-driver 2-way compact bookshelf, P-Be (pure beryllium) domes - $799/ea
S2 - Two driver 2-way bookshelf - $1,299/ea
S6 - Four-driver 3-way floorstanding - $2,599/ea
S8 - Six-driver 3-way floorstanding - $3,499/ea
C1 G-PAL - Four-driver 3-way center, G-PAL (gold-plated pure-aluminum) domes - $1,099/ea
C1 P-Be - Four-driver 3-way center, P-Be (pure beryllium) domes - $1,299/ea
C3 - Four-driver 3-way center - $1,999/ea
C5 - Six-driver 3.5-way center - $3,499/ea
ADP1 G-PAL - Five-driver 3-way surround, G-PAL (gold-plated pure-aluminum) domes - $999/ea
ADP1 P-Be - Five-driver 3-way surround, P-Be (pure beryllium) domes - $1,299/ea
ADP3 - Five driver 3-way surround - $1,599/ea

Additional Resources
• Read more Paradigm reviews on this resource page....
• Read more floorstanding speaker reviews from brands like Paradigm, PSB, B&W and Monitor Audio.

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