On-wall speakers have been growing in popularity due to the boom in HDTV sales and are especially popular among apartment or small space dwellers, who have homes where floor space is at a premium. Early on-wall speakers were boxy and frankly not very good, though over the years they've become more stylish and better-sounding, as evidenced by the Paradigm Cinema 330s reviewed here. Retailing for $299 each, the Cinema 330s are among the best-looking and -sounding on-walls you'll find, and the fact that they're so affordable may make them unbeatable for some.
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The Cinema 330 is a five-driver, three-way on-wall loudspeaker, utilizing a single one-inch dome tweeter mated to dual four-and-a-half-inch midrange drivers, rounded out by dual four-and-a-half-inch bass drivers. The Cinema 330 has a reported frequency response of 110Hz-20kHz and is 94dB efficient in its nominal eight-ohm load.
The Cinema 330 is clearly designed for today's modern home theater enthusiast, which allows it to mate nicely with most flat panel displays of typical size (42-55 inches) and be powered by solid mass market receivers for a rockin' home theater that won't rock your wallet. The Cinema 330 can be wall-mounted out of the box and can also be mounted on either table stands or on floor stands if you don't want to punch holes in your walls. However, the Cinema 330 is so easy to mount on a wall that even a caveman could do it. The Cinema 330 comes in three finishes to suit your needs and to better match your flat panel display, be it Black, Gloss Black or Silver.
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