Paradigm Monitor 7 Floorstanding Loudspeakers Reviewed

Published On: January 28, 2009
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Paradigm Monitor 7 Floorstanding Loudspeakers Reviewed

When it comes to affordable, quality loudspeakers, it is possible that nobody does them better than Paradigm. Their Monitor 7 loudspeakers, reviewed here, may be the best value in their class, mating superb performance to an extremely affordable price of...

Paradigm Monitor 7 Floorstanding Loudspeakers Reviewed

By Author: Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson began his career as an art director in entertainment advertising in 2003, after graduating from Art Center College of Design. In 2006, he became a creative director at Crew Creative Advertising, and oversaw the agency's Television Division, where he worked for clients such as TNT, TBS, History, FX, and Bravo to name a few. He now has one of the most popular AV-related channels on YouTube.

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When it comes to affordable, quality loudspeakers, it is possible that nobody does them better than Paradigm. Their Monitor 7 loudspeakers, reviewed here, may be the best value in their class, mating superb performance to an extremely affordable price of $649 per pair.

The Monitor 7s are three-way, four-driver floor-standing loudspeakers that are beautifully finished and sonically refined across their entire frequency range. While somewhat traditional in their appearance, the Monitor 7s dress things up a bit with their four finish options, which include Wenge, Cherry, Rosenut and Black Ash. The Monitor 7 features a single one-inch ferro-fluid dome tweeter, mated to a five-and-a-half-inch bass/midrange driver, coupled to two five-and-a-half-inch bass drivers. The Monitor 7 has a reported frequency response of 54Hz-20kHz and is very efficient with its 94dB sensitivity rating into an eight-ohm load. 

Additional Resources
• Learn about Paradigm's deal with SI Screens.

High Points
• In terms of performance, the Monitor 7s are phenomenal all-'rounders, possessing a refined and smooth top end and a warm non-fatiguing midrange. Bass-wise, the Monitor 7s are rather robust and can plunge deeper than their dual five-and-a-half-inch drivers would have you believe.
• Dynamically, the Monitor 7s are surprising, possessing the sort of lightning reflexes you'd expect to pay much more for.
• Soundstaging and imaging are both superb with the Monitor 7s. The Monitor 7s' soundstage is as deep as it is wide and very nicely detailed and natural in its presentation. In terms of imaging, especially center focus, the Monitor 7s react much more like mini monitors than floor-standing loudspeakers.
• The Monitor 7s' fit and finish are first-rate, giving them a far richer appearance then their sub-$700 price tag would have you believe. They look like far more expensive speakers, especially in their Cherry, Rosenut or Wenge finishes.

Continue to Page 2 to learn some of the downsides of the Monitor 7s

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Low Points
• The Monitor 7s are surprisingly full-range, though for bass-heavy soundtracks or action movie flair, you'll want to use a capable sub or two to get the most from your investment. 
• You'll want to mate the Monitor 7s to a quality receiver or solid budget separates for them to sound their absolute best, which does drive the cost of ownership up a bit, but don't despair, for even if you put a few extra bucks into your power and/or source components, you're still coming out ahead over buying the competition.
• The Monitor 7s do respond better to some speaker cable than others, meaning you may do a bit of mixing and matching before settling on your final choice. Good places to start would be budget Transparent Cable, Mapleshade and even CAT5 wire.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Monitor 7's against its competition by reading the reviews for the Klipsch Synergy F-1 loudspeakers and the Aperion Audio Intimus 4T speakers.  Find all the information you need on floorstanding speakers by visiting our All Things Floorstanding Speakers section.

Conclusion
For just under $650 a pair, you'll be hard-pressed to find better budget floor-standing loudspeakers then the Monitor 7s from Paradigm. Never before has such performance and nearly full-range sound been able to be had so cheaply. The Monitor 7s are not just good for budget speakers, they're good, period. 

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