Paradigm Reference Studio 100v4 Loudspeakers Reviewed

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studio100.jpgSpeakers are without a doubt the component that has the most effect on the sound of your system.  While it is possible to spend literally hundreds of thousands of dollars on speakers, in the real world, we all have to live within our means and can only buy what we can afford.  Paradigm has been making great speakers at bargain prices for years and the new version of the Studio Reference 100v4 continues that trend.  The 100v4 is the top of the Studio line and offers full-range sound with bass down to 28 Hz and a sensitivity of 91 dB.  Priced at $2,499 per pair, they are likely one of the best values in two-channel or home theater speakers available today.

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A five-driver three-way design with a one-inch G-PAL tweeter, formerly only found in Paradigms Signature speakers, along with a seven-inch S-PAL midrange and three seven-inch woofers to handle all the low end, the Studio 100v4 is a large speaker at 44 inches tall, 17 inches deep and over eight inches wide.  All the drivers are encased in heavy gauge frames and the cabinet is built rock-solidly to minimize cabinet distortion.  The back and sides of the speaker can be had in cherry, black or rosenut finish and the two sets of gold-plated binding posts allow for bi-wiring.  A front port finishes off the speaker, which sits atop four extending feet that can have either rubber posts or spikes, depending on your desires and flooring.

The Studio 100s command attention whether playing or not, as they are powerful-looking and sounding pieces.  Offering true full-range sound for a bargain price, thanks in part to the trickle-down technology from the Signature line, they have a smoother, more extended high end, while maintaining all the solid bass you could ever want.  They offer a slightly forward sound, making them very enjoyable for aggressive music and movies.

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HTR Product Rating for Paradigm Reference Studio 100v4 Loudspeakers

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

5

Overall

4.5

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