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PARADIGM REFERENCE UNVEILS SIGNATURE SERIES v.3

Paradigm’s new Signature models, which feature elevated output of an impressive three dB, include redesigned bass/midrange and bass drive units that reassert the line as the value and performance leader among reference quality speakers.

ONTARIO, CANADA – September 3, 2009 –
Paradigm Electronics Inc., an international leader in speaker design and manufacturing, introduces 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.

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.

A full list of upgrades to Signature v.3 is listed below.

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 berrylium) 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 berrylium) 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 berrylium) domes - $1,299/ea
ADP3 – Five driver 3-way surround - $1,599/ea


*FEA – Finite Element Analysis.
 

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