Paradigm has firmly established a well-deserved reputation for building high-end speakers at an affordable price over the last 30 years. They have received over 200 awards for various models and garnered enthusiastic reviews from many publications, making Paradigm speakers the #1 choice for critical listeners. Paradigm’s headquarters are located just outside Toronto, Canada, but their reputation for high performance and value extends beyond North America with a growing position in world-wide markets.
Paradigm was founded in 1982 by co-founders Jerry VanderMarel and Scott Bagby, who wanted to produce the best high-end speakers in the world. Jerry has extensive experience in the sales and marketing of speakers, while Scott is a highly talented speaker designer. Their first two models were the Model 7 and Model 9, which were shown at the Toronto audio show. Paradigm is now one of the fastest growing speaker brands on the market, solely due to their emphasis on product performance.
Paradigm has its research and development facilities, unlike nearly every other speaker manufacturer. Their 36,000-cubic-foot anechoic chamber and digital data acquisition system at the Paradigm Advanced Research Center (PARC) allows them to take accurate sound measurements during the design and testing phases of their speakers. Paradigm’s engineering facilities use an advanced CAD system and state-of-the-art CAM and NC machines.
It’s all too easy to focus one performance parameter when designing home theatre speakers, which often leads to mixed results in overall performance. That’s why Paradigm uses double-blind evaluations to evaluate their speakers in many different rooms. Their tests are designed to determine if a speaker sounds good under real-world listening conditions, rather than its ultimate performance capabilities This philosophy dramatically increases the design time of Paradigm subwoofers and speakers, but it also ensures they have superb high-end performance and timbrel consistency.