The Paradigm Brand Story
Most speaker companies were started and run by a clever guy who had specific ideas about what was important in speaker design. He typically implemented his ideas with off the shelf parts, put them into cabinets, wired up a crossover and sold them. People’s reactions tended to be either love or hate – which led to the belief that what defines a good speaker is purely subjective.
However, Paradigm isn’t like most speaker companies. We combine science, engineering, art and manufacturing to produce speakers that are not only better sounding, but integrate better into the home and provide a better value.
We base all of our speaker development and design on landmark research that was done by Canada's National Research Council. Over two decades of double-blind listening tests with thousands of volunteers proved that 96% of people prefer speakers that have the following characteristics: flat, accurate midrange response; wide, smooth off-axis response (wide dispersion); and low distortion. We combine those parameters with industry-leading driver designs that gives every speaker we build significant low bass response and higher power handling than our competitors. The results are neutral sounding speakers with less of their own sonic signature, fuller bass and higher output than our competitors' designs.
We are known around the world for our performance and value. At the time Paradigm was founded in 1982, the top-ranking speakers that exhibited the 3 main NRC parameters were very expensive - out of reach of the average music lover at the time. So, Paradigm’s goal was to produce speakers that were preferable by 96% of the population, and also be accessible to the majority of people interested in music in their homes.
Paradigm's founders poured their money back into the company, building the largest, most complete speaker and electronics manufacturing facility dedicated to a single brand in North America, if not the world. This gives us an economy of scale that ensures the highest quality, performance, and value in the industry. Over time, repeat customers wanting something even better drove us to higher levels of performance with commensurately more luxurious industrial designs, fit and finish. As the prices rose in proportion to performance, being the best value in the market remained the same. Today we still rely on real science and engineering; we fine tune the speakers based on controlled listening sessions, wrap them in world class industrial designs, and build them ourselves from the ground up. Our approach produces speakers whose performance is less subjective or a matter of taste. Because they don't have a sound of their own they sonically get out of the way while gracefully integrating into a home. Paradigm speakers reveal the true essence of a recording better than any other brand of speakers in the world.
Parasound was established in 1981 and is still owned by company president Richard Schram. Legendary audio designer John Curl has been designing for Parasound since 1988. Along with Carl Thompson, his circuit board designer since their Vendetta days, Curl has assisted Parasound in the creation of sensibly priced audio components whose performance is competetive with many of the most expensive audio brands.
Dolby Labs, Apple, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Skywalker Sound, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, Capitol Records, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and the San Francisco Symphony are among the names you would recognize who use Parasound day in and day out. The list of performing artists who own Parasound is even longer and loudspeaker manufacturers who use Parasound as a tool in the development of their products include Wilson Audio, JL Audio, MartinLogan, KEF and SoundLab.
Seven Parasound Halo models are presently Stereophile Class A Recommended Components and we’ve received numerous Editor’s Choice awards from The Absolute Sound. Our products are sold in 61 countries around the world and we have received awards and honors from audio publications in the UK, Norway, Russia, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore.
Richard is personally debuting Parasound’s much-anticipated Halo Integrated Amplifier at RMAF 2014, room 8028.
Parts Express has been providing electronic parts and accessories to the audio/video industry since 1986. We are proud to serve our customers, from sound technicians to audio enthusiasts, with the finest audio and video parts and accessories for quality home and professional installations, all at highly discounted prices. Our product line is continually expanding to meet your needs. Thanks to you, we have grown into one of the largest suppliers of electronic parts and components in the USA.
The corporate office and warehouse of Parts Express is located in a 117,000 square foot facility in Springboro, Ohio, about 25 minutes north of Cincinnati and 15 minutes south of Dayton on Interstate 75.
You may have not heard of Periodic Audio, and that's OK. Most people haven't. However, we've been slowly winning award after award and building a loyal following based upon the stunning sound quality, extreme comfort, and surprisingly affordable prices of our in-ear headphones. Our line starts at just $99, and offers some of the best sonics you can find anywhere, at any price.
Come take a listen to the best sound you can put in your pocket, today. Come experience Periodic Audio.
Philharmonia presents its new passive speaker design based on the Amadeus’ top-of-the line Philharmonia powered speakers, initially created specifically in 2015 for the Philharmonie de Paris recording and mastering studios. The monolith-like Philharmonia Mini displays a curved structure comprised of 288 wood veneers, accurately machined, tuned, aligned and glued, yielding a look and unique acoustic characteristics second to none. Philharmonia presents the idea of perfection through simplicity and clearly approaches the acoustics of the Philharmonie de Paris mastering studios. For over twenty years, Amadeus has designed, built and marketed a wide range of electro-acoustical playback systems. Proprietary wave guide design and precise tuning allows for a complete soundstage without linger, no longer constrained by a left plus right configuration. Amadeus was founded in 1992 and today Amadeus has become a reference brand for sound professionals and recording studios. For full specifications please visit: http://philharmoniabyjeannouvel.com/en/mini/
Polk Audio is an award-winning designer of high-performance audio products and the largest audio brand of Sound United. Founded in 1972, Polk is the market share leader in premium home theater speakers in North America, and is a leading manufacturer of sound bars, headphones, wireless speakers, mobile and marine speakers and amplifiers, and other high-performance audio products.
HIgh fidelity stereo and multichannel electronics designed in Sweden.
Primare's new PRISMA series of components can stream high resolution PCM and DSD files using a variety of network audio technologies including: Roon, Airplay2, Chromecast, UPNP, and Spotify Connect.
Pro-Ject Audio Systems was founded by one of Austria's leading high-end audio distributors, Heinz Lichtenegger, in early 1991. A genuine music lover and a dyed-in-the-wool audiophile, Heinz challenged the common "cost-no-object" approach to analog audio equipment by manufacturing turntables, tonearms, and accessories at a reasonable price without compromising build quality or sonic performance. With his passion for high-end audio fueling a desire to take a familiar industry in a new direction, Heinz proceeded to use Pro-Ject Audio Systems as a locomotive to bring high-end gear to the masses. Since then, Pro-Ject has been steadily gaining steam to assert itself as one of the most respected names in affordable, audiophile-grade analog gear. In 2007, Pro-Ject Audio officially launched Box Designs, a subdivision of the company dedicated to redefining the concept of audio electronics once again. Focusing on a small form factor that could easily integrate into any lifestyle, Heinz was able to pack the same sophisticated circuitry found in traditional high-end audio components into a box a fraction of the size. By adhering to that philosophy while still only using quality electronic components that deliver sound that far exceeds their stature, the engineers at Pro-Ject redefined what is possible in high-end audio and proven that great things do come in small packages.
We love music and high-end audio and have been building products and providing services that support both for 45 years.
PS Audio® was founded in 1973 by audio designers Paul McGowan (the P) and Stan Warren (the S), in Santa Maria California.
These days, PS Audio is based in beautiful Boulder Colorado, with engineering, sales, marketing, production and administration facilities nestled up against the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Products are engineered in-house from the ground up using some of the most sophisticated engineering and evaluation tools available. We are strong proponents of utilizing the newest technologies in service of building state-of-the-art high value products for our customers.
Our core products are all hand-built to investment level standards in our modern production facilities in Boulder Colorado. We are a proud employer of 50 local artisans who design, build and make our products available all over the world.
We routinely host groups and individual tours of our facilities which feature a state-of-the-art listening facility centered around a pair of original Infinity IRS V loudspeakers (there were only 58 pair ever made). If you or your group are interested in visiting our facilities, just give us a call or email us your requested dates and we’d be happy to host you or your group for a great experience listening to one of the best high end systems in the world.
Founded in 1972, by renowned speaker designer Paul Barton, PSB is a leading global speaker brand, now celebrating more than 40 years. Currently sold in more than 70 countries around the world, for music or movie listening, the company has set the standard for high performance, high-value speakers. PSB products are distributed in U.S. by Lenbrook America.
The flood of fizz, hash, spikes, snap crackle and pop delivering itself into your sensitive dacs, preamps, amplifiers and video displays swamp and confuse everything they are trying to do…… and it gets worse! The DC voltages, normally present in your AC supply, smother and suffocate the transformers in your equipment. Transformers need to “breath” freely and fully, in and out, following the AC mains frequency. The presence of DC leaves them noisily gasping for breath and unable to deliver their full power and punch. When this occurs, the clarity, dynamics and emotion of the performance that you are trying to recreate is smothered under a barrage of interference pollution and waveform distortion. Your audio and visual equipment groans, buzzes and rattles, …. sound is constricted, muddled, harsh, two dimensional and unrealistic.
With the ‘Puritan Treatment’ dynamics and definition take an almost unbelievable stride forward, individual instruments gain air between them, their sound and timbre become convincing of the real thing, the sound-stage moves out of your speakers and into the room with gains in three dimensionality and clarity definition, and space between the instruments, for them to inter-relate rather than muddle each other. Your listening will become a far more engaging and pleasurable experience.