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Paradigm Monitor 7 Series Speakers

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"Monitor 7se, purchased mid 1980's, still sounding excellent"

Introduction to the Paradigm Monitor 7 Series Speakers

When it comes to consumer electronics I must admit I am of two minds. On the one hand I really do enjoy the hobby, being able to assemble high fidelity motion picture and sound presentation systems in the home. On the other hand I simply abhor the planned obsolescence of it all, things like AV receivers which, literally, are "outdated" within a year. Speakers however are one of the last bastions of long term value and investment. Simply stated, good speakers will never be obsolete. My father has a pair of Paradigm Monitor 7se speakers which are almost 25 years old... and not only are they in great shape, but are still an enviable, excellent sounding pair!

PARADIGM MONITOR 7 SERIES SPEAKERS SPECIFICATIONS

Mini Monitor

  • Design: 2-way Ported, Quasi-3rd-order Resistive Port, Bookshelf (Monitor)/Stand-mounted
  • Crossover: 2nd-order Electro-acoustic at 2.0 kHz
  • Drivers: One 1" Dome Tweeter, One 6.5" Mid/Bass
  • MFR: On-Axis, ±2 dB from 75 Hz - 22 kHz 300 Off-Axis, ±2 dB from 75 Hz - 18 kHz
  • Sensitivity: Room / Anechoic: 90 dB / 87 dB
  • Suitable Amplifier Power Range: 15 - 100 Watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 13.5" H x 7.6" W x 10.5" D
  • Weight: 17 Pounds/each
  • Finishes: Black Ash, Heritage Cherry
  • MSRP: $279/each USD

Center 1

  • Design: 3-way, Sealed Enclosure
  • Crossovers: 2nd-order Electro-acoustic at 3.0 kHz; 2nd-order Electro-acoustic at 550 Hz (Bass Drivers)
  • Drivers: One 1" Dome Tweeter, One 3.5 Midrange, Two 5.5" Woofers
  • MFR: On-Axis, ±2 dB from 75 Hz - 22 kHz
  • 30∞ Off-Axis, ±2 dB from 75 Hz - 18 kHz
  • Sensitivity: Room / Anechoic: 92 dB / 89 dB
  • Suitable Amplifier Power Range: 15 - 120 Watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 7.25" H x 17.75" W x 10.5" D
  • Weight: 25 Pounds
  • Finishes: Black Ash, Heritage Cherry
  • MSRP: $379 USD

Surround 1

  • Design: 2-way, Sealed Enclosure
  • Crossover: 2nd-order Electro-acoustic at 2.0 kHz
  • Drivers: Two 1" Dome Tweeters, Two 4.5" Mid/Bass
  • MFR: : ±2 dB from 120 Hz - 20 kHz (bi-directional Soundfield)
  • Sensitivity: Room / Anechoic: 88 dB / 85 dB
  • Suitable Amplifier Power Range: 15 - 100 Watts
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 8.5" H x 9.25" W x 5.1" D
  • Weight: 7.25 Pounds/each
  • Finishes: Black
  • MSRP: $279/each USD
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Just think, the speakers you buy today could be with you several decades from now. Even those enthusiasts with upgradeitis realize long term value: my brother passed down his legendary Paradigm Monitor 70P speakers to his deserving son when he stepped up to a Paradigm Reference ensemble, and those 70Ps are still being enjoyed by his progeny some 15 years later. For my part I actually regret selling some truly classic speakers I've owned over the years in order to finance new ones, but thatís a double edged sword: the excellent resale value of good speakers make such prospects truly tempting.

Even though I think that the 2nd generation Monitors, or 1st generation Reference speakers could still sell well against current competition, Paradigm is not content with the status quo. You see, they are not just experts in the field of loudspeaker design and technology, but they have also become masters of manufacturing. Its not enough to come up with a good speaker if you canít also reproduce it to within a half dB on the assembly line at a price real people can afford. Thanks to this, Paradigm continues what they call trickle-down technology. They spend R&D at the top end of the performance spectrum yes, but they also spend it reapplying said technology to their mid and entry level lines, which bring us to the subject of today's review: the recently launched 7th generation Monitor series.