Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Paradigm Reference Millenia 300 Tower Floor-standing Speakers, Millenia 30 Center Channel Speaker, Millenia ADP Surround Speakers, and Studio Sub 15 Subwoofer

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Paradigm Reference Millenia System

Introduction

Talk about mixed feelings! I need to unload all of my biases first since they are sufficient to taint this review. First, I'm a longstanding fan of Paradigm speakers and over the years, I have either owned or listened to a wide range of their products, right from the diminutive Atoms to their flagship Signature models. In general, I have always found it very easy to recommend Paradigms to friends as this company has built their well-deserved reputation by routinely manufacturing very high quality speakers over a wide variety of price points. Moreover, their Research and Development facilities are amongst the best in the world, which sets them apart from the vast majority of other speaker manufacturers. Even their entry level products have benefitted from their impressive R & D capabilities and commitment to high build quality. All good so far.

But here's my second bias and it's a biggy. I generally disdain anything that looks like, smells like, or even could be mistaken for a home theater in a box (HTIB) type package. Usually, my clock radio sounds similar to many of the "pretty" HTIB speakers out there and occasionally better. When I first saw the pictures of the Millenia speakers, HTIB is what they looked like to me. So, even before the Millenia package arrived, I was terrified at the possibility that some bean counter in Marketing had decided to take this great speaker manufacturer in a tragically regrettable direction. I was even more worried that I would be the one compelled to reveal this tragedy and I nearly refused to accept this review. Alright then, if want to learn how a Paradigm fan boy deals with his HTIB angst, read on.

Specifications

  • Paradigm Reference Millenia 300 Tower Speakers
  • Design: Three-way, Ported
  • Drivers: One 1" Dome Tweeter, Two 5.5" Mid/Bass, Three 5.5" Woofers
  • MFR: 87 Hz – 20 kHz ± 2 dB On-axis, 87 Hz – 18 kHz ± 2 dB 30° Off-axis
  • Sensitivity: 94 dB
  • Power Handling: 150 Watts RMS
  • Nominal Impedence: 8 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequencies: 1 kHz, 2 kHz
  • Dimensions: 52.5" H x 5.3" W x 6.9" D
  • Weight: 28.5 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $1,798/pair USA
  • Paradigm Reference Millenia 30 Center Channel Speaker
  • Design: Two-way, Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: One 1" Dome Tweeter, Two 5.5" Mid/Bass, Two 5.5" Woofers
  • MFR: 110 Hz -20 kHz ± 2 dB On-axis), 110 Hz -18 kHz ± 2 dB 30° Off-axis
  • Sensitivity: 94 dB
  • Power Handling: 130 Watts RMS
  • Nominal Impedence: 8 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequency: 2 kHz
  • Dimensions: 5.9" H x 35.4" W x 5.4" D
  • Weight: 17.6 Pounds.
  • MSRP: $799/each
  • Paradigm Reference Millenia ADP Surround Channel Speakers
  • Design: Three-way, Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: Two 1" Dome Tweeters, Two 4" Midrange, One 6" Woofer
  • MFR: 95 Hz – 20 kHz ± 2 dB
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB
  • Power Handling: 100 Watts RMS
  • Nominal Impedence: 8 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequencies: 300 Hz, 2 kHz
  • Dimensions: 8.25" H x 11.9" W x 6.9" D
  • Weight: 13 pounds/each
  • MSRP: $1,298/pair USA
  • Paradigm Reference Studio Sub 15 Subwoofer
  • Design: Sealed Enclosure
  • Driver: 15"
  • Amplifier: 1,700 Watts RMS
  • Line Level Input Impedence: 10 kOhms RCA, 20 kOhms XLR
  • Variable Phase: 00 – 1800
  • Inputs: Line-Level RCA and XLR
  • Low Pass: 35 Hz - 150 Hz with Bypass Option
  • Dimensions: 19.5" H x 19.5" W x 22" D
  • Weight: 103 Pounds
  • Finishes: Rosenut, Black, Cherry
  • MSRP: $2,799/each USA
  • Perfect Bass Kit (PBK)
  • MSRP: $299
  • The PBK-1 includes an individually calibrated microphone, a microphone stand, two USB cables, and software.
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