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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Design

Millenia 300 Towers

The Millenia 300 towers are a six driver design housed in a stylish aluminum, magnetically shielded enclosure. A single tweeter is sandwiched between two 5.5 inch midrange drivers at the top of the speaker and three 5.5 inch bass drivers appear below. This is a front ported design, with the port occurring just below the bass driver array. All speaker baskets are die cast aluminum, designed for rigidity and heat sinking capabilities. The speaker sits on a thick glass plate, via a mounting bracket, and speaker wire connection occurs from underneath this plate.

Millenia 30 Center Channel

The Millenia 30 center channel is a five driver design housed in a magnetically shielded sealed enclosure. A central 1 inch S-PAL dome tweeter is surrounded by two 5.5 inch midrange drivers, followed by two identically sized (but distinct) bass drivers. Crossover is specified as being 2nd order occurring at 2 kHz, although crossover details between the midrange and bass drivers are not specified. This center channel can be stand or wall mounted. Its length of nearly three feet may pose some restrictions on placement for some users.

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Millenia ADP Surrounds

The Millenia ADP surrounds are a compact, aluminum and ABS enclosure which houses five separate drivers. A single six inch bass driver resides in the front panel of the speaker and a four inch midrange driver and tweeter occupy the two side panels. These can be stand or wall mounted, or can reside on a shelf if the additional rubber feet are installed. There are a large number of placement options for this speaker, all of which will ultimately affect the listener's experience. This is stated to be an adapted dipole (ADP) design. Consequently, with a front-firing woofer and side firing midrange and tweeters, the ultimate placement of the speaker will dictate which frequencies are most strongly represented to the listener. For example, with placement to the side of the listener, lower frequencies will be more strongly emphasized while higher frequencies will be directed along the walls. Conversely, rear placement produces a reverberant field for low frequencies and an indirect wash of higher frequencies down the rear walls. Experimentation is critical as these speakers are very responsive to orientation.

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Paradigm Reference Studio Sub 15

The Sub 15 is comprised of a 15 inch high-excursion driver residing in a sealed enclosure. The built in 1700 watt RMS amp is described as Ultra-Class D and is capable of 3400 watt dynamic peaks. Three adjustable dials on the rear face allow changes to phase alignment (0-180 degrees), output level, and cutoff frequency (35-150 Hz with bypass option). A rear switch enables remote or automatic triggering and a subtle blue light appears on the Paradigm Reference emblem attached to the front grille when the amp is operational. There is a USB port at rear to be used for firmware upgrades or to communicate and interact with the Perfect Bass Kit (PBK-1) for frequency adjustments. Inputs can be either single ended RCA (for LFE input), dual RCA, or a single XLR balanced connection.

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Perfect Bass Kit (PBK-1)

The PBK-1 includes a high quality, individually calibrated microphone which attaches to a solid, height adjustable stand. Two long USB cables are supplied, one for connection of the microphone and the other for connection of the Sub 15 to your (ideally, laptop) computer. The system requires a PC computer with either a Windows XP or Vista operating system and operates by providing a frequency sweep to the Sub, output detection by the microphone at multiple listening locations, followed by adjustment/optimization of the equalization parameters within the Sub itself. This system is based upon the highly regarded Anthem Room Correction (ARC) platform developed in conjunction with the National Research Council of Canada.

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