Canadian audio brand Paradigm has launched the Paradigm Founder Series loudspeakers, a six-model range.

Paradigm Founder Series Loudspeakers

Founder is the first completely new speaker line to be introduced since Paradigm founder Scott Bagby reacquired the company two years ago. Though it draws on nearly 40 years of Paradigm innovation and evolution from their flagship Persona range, it brings a host of new technologies to its driver designs, cabinet construction and even the hardware that holds it all together.

 

Paradigm Founder Series Loudspeakers

Paradigm Founder Series Loudspeakers

Toronto Made

Designed, tested, engineered, and manufactured at Paradigm’s 225,000 square foot facility in Toronto, Canada, the new series includes three floorstanders, the Founder 80F, Founder 100F, and the hybrid active/passive Founder 120H with ARC Genesis room correction; along with the Founder 40B standmount, Founder 90C centre and Founder 70LCR which can be installed vertically or horizontally.

Finishes

All models are available in a choice of four artisan-grade finishes – Walnut or Black Walnut fine-quality wood veneer, and Midnight Cherry or Piano Black high gloss.

New Series, New Technologies

AL-MAC™ High-Frequency Driver – Paradigm’s newest tweeter design is made lighter and stronger with a special combination of aluminium, magnesium, and ceramic materials. It is paired with a special Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™) that maintains sonic focus on the listening area.

AL-MAG™ Midrange Driver – Founder’s midrange driver is developed with listener sensitivity in mind. Focusing its performance where our ears are most sensitive, the cone is a 6-inch Aluminium Magnesium alloy driven with a 2-inch multi-layered voice coil and a Perforated Phase Alignment (PPA™) lens.

CARBON-X Unibody Bass Driver – To maintain clarity in the lowest frequencies, Paradigm has created an ultra-stiff, ultra-strong bass driver called CARBON-X in 5.5, 6, 7 and 8-inch sizes. It’s made from mineral-infused carbon fibre and moulded as a single piece to maintain control. This is combined with Paradigm’s patented over-moulded Active Ridge Technology (ART™) surround and Advanced Shock-Mount Isolation™ hardware.

Dual-Sync™ Continuous Flux Motor – Both the 90C and 70LCR models use a coaxial driver with an AL-MAC™ tweeter centrally mounted in an AL-MAG™ midrange cone profiled to match the sonic characteristics of the OSW™ designs in the rest of the series. Here, Paradigm’s patent-pending Dual-Sync™ Continuous Flux Motor solves the issues associated with drivers that have combined magnet structures, resulting in a low-distortion, high-output midrange/tweeter combination.

Cascade Fusion Bracing – In place of the traditional square cabinet geometry, each Founder Series model features a faceted enclosure, constructed from ¾-inch MDF and 1-inch thick top and bottom insets. The bracing is fused directly into the walls of the cabinet, then the cabinet is folded around the frame as a single piece. The angular longitudinal central brace forms a structural core while dividing the walls of the cabinet into non-uniform surfaces. These surfaces are reinforced by additional horizontal cascade braces in optimal locations to further prevent excess energy from escaping through the walls of the cabinet.

Advanced Shock-Mount™ Isolation System – To control driver to cabinet and cabinet to floor resonance, Paradigm has developed the Advanced Shock-Mount™ Isolation system. Special hardware with an elastomer suspension mechanically decouples the driver from the cabinet. Advanced Shock-Mount™ Feet on floorstanding models isolate the entire cabinet from the floor using the same elastomer to prevent any extraneous vibration from colouring the sound. The feet include hardware for both carpet and hard flooring and are adjustable from above, eliminating any need to move or tip the cabinet.

Price

Founder 40B      £1,199.99 (each)

Founder 70LCR £1,699.99 (each)

Founder 90C      £2,649.99 (each)

Founder 80F      £1,899.99 (each)

Founder 100F    £2,699.99 (each)

Founder 120H   £4,299.99 (each)

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