While much has changed in the world over thirty years, one thing remains constant: our universal love of music. The soul's desire to make music and the exquisite joy in listening. And as long as the world is listening, Paradigm will continue to innovate, exploring new ways to convey the unexplainable magic that is music. A breathtaking new aesthetic meets equally breathtaking sound quality in a series that celebrates our roots: two-channel listening. Made in Canada. Hand-polished Dark Garnet Gloss finish.
A milestone anniversary is a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on what in Paradigm’s case has been a remarkable journey. From modest beginnings in Toronto, Canada, our speakers are now sold on six continents. We have won hundreds of product awards and received thousands of rave reviews. The Paradigm Reference 30th Anniversary Series is meant to commemorate and celebrate that journey. It is a visual, design and technology composite of what we have learned over thirty years. In other words, a labor of love. It is a true limited edition, part of a very small production run. There will be no additional production once quantities run out. And there will never be another series like it.
*Patent #: US D654,479 S.
Paradigm designs, engineers and manufactures drive units with ideal response characteristics. This allows for minimal crossover networks. While this ‘simple' approach requires greater R&D time, it always produces speakers with superior sonic performance.
Anniversary Series crossovers are highly refined phase-coherent quasi-Butterworth designs, using only hand-selected close-tolerance components including:
Drivers and crossovers are internally connected using superior heavy-gauge HPC™ High-Purity Copper wire. High-frequency and low-frequency crossover sections are physically separated to prevent any component inter action. Slopes and crossover points are selected for seamless driver integration, thereby preserving the complex timbral and spatial information of the original performance. Speaker inputs allow for bi-wiring or bi-amplifying using high-power gold-plated input.
A Paradigm exclusive! Baffle-less technology:
A butyl-rubber driver fastening system in which critically placed isolation inserts and gaskets decouple drivers from the speaker’s enclosure. The result is an unparalleled reduction of driver/enclosure interactions and their associated resonances and vibrations.
Removable Low-Profile Grilles
Although designed to be played with their grilles on, Anniversary Series speakers will sound every bit as clean, clear and transparent when playing with their grilles off.
High-Velocity Low-Noise Aluminum Ports
Bass efficiency and minimum turbulence distortion for cleaner and more articulate bass response.
To complement the illustrious pedigree of this one-of-a-kind series, we designed an elegant stand. It features a stunning commemorative front trim piece (see photo). Some minor assembly required.
Natural walnut. Of the finest quality. First, we hand sand to smooth perfection. Then we seal. We spray by hand with a custom polyurethane to render the perfect gloss level. Perfection achieved? Not yet. Hand sanding is required again, then the finish checked for imperfections under the most naked, unforgiving light. Additional sealing. Then we cure, a process that requires a minimum of two full days. We stain. Multiple layers of polyurethane … one, two, three, then a fourth coat with which we achieve a 90% gloss level. Why not 100%? 90% is the optimal level, a place where the striking depth and complexities of the wood grain are perfectly revealed without the visual distraction of a 100% reflective glare. Three more days of curing. The sanding starts again. Then we buff to a perfect gloss. From start to finish, one speaker requires a full day’s labour, but the entire finishing process is closer to seven days for each speaker.
Dark Garnet Gloss — exotic, almost monochromatic, from a distance its red gemstone quality is alluring. The closer you get, the more the sensual interplay of light and shadow on the rich walnut wood grain will draw you in.