Canadian speaker specialist Paradigm has brought together innovations from its flagship Persona range along with a host of new technologies and approaches and launched the Founder speaker series.
Paradigm’s six model range is aimed at both Hi-Fi and home cinema enthusiasts and consists of three floorstanders: the Founder 80F, Founder 100F and Founder 120H which has a hybrid active/passive design with ARC Genesis room correction; the Founder 40B standmount; Founder 90C centre, and Founder 70LCR which can be installed vertically or horizontally.
The range sports new driver designs, cabinet construction and hardware which brings it all together.
AL-MAC High-Frequency Driver
The company’s newest tweeter uses a combination of aluminum, magnesium and ceramic materials to create a lighter, stronger design. This bestows a natural resistance to uncontrolled resonance that makes it more accurate and responsive than other designs and the special Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW) helps maintain sonic focus on the listening area making it ideal for larger open-plan rooms with reflective surfaces and hardwood floors.
AL-MAG Midrange Driver
The series midrange driver cone is a 6-inch aluminium magnesium alloy driven with a 2-inch multi-layered voice coil and a Perforated Phase Alignment (PPA) lens, which helps focus performance where the listener’s ears are most sensitive.
CARBON-X Unibody Bass Driver
Paradigm has developed an ultra-stiff, ultra-strong bass driver called CARBON-X which is implemented variably across the Founder series in 5.5-, 6-, 7- and 8-inch sizes. Made from mineral-infused carbon fibre and moulded as a single piece to maintain control at the highest volumes, the CARBON-X driver maintains clarity and detail in the lowest frequencies when combined with Paradigm’s patented Active Ridge Technology (ART) surround and Advanced Shock-Mount Isolation hardware.
Dual-Sync Continuous Flux Motor
The Founder 90C and 70LCR models use a coaxial driver with an AL-MAC tweeter centrally mounted in an AL-MAG midrange cone. This is profiled to match the sonic characteristics of the OSW designs in the rest of the series and the patent-pending Dual-Sync Continuous Flux Motor solves the issues associated with drivers that have combined magnet structures to deliver a low-distortion, high-output midrange/tweeter combination.
Cascade Fusion Bracing
Moving on to the cabinet, each Founder series model features a faceted enclosure, constructed from 19mm ( ¾-inch) MDF with 25.4mm (1-inch) thick top and bottom insets, replacing traditional square geometry. The cabinet bracing is fused directly into the walls and the cabinet is then folded as a single piece around the frame. The longitudinal central brace forms a structural core while dividing the walls of the cabinet into non-uniform surfaces, which themselves are reinforced by additional horizontal cascade braces. This all helps prevent excess energy from escaping through the walls of the cabinet.
Advanced Shock-Mount Isolation System
Paradigm has implemented an Advanced Shock-Mount Isolation system which controls driver-to- cabinet and cabinet-to-floor resonance. This includes hardware with an elastomer suspension to mechanically decouple the driver from the cabinet along with Advanced Shock-Mount Feet on floorstanding models which isolate the entire cabinet from the floor using the same elastomer.
These innovations are spread throughout the Founder range and see the 20cm wide Founder 40B speaker equipped with a single 1-inch AL-MAC Ceramic Dome tweeter plus an OSW waveguide along with a 6-inch Ultra-High-Excursion AL-MAG mid/bass driver with a PPA Lens and ART surround.
The multi purpose Founder 70LCR with its dual orientation option to enable use as a centre speaker, main stereo pair or surround unit has a 1-inch AL-MAC Ceramic Dome tweeter with OSW waveguide and PPA lens coaxially mounted in a 7-inch AL-MAG midrange driver and is flanked by two 5.5-inch CARBON-X bass drivers.
The centre channel specific Founder 90C is a true full-range centre that can play down to 47Hz and has a similar tweeter / midrange arrangement to the 70LCR but this time located between two 7-inch CARBON-X bass drivers and two 7-inch passive radiators with ART surrounds.
Moving onto the floorstander models and the affordably priced Founder 80F with its two-and-a-halfway design can reach down to a low 28Hz and uses a 1-inch AL-MAC Ceramic Dome tweeter, a 6-inch Ultra-High-Excursion AL-MAG mid/bass driver and two 6-inch Ultra-High-Excursion CARBON-X cones with over-moulded ART surrounds. The 100F tower speaker upgrades the bass drivers to three 7-inch CARBON-X cones and adds a Resonance Mitigation Coupler to the 6-inch mid/bass driver.
Finally, the flagship 120H floorstanding loudspeaker ups the ante with a 7-inch midrange AL-MAG cone with a Resonance Mitigation Coupler, PPA lens and 2-inch high-temp voice coil; and three 8-inch Ultra-High-Excursion CARBON-X cones with ART surrounds driven by an integrated 1,000-watt amplifier. This is all added to the standard 1-inch AL-MAC tweeter, while the built-in ARC Genesis Room Correction delivers bass down to 18Hz in any room
Scott Bagby, Founder and CEO, said, “The Founder Series is a strong accomplishment for Paradigm. We are combining an iconic design, sound that has astounding clarity along with a delicate and believable realism, and a sonic impact that will send shivers down your spine.” He added, “I am immensely proud of our development teams’ devotion to produce a line that clearly exceeds all expectations”.
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.
Available now, the UK prices are as follows:
Founder 40B standmount: £1,199.99 (each) - stand optional
Founder 70LCR: £1,699.99 (each)
Founder 90C centre: £2,649.99 (each) - stand optional
Founder 80F floorstander: £1,899.99 (each
Founder 100F floorstander: £2,699.99 (each)
Founder 120H floorstander: £4,299.99 (each)
Source: Press release
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