hahaha, Love this thread! I actually just purchased one of these, here's
An Honest Review of the Paramax Model P-512....
I came across a Paramax model P-512 still sealed in the box at a Goodwill
store. I had never heard of the brand, but it was appearently the gift
that "kept on giving" since the box was pretty rough and it still had tape
with torn bits of different kinds of wrapping paper on the box. Just like
the 'ol holiday fruit-cake, the person that received it as a gift obviously
knew it was no good and went ahead and re-gifted it before even opening it,
with its final "gifted" destination being a goodwill store in Portland.
The price tag said $49.99 on it, and it was blue. It just happened to be
the day when everything with a blue tag was 50% off. So I purchased it for
$25 bucks. The model is a P-512, and I figured I would test it out since
the box said "2000 Watts Total System Power" and "MSRP $3699.99"
When I opened the box and removed the speakers, I noticed they actually
felt heavy. There were no markings on the back indicating wattage ratings,
or impedance. I checked the impedence with a multimeter and it read 2.6
So I immediately hooked everything up, and it sounded OK at low volume. I
started thinking I possibly hit a gold-mine bargain, upon turning it up
however, everything sounded ratty and extremely distorted. The subwoofer
(supposedly rated at 500 Watts alone) is an 8 inch paper cone cheapy
actually built-in to the receiver/amp unit itself.
I decided to hook up one of the satellite speakers to my VSX-53TX Pioneer
in the garage, didnt even get the volume up halfway before the speaker
started smoking from the dust cap in the center. I have some Aiwa
satellite speakers from a super cheap all-in-one bookshelf Dolby Pro Logic
system i bought from target 12 years ago that actually handle the Pioneer
better than these by far. Im conviced the Paramax speakers probably
couldnt handle the power from the headphone jack on an iPod let alone any
type of receiver.
I took the smoked one apart and noticed actual metal slugs hot glued to the
inside of the speaker cabinet to give it weight. The magnets are very
small, and the speaker basket and magnet is of the same type you would see
in a $5 dollar mini AM/FM boom box, or a wind-up weather radio. There are
no markings on the speaker itself except for a white sticker that says
"Made in China."
The receiver/Subwoofer combo has a interesting analog "Power Meter" on the
front that glows blue when the power is on, however it doesnt work and has
no actual functionality.
Upon taking the subwoofer/receiver unit apart, it too was weighted with
metal plates and contains some of the lowest quality components ive ever
seen, transisters with no heat sinks, and besides the blue LED behind the
"power meter", the meter istself has no wiring going to or from it, and no
leads to actually connect wiring to it for functionality. The subwoofer
has a much larger magnet than I expected after seeing the satellite speaker
magnets, still no markings on it other than "Made in China."
On a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being Best) as far as build quality and overall
product experience, I would rate it below 1.
Overall, I guess I too got scammed, but only out of $25, and at least the
$25 went to a good cause...