Originally Posted by mtn-tech
I totally agree - I was really sad that Paradigm didn't continue either the Studio 40 or the Signature S4 in the current line - maybe one of them will reappear in the next update to the Studio or Signature line. I sure would like a pair of S4 v.4 some day!
Yeah, it's too bad they discontinued those models. Those S4s look pretty sweet!
In v4 of the Studio series, both the Studio 40 and the Studio 60 were 3 driver, 2 1/2 way designs, with the 40 being a standmount, and the 60 being a floorstander. The only difference was cabinet size. Once you factor in the cost of stands, there probably wasn't much reason for anyone to go with the 40s over the 60s, so I can understand why they might not have sold well.
However, when v5 of the Studio Series came out, the Studio 60 moved to a 4 driver design. With this added differentiation, I think there might have been room for the Studio 40 to remain in the line-up.
On the other hand, in v2 of the Signature series the S4 was a 3 driver design, and the S6 a 4 driver design. Despite that differentiation between them, the S4 was still eliminated from the lineup when v3 was released.
I guess it was a way to push people to the pricier floorstander if they wanted something with more output than the Studio 20 or the S2.
Anyway, that's the main reason I've been wanting Paradigm to release both a new Studio Series and a new Signature Series. As you mentioned, people tend to hang on to these. I'm hoping that when the new ones are released, it will prompt those with deeper pockets to upgrade, resulting in an influx of earlier versions on the used market. Everybody wins, right?!?!