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Paradigm Studio v5 - coming soon or evil rumor?

post #1 of 1254
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I was recently talking to an employee of my friendly local Paradigm dealer, and was told the Studio v5 speakers were coming out very soon (ie. days/weeks - not months). I haven't been able to locate anything on the Paradigm web site - but then again, they didn't announce the last major upgrade early either. According to this source the new speakers are solid wood, not laminate, and have a tapered design - instead of the square box look.

I was hoping someone here may know if this was credible information - or just an evil rumor?

Inquiring minds want to know...

Thanks all,
Scott
post #2 of 1254
That would actually be very good news as the laminate on the v4's always looked really cheap to me. But, that would make them awfully similar to the Sig's so I guess we have to wait and see.
post #3 of 1254
My local dealer told me they were already out and that they were on his floor...I was not really shopping for them so I did not quiz him, so maybe he was BS'ing me.
post #4 of 1254
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Originally Posted by thbrewst View Post

My local dealer told me they were already out and that they were on his floor...I was not really shopping for them so I did not quiz him, so maybe he was BS'ing me.

I call BS!
post #5 of 1254
I talked to Paradigm direct. They said the v5's have no date, and to check back after September when they have a big trade-show coming up.
post #6 of 1254
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Originally Posted by ZIgOaT View Post

I talked to Paradigm direct. They said the v5's have no date, and to check back after September when they have a big trade-show coming up.

Everyone does, it is called CEDIA
post #7 of 1254
I called my dealer in Toledo,Ohio and they said the Paradigm rep. was just is last week.

They are changing the look of the Studios to a curved back like the Sigs. and they were'nt sure if they will have real wood veneers.

Will know more info after CEDIA show. They took my name a number and said they would contact me when they knew more.

Ryan
post #8 of 1254
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Originally Posted by gchanjam View Post

That would actually be very good news as the laminate on the v4's always looked really cheap to me. But, that would make them awfully similar to the Sig's so I guess we have to wait and see.

Do what I did with 2 of my speakers. I just painted my PSB Alpha B1's blood red metallic. It fits in with the black oak desk very well.
post #9 of 1254
Just out of curiosity I thought the Studio v4 were released less than a year ago.
There is a rumor going around in the industry that Paradigm/Anthem and Martin Logan are not doing too well financially(both companies owned by the same investment firm).

With all the quick model changes in the Martin Logan models recently and now this, something doesn't sound good. I guess nothing surprises me nowadays.
post #10 of 1254
I think a a makeover would be cool. I think the Studio series is a great speaker series for the price, but I've never been partial to the look. A tapered cabinet and real wood would be great!
post #11 of 1254
ShoreView Industries, a private equity firm, acquired both Paradigm and Martin Logan. Here are the growth objectives for Paradigm:
http://www.shoreviewindustries.com/portfolio/port2.htm
post #12 of 1254
Paradigm isn't selling that well over here anymore. They are now seen only has HT dedicated speakers.
post #13 of 1254
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Originally Posted by poti View Post

ShoreView Industries, a private equity firm, acquired both Paradigm and Martin Logan. Here are the growth objectives for Paradigm:
http://www.shoreviewindustries.com/portfolio/port2.htm

Isn't that something! So Paradigm isn't Canadian anymore either. Wow, what's next, Totem?
post #14 of 1254
Hmmmm maybe Shoreview can teach them how to market their products better and shape up their business model.... Don't get me wrong, I love my Sigs and Studios, but some of their business methods are something to be desired...
post #15 of 1254
I guess i have to wait just a little longer. I was going to upgrade my studio 100's v4's to signature s6. If the new Studio v5 series is all wood than i might jump on the new V5's.. I'll just have to wait little longer an see what happens.
post #16 of 1254
Isnt the monitor series v.5 already out?
post #17 of 1254
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Originally Posted by prowrest View Post

Isnt the monitor series v.5 already out?

Monitor v5 is last years, cause thats what I have. Titan mains and a CC 190 center.
post #18 of 1254
Guys,

Did Paradigm manufacture all their speakers in Canada? The last part of that acquisition link read: Pursue additional low-cost sourcing and manufacturing opportunities in Asia.
post #19 of 1254
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Originally Posted by Mozvz View Post

Guys,

Did Paradigm manufacture all their speakers in Canada? The last part of that acquisition link read: Pursue additional low-cost sourcing and manufacturing opportunities in Asia.

Rumor has it some monitor line speakers are assembled in China, as well as some of B&W's entry line-up (600 series I believe).

You will never get a rep to tell you that though.
post #20 of 1254
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Originally Posted by Woodshed View Post

Rumor has it some monitor line speakers are assembled in China, as well as some of B&W's entry line-up (600 series I believe).

You will never get a rep to tell you that though.

Woodshed,

Thanks for the info. Personally, I don't care either way where the product is manufactured as the global economy is part of our daily lives in everything we purchase. Of course, I would hate to see jobs lost in Canada if they outsource to another continent, but as long as the build quality and component reliability are the effect, then it's the way of the world today.
post #21 of 1254
You know, the made in China part could be a Not So Good Thing. Look at what happened to M&K.
They started outsourcing to China, then suddenly and mysteriously, there started appearing on the market M&K knock offs, albeit with cheap drivers and crappy crossovers. Even had the M&K logo on 'em.
I'm not say that will happen, but going forward, I'd keep an eye on that series of speaker...
post #22 of 1254
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Originally Posted by /dev/null View Post

You know, the made in China part could be a Not So Good Thing. Look at what happened to M&K.
They started outsourcing to China, then suddenly and mysteriously, there started appearing on the market M&K knock offs, albeit with cheap drivers and crappy crossovers. Even had the M&K logo on 'em.
I'm not say that will happen, but going forward, I'd keep an eye on that series of speaker...

Peter,

I understand your concerns and if I was a Paradigm fan, I'd feel the same. My only thoughts are if the current company owner, ShoreView Industries gives Paradigm the autonomy to keep the same dictatorship attitude they currently have in place, then there is little to worry about for the knowledgeable buyer.

Charles
post #23 of 1254
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Originally Posted by prowrest View Post

Isnt the monitor series v.5 already out?

This thread is about possible v5 STUDIO, not Monitor.

Also, v6 Monitor just came out.
post #24 of 1254
There really shouldn't be a problem with manufacturing in China as long as management knows what they are doing. M&K, as mentioned, is an example of outsourcing gone wrong but PSB is a great example of a company successfully outsourcing. It's because of this that they can keep their pricing on the Synchrony line.
post #25 of 1254
Any news on a new Studio line at Cedia yet?
post #26 of 1254
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Originally Posted by TommmyJ View Post

Any news on a new Studio line at Cedia yet?

This is the latest news i read so far about paradigm:

Paradigm is replacing its Signature Servo subwoofer with the new Sub 25. This beast has a 15" driver with a class D amp rated at 3000 watts RMS. It is supposed to be 5 dB louder than the Signature Servo. Paradigm's demo room had two of the Sub 25's; they were very impressive-sounding. Price is $3,999.
post #27 of 1254
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Originally Posted by gchanjam View Post

There really shouldn't be a problem with manufacturing in China as long as management knows what they are doing.

Exactly, take a look at Quad, PSB, and Usher (Taiwan but heck). Quad and Usher has some of the most praised cabinet quality in addition to getting rave reviews for their sound. PSB's lowest offering, the Alpha B1, has crappy material and construction compared to the other two but most people would prefer its sound. So it doesn't matter where it's made as long as quality control is good and the design and material choice are top notch.
post #28 of 1254
First picture of the Studio v.5 speakers that I have come across from CEDIA.
Picture provided by UltimateAV.com show thread.
LL
post #29 of 1254
Thread Starter 
Whoa... Cool. So far the "rumors" look to be reasonably true! Definately the tapered case - can't tell on the wood from the pics. Still eagerly awaiting more info.... Anyone at CEDIA?
post #30 of 1254
The new 20's perhaps???????
LL
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