While Paradigm is already known for making great-sounding speakers, At CEDIA 2016 the company introduced a range-topping lineup of spectacular speakers called the Persona Series, sporting beryllium drivers and sophisticated design.
The new Persona series of super-premium speakers from Paradigm.
The new speaker line consists of six different speaker models plus a subwoofer. One thing all the speakers have in common is they feature beryllium drivers for the tweeter as well as midrange. These drivers are all situated behind the latest iteration of Paradigm's PPA lens, which even out the dispersion while actually increasing output by reducing phase-cancellation.
Another commonality between the speaker models is the use of aluminum woofers, with the top two featuring a differential-drive motor. The rest the speaker models feature a split voice coil motor system.
The flagship model is the Persona 9H ($17,500 each), which is a hybrid active/passive loudspeaker featuring four powered differential-drive 8.5-inch woofers that benefit from built-in Anthem Room Correction (ARC).
Next up is the Persona 7F ($12,500 each), a passive speaker with dual 8.5 inch woofers. It is followed by the Persona 5F ($8,500 each), which features three 7-inch woofers. Next up is the persona 3F ($5000 each), which has two 7-inch woofers. And at the entry level, Paradigm's Persona B ($3500 each) offers a two-way bookshelf option.
This system supports home theater applications with the Persona C ($7,500 each), a passive threre=way channel speaker featuring four woofers.
Rounding out the new lineup is the persona SUB ($6500 each) that features six, 8-inch subwoofer drivers and 1700 watts of continuous power (3400 W peak). Paradigm also offers a pair of stands, the B-29 for the Persona B and the B-18C for the Persona C.
I had a chance to listen to some tracks through a pair of Persona 9H's, including Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Tin Pan Alley," Peter Gabriel's "Mercy Street," and Daft Punk's "Giorgio by Moroder." The speakers handled the challenges of the acoustically difficult meeting room with aplomb. ARC smoothed out the bass response from the two speakers, and with a total of eight 8.5-inch differential-drive woofers pumping the air, they had plenty of depth and impact. Imaging was as good as it gets, which is usually the case with well-designed top-tier speakers.
The Paradigm Persona 9H and one of the 8.5-inch differential-drive woofers.
I'm sure I'll encounter the speakers again at CES, where I will have another in-depth listen to their capabilities. Hopefully at some point I'll demo a surround-system that includes the subwoofer and the center channel. Such a system would surely be a budget buster, but it would also be quite badass.