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Paradigm Prestige 95F Speaker Demo at CES 2015



Mark Henninger listened to the top model in Paradigm's Prestige speaker line and liked what he heard.

Paradigm launched its Prestige series speakers at CEDIA 2014. During that show, I heard a 2-channel demo of the $4000/pair Prestige 85F towers. I liked a lot of what I heard when it came to clarity and dynamics—I noted that the tweeters were fantastic. However, I also criticized that demo for offering relatively limited (albeit precise) stereo imaging and for failing to involve me emotionally in the music.

At CES 2015, I heard the Prestige 95F towers in a 2.0 configuration, and that sounded much better than what I experienced with the 85Fs at CEDIA. The CES demo was essentially flawless, erasing any doubts I had about the quality of Paradigms latest offering. Every track—from classical music to Produk 29 to Aphex Twin—played with the clarity and intensity that audio enthusiasts associate with high-end speakers. During the classical piece, I noted "the tympani has just the right thwack to it."

Then the demo switched to full-on surround-sound home theater mode. A clip from The Maze Runner showed that the new Paradigms can handle AV soundtrack duties with ease. A Prestige 55C handled center channel duties, while Prestige 25S speakers handled surround-sound duties. The presentation was first-rate, it was easily one of the best I heard at CES this year.


Here's the complete Prestige line.

It may be that the 95F is that much better than the 85F. It is also possible the room at The Venetian possessed better acoustics than the room at CEDIA. Whatever the explanation for the superior-sounding demo, this time around I had no reservations about complimenting what I heard—it was excellent. At $5000 for a pair, the 95F is not exactly a speaker for audiophiles on a limited budget, but they may be worth an audition if you are looking for reference-quality sound.


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Can you confirm the new Prestige line will replace the Studio series?

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Can you confirm the new Prestige line will replace the Studio series?
I suppose I can try. I'll ask and see what comes up. More importantly, can I convince Paradigm to send me a pair of these fantastic speakers for review!

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Mark,

Can you confirm the new Prestige line will replace the Studio series?
Yes, I can confirm that for you. I asked this same exact question at CEDIA. The Studios will continue on for a time, probably to sell through their inventory, but there will be no V.6 for any of the Studio series and the Prestige is positioned to be its replacement.

As a side note, the Rosewood veneer finish is gorgeous.
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What sub is that? It's HUGE!
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What sub is that? It's HUGE!

My thoughts exactly! no mention of the 500lb gorilla in the room
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What sub is that? It's HUGE!
It's a mock-up of a forthcoming 15" Prestige Series sub. But it's not real i.e. it does not play. The plan is for a 15-incher with 2000 watts of power. No price point, planned release is this spring.
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They went from the gorgeous Studio design to another big, blocky, deep speaker design. Why?
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They went from the gorgeous Studio design to another big, blocky, deep speaker design. Why?
I was a disappointed in the design as well. Although the dark garnet gloss finish and the stands are just beautiful. I really liked the curved back of the Studios and 30th anniversary speakers. After they released the pricing, I didn't even hesitate and purchased a pair of Studio 100's. I think in the Paradigm thread some people were hoping for beryllium tweeters in the new speakers because the 30th anniversary speakers had them. It's too bad they didn't and they are charging a lot more than the Studios. I hope they don't phase the Studios too quickly. Still need to save up for a center channel.
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Those are butt ugly speakers!
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Couldn't agree more lol
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Europeans started the gaudy ring craze. I hated wharfedale and some B$Ws when they did that.
The Studios looked way better and more refined IMO.

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Both Paradigm and Kef flaunted their extravagantly curved cabinets as a critical part of their last generation of speaker design. Now they've both returned to square cabinets. I can't help but think it must be cheaper.
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Both Paradigm and Kef flaunted their extravagantly curved cabinets as a critical part of their last generation of speaker design. Now they've both returned to square cabinets. I can't help but think it must be cheaper.
I was thinking the same thing but when they went curved all I was thinking was they are trying to make speakers more beautiful at the expense of Cabinet Volume.
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I love the curved design of the Studio and Signature lines. Don't care for the square boxes.
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Signatures will likely be discounted next year this time when the v4s are released. All I need are S6s.
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I was looking at the studio's , but ordered 95's , 85's , cc55 , today
I like the cleaner look, matches our home better
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60 day waiting time on the Prestige speakers ..
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I am not totally impressed or totally disgusted by the speaker appearance. I am just wondering what that silver colored drivers are made of? Furthermore, are those 3 identical woofers? No separate midrange driver?

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I am not totally impressed or totally disgusted by the speaker appearance. I am just wondering what that silver colored drivers are made of? Furthermore, are those 3 identical woofers? No separate midrange driver?
I read somewhere that all of the towers are 2 1/2 way speakers, meaning no dedicated midrange for any of them.

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Prestige 95F floorstanding speakers utilize 2.5-way crossover technology to greatly improve off-axis performance (for listeners not positioned directly in front of the sweet spot) and boost deep bass dynamics. This leap in acoustic performance is based in utilizing all three woofers at low frequencies, while the bass/midrange covers voice and musical instruments without the necessity of "crossing over" to the dedicated midrange.

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I win allow a pro to come to my home and demo my theater room when the install is done.
An Anthem MRX310 feeding the MCA 50 should do the job. Still have not purchased subs yet, waiting to see the SW2000 or the SW1000 when they become available. If I don't like them I will go with 2 sub12's
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I am not totally impressed or totally disgusted by the speaker appearance. I am just wondering what that silver colored drivers are made of? Furthermore, are those 3 identical woofers? No separate midrange driver?
There is a nice article on canadahifi where they tour the factory and the making of the Prestige speaker and shows some of the materials.

http://canadahifi.com/the-making-of-...ries-speakers/
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Mark - is Paradigm moving from their ADP to ABP to play in the 3D Object sound world? (Adaptive Di-pole to Adaptive bi-pole)

Their newer surrounds seem to go away from their spin on di-poles.
First the monitor series, now the prestige series.
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1" X-PAL™ tweeter with exclusive Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) optimized pole piece assembly.
8" X-PAL™ brushed pure-aluminum bass/midrange driver with overmolded ART™ surround and SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System.
Two 8" X-PAL™ brushed pure-aluminum bass drivers with overmolded ART™ surrounds and SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System.

So there are 3 8" drivers but 1 is midrange and two are bass.
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