|Paradigm Studio 100 v.3 Home Theater Loudspeaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Christopher Zell, Ph.D.|
|Thursday, 01 January 2004|
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The Studio CC-570 center channel speaker has no position controls to help compensate for various mounting locations, such as flush with the wall, stand-mounted or sitting on top of a monitor. Because of this, extra care must be taken during set-up in order to render it seamless with the other front speakers. Although the ADP-470 is a capable and flexible surround loudspeaker, it cannot be set as a monopole, possibly compromising multi-channel music playback. Lastly, although the Studio 100 v.3s are very satisfying loudspeakers by themselves, augmentation of the lowest octave is necessary to get the full impact and experience of many video sources. Considering they retail for a very reasonable $2,200 a pair, this really shouldn’t be considered a major criticism.
The Paradigm Reference Studio 100 v.3-based Home Theater Loudspeaker system is a big success, in my opinion. I had a number of curious friends and acquaintances, many of them owners of more modest Paradigm systems, flock over to hear what the Reference Studio big boys had to offer. The word got out that unless you already have a tuned-up high-end system, when you leave my house, you’ll likely be unsatisfied with what you have in your own home. Were the Paradigms perfect, equal to the absolute best the high-end has to offer? No, but they came close in many ways, missing a little impact in the lowest octaves and the final word in clarity. Additionally, they lacked the last bit of refinement and created occasional fatigue and bite in the highs. But you get a real and satisfying entry into the big time for a very reasonable price. The Paradigm Reference Studio 100 v.3 Home Theater Loudspeaker system is a lot of speaker for the money, working equally well for music and movies. If you are entertaining a purchase in this price range, these newest Reference Studio iterations ought to be at the top of your auditioning list.