Paradigm Unleashes a Perfect Storm of Sound at CEDIA EXPO 2009

September 23, 2009

Paradigm Electronics, an international leader in speaker design and manufacturing is bringing some serious sound to the show floor at CEDIA EXPO 2009.  With a new version of its award-winning Reference Signature Series, a new hybrid breed of speakers that’s borrowed the best from the Monitor and Reference Studio and a sonic bulldog of a subwoofer.  Paradigm is also announcing its famous Perfect Bass Kit (PBK-1™) Room Correction System for every subwoofer in the Paradigm® collection. 

SE Series (Special Edition Collection)

  • Combining elements from the affordable audiophile-quality Paradigm line and higher-end Paradigm Reference line, the SE series speakers brings a new generation of affordable elegance to the company’s vast offerings.  Including the SE1 (bookshelf), SE3 (floorstanding), SE Sub and SE Center, the SE line will boast Paradigm’s SuperDrive technology, which combines very high efficiency with very high output and ultra-low distortion. The drivers represent a best of breed hybrid mix that includes high frequency drivers from the Paradigm Monitor Series and mineral-filled polypropylene bass/midrange drivers handed down right from the Paradigm Reference Studio Series. 

Reference Signature Series v.3

  • Third version of its flagship Paradigm® Reference Signature Series. Thousands of “no-holds-barred” Paradigm research and engineering hours went into developing the Signature Series v.3 speakers, which are the highest-output, most dynamic high-end loudspeakers ever produced.

Reference Seismic 110

  • The Reference Seismic 110 is a state-of the-art subwoofer in a diminutive form factor with every component designed specifically for this application. 
  • While designed to meet today’s demand for a small form factor in a subwoofer, don’t be fooled by the Seismic110’s diminutive proportions. It offers truly groundbreaking (and ground shaking!) performance. The soul of this little sonic bulldog is a unique implementation of the ultra-low-distortion split-coil drive woofer coupled with the muscle of an 850-watt RMS UltraClass D amplifier 

Perfect Bass Kit (PBK-1™) Upgrade

  • Paradigm is thrilled to announce the availability of the Perfect Bass Kit (PBK-1™) Room Correction System for every subwoofer in the Paradigm® collection. With PBK, the effects of room boundaries on bass quality are a thing of the past. This state-of-the-art bass perfecting system will analyze your favorite Paradigm subwoofer’s response in your room, and then set the correct equalization parameters to obtain optimal sound.


  • Anthem will be showcasing a turn-key solution for dealers that includes the powerful 50v/D2v processor and the highly anticipated BLX 200 Blu-ray player with Paradigm speakers supporting the audio.  Stop by for a ground shaking demo!

To see the above products live in action, stop by the Paradigm & Anthem booth 3325 in Hall C and say hello!

For more information, press releases and images, visit the Paradigm press page.

MartinLogan Wows at CEDIA

September 19, 2009

MartinLogan, new to the Caster lineup, made some waves at this year’s CEDIA. People were coming from miles around (if you were in the convention center you know I’m not exaggerating!) to check out the demo. Ok, so you missed the boat – what exactly were they showing? Here is Devin Zell to tell you.

Paradigm, OmniMount and Control4 Earn Innovative Housing Technology Awards

June 3, 2009

A congratulatory round of ‘ataboys goes to three Caster clients who were named winners of the prestigious 2009 Innovative Housing Technology Awards.IHTA2009Logo_WEB

According to a release issued by the sponsor, “Now in its ninth year, the award program—owned by CE Pro, TecHome Builder and Electronic House—honors the most innovative products, builders and CE pros serving the homebuilding industry. The awards are presented every June in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco.”

A seasoned panel of tech building industry experts and journalists evaluated the 2009 finalists and made the tough choices, clearly using sound judgment in choosing the victors. The winners represent best practices by CE pros, builders, home technology makers and IT innovators.

Without further ado, Ringo, can we have a drum roll please…

Winner – Home Theater Category: Paradigm RVC-12SQ In-wall Subwoofer with X-800 Amplifier and Perfect Bass Kit

Even with IHTA abolishing the “Longest Product Name” category for 2009, Paradigm manufactured a winner here with a structurally sound, high-powered in-wall subwoofer that includes a bracketing system, room correction and amplification. You might ask how an in-wall subwoofer is beneficial to builders? I’m glad you asked:

The RVC-12SQ benefits builders because it solves the last major challenge of architectural audio. With floor space at a premium, the demand for unobtrusive A/V solutions will continue to grow, and builders who can offer a full home theater or entertainment solution will differentiate themselves. While the subwoofer is only part of the equation, its importance to audio performance cannot be understated. The RVC-12SQ is also the first subwoofer to offer freestanding performance from inside the wall with no risk of structural damage or weak audio playback.

Winner – Home Theater Category: OmniMount MotionPicture Series Power55

Power55 is a unique solution that tilts, pans or swivels the TV to achieve optimal viewing in multiple rooms. OmniMount provides builders with every tool necessary to install it, an installation template, level, and a labeled hardware kit, for a quick, easy and perfect installation every time and anywhere in the room regardless of construction challenges.

Winner – Integrated Home Control and Networking: Control4 Home Controller HC-200

With the HC-200, you are no longer tied to a coffee table cluttered with remotes. Instead, a single remote and easy-to-use on-screen interface allow you to enjoy the same intuitive Control4 navigation on every video display in your home. Adjust and control the lights either individually or collectively. Manage your home theater system. Free your digital music collection and easily stream it to any room throughout the home. Check the status of your doors and windows, and adjust the thermostat – through convenient, easy-to-use, powerful on-screen menus.

This is a proud day and we’d like to thank our mothers, the academy and all the journalists and tech experts who made these awards possible. We couldn’t have done it without your support and look forward to bigger thing in the years to come.

Posted by: Nick



In-wall subwoofers, not just for destroying walls anymore

March 18, 2009

If you’re not reading the editorial cranked out by Brad Grimes and Dan Daley over at, then you care not for pertinent technology issues confronting homebuilders today. One particular article by Mr. Daley is especially illuminating as it deals with a topic that is near and dear to my PR heart.

In his March 2009 article titled, In-Wall Subwoofers: The Final Frontier of Built-In Audio, Mr. Daley states:

Sustained high sound pressure levels (SPL) in the lowest reproducible low-frequency range, between 20 Hz and 40 Hz, has been shown to literally tear the house down, starting with protruding nail heads and ultimately cracking and tearing drywall. And even at non-destructive SPLs, a subwoofer’s connection to a wall could add unwanted resonances (read: distortion) to the low frequencies. So most of us know the subwoofer as that great-sounding, squat intrusion that annoys dogs and interior decorators alike but makes action movies and the Palladium channel things to look forward to. ”

That’s some interesting stuff, I mean who needs a wrecking ball when you have an in-wall subwoofer right, ha? But seriously Dan, it’s great to know this but what’s the relevance to a homebuilder? 

“…subwoofers create another impression: a sense of impermanence, of being in the house but not being part of it, which reduces the potential for builders to benefit from making it part of a home theater of whole-house audio system,” states Mr. Daley. “The flexibility to make subwoofers an in-wall or in-ceiling proposition puts that potential back on the table.”

If I was a homebuilder right now, I’d definitely be looking for ways to differentiate and maybe whole-house audio systems are a good start. The problem now is I don’t know of a trustworthy audio manufacturer who can deliver a solution that is easy to install yet still delivers performance I can put my company’s name behind. If only there were some resource…

Paradigm’s RVC-12SQ uses a vibration-cancelling technique that allows it to be either wall- or ceiling-mounted. Within its enclosure, two 12-inch oval speakers are directly facing each other and firing in phase, which effectively cancels out wall vibrations,” states Daley.  “The speaker assembly is placed in a high-pressure, die-cast chassis to contain vibrations as SPL is increased. An interesting touch is the pleated, molded thermoplastic ring that suspends the speaker cones, allowing smaller speakers to move further and thus attain lower frequency reaches.”

I definitely learned something today, thanks Dan!

Posted by: Nick