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Paradigm Reference Signature S8

Paradigm Reference Signature S8
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9 reviews

Aug, 2014

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5 expert reviews

4 user reviews

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Paradigm Reference Signature S8 Speaker System

 

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a demonstration of Paradigm's Signature Reference Series at its quasi-premiere at Definitive Audio in Bellevue, Washington. I'd been a long-time fan of Paradigm's Reference line of loudspeakers, and I...

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Paradigm Reference Signature S8 Speaker System

 

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a demonstration of Paradigm's Signature Reference Series at its quasi-premiere at Definitive Audio in Bellevue, Washington. I'd been a long-time fan of Paradigm's Reference line of loudspeakers, and I...

The flagship C5 is a beast of a center; it weighs in at more than 80 pounds. The cabinet curves back from the front baffle and tapers in the back. Like the rest of the Signature line, it's available in a wide variety of high-gloss finishes and is...

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Paradigm Reference Signature S8 Loudspeaker

 

Paradigm enjoys a solid reputation for building modestly priced loudspeakers that deliver strong performance for the money, but that fact raises an important question. What would happen if a traditionally value-oriented, price-conscious firm such as...

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Paradigm Reference Signature S8

 

Odd as it may seem for a speaker review, I must begin with my first visual impression of Paradigm's new Reference Signature speakers. Granted, I usually stress that a speaker's physical appearance means little—after all, we don't buy speakers to look...

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Paradigm Reference Signature S8

 

Odd as it may seem for a speaker review, I must begin with my first visual impression of Paradigm's new Reference Signature speakers. Granted, I usually stress that a speaker's physical appearance means little-after all, we don't buy speakers to look...

Hardly forgotten in all of this was the Servo subwoofer, which flexes a claimed 1,200 watts RMS of amplifier muscle to make sure that you know it's there. But the Servo, thanks in part to its servo system, keeps its horsepower under control and relies...

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Paradigm Reference Signature S8

 

Excellent sounding speakers at this price point. Very good frequency range and can hit very high volumes. Good power handling ability. Excellent workmanship. The cabinetry in cherry is a thing of beauty. On the downside, it tends to be a bit bright and...

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Paradigm Reference Signature S8

 

This short review is not intended to unduly cirtisize this speaker. In fact I think it is a great speaker, but it adds a certain character to the music which i dislike, but others might like a lot. So, the purpose here is to direct potential buyers...

Rhythmic drive ability

Midbass too forward ; Vocals not 'there' in the soundstage (This could have been partnering equipment used in the test)

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Paradigm Reference Signature S8

 

I recently decided to upgrade from my old Studio Reference 60s to these. These speakers were selected based on listening around a variety of speakers, including more expensive ones.I am absolutely thrilled with the performance of the S8s. From top to...

Realism and transparency in spadesGreat top and bottomSpacious soundstaging

Large and heavy, try moving around for optimium performance, e.g., not up against a wall

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Paradigm Reference Signature S8

 

Big, rich, smooth sound. Somewhat more distant perspective. Great dynamic range.Firstly, I use a "tube-like" solid state amp with these speakers. Also, I find the speakers can be placed fairly far apart for a very spacious effect. To my ear, Classical...

Great bass extension. A "big" sound. Large dynamic range. Incredibly smooth top end. Tall speakers. Handsome without being pretentious. Fine wood finishes

Some might prefer more "tingle" in top end and a closer perspective. Speakers tend towards "glow" rather than up-front clarity. Weigh over 90 lbs

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