The prestigious reviewing organisation What HiFi? has reviewed the Paradigm 40B Bookshelf Speakers and have said nothing but good words to say about these amazing speakers. While the review is lengthy, because of all the amazing tech that has been incorporated into the 40B’s, we’ll go through some of the excerpts. ” Paradigm sure likes its acronyms, abbreviations and trade-marks. It refers to the 25mm diameter dome tweeter in the Founder 40 as an “AL-MAG high-frequency driver with an OSW and a PPA lens … AL-MAG bit means is that the tweeter’s dome is constructed from an alloy of aluminium and magnesium over which is a microscopically-thin ceramic coating. As for ‘OSW’, those initials stand for ‘Oblate Spherical Waveguide’. A waveguide is a solid structure that sits in front of a driver (in this case the dome of the tweeter) that beneficially interferes with the sound waves produced by the dome to either remove irregularities or improve dispersion (or, sometimes, to do both). So what about those PPA initials? They stand for ‘Perforated Phase Aligning’ and it’s a type of lens positioned in front of the tweeter dome that not only protects it from damage, but is also intended to – again in the words of Paradigm – “ensure that all frequencies arrive at the listener’s ears at the same time.” All these technologies make for a superb listening experience. One that the reviewer had a hard time putting into words. It’s no surprise really when we think about how good Paradigm’s speakers have been since the companies birth. “If I were asked to identify the one thing that the Paradigm Founder 40Bs do better than anything else, I’d have my work cut out, because they do so many things so well, but if pressed, I’d have to say that what continually struck me the most when I was listening to them was their ability to seem as if they were not there at all, and that I was instead at the centre of a three-dimensional aural hologram that allowed me to be completely immersed in the music. ” From the base driver to the high end, the performance of the speakers were nothing short of amazing. All in all, the 40B’s are an amazing pair of bookshelf speakers, and don’t just take our word for it but also the reviewers! “If I were in the market for a pair of small bookshelf/standmount loudspeakers, the Paradigm Founder 40Bs are the ones I would buy!” Check out the product page for the Founder 40B Bookshelf Speakers here – Paradigm 40B Speakers Check out the full review here – What HiFi Review
About The Author
Hailing all the way from the USA, Jason runs our Wellington store as branch manager. Jason has a background as professional studio engineer and has a longstanding history on the custom installation side of the business. Jason has a great ear for what sounds good and a depth of technical knowledge.