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Paradigm Shift Soundtrack 2 (Soundbar and Subwoofer) Review

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Paradigm Shift Soundtrack 2 Review Highlights

In the crowded sub-$1000 sound-system-in-a-box market Paradigm distinguishes themselves by making the most of what is possible within both the fiduciary constrains, as well as the engineering challenges of the unorthodox form factor. We reviewed Paradigm's Soundtrack System last year. Now in its second iteration, the Soundtrack 2 is the subject of today's critical look at this oft malign category.

Paradigm Shift Soundtrack 2 Review

Paradigm Shift soundtrack 2 Highlights Summary

  • • Good build quality
  • • Decent sound
  • • Easy setup
  • • Bluetooth with AptX CRS
  • • Requires very little power
  • • Virtual surround

Introduction to the Paradigm Shift Soundtrack 2 Review

The soundbar business continues to thrive, or at least I infer as much given the push manufacturers are doing in that market space. The Secrets team has reviewed quite a few Soundbar systems over the years.

PARADIGM SHIFT SOUNDTRACK 2 REVIEW SPECIFICATIONS

  • Main Chassis
  • Design: 2 Isolated, Identical Channels for Left and Right. Left Channel: 2-driver, 2-way Plus Single Passive Radiator. Right Channel: 2-driver, 2-way Plus Single Passive Radiator. Molded ABS Enclosure with Matte Finish
  • Crossover: 3rd-order Electro-acoustic at 2.4 kHz
  • Amplifier Power: 2 x 25 Watts RMS; 2 x 50 Watts Peak Power
  • MFR: On-Axis: ±2 dB 140 Hz – 20 kHz
  • MFR: 30° Off-Axis: ±2 dB 140 Hz – 20 kHz
  • High Frequency Driver: 1 x 1" S-PAL™ Satin-anodized Aluminum Dome Tweeter (per channel).
  • Midrange Frequency Driver: 1 x 4” Mineral-filled Polypropylene Cone, 37-mm (1-1/2”) Voice Coil (per channel)
  • Passive Radiators: 1 x 4” Mineral-filled Polypropylene (per channel)
  • Low Frequency Extension: 105 Hz (DIN)
  • Sensitivity: Room / Anechoic: 88 dB / 85 dB
  • Finishes: Black
  • Inputs: Toslink Optical Digital, Coac (RCA) Analog, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions: 5.3" H × 36.4" W  × 2.9" D
  • Weight: 7.4 Pounds
  • Accessories Included: Snap-in stability feet and screws; on-wall bracket.
  • Wireless Subwoofer
  • Design: Single Driver, Ported Enclosure
  • Amplifier: 100 Watts RMS; 250 Watts P
  • Low Pass Filter Frequency: 130 Hz Fixed
  • Low Frequency Driver: 8" Reinforced Mineral-filled Polypropylene Cone, 1.5" Voice Coil
  • Low Frequency Extension: 40 Hz (DIN)
  • Finish: Black
  • Dimension: 14.2" H × 18.3" W × 6.3" D
  • Weight: 12.5 Pounds
  • Accessories: Vertical Floor Cradle, Feet and Screws for Horizontal Placement
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While we at Secrets are known for uncovering out namesake, it's no great secret that there is a lot of junk out there. The marketing promise of a soundbar, with or without a bass module, is to instantly turn your living room into a home theater by “upgrading” the audio from a television

That in and of itself, with some qualified exceptions, is not hard to do as television speakers are by and large horrible with their characteristic midrange focus (so that dialogue can at least be understood) coupled with a complete lack of treble and bass.

As such even the worst soundbar elicits a “wow” from the initiate. At first they are impressed at hearing more than a bandpass. They crank it when friends come over, thinking that flatulent one-note bass and piercing treble is a good thing.

A few weeks later though, their ears get tired. They may not even know why. Some even go back to the TVs built in speakers and use the soundbar only when entertaining guests. They lose interest in high fidelity and the industry looses a potential customer.

Paradigm is not so short sighted. They saw the demand for decor friendly audio solutions years before the rest of the industry. They recognise the relation between a gateway product like a soundbar and a lifelong customer. It should come as no surprise then that Paradigm’s take on the proverbial soundbar promises performance a cut above the department store norm.

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