Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Paradigm SE Series Home Theater Speakers

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Introduction

Forever it seems here at Secrets (and everywhere really) people come asking for a home theater gear shopping list, hoping there is some inside knowledge to be unearthed which will get them world class audio for a ridiculously low price. More sympathetic to the notion of "limited funds" I could not possibly be, but fact is, with speakers at least, it is quite literally impossible in that unlike electronics and "digital" stuff which gets smaller and cheaper by the minute, speakers are inherently analogue, physical, mechanical devices. Top shelf quality IS going to cost you something.

Speaker technology has come to a point where realistically we can't be looking for some phenomenal breakthrough anymore which would usher in a miraculous new price/performance ratio, but that hasn't stopped Paradigm from continuing to reach. Our subject today is no less than their new Special Edition line of speakers which, according to Mark Aling, Marketing Manager for Paradigm, are a "design exercise", a sort of "lets see what we've learned" thing. A little mysterious, or at least cryptic of him wouldn't you say? Let's find out what he's talking about!

Specifications

SE 3
  • Design: Four-driver, 2-1/2-way Floor-standing Speaker
  • 2nd-order Electro-acoustic Crossovers at 2.0 kHz and 600 Hz
  • Drivers: One 1" Dome Tweeter, One 5.5" Mid/Bass, Two 5.5" Woofers
  • MFR: 65 Hz - 20 kHz, ± 2 dB On-Axis, 65 Hz - 15 kHz ± 2 dB 300 Off-Axis
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB/Room; 90 dB/Anechoic
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 34" H x 6.5" W x 10" D
  • Weight: 36.9 Pounds/each
  • Finishes: Rosenut, Black Gloss
  • MSRP: $749/each USA
  • SE 1
  • Design: Two-driver, 2-way Bookshelf/Stand-mounted Speaker
  • 2nd-order Electro-acoustic Crossover at 2.0 kHz
  • Drivers: One 1" Dome Tweeter, One 5.5" Mid/Bass
  • MFR: 70 Hz - 20 kHz, ± 2 dB, On-Axis; 70 Hz - 25 kHz, ± 2 dB, 300 Off-Axis
  • Sensitivity: 88 dB/Room, 85 dB/Anechoic
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 11" H x 6.5" W x 8.5" D
  • Weight: 12.9 Pounds/each
  • Finishes: Rosenut, Black Gloss
  • MSRP: $329/each USA
  • SE Center
  • Design: Four-driver, 3-way Center Channel Speaker
  • 2nd-order Electro-acoustic Crossovers at 2.1 kHz and 300 Hz
  • Drivers: One 1" Dome Tweeter, One 3.5" Midrange, Two 5.5" Woofers
  • MFR: 75 Hz - 20 kHz, ± 2 dB, On-Axis; 75 Hz - 17 kHz, ± 2 dB, 300 Off-AxisFrequency Response:
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB/Room, 88 dB/Anechoic
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Dimensions: 7" H x 17.5" W x 9.5" D
  • Weight: 20.7 Pounds
  • Finishes: Rosenut, Black Gloss
  • MSRP: $549 USA
  • SE SUB
  • Design: Sealed Enclosure
  • Driver: One 10" Polypropylene
  • Amplifier: 300 Watts RMS, 900 Watts Peak, Class D
  • Low-Pass: 35 Hz - 150 Hz; Bypass Option
  • Phase: Variable 00 - 1800
  • Inputs: Line Level RCA
  • Dimensions: 11.4" H x 11" W x 11" D
  • Weight: 14.1 Pounds
  • Finishes: Rosenut, Black Gloss
  • MSRP: $749 USA
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