Paradigm Shift’s Active Speaker & Earbuds

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Paradigm Shift, an all new brand from Paradigm Electronics Inc., has just announced its first line-up of consumer products: the Active Atom (A2) powered speaker; together with three new earbuds (E1, E2m and E3m), all engineered in the company’s Canadian factory.

The Active Atom A2 is a powered bookshelf / tabletop speaker designed for stereo operation in combination with portable media devices (iPods etc.) and / or desktop computers, videogame consoles, guitars, keyboards, TVs etc. The A2 can be used with any devices that have a 3.5-mm mini-jack or RCA outputs. Wireless streaming is available using Apple AirPlay from iTunes-enabled computers or devices via a convenient rear panel AirPort Express interface (AirPort Express not included). The A2 incorporates separate 100 watt amplifiers for each speaker (200 watts / pair) with a frequency response of 55 Hz to 20 kHz. The woofer is a 5 ½” satin-anodized pure-aluminum cone and the tweeter is a 1” pure-aluminum dome. A unique digital signal processing design utilizes sophisticated algorithms to shape frequency response so that bass remains intense and overall sound is accurate, clear and musical, even when the speakers are played at party volume levels.

The A2 comes in five different finishes including: Vermillion Red Gloss, Polar White Gloss, Gunmetal Grey Gloss, Strom Black Satin, and an Ash Black Grain. For accessories, a custom fit tabletop stand and iPod/iPhone dock (sold separately) will also be available.

Designed for portable personal audio, PC and gaming, the E1, E2m and E3m earbuds were designed for both comfort and performance. All three are available in black and white finishes and feature an air tight seal for superb noise isolation. The three models also include three sizes of flexible ear tips, a tangle-resistant 1.2 meter cord and a travel case/pouch. The E2m and E3m models also feature an in-line remote and microphone that allows users to pause and play music as well as answer and disconnect telephone calls with one click.

The Paradigm Shift A2 is expected to have a MSRP of $279 U.S./each (Ash Black Grain) and $329 U.S./each (premium finishes). Shipping is expected by Q4 of 2011.

For more information on Paradigm, please visit http://www.paradigm.com/shift.

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