The Making of the Paradigm Prestige Series Speakers

2015-01-02T15:23:48+00:00January 1st, 2015|Features, Meet the Manufacturer|14 Comments

Of course before any cabinet is sprayed, finished and buffed, it has to be constructed first.  Here are the people and machines that make this happen.

First, the raw materials (MDF boards) are cut and routed into cabinet shapes.  Most of this is performed automatically by machines, assisted by factory workers:

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The cabinets are then folded into shape and glued together by an automatic box folder:

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Above: Individual speaker cabinet panels arrive on skids from another part of the wood working shop, ready for assembly.  Below: A robotic machine takes care of assembling the panels and gluing them into a complete speaker cabinet.

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Here’s what a folded cabinet looks like (something that hasn’t been done by hands for many years now):

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The gorgeous cabinets are of course only a part of the Prestige Series equation.  During the development cycle, Paradigm made a decision to move away from the traditional look of existing cones, woofer and drivers and asked its engineering team to design drivers that offer a new cosmetic while offering a higher level of performance.  Paradigm also wanted to leverage some of the trickle down technology found in the company’s higher product ranges.

Newly developed for the Prestige Series are the X-PAL woofer and midrange cones, made out of brushed pure-aluminum.  They offer lightweight stiffness with high consistency for a greater degree of accuracy combined with a smooth, uncoloured frequency response.  At the same time, matching concave dust caps provide a more uniform dynamic response.

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Also new in the Prestige Series is the X-PAL tweeter which uses a proprietary Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA) Tweeter Lens.  This tweeter lens acts as a phase plug, blocking out-of-phase frequencies, and results in smoother, extended frequencies that offer greater detail and higher output.  The lens also protects the delicate pure-aluminum tweeter dome.  The image below shows the X-PAL tweeter used in Paradigm in-wall / in-ceiling speakers – the same tweeter is used in the Prestige Series but finished in a brushed aluminum.

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One of the trickle down technologies that has made its way into the Prestige Series is the Active Ridge Technology (ART) driver surround, made in house, and overmolded directly onto each cone.  This allows the cones to achieve greater excursion for a 3dB gain in distortion-free output (50% greater) compared to drivers with standard surrounds.

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  • About the Author:

    After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 2002, Suave turned his attention to his passion for audio, video and technology in general. Through hands on experience with an extensive number of audio video products, Suave provides a real world, expert perspective on the latest products and the technology surrounding them. As an enthusiast, he shows a true passion in his writing that is easy to understand by all consumers. Aside from contributing to NOVO, Suave has also written about audio for special sections of The Toronto Star, Son et Image Magazine (FSI Guide) and appeared several times on television. More recently Suave was interviewed and quoted in articles for the Globe and Mail and In 2010, Suave launched the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES), an annual consumer trade show that has witnessed tremendous growth year after year.  In 2014, the show was expanded to include a new technology & innovation pavilion and rebranded as the TAVES Consumer Electronics Show.  As of 2016, the show attracts over 7,600 attendees and exhibitors from around the globe.  TAVES showcases cutting-edge technology and innovation in the most exciting categories: virtual reality, drones, wearables, health & fitness, gaming, audio, home theater, robotics, 3D printing, personal transportation, smart devices and electric vehicles.  For more info, please visit


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