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Paradigm Prestige 75F Conclusion

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Paradigm Prestige 75F SpeakersThe Paradigm Prestige 75F acquitted itself quite well during its stay. I’ve had some outstanding similar-sized and similar–priced speakers in my home in the past few years for review and extended evaluation: the $2,200/pr. B&W CM8, the $2,500/pr. Atlantic Technology AT-1 and the $2700/pr. NHT Classic Four. All are fine speakers, and easily among the best in their size/price category. The Prestige 75F is a solid contender among this group of excellent loudspeakers. It doesn’t have the bass extension of Atlantic’s H-PAS system, nor the unrestricted dispersion of NHT’s 2-inch domed midrange and ¾-inch tweeter. But it easily surpasses both the AT and B&W in lack of nasal coloration and is subjectively able to play equally as loudly without distress as any of them.

I have two reservations about the 75F: 1) its bass extension and power is not up to what I consider required for a speaker at this price level. The quality of the bass was fine; I just wanted a tad more weight and drama. 2) I do not consider the Satin wood veneer walnut finish to be satisfactory at this price level. It might very well be that the Gloss black or Gloss midnight cherry is fully acceptable. I don’t know as I haven’t seen them. But for $3 large, this speaker doesn’t quite look the part. If we did a “3 ¾” Value Rating, that’s what I would’ve given them, because of the mediocre finish. But their excellent sound nudges them to a “4.”

Nonetheless, overall, it’s a solid win. The ultimate test is how it sounds, and the 75F—especially in terms of its non-grating, open, natural midrange presentation—scores big here. These are speakers you could enjoy every day. If you have a good bass control on your preamp, a quick turn to 12:30 is all it takes to make everything right with the world.

 

Paradigm Prestige 75F Review

MSRP: $1499 ea.

Paradigm Electronics, Inc.

205 Annagem Boulevard
Mississauga, ON Canada L5T2V1

Tel: (905) 564-1994

http://www.paradigm.com/ 

 

About Paradigm Prestige [from the company’s description on its web site]:

For over 30 years, Paradigm has set the standard for innovation and technology in loudspeaker manufacturing. The new Prestige Series builds on this history by combining new technologies with smart engineering, for astonishing performance at an incredible value. And Prestige is designed and crafted right here in our Canadian facility.

The Score Card

The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:

Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating

Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

Audioholics Rating Scale

  • StarStarStarStarStar — Excellent
  • StarStarStarStar — Very Good
  • StarStarStar — Good
  • StarStar — Fair
  • Star — Poor
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AppearanceStarStarStarStar
Treble ExtensionStarStarStarStarStar
Treble SmoothnessStarStarStarStarStar
Midrange AccuracyStarStarStarStar
Bass ExtensionStarStarStar
Bass AccuracyStarStarStarStarStar
Dynamic RangeStarStarStarStar
Fit and FinishStarStarStar
PerformanceStarStarStarStar
ValueStarStarStarStar
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Steve Feinstein is a long-time consumer electronics professional, with extended tenures at Panasonic, Boston Acoustics and Atlantic Technology. He has authored historical and educational articles for us as well as occasional loudspeaker reviews.

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Recent Forum Posts:

Joe B posts on September 04, 2016 11:28
This summer I purchased a pair of Prestige 75F's. I chose the Midnight Cherry finish. The speakers are paired with a Paradigm sub using Anthem's ARC room correction software.

Here’s what I can say in regards to Steve’s review:

1. The Midnight Cherry finish is flawless; definitely 5/5 (unlike the walnut finish Steve reviewed: 3/5).

2. Steve’s comment, “The quality of the bass was fine; I just wanted a tad more weight and drama” as well as his comment “If you have a good bass control on your preamp, a quick turn to 12:30 is all it takes to make everything right with the world,” are not inaccurate, though I’m not sure that it is actually an issue with the speakers. Even with the sub dialed into the 75F’s with the ARC software, I too find some material just slightly wanting in the low end presentation, but I must say it is only with some material. I believe the speakers are revealing the material as it was mastered. I have many discs where I would never think of adjusting the base because it is perfect as is, and I mean perfect.

3. I believe Steve’s review is spot on and all of his comments are accurate and thoughtful.

My personal experience with the Prestige 75F’s:

I truly love the overall presentation of recorded material on these speakers. I auditioned these speakers along with B&W CM and Martin Logan Motion speakers, but found I preferred the 75F’s for their overall sonic characteristics. These speakers wonderfully reproduce the variety of material I listen to. In particular, choral works and discs focused on vocals are amazing. These speakers do an excellent job of revealing the source material; even the flaws. They image the acoustics of the recording location brilliantly and the timbre of instruments with accuracy. At this price point, these speakers are a must listen for anyone actively shopping.
KenM10759 posts on August 11, 2016 20:49
I heard these 75's just this past Saturday for the first time. I was with my cousin who was shopping to upgrade from Klipsch R-24F to something more akin to my KEF R500. We heard Klipsch RP-280F, these, and PSB Imagine T. The Paradigm were without question the most appealing overall, the bass of the RP-280F excepted. Unfortunately, they were just about twice what my cousin's budget.

My impression of the Paradigm Prestige 75F was that they are quite a bit brighter than my KEF, but not in an objectionable (Klipsch) way. The mid-bass though midrange was exceptional, and I was impressed with the smooth crossover for a 2-1/2 way speaker. By comparison, the PSB sounded a bit more muted on the highest tones, but equal everywhere else. My cousin went home with the PSB for an in-home audition, and bought them on Tuesday. In his somewhat barren room, the PSB was a completely different speaker, much brighter and sounding remarkably like the Paradigm did in a well designed room at an audio store. He's quite happy at half the price.
BoredSysAdmin posts on August 11, 2016 09:47
3db, post: 1149137, member: 3560
Difficult to ascertain say without measurements how “crappy” their bass extension is and without hearing them for yourself. Your point is moot as most people will couple this with a dedicated sub and the advantages of their neutral midrange will come to bare.
Lets agree to disagree. 3k is definitely price point for entry level true full range towers. If 75f's require sub(s) to play full range and few other (examples above) don't then something is not quite right here
3db posts on August 11, 2016 07:22
BoredSysAdmin, post: 1148899, member: 28046
hate to be picky but for towers for $3k solid, crappy bass extension seems out of place.
AT and NHT both build fine speakers, but if we compare these to Ascend Sierra tower, Philharmonic Slims and Jim Salk's Song3 speakers, Paradigm it seems is very lacking…

Difficult to ascertain say without measurements how “crappy” their bass extension is and without hearing them for yourself. Your point is moot as most people will couple this with a dedicated sub and the advantages of their neutral midrange will come to bare.
BoredSysAdmin posts on August 09, 2016 13:00
hate to be picky but for towers for $3k solid, crappy bass extension seems out of place.
AT and NHT both build fine speakers, but if we compare these to Ascend Sierra tower, Philharmonic Slims and Jim Salk's Song3 speakers, Paradigm it seems is very lacking…
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