The Paradigm Brand Story
Most speaker companies were started and run by a clever guy who had specific ideas about what was important in speaker design. He typically implemented his ideas with off the shelf parts, put them into cabinets, wired up a crossover and sold them. People’s reactions tended to be either love or hate – which led to the belief that what defines a good speaker is purely subjective.
However, Paradigm isn’t like most speaker companies. We combine science, engineering, art and manufacturing to produce speakers that are not only better sounding, but integrate better into the home and provide a better value.
We base all of our speaker development and design on landmark research that was done by Canada's National Research Council. Over two decades of double-blind listening tests with thousands of volunteers proved that 96% of people prefer speakers that have the following characteristics: flat, accurate midrange response; wide, smooth off-axis response (wide dispersion); and low distortion. We combine those parameters with industry-leading driver designs that gives every speaker we build significant low bass response and higher power handling than our competitors. The results are neutral sounding speakers with less of their own sonic signature, fuller bass and higher output than our competitors' designs.
We are known around the world for our performance and value. At the time Paradigm was founded in 1982, the top-ranking speakers that exhibited the 3 main NRC parameters were very expensive - out of reach of the average music lover at the time. So, Paradigm’s goal was to produce speakers that were preferable by 96% of the population, and also be accessible to the majority of people interested in music in their homes.
Paradigm's founders poured their money back into the company, building the largest, most complete speaker and electronics manufacturing facility dedicated to a single brand in North America, if not the world. This gives us an economy of scale that ensures the highest quality, performance, and value in the industry. Over time, repeat customers wanting something even better drove us to higher levels of performance with commensurately more luxurious industrial designs, fit and finish. As the prices rose in proportion to performance, being the best value in the market remained the same. Today we still rely on real science and engineering; we fine tune the speakers based on controlled listening sessions, wrap them in world class industrial designs, and build them ourselves from the ground up. Our approach produces speakers whose performance is less subjective or a matter of taste. Because they don't have a sound of their own they sonically get out of the way while gracefully integrating into a home. Paradigm speakers reveal the true essence of a recording better than any other brand of speakers in the world.
Parasound is the brand of choice for the music lover who doesn’t have a trust fund. Parasound was established in 1981 and our 38th anniversary is concurrent with RMAF 2019. Company founder and CEO Richard Schram has established Parasound as the undisputed value leader in high-end audio. “Integrity Endures” sums up our dedication to crafting superb audio products that outperform - and outlast - far higher priced brands with customer support that is second to none.
Parasound is used day in and day out by Dolby Labs, Apple, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Skywalker Sound, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, Capitol Records, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and many others you would recognize. The list of performing artists who own Parasound is even longer. Loudspeaker manufacturers who use Parasound as a development tool and to demonstrate their products include Wilson Audio, YG Acoustics, Magnepan, JL Audio, MartinLogan, KEF, SoundLab, Tekton Design.
Our products are sold in 61 countries around the world and we have received numerous awards and honors from audio publications in the UK, Norway, Russia, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore as well as unprecedented acclaim in the US publications.
We welcome you to our exhibit room 11-116 and we invite you to bring your favorite music.
We launched 5 years ago at Rocky Mountain, and it's been a great success so far! From a small little product line to the most awarded IEMs in the industry with award-winning accessories and electronics, Periodic Audio has established itself as a serious player in the high-end.
We specialize in affordable, mobile-first hi-fi. Stereo that is simple to use, easy to carry, and sounds amazing. It's all made in the USA - right in our own facility in Ventura, California. And it all comes with our class-leading 5 year warranty.
If you want great sound wherever you go, give Periodic Audio a try. You'll be hooked! As the ad says: Sound So Good, You'll Forget to Wear Pants.
Pro-Ject Audio Systems was founded by one of Austria's leading high-end audio distributors, Heinz Lichtenegger, in early 1991. A genuine music lover and a dyed-in-the-wool audiophile, Heinz challenged the common "cost-no-object" approach to analog audio equipment by manufacturing turntables, tonearms, and accessories at a reasonable price without compromising build quality or sonic performance. With his passion for high-end audio fueling a desire to take a familiar industry in a new direction, Heinz proceeded to use Pro-Ject Audio Systems as a locomotive to bring high-end gear to the masses. Since then, Pro-Ject has been steadily gaining steam to assert itself as one of the most respected names in affordable, audiophile-grade analog gear. In 2007, Pro-Ject Audio officially launched Box Designs, a subdivision of the company dedicated to redefining the concept of audio electronics once again. Focusing on a small form factor that could easily integrate into any lifestyle, Heinz was able to pack the same sophisticated circuitry found in traditional high-end audio components into a box a fraction of the size. By adhering to that philosophy while still only using quality electronic components that deliver sound that far exceeds their stature, the engineers at Pro-Ject redefined what is possible in high-end audio and proven that great things do come in small packages.
We love music and high-end audio and have been building products and providing services that support both for 45 years.
PS Audio® was founded in 1973 by audio designers Paul McGowan (the P) and Stan Warren (the S), in Santa Maria California.
These days, PS Audio is based in beautiful Boulder Colorado, with engineering, sales, marketing, production and administration facilities nestled up against the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Products are engineered in-house from the ground up using some of the most sophisticated engineering and evaluation tools available. We are strong proponents of utilizing the newest technologies in service of building state-of-the-art high value products for our customers.
Our core products are all hand-built to investment level standards in our modern production facilities in Boulder Colorado. We are a proud employer of 50 local artisans who design, build and make our products available all over the world.
We routinely host groups and individual tours of our facilities which feature a state-of-the-art listening facility centered around a pair of original Infinity IRS V loudspeakers (there were only 58 pair ever made). If you or your group are interested in visiting our facilities, just give us a call or email us your requested dates and we’d be happy to host you or your group for a great experience listening to one of the best high end systems in the world.
The flood of fizz, hash, spikes, snap crackle and pop delivering itself into your sensitive dacs, preamps, amplifiers and video displays swamp and confuse everything they are trying to do…… and it gets worse! The DC voltages, normally present in your AC supply, smother and suffocate the transformers in your equipment. Transformers need to “breath” freely and fully, in and out, following the AC mains frequency. The presence of DC leaves them noisily gasping for breath and unable to deliver their full power and punch. When this occurs, the clarity, dynamics and emotion of the performance that you are trying to recreate is smothered under a barrage of interference pollution and waveform distortion. Your audio and visual equipment groans, buzzes and rattles, …. sound is constricted, muddled, harsh, two dimensional and unrealistic.
With the ‘Puritan Treatment’ dynamics and definition take an almost unbelievable stride forward, individual instruments gain air between them, their sound and timbre become convincing of the real thing, the sound-stage moves out of your speakers and into the room with gains in three dimensionality and clarity definition, and space between the instruments, for them to inter-relate rather than muddle each other. Your listening will become a far more engaging and pleasurable experience.