A paradigm shift is defined as a change from one way of thinking to another. This change does not just happen, but rather is driven by agents of change. So when speaker manufacturer Paradigm decided to produce products for a new type of audio customer, the name of the new company was kind of a no-brainer. Thus far, they have brought out 3 different ear buds which are quite nice, with headphones and gaming headsets on the way. But the product that has us singing is the A2 Powered Speaker.
To be honest, ParadigmShift is not the first company to introduce a powered speaker. Powered computer speakers have been around almost as long as computers. And even high-end speaker manufacturers like Martin Logan have produced powered speakers. What makes the ParadigmShift A2 speakers cool is how versatile they are. A lot of thought went into this speaker, and it shows.
First of all, the speaker looks like a real bookshelf speaker, not a funky high-tech computer speaker. But much more important than looking like a real speaker, it sounds like a real speaker! Sparkling highs, warm mids, and a surprising amount of bass for such a small cabinet. The only giveaway that we are dealing with a different type of beast is the faint blue light that glows beneath the speaker grill. Until you look closer that is.
Turn the speaker around and you know that you’re not in Kansas anymore. The typical speaker binding posts are noticeably absent. In their place – a detachable power cord, a power switch, a volume control, two sets of inputs (RCA and mini-jack) and two sets of outputs (ditto). Two sets of ins and outs you ask? Why certainly I answer. The RCA input can be used for CD Players, TVs and the like. The mini-jack is perfect for your iPod-type device. The output jacks are used if you want to use two of these speakers in stereo. Each speaker comes with a switch that lets it be a left, right, or mono speaker. How cool is that?
My favorite part of these speakers, besides how they sound, is the power outlet on the back. Power outlet you scoff? Yes, thus eliminating the last obstacle for purchasing these speakers, which is: “I would love to buy them, but I have used up all my power outlets and I have a fear of power strips.” Actually, it turns out that having a power outlet lets you plug an Apple Airport Express to the back of the speaker, thus allowing you to wirelessly transmit your music to the speaker in one perfect little package. That is the very definition of cool.
Each speaker has 2 amplifiers built in, 50 watts for the 1” tweeter and 50 watts for the 5 ½” woofer. That’s 100 watts of digital power to rock AND to roll. And you get to choose from five awesome finishes with equally awesome names: storm black satin, polar white, vermillion red, gunmetal grey, and ash black (for those who are less daring!) And at $329.99 each, they are affordable to boot. Remember, $329.99 includes a 100 watt amp built into the speaker!
Come in and give these babies a listen. We promise you will be pleasantly surprised.