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Paradigm Reference Studio 40 v3
8 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  1200.00
Description: 62Hz-22kHz ±2dB<br> -3dB at 36Hz<BR> 92dB sensitivity<BR> 8 ohm compatible impedance<BR> 22"H x 8¼"W x 12¾"D<BR> 70lbs/pair


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by anthony ferriolo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2009

Bottom Line:   
i recently moved into a new apartment and purchased a new high end system paradigm studio 40 v3 maranzt 6003 av receiver panasonic bd-60 blu ray player 42 " panasonic verria plasma and a ultra cube 10 paradigm sub . wow does this system do justice that ultra cube 10 is amazing to say the least i've never heard a sub like the ultra cube 10 working on getting rears any suggestions anyone . p. s. i have alot of jealous friends that spent double triple the money i spent.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KenThomas a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Paradigm have a winner on their hands with the Studio 40 version 3. I find listening to music through these loudspeakers a daily joy that always seems to bring a smile to my face. Whether it be classical, some jazz or even cranking out some magical rock guitar solos from one of my favourite bands - the sound produced always seems to give me a good and content feeling. That should give you some idea of how much I enjoy and appreciate good quality sound reproduction - not to forget the Paradigms that do very well in producing it.

I bought them in the month of January, 2006. I had been after a good pair of stereo loudspeakers for a long time and I decided then it was the time to do something about it. I read quite a bit about what was available from magazines and from various internet forums. The various makes that seemed to be getting more favourable reviews than most others were Paradigm, B&W, JBL and Monitor Audio to name just a few. With that in mind, I set off for some auditions in the City and in the Blue Mountains. Needless to say, for the price range between AUD$1,500.00 and $2,000.00 - the winner was the Studio 40 version 3. To be honest, I was also very tempted by the Studio 60 version 3, but they were just out of my budget range AUD$2,400.00

Loading them into the car from the store wasn't a problem, I was just surprised with their weight - a tad on the heavy side. These are my first pair of loudspeakers that I have owned, and I guess you pick up on small things like that. Taking them out of their boxes wasn't a problem and in no time I had them on their stands and wired to go.

As you have probably already read a number of reviews about these speakers, I'll just briefly reiterate what I believe to be fair and honest appraisal. The strongest attribute these speakers have is their midrange to upper midrange. They really do produce that band of the audio range so well, I can't be much plainer than that. The high frequency range is very good as well. It is not too overly emphasised and it blends very well with the superb upper midrange. The bass (remembering it is a stand loudspeaker) is tight and punchy, giving the sound a well integrated and complete picture. The bass was more than I expected for such a small driver. From my measurments it is a 6" driver and it is as the brochure says, a 2 1/2 way design. The forward facing port just below the bass driver I believe does help a good deal in providing that extra kick it needs to sound right and wholesome.

Out of the box and over the first two or so months, the bass is refined and a little reclusive. However, over the past two or three weeks, it is really beginning to shine and develop into a stronger and defined character. I didn't really believe that audio equipment had such a 'breaking-in' period and that it can have a noticable difference to the sound - but I believe it does, specifically the bass in this case. The other drivers in the unit may and probably do 'develop' over time, but at this point in time the bass seems to have come out of its 'shell' as it were.

When auditioning the various loudspeakers, and after deciding that the Paradigms were for me, I noticed a few things that I just want to quickly mention regarding using different equipment. One in particular is 'soundstage'. Loudspeakers do vary in their ability to provide a 'picture' or a 'wall of sound' that is presented to you, detailing placement of musicians in breadth as well as in depth. I'm not for one minute say that the Studio 40s did a beautiful job of this. They did a good job of it, but by no means a great job. They dispersed the sound in an amicable way and I was content with that. I did however listen to other more expensive loudspeakers and expensive amplifiers to go with them. To point out what I mean by how well the soundstage was with these upper-class units I'll quickly detail a scene from the audio store for you;

From a bank of loudspeakers in front of me, I had no idea which loudspeaker the sound was coming from! It was as simple as that. I was sitting down and the sound could have been one of five different pairs in front of me. There was no way of accurately fingering which pair of loudspeakers was producing this beautiful sound. It was just a 'wall' of wonderful sound.

The Paradigm Studio 40s gave a very good go of doing this, and for their size and price I believe that's as good as you might get. However, the soundstage improves a lot more as you use better and more expensive amplifiers and CD players. This, I am sure of. So it is not by any means only the loudspeakers capability in providing a better soundstage. For a few hundred dollars more, I believe you can easily improve your loudspeakers ability in providing clarity in soundstage buy pairing them with like minded audio equipment. I think it has something to do with channel separation. This probably sounds far fetched but I used various CD players as well, and I did notice better channel separation with the more expensive CD players that produced the more defined 'soundstage'.

Anyway, I think I have written enough. In conclusion I highly recommend the Studio 40 version 3 from Paradigm. I believe they provide me with very good quality sound reproduction and for their price bracket, they are the best loudspeakers in the market today.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Eastwood Hi-Fi Sydne



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by martinp24 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I bought these speakers 3 weeks ago. The speakers i had before was paradigm mini monitors wich are great for the price but it is nothing to be compare with the paradigm reference studio's... The studio 40 provide you a very clear medium and a tight deep bass. Im using these speakers with a sim audio integrated i3 100 watts par channel and its doing as very nice job, good mix. When you buy something its always a question of price/value. I was looking at some reviews and some stupid dummies was comparing paradigm studio's with 5 000$ Martin Logan speakers... If you compare Martin Logan's speakers with paradigm signature series S8, ok fine! Anyways, for 1000$, the studio 40's are very decent speakers for sure, excellent value, terrific sound and a very good warranty.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Montreal



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vanman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Amazing speakers! Paradigm knows what their doing. The highs sound crystal clear and the mids sound perfect. Im going to have these speakers for a long, long time. You can't find better speakers for the pice.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $1200.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Arthur Kyle a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Unbelievable product! The v3 out does the v2 by quite a ways and I would know I owned both the Studio 40 v2 and the original Studio 60. These are in a different class. The high are so much more refined than the previous versions of this speaker. They throw a wide and deep sounstage giving classical music the kind of attention that speakers in this class rarely do. I listen primarily to classical and jazz, but also enjoy the occasional pop or r&b record, these speakers leave no genre behind. I am thrilled beyond speech. Well worth $1200 +. I used to own Magnepan MG12's, great speaker but not as versatile as these.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Bradford's in Eugene




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