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Paradigm Reference CC70
14 Reviews
rating  4 of 5
MSRP  139.00
Description: Center Channel


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:5
Submitted by john a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010

Bottom Line:   
i got the paradigm centerchannel for free so i cant compain..
but it sounds terrable.. a centerchannel is supposed to be mostly about vocals and highs..
its supposed to be the clear and crisp accurate speaker out of the setup..

when i listen to mine.. it seems the vocals and mids sound muffled.. like there is a pillow over the drivers..
the lows sound boomy.. but thats expected from a centerchannel.. the highest of the highs sound alright..

these are built like a tank though.. they are almost impossible to scratch, and the grille isnt fragile..
the surrounds are some kind of rubber.. so no chance of them deteriorating.
imo.. if you are a autophile or notice every little detail or imperfection and it bothers you.. this is not for you.
at $140. this is a bad buy.. i think this worth more like $50-60..
however if you just need a ok speaker and want quality.. this might work for you.. but there are other speakers out there for cheaper that sound more accurate..

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by optionyout a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I have had this product for a few years now. I wanted a cheap center speaker and I read this one was good for a budget. I have it matched with Atoms in the rear, an older canadian bookshelf main speakers called Cambers(which are great), and a HSU Research STF-2 sub. The reality is this speaker is weak, unimpressive, and easily the weak link in an otherwise decent sounding system. The only thing I like is the size.
You could do much better for a similiar price. BTW, I'm a Paradigm fan, just not of this particular product.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   6th Ave



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rocketman4403 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2003

Bottom Line:   
The Paradigm CC-70 mathes my Atoms very well. Voices are very natural sounding and articulate. I like the small size of the speaker, which sits on my 27" TV without looking obtrusive. Picking it up, one feels the heft, which does not surprise me, since Paradigm speakers are always well-built. This speaker sounds more natural, and much more articulate, than my former center, the Infinity IL25C. There is more 'bite' to voices, whereas the Infinity tended to gloss over voices and lacked articulation.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Palmer Audio



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by moochie98 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The CC-70 is an "adequate" center channel speaker. It sounds flat at times and has limited range for some vocals. The soundstage of this speaker is not very impressive either considering how beautiful the Paradigm Atoms project. The sound is not nasally, but it seems as if the voices are covered by a piece of paper. The Cambridge Soundworks MC300 actually sounds crisper. Some may find this CSW speaker too "bright", but for dialogue, it's superior.

Having said all that, I would recommend this speaker as the beginnings of an ENTRY-LEVEL home theatre setup. By no means is this speaker capable of handling a 40" TV with tower speakers and a 125-watt receiver. But, if you have a smaller room with smaller gear, this speaker is as good as anything else you can buy AT THIS PRICE. You get what you a pay for.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $139.00

Purchased At:   Music Lover's Audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dino riggott a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have been buying Paradigm product since 1988. i've owned Magnapan, Mirage,Polk and Klipsch product to name a few others. For some reason I keep coming back to Paradigm. Efficient, detailed, neutral and best of all inexpensive! I've recently had to re-construct my home theatre due to space limitations, I looked at many micro systems then decided on putting it together piece by piece. The cc70 was an easy decision based on the above features. I do agree that it could use a little more bass, however when paired up with the PDR12 bass is a non-issue and besides dialogue isn't heavy on bass content anyways. Atom's up front, Micros in the rear, pretty much stomps any micro system on both music and movies. All for a total investment of 675.00 for everything!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   audio planet bend,or




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