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Paradigm Reference Monitor 5
27 Reviews
rating  4.3 of 5
MSRP  500.00
Description: 2 way floor speaker


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sievers11 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I went in to Audio Labs with a Demo disk of my own with mainly jazz and other acustic music. I was set on getting a pair of Phantoms, but really spent some time look at all of the other comparable speakers. (monitor 1, 5, 7 and Focus, Phantom and titan)



I mainly used a track from Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, "So What" I have extensive experience with live Jazz and I was most interested in creating a similar sound stage, nothing like a remastered classic to do that.



The montior 5s had the most realism and stage. The high and midranges are very smooth and not overly bright. The base is well defined, not as defined as the 7s, but in fact had more realistic lows.



The performance series from paradigm (phantom, titan and focus) were all over exagerated, bright and deep, with sacraficing the midrange smoothness of the monitor series. This is most apparent in piano tracks, the full body and resonance of a piano is seemingly lost in the performance series.

My gratitude to the people at Paradigm for creating such amazing products, if you are looking at other speakers from Paradigm they are all amazing and my reviews are from directly compairing the models head to head.



My gratitude also goes out to the guys at Audio Labs for allowing me the time to listen in a controled setting to each speaker in the same room, same possitioning and same music. It took 2 hours and we rearanged the store, but it was well worth it. Thanks guys.



Note: the speakers pictured here are not monitor 5s, monitor 5s are a tall bookshelf speaker with 1 in high and two 6.5 in mid/lows. the bass port in on the back.



I plan to add a CC-270 or CC-370 next, followed by a PDR-12 for home theater appications. My monitor 5s are being used for movies as well, but their main purpose is for stereo music.



see http://www.paradigm.ca for more info and other reviews of Paradigm loudspeakers.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Audio Labs



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by db28 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2002

Bottom Line:   
When I originally set out to but some front speakers, my main consideration was their compatibility with a surround sound setup.
I tested many speakers from Inc Mission, JPW and Kef floor standers. Nothing came close to the 5's low end punch and detail. The only problem was I had to wait 6 months for them to be delivered from Canada! They are now mated with mission 77ds rears and sound like they were made for each other...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Richer sounds



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Doug a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Overall: Listen to all other good speaker brands before you buy these. I got a great deal on these, and still returned them because I could not figure out why the sound was not right. I fist thought it was the reciever, then the CD player, but in the end it was the speakers. They just did perform as well as everyone said they would.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $250.00



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bruno a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I gave Paradigm a chance to live up to the hype. I listened to a pair of these at my local audio store. They sounded pretty good. I figured they would sound even better properly placed, in my listening room. Nope. I compared these to a pair of Signet SL-260 bookshelf speakers I had on hand. No comparison. The Paradigms overall balance was good, but the soundstage was flat as a board and the was no depth! Boring! Maybe a break-in period was needed. I played them for another 2 weeks and then did the comparison again: Same results and a bonus! One of the tweeters started leaking! Nice. Great Party speaker. Not recommended. I have to laugh at some reviews where the person states something like: "This speaker brought the musicians right into the room." "Just like being there." Yeah right! No speaker system can create that kind of atmosphere. Especially with present day Digital Crap. (ie:mp3)

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ike Sanderson a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Very happy with this product! Fair price. Compared favorably to others at much higher prices.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Bradford's




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