Paradigm Reference 7SE Mk2 Bookshelf Speakers

4/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

2 way bookshelf speaker with 8 inch woofer. Mid 90s.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by musichal a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I bought a pair of these about four years ago in a thrift shop at a bargain - they came with woodmere stands and looked, still look, new. The tweeter in one cabinet was several db lower in level than the other, which I susbsequently traced to a crossover problem and whcih was resolved by recapping. Recapped both speakers, all caps. Easy fix if you have a soldering iron.

I'm driving the speakers with a beefy Adcom MOS-FET amp which delivers 200wpc into 8 ohms, and 350 into 4. The 7se II's can deliver very high volumes in my medium size den, though I don't often crank them very high. Most of my listening is at low to medium levels. These Paradigms deliver a very high sound quality at all levels, with surprisingly deep bass for a single 8" driver - I've heard many speakers with larger woofers which don't perform as well. Mids are slightly recessed, providing more of a center-hall type soundstage vs a front-row 'view.' Highs sparkle, but speaker is balanced, not bright. A good taste of high-end sound at low cost. Highly recommended.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



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

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2010

Bottom Line:   
The old paradigm speakers are built and sound better than the new ones. They should never have tried to build a high end speaker. The 7se mk2 is the best sounding speaker they have ever made. The soft dome tweeters are way smoother than the new medal domes. Very fiew speaker manufacturers know how to engineer a medal dome tweeter. I had the 9se mk2 for a while but they were really bass heavy. The 7 has just the right amount of bass without overcoming the midrange. And the stands bring them up to open up the midrange as well. I have owned many speakers and these are the best for all types of music. They produce bass down to 35 HZ and have very warm neutral sound. The tweeter is silky smooth and laid back. The timing is perfect between the two drivers. These speakers sound very full and image like crazy. They do not sound bright or thin------a very smooth frequency response. I have about $3000 worth of gear and cable hooked up to them and they love it. Paradigm went down hill fast when they started to put medal dome tweeters in their speakers. With a cheap medal dome percusion sounds like a rake coming down on your forehead. The highs are too bright and too forward. and it blends the vocals into the high frequency.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hifi rookie a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Upon setting my system up which i purchased rather inexpensively, i wasnt really hoping for much ,other than the fact i was going to use this system ,which by the way is a nakamichi reciever 3,cassette#2 and cd#3,and a pair of paradigms 7se mkii as my secondary system.

well i was rather taken aback by the richness of the sound....when i played Eva Cassidy songbird i could not leave the room,the fullness of the sound filled the room ,as if i was sitting in front of her....beautiful highs.,the lows are rich, deep and embrace your ears with senuality....look forward to listening for many years.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995




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