Paradigm Reference Studio 20 v3 Bookshelf Speakers

5/5 (12 Reviews) MSRP : $800.00


Product Description

Bass-reflex enclosure
2 5mm (1") satin-anodized pure aluminum dome tweeter
178mm (7") mica-polymer cone driver, 2-way design
54Hz-22kHz ±2dB, -3dB at 36Hz
90dB sensitivity
8 ohm compatible impedance
15"H x 8¼"W x 12¾"D
43lbs/pair


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

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2007

Bottom Line:   
T H E B E S T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Buy THESE!! I actually don't like dealing with the mnufctr but

these are the F#%KN BEST SPEAKERS E V E R.

BETTER than $50K B&W's I SWEAR!! You can listen to your 'waveyhaired-ionlylistentovinylandcanthearthepopsandspeakersshouldbesubduedandirealizeionlymake$13perhrbutcantbelieveyouwontconsiderbuyingthewilsons' dude or a guy who hasn't written a review before but was compelled by these beautiful speakers to.


I own a ProTools Studio and record/ master and am paid to consult on albums.

I have been told that I have ears.
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Music just sounds great. I use these for my stereo & 5.1 set-up with CC-470
A M A Z I N G

Driven by Marantz SR8500 / Blu-ray / Kimber Cables (Kimber are cheap and
GREAT at Speakerlab in Seattle >Buy those too.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Def Audio Blvu WA



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by reed.hannebaum@charter.ne a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2007

Bottom Line:   
In order to upgrade from my QUAD 12L Studio monitors I knew a worthy contender would have to be extremely transparent and detailed, exhibit a broad sound stage, and have precise imaging. This is how the QUADs have spoiled me and nothing less would do. I don't need a strong bass response since I actively crossover my front speakers with stereo 15" sealed subs. Also, I am biased toward Paradigm, since everything else in my HT system is that brand.

So I purchased a pair of the Studio 20s and did an A/B comparison between them and the QUADs. I set the Studio 20s on top of the QUADs and used a speaker switch to go back and forth. This test took a long time since I wanted to give my ears a chance to get use to the new sound, I wanted short and long listening sessions, and I wanted listening sessions in the morning as well as the evening since your hearing changes. Also I wanted to listen to a wide range of music; vocals, instrumentals, classical, jazz, rock, and new age.

It turned out to be a good match, but overall the Studio 20s came out ahead. As glorious as the QUADs can sound, the Paradigms were better in almost all the typical metaphors we use to describe speakers. An area where the QUADs might come out even is with female voices. I have an audiophile grade recording of Rebecca Pigeon singing Spanish Harlem that sounds incredibly real with the QUADs; you would swear she is in the same room. Also, the QUADs are tremendous near-field monitors. But this is of no advantage in my listening environment. In all other respects the Studio 20s are the winner. Their extreme accuracy, absolutely huge sound stage, plus their incredible pinpoint imaging (you can accurately locate individual instruments even in a large ensemble) puts them on top. Also, the phantom center channel is extremely realistic. Of course tonally they match up very well with my other Paradigm speakers.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $560.00

Purchased At:   EBAY



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

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Thank god these Paradigm 20 speakers say it all by themselves 'cause they've left me absolutely speechless!! How something this small at this price -- or even double the price -- can deliver the pure, clear, present sound that they do is a mystery but trust me: they do. Whatever the source -- DVD audio, CD, even my iPod -- it all has a presence that I've never experienced in my home stereo set-up. I'm not high-tech -- running these with the new Panasonic SA-XR7 and using a fairly pedestrian DVD/CD player -- but the improvement over my old dbx direct/reflecting towers is stunning. Image, soundstage and the total lack of unwanted coloration gives me exactly what I wanted -- simply the pure pleasure of the music. And while the bass seemed a little lacking when we auditioned them in the store, there's more than adequate tight, impactful bottom end here at home. I thought I'd need to get a sub but not now. They just fill this space with amazing, wonderful sound. What a find!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   ahead stereo - L.A.



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mpgervais@nrtco.net a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2006

Bottom Line:   
These are the speakers I've been searching for , for 20 years. Awsome soundstage , sweet revealling highs, the most accurate mids I've heard in speakers under $2000. Bass rolls of very smoothly and is adequate for the room there in (12ft x 14 x 6.5 ceiling). They just seem to energize the room.
They replace Paradygm Monitor 3's which were decent speakers but a bit dry sounding and a very norrow sweet spot. With the V3's it does'nt seem to matter where in the room you sit they soud great. We're driving them with a Rotel RA-971 that I've always liked, which now sounds even better. These speakers seen to tame the Rotel's brightness just enuff to make it sound silky and rich. As a experiment I conected the V3's to a 30 year old Sony 23 watt integrated amp and they still sounded amazing all things considered.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Whitby Audio



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

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Great soundstage,imaging - I have owned many speakers the last 3 years but these rank up there with the best. The bass is very impressive ,the instrument placement is very precise and the highs seem to sparkle. They are a large bookshelf speaker and look very good(sycamore(sp.?) finish) They are the first high end speaker I've paid retail for(worth it) yet to see a bad review of these speakers anywhere. Driven with a B&K Ref 4420 amp, Mcintosh mx130 preamp and pioneer dv-45a dvd player and kimber cable speaker wires.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   local dealer




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