This is a most excellent speaker. It has a very inviting sound, smooth midrange, is very transparent, and has a sweet, extended high end: the perfect window on the performance. No syrup here, but no harshness either. I'd term the balance or "voicing": just right. No frequency range takes precedence. Imaging is superb. Instruments seem to float in space at different heights. In addition, front to back depth is among the best I've heard. I’m using a Sherbourn 5/1500A for amplification, and the Ref 3s are comfortable into the mid-90s on music with this amp.
Bass goes very low (to the mid 20s in my room) with very good power and excellent articulation. The leading edges of the notes are there as well as the instruments' bloom and decay: no one note thumpers here. These speakers can definitely be termed “full range” and will work well in a home theater (even without a sub) as well as in a 2-channel music system. A sub is really necessary only for organ music and the really loud low LFE stuff in blockbuster movies.
Finally the fit and finish are superb: the birds-eye maple I have is finished with a high gloss lacquer that must be seen (and touched) to be appreciated. It is beyond high-end furniture quality.
To sum up: for the sound, the finish, the price the Onix Ref 3's are a fantastic bargain.
Hello All. I have a pair of Infinity Reference 3 speakers that I got for free. The woofers need to be refoamed/replaced. Would it be best to just buy a replacement speaker and if so does anyone have a suggestion. I've never done the refoam repair, is it tough? I saw the instructions but a littl ... Read More »
I have owned a pair for about 4 months now. I would wery much like to hear from others who have them. They are the most interesting speakers I have ever owned but there is good and bad points as well.Read More »
I'm just wondering if any of you can provide some feedback as to whether the Paradigm Reference Studio's in "V.3 trim" are significantly improved over the "original" trim?
I have a pair of Studio 80's that are probably 5 years old by now and I'm getting a bit of an upgrade bug. ... Read More »
I have juct picked up a pair of Rogue 88 and i plan to buy a pair of Paradigm reference studio 100 v.3. The suitable amplifier power range for 100 v.3 is 15-350 watts and
the Rogue 88 only rated at 70wpc. Since i have two Rogue 88 so i can have bi-amp set up
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