Paradigm Reference Micro Floorstanding Speakers

4.46/5 (13 Reviews) MSRP : $150.00


Product Description

bookshelf/surround - 5/8" tweeter 4 1/2" driver


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by LA GUY a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Compared to other speakers this size, the detail and imaging make the Micro the best purchase. Even placing these as your main speakers, they put most $300 bookshelf speakers to shame! All you have to do is bring your own CD to your paradigm dealer, and listen. I use these as my surrounds, GREAT sound.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   L.A Audio



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ryewoods a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have a Paradigm System in my home consisting of Mini Monitors as mains, a CC-370, ADP-370 for rears, and a PDR-12, so I knew what kind of quality Paradigm offered. When I want to my local hi-end speaker store I really had the Cinema 70's in mind of what I wanted to purchase. All I wanted was something tiny, that I could mount on the walls in my office, and wouldnt disturb my fellow workers. The salesman who I knew from my previous purchases recommended the Micros, so I decided to give them a listen. During the comparison at the store I was amazed at how much better the Micros sounded. The bass extension for such a small speaker was really unexpected. There was really no comparison between the two speakers. And since I had spent over $2,000 the last time I was there, the guy gave me a great deal on the pricing (which just shows how much the mark up is).

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Rabsons



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

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2001

Bottom Line:   
In a word: WOW! These speakers are incredible. I use them as rears in my home theater set up. They pair incredible well with my DM303s that I use as fronts. As others have stated, the bass is exceptional for such a small speaker. My only issue is that some of the wood on the sides is chipping off. I've already spent too much time mounting them to unmount them to return them, so I'm just going to get a black marker and fill in the chip. No big deal, but things like this annoy me.

Great bargain for $150. I highly recommend them.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $145.00

Purchased At:   Midwest Micro



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

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Went to Stereo Discount Center in Providence, R.I. because they were advertising a pair of NEAR floorstanding speakers for $388. I had never heard of them so I checked the reviews here and knew I had to listen to them. After asking the sales guy to pop in Dark Side of the Moon, track 1 I sat down with my wife and said "I'll take them" before track 2 came up!

I then decided to listen to some rear surrounds to compliment the NEAR fronts and asked to listen to the Paradigm offerings because of the reviews here. Although the listening room was not as conducive to in-depth analysis as the floorstanding room, what I heard convinced me the Paradigms were a bit better for me than the similar size KEF and much better than the Def Techs in that price range.

I have only used them for 2 channel music and television thus far but am amazed at the deep and accurate sound they produce for their size and price. I suspect they will get better after they break in and serve admirably as rear surrounds. Looks like I'm buying a Paradigm center channel and subwoofer!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Stereo Discount Center



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

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2001

Bottom Line:   
First off, let me say that the Micros are exceptional speakers for their size and price. I am using them as rear surrounds in a HT system with all Paradigm speakers. The sounds that do come from the year are always very clear and definitely add to the HT experience.

At one point, I did do a switch and used these as my fronts just to see how they would perform. For such small speakers, they were amazing. The bass extension on these guys is truly incredible for their size. Now, they're not going to shake your room, but for music, they sound group. Pair them with a small sub (PDR-8 maybe) and you'd have a quality set up that takes very little space and costs a very reasonable amount.

My only issues with these speakers are that the grills are permanently attached. This really isn't a bit deal, but it's just annoying. Second, the bass port is in the back. This makes mounting them to a wall a bit tricky b/c you have to put the speakers a little further from the wall than flush up to it, otherwise the bass will get all whacked out. It will create a "boomy" sound. Other than that, these things rock.

I would highly recommend these as surround speakers to anyone with space or money constraints. I also would recommend these as front speakers for a setup in a small room or perhaps in a bedroom.

Overall, they are great. Kudos to paradigm again for an outstanding product.

My setup:

Up front: Paradigm Mini-Monitors
Center: CC-170
Rear: Micros
Sub: RBH -10"
Receiver: Onkyo 575x
CD: Harmon Kardon FL-8550
DVD: Sony S360


I would recommend any of the products I own. The setup above is a really great entry level system for anyone on a budget.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Rabson's Audio/Video in NJ




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