Paradigm Reference Monitor 3 Floorstanding Speakers

4.52/5 (67 Reviews) MSRP : $400.00


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

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2011

Bottom Line:   
i traded up to the 3's v.3 about a year ago. the used ones i got were used for surrounds, so they were nearly only broken in and still had a years warranty.
the highs are clean and can honestly reproduce a virtual feel. the mids are full of detail and the bass is clean tight and clear in it's extention into 38hz. its typical rating is 55hz-20khz,with up to 100w, 1" titanium tweeter,
8" driver.
i love these speakers. i have traded and upgraded my speakers too many times in the past 5yrs. i always had complaints until i found these. i liked the paradigm 3se's an older pair i had only the highs were not clean and as crisp as i wanted. these remind me of thy 3se's only way more accurate and defined. there's nothing like the bass and punchyness of an 8" driver. the extension is so low i can turn off my sub's and still enjoy a well rounded sound. i've set my sub's to 40hz because of how accurate and developed the low end is on theses 3's. i listen to a lot of different types of music. so versatility is very important to me. i am still hearing parts in songs i had never heard before i got these. an added synth, soft tap on a snair, or an added singer to produce a harmony.
the only complaint i have is they are rear ported and thus cant be placed right close to a wall. they need briething room (4"'s or so away from the wall) or else they sound too punchy and muddied. other then that i may have found my speaker. i might trade up to the studio line if i had the money and they were redicuously cheap but other then that i am overly impressed with the 3's i have.
my system comprises of:
yamaha rx-v659 7.1 amp
paradigm monitor cc290 v.6-centre
" " monitor 3's v.3- mains
" " mini monitor's v.3- surrounds
" " cinema adp's v.3- rear surrounds

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006



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

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2004

Bottom Line:   
These are good, solid speakers. I was not really shopping for speakers when I bought these, but could not get over the value for the price. They are capable of prodiguous bass output given their size (and price) and do a pretty decent job of the treble and midrange as well, given the price point. I use them in a home theatre system, and while I first intended to pick up a sub, I have yet to do so. These are very efficient speakers, and do not require a heavyweight ampliphier. No frills, pretty plain box really, but anyone looking to put together a decent home theatre system on a budget, should look at these. I have connected them to my audio only system, and they performed well, very musical, although they are certainly not audiophile speakers. Note: purchase price is Cdn dollars.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $350.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vit a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I bought these to replace my old Pioneer CS-R2100 towers. I can't believe how much more (!!!) detail I'm getting out of them (in comparison to my old Pioneer's).
System used: H/K avr 225 ,Marantz dv4300 dvd player, monster standard s14 cable, david 301 d-box subwoofer

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Audio 5.1



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mrmatt7281 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I must say I have owned alot of different speakers from cerwin vega, to bose,infiniti,akai,bsm's,energy and after all that,still not satisfied. In 1999 I had purchased a set of Acoustic Profiles which for the money sounded great (for a while)and then I went subwoofer shopping. I had been hearing alot about Paradigm so I went on line and read up on some subwoofers. I had almost bought a Valadine at future shop,but then decided to go to the local Paradigm dealer Jerry's TV. Jerry had demonstrated the ps 1000, I was impressed but you never really know until you get it home. Well WOW!! I could not believe what this sub could do, all the reviews were right.I was impressed so much I figured it was time to upgrade my mains to Paradigm as well. So back to Jerry's TV I go. I listened to some different sizes from the moniter series. I was really impressed with the moniter 3's. I purshased them and took them home. I babied them for about a month, which was really hard to do. Then I slowly started to play with them and make them dance. It has been 3 years now and they still have incredible sound. People phone me to come and watch a movie at my house because of the sound my system turns out. One day I would like to up grade my reciever and my mains, maybe moniter 7's. I have never been so happy with a speaker in my life and I have owned alot. Thank you Paradigm.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:   Jerry's T V



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

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2003

Bottom Line:   
These speakes were my first Paradigm purchase and I've had them for over 3 years now. They've done nothing but please me, enough so that I've built my entire speaker system around them. After getting them out of the box, my first reaction was "what have I done?"... they sounded terrible! But after a short while, they broke in and sound teriffic now. I used them with only the CC370 and my Kenwood Sub (garbage)and they worked great together. I thought they would be all I'd need for a stereo. It turns out that purchasing the Monitor 7's, was the best thing to do for my system. The highs are great, and though the bass isn't super low, it has lots of pop. There used to be conflict between my friends and I as to who's house we were going to watch a movie at, but now it's just assumed that it'll be at my place.
When powered properly, and wired properly, the Monitor 3's are a great set of speakers for how much I paid for them. I can max out my Marantz reciever and the Monitor 3's won't distort.
Thank God I stayed away from Best Buy, 2001 Audio Video, and Future Shop, and went to a good hifi shop where the salesmen actually know what they're talking about.

MY MAIN AUDIO COMPONENTS:
Marantz SR5200 reciever 6.1 channels
Paradigm Monitor 7 v.2 towers (biwired)
Paradigm Monitor 3 bookshelfs
Paradigm CC370 v.2 centre channel
Paradigm Cinema v.1 (use one as a rear centre)
Kenwood 1050SW Powered Subwoofer

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $407.00

Purchased At:   East Hamilton Radio




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