Paradigm Reference Monitor 90P Floorstanding Speakers

4.62/5 (13 Reviews) MSRP : $1500.00


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Tower Speakers with Powered Subwoffers


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jim Hatch a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2011

Bottom Line:   
My speakers have three 8"woofs Bottom ones are driven by 175 watt amp.they are V3 models.Plenty O Bass I think there rated down to 22 hertz the top end is clean.not bright great imaging and soundstage If you can find a pair used.You can,t beat the value.Paradigm house sound.they will rock.VERY happy with them.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by billthom56 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I love the Paradigm 90P speakers!

What a great loudspeaker choice for mains in an apartment or condo, one that can be used for both serious music listening and for home theater. The Paradigm 90P loudspeakers allowed us to get some serious bass output without the need for a separate subwoofer which takes up valuable real estate in a New York City apartment. (Trust me, the apartments are small.)

The Paradigm 90Ps are accurate, with a good deep soundstage, and are very musical. For the moment, we are powering them with a NAD 7240 PE erceiver with 40 watts per channel (plus headroom) until we upgrade the receiver. Given its limitations, the sound quality is quite good.

We found the bass management controls on the powered subwoofer to ber pretty intuitive and easy to use, even without studying the well written manual.

The spiked feet on the 90Ps are very much needed, and although your significant other may not like what they do to the hardwood floors, such is audio. We can't wait to add a Paradigm center channle and rears to the system.

For the record, I also have Paradigm 5SE loudspeakers in my office, Paradigm Atoms in the kitchen, and Paradigm Studio Monitors with a P1000 subwoofer in another high-end system elsewhere. The entire Paradigm line provides tremendous bang for the buck.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Q Audio, Cambridge M



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

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Much of the detailed information on these speakers has been written in the previous reviews, so I will not go into the same details. However, my comments are on the Version 2, which has three 8 inch drivers for bass reproduction, not two.

I am very, very happy with this purchase. These speakers for the cost are quite remarkable. Cost was $1398 and after careful consideration of other brands, I decided to stick with the Paradigm line.

The 90P’s version 2 replaced a pair of Paradigm Studio 20’s and a PDR-10 sub in my home theater setup. I was not totally happy with the musical/theater presence of the output that they produced. Could be the acoustics of my room or my ears, but the presentation/image just seemed to lack something that I could not put my finger on.

My system consists of all Paradigm products. A CC-350 for center, two Micro’s for rears and the 90P’s for fronts. The system is powered by a Sony STR-DA777ES, which produces 120 Watts per channel. Yes, Sony, but this receiver has excellent reviews and is quite the workhorse that produces excellent quality for the money.

The item that impressed me the most about this speaker was how much fuller and richer the sound is, compared to the Studio 20’s and the sub setup. Initially I did not think there would be a vast difference, but it is like night and day.

To be honest, the speakers do not produce quite the detail in the high and mids as the Studio 20’s, but the difference is made up by musical presence alone. However, in this room, my focus is more inclined towards home theater rather then music. Yet, even with music, they are quite wonderful and almost exceptional for cost versus performance.

The nicest item of all is that you don’t need to purchase a sub for these speakers and they do put out a huge amount of bass with the self amplified three 8 inch woofers. In fact, for my ears and the room size, (16 X 20) they are outstanding. I am not a high power, crank it up type of person, but like moderate to above average levels of sound reproduction. Yet, even beyond normal listening levels, they are warriors. After breaking them in for a few weeks, they have loosened up and are quite remarkable.

These are not Dynaudio Contour’s, but then pricing is not equivalent. However, for the amount of money you spend, they are a steal in this price range. There are better sounding products in th

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1398.00

Purchased At:   Palmer Audio



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

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I demoed a pair of the 90p's recently and was initially very impressed. Even without sufficient break-in I was hearing things in recordings I had never heard. I was running them with a Denon AVR-2700 (80Wx5), which I knew might be a little lean for the 90p's (though with the powered sub, they really only need the juice for the tweeter and 6.5 inch mid). The result was a blown tweeter after about an hour of listening. I was sad to say the least.

If you have a fairly low powered receiver (100W or less) then the 90p's would be a fine choice. Don't push them too far, though, or you may end up like my tweeter did.

Personally, I've decided I can buy reference 80's for a couple hundred less and buy a three channel amp to power them and a reference center (using the Denon receiver as a temporary pre-pro). It will cost about $500 more for the reference 80's with an amp, but at that price, it's worth getting into the reference line and not feeling the urge to go to the next level.

I'll let you know more when I get the 80's, but 90p's sounded sweet!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Paradyme



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

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Current System:
Yamaha RX-V596 receiver
Carver A/D 360 CD changer
Pioneer DV-333 DVD player
Yamaha K-960 cassette recorder
Paradigm Monitor 90P mains
Paradigm CC-350 center
Paradigm ADP-370 dipole surrounds

These are large, floor-standing 2 way speakers with built-in 140 watt powered subwoofers. They can be bi-wired/bi-amped and for music the subs are driven by the speaker level input (binding posts) with an adjustable level control. There is also a seperate LFE line level input, again with its own level control, for LF effects when watching DD 5.1 movies. The sub crossover is set at 180Hz, so effectively, they are 3-way speakers.

When I first auditioned these speakers (Aug '00) I was concerned that a 2-way speaker/sub-woofer combination would not be able to reproduce the sound quality of a true high quality 3-way speaker, but that concern was unfounded. These are possibly the best speakers available in their price range, they are certainly the best I have heard. The clarity and resolution is excellent, without being bright or harsh. The bass response is also excellent, tight and very musical. The relatively high 180Hz low frequency crossover also improves imaging, like the woofer of true 3-way speakers. The accuracy of these speakers is also amazing, I am hearing notes and sounds in the music that I have never heard before. My first concern is music, home theater comes second, and I was perfectly willing to sacrifice HT effects for the sake of music. I am very happy to say that with these speakers that was never an issue, their music reproduction is incredible AND they have proven to be wonderful for home theater. There are better speakers on the market, but only at prices that far exceeded my budget.

Potential buyers should be aware of some things before they make their purchase: These speakers cannot be placed in corners or the bass becomes very boomy, you will have to experiment with placement; These are tall, heavy speakers, you cannot put them on a stand and the floor spikes are required for the best performance; If you like your music VERY loud or have a very large space to fill you will find the 140 watt sub amps and dual 8 inch drivers just don't move enough air to fill the space or supply enough volume. But since I live in a condo these speakers are more than loud enough for my taste. :-)

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1300.00




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