Paradigm Reference Studio 80 Floorstanding Speakers

4.89/5 (46 Reviews) MSRP : $1400.00


Product Description

8in woofer, 8in mid, 1in tweeter


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

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is an update to previous review after 3 years of ownership.

Current system:
Jolida CD with Svetlana 12AX7 tubes
Rotel 995 pre-amp
Odyssey Audio amp w/cap upgrade
Studio 80's
IC's - Chris Venhaus design - 28 gauge silver over teflon core with Eichmann Bullet Plugs.

It's been 3 years - how do I feel about the speakers?
* Day 1 - Sounded like crap - Brassy and annoying
* Day 1.5 ( added after the fact ) - Added 3/4" x 1.5" x 14.25" steel bars to bottom of speakers -- bolted to original holes -- drilled and tapped holes for leveling screws at end of bars and used the original brass "washers" as lock nuts ... HUGE improvement in the definition of lower bass vs midrange
* Day x - Rotel 995 pre-amp plus a few months to break them in ... Better but still anoying - very fatiging to listen to
* Day xx - Added Odyssey Audio Amp plus 100 hrs of continuous runtime ... yo ... much better - base is tighter, midrange is better defined - highs are STILL brassy ( cd source - my turntable died a few years ago )
* Day xxx - Added home grown IC's using Chris's design from www.audioasylum.com ... yo ... Everything is MUCH clearer ... high's are STILL anoying but heh, at least they are clearer ...
* Day xxxx - Added AudioQuest spades to my Monster Audio 10 gauge speaker wire - Vise grips to make the connection ... Ok, if I had the money I'd buy 8TC wire but I'm trying to do this on a budget ( ever-expanding I might add ) ... Seriously, though the new spades were a big improvement ...
* Day xxxxx - Added the Jolida CD player with the Svetlana 12AX7 tube upgrade ... NOW NOW NOW we are cooking ... this is what I've been missing ... Warm, rich, sound - NOT fatiging - +++ Those brassy anoying highs that I thought were the speakers ------ GONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bottom line ... These speakers get better every time I improve the feed into them.

Translation ... Garbage IN, Garbage OUT ... Before you buy these speakers think seriously about what's upstream and what you are willing to spend. These are VERY revealing speakers !!!!!!!!!!

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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:   Audio Store in Rockf



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

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Best bang, or boom, for the buck. Why spend twice as much, sure the Germans and Brits make awsome audio Equipment, cars too, but these North American made speakers are awsome. Throw in Pearl Harbour with a couple Anthem Amps and you don't even need a sub!

Fit and finish, the feel, the look and my god the sound.

The Value.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Audio One



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 1 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Paradigm Studio 80 sounds great-very clear vocals, solid bass, very good dynamic sound. In my opinion they need powerful amplifier to be properly driven-min. 100 watts.Very good in home theater system as main speakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   "mikrotronik:-Chorzó



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hank Bennett a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I listened to many speakers before I decided to go with paradigm. B&W, HK, JBL. The 40s just sounded great. The B&W's I listened to, at the same price range, just couldn't match the mid that these put out. Its amazing just how much detail I was missing from music before I was listening through these.

To answer another reviewer's question. V2's have a grill all the way down the front.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1130.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Amin Ali a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Just want to correct my review below - the model I purchased is the Version 2 and the price paid is US$1000 for a brand new pair ( not $900) as stated earlier. All my other comments remain except that the sound is getting better and better.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Asia Sound, singapore




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