Paradigm Reference PDR-8 Subwoofers

4.26/5 (39 Reviews) MSRP : $279.00


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tim a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2016

Bottom Line:   
I was excited when I first go this sub.

but having listened to other subs like Monitor Audio 380 and BK XLS 200, i have to say, it's a bit of a boom box. the bass is loud but uncontrolled. sounds below 50hz are a struggle (i suppose that is expected in an 8" design). Having owned this for over 4 years now, I have noticed it clips or rattles when continuous 50hz track is played - for example a explosion that lasts for some time. I can feel the speaker moving rapidly trying to reproduce sound but instead i hear the cone flopping around in the cabinet.

If you like a loud bass to add to your movie experience then this is ok. don't even bother with music, its too boomy and take over the music ( unless off course you like that).

Overall, good value for money, but too loose and muddy.



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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 Kurt a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Get it! Look for this on the used market find it buy it!! I put this next to my velodyne minivee for comparison. Kept up nicely..and we are talking about a 900.00 dollar sub vs 100.00.
I would get this if your looking to build a nice stereo 2.1 system for a bedroom/computer system. Cheaper and better than the "new" stuff out.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luckyskip19 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2009

Bottom Line:   
i love this sub. i bought it from a couple moving to spain. pretty much a steal. OMG for its size it sounds amazing!! i replaced my Sony 8 inch sub with this. Huge difference! im running it from my 6 month old Denon avr-589.
i am currently running a pair of Bose 201 iv series and this paradigm pdr-8. AMAZING is all i can say, it roars.
my receiver is fairly new, bought it new, the speakers i am running are fairly old but not too old. but as they say...they dont make things like they use too..

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kid_Cinema a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2007

Bottom Line:   
When I first listenend to the PDR-8 with my HT set up, I said to myself, " WOW, this subwoofer sounds great." My set up consists of Mains=Titans, Center=CC-190, and Surrounds=Atoms. The PDR-8 blended well with my speakers and was able to produce the LFE's nicely, meaning that it definitely enhanced the HT experience. Believe me, despite it's small size, placed in the right location this sub can shake and rumble your HT room. And my HT room size is only 12x10x7 feet (LxWxH).

Unfortunately, and this is due to my own personal preference, the PDR-8 began to sound small and inadequate after watching some intensley LFE's movies such as U-571 and The Incredibles. To me, it seemed like the PDR-8 was having a hard time keeping up. But hey, this is an 8" sub don't expect too much.

So in conclusion, the PDR-8 would work well for someone who doesn't need to impress friends and neighbors but rather enjoy the HT experience without breaking the bank (The Casual Listener). The PDR-8 sounds incredible but does have its limits when it comes to intense LFE's.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   Advance Electronics



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

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I believe this "little" subwoofer has tighter/cleaner bass than most in its price range. It was the best bang for the buck and listened to more expensive Velodynes etc. I am very very happy with this little monster. I even listened to the 10" Paradigm sub which was louder and deeper but not cleaner sounding. I've read reviews of folks saying there's a hum in this unit but I haven't heard it in mine. It's dead silent on quiet passages. I don't know why this little 8" Paradigm doesn't do better than 4.25/5. For me, it's closer to 5 of 5! Clean, tight, deep/loud, huge value for the dollar! Bravo!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   LEHMAN




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