Paradigm Reference LCR - 350 Center Channels

LCR - 350

2-way, 3 driver ported design. One 1" titanium dome tweeter, two 6.5" injection-moulded co-polymer polypropylene cone midranges.

User Reviews (20)

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Elliot   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 02, 2000]
Strength:

Clarity

Weakness:

None

This is a great speaker. I have been using this for the center channel only and it has done a fantastic job. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for the left and right channels too. I now know why it is so important to get a decent center channel. There are so many sounds that come through the center channel that I hadn't noticed before when using a cheaper center channel. When watching DVD's this speaker really shines. I also use it a lot for pro-logic music listening and it sounds great. To the person that said it sounded harsh....it does at first but after broken in it really improves and loses it's harshness. I have this matched with a Yamaha RX-795, Monitor 7's and a Def. Tech 15PFTL sub which all sound great together.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Matt   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 27, 2001]
Strength:

Clarity, wide soundstage, detail

Weakness:

none

Snagged three of them used off the Internet for $150/each after reading good reviews on them, and Paradigm in general, on this site.

Out of the box, first thing I noticed is that these are solid, and weren't hollow at all when I gently rapped on the case. Hooked them up, and proceeded to listen to three of my current favorite CD's: Depeche Mode "Violator", New Order "Best of..." and The Prodigy "Music for the Jilted Generation".

Well, needless to say, I was blown away. Clear detail of each instrument and voice mingled with the incredible soundstage produced by these speakers. I realized that I never really heard Mode's "Policy of Truth" in all it's glory. The impressive staccato beats of Prodigy's "Voodoo People" really came through impressively. The speakers threw out good bass, but not huge bass, which is to be expected (and thanked for, as I live in an apartment).

Since I currently utilize subpar rear speakers in my home theatre setup (which will change in the near future), I can only say that the Paradigm's do their job very well when it comes to DVD. The Center channel carries dialogue well, and the left and right perform just as well with DVD as they do in stereo for music.

I can't really find any faults with these speakers for the price I paid for them. I think I would've spent twice as much and been happy. They've brought what I once thought was dead music back to life!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jeff   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 15, 2000]
Strength:

Clarity, Soundstage, Price

Weakness:

None.

After listening to other speakers I found the 350s to be clear even at loud listening levels. Soundstage is huge. The are not overly bright but are crisp enough to reproduce symbols and bell sequence in Telarc 1812 with incredible realizm. Matches up well with the Denon 3300. At a price that is unbeatable.

Similar Products Used:
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Ruben   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 29, 2000]
Strength:

clear sound

Weakness:

none that I am aware

After reading this site for about a month I went looking for paradigm. I am new to this having bought all previous stereo gear at Circuit City likes. The sound is great. I have 3 on front. I am saving to buy 2 more for the back or perhaps minimonitors for the back. My set up:
Marantz 7000
Pionneer 525 DVD
Sony XBR2
Sony MDP LD
Audioquest cables

Similar Products Used: infinity-bose
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Paul   Audiophile [Jan 02, 2000]
Strength:

Quality, Soundstage,Price

Weakness:

None

I traveled to NJ to buy these and saved a bundle off the suggested retail of $1,950 (5 LCRs and a PD 14 Powered Sub).
I have these hooked up to an Adcom GFA 7500 5.1 channel amp and a Lexicon DC 1 with all upgrades (version 4, Dolby EX, DTS, Dolby Digital etc..). When I play a reference quality DTS CD like Freddie Revel's "Sol to Soul", it is incredible! My friends are astounded and I have a difficult time going back to 2 channel stereo. I can drive these speaker to the max and they beg for more. Now I am going to add a pair of Paradigm dipoles for the sides (the Lexicon can hanlde 7.1 channels!)and I cannot wait for the next jolt. My advice; Buy these speakers!

Similar Products Used: Infinity
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
john waite   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 15, 1999]
Strength:

Great price, excellent quality and proformance.

Weakness:

none

Outstanding sound for your money,good detail and sound stage wide just one best speakers out there for your dollar.
You cant go wrong with these ones,just get you apair and see for yourself.

Similar Products Used: bose 301 series and 2.2
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
vik   Casual Listener [Dec 31, 2001]
Strength:

Solid build, good mids and soundstage

Weakness:

lack of highs.

Well I bought 3 of them for the fronts and was pleased for the money. They are good for beginners interested in hometheater. But for music they lack highs, have a weak tweeter. I compared them to the kefs and the LCRS sounded dead. Anywayz there more suited for hometheater use.

System:
Marantz Sr7000
Toshiba 65h80
LCR 350 for all 3 fronts
rears atoms.
pioneer cd player.

Similar Products Used: Kefs, bose
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Mike S   an Audiophile [Oct 19, 1998]

I just complimented my 7 month old Paradigm Monitor 9's with an LCR-350 for a centre channel. I had to special order it since my local dealer doesn't usually carry it. I purchased the LCR model instead of the CC-350 because it looks much more like the Monitor series that the rather ugly (but technically identical) CC-350. Also, for some reason, the LCR was a bit cheaper than the ugly CC. I paid $310 Cad. for one, but the going rate was $350. I'm assuming it would cost about $300 in the US. Build quality is absolutely fantastic too, I wouldn't be suprised to see a speaker of this calibre costing much more (Such as the PSB Stratus C5 and C6).
This speaker will require some more burn-in time, but first impressions were excellent! Dialogue is perfectly crisp and clear, and the large design allows for "wide" mode to be used. Since these speakers were designed to serve as the 3 fronts in a home theatre setup (Hence LCR: Left, Centre, Right) there is more than adequate bass extension when used as a centre. The LCR-350 has the exact same drivers as most of the Monitor series (mini, 5 & 7, CC, ADP-350, 70P & 90P). Only the Monitor 3 and 9's have the larger midrange/bass drivers, but still tonal balance was virtually identical between my Monitor 9's and the LCR-350 right out-of-the-box. Very impressive, I assume that this will improve moreso once the centre has it's burn in time (also my receiver allows for some tweaking of the centre's tone from sharper to softer).

I never used to listen to music in pro-logic with my old Cerwin-Vega setup (AT-12's or DX-1's with an HT-CTR centre - still using Paradigm ADP-100's as surrounds) I think this may change with the LCR. I used to find music very speaker-localized with the C-V's, but the Paradigm setup seems to give the music a wider soundstage, while still sounding natural and musical! I was very impressed with this and spent the whole day listening to music in 3-channel logic (using just the 3 fronts - I still find the surrounds make music sound unnatural). It seemed like Sarah McLachlan was in my living room. And Vivaldi has never sounded more beautiful!!

Overall I'm very content with my new LCR-350, I can't see wanting more than this from a centre speaker - I can't see needing anything more either! Factor in the price, and this is one serious bargain that _can't_ be missed!!

Please check out the link for more info. Or e-mail me at v7q2@unb.ca
Mike S.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Steven Riley   an Audiophile [Jan 08, 1999]

As and audiophile for 20 years I been exposed to many great speakers in time. The most I liked in all this time where the B&W speakers, but since going to a relatives house last sunday I was introduced to the Paradigm LCR-350 from the monitor series, was I in shock. After all the years of listening I think I miss something, the LCR-350 had a sound so huge and so detail on the top end that when my cousin told me there price I almost fainted. I cant belive the sound on them, I have the B&W matrix 601 and call me crazy but I am makeing the move to the monitors. Sure I will have to buy a very good subwoofer because the LCR-350 need that extra help on the very low ends, remember my B&W went down to 30hz and the paradigm go 45hz but still had a very good bass extension. The LCR-350 sounded so detailed and sweet on music ( my true love ) that I had to have them. I cant understand how paradigm made a true audiophile speaker for $375 each. On home theater they blew my friends and me one night at home hearing the movie Armagedon that I buy yesterday. So for the money its a great, great speaker matching the so call high end speakers for thousands of dollars.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
B. Stern   an Audio Enthusiast [Jul 04, 1999]

Orginally I was going to get the Mini-Monitors for my left and right front speakers and use the LCR-350 as
my center speaker. However, the LCR-350 was so
perfect sounding I bought 3 of them for my left,
center and right front speakers. The mini-monitors
are my surround speakers along with a PS-1200 sub.
Paid $250 a piece for the LCR-350's. An incredible
sounding system for a reasonable price.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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