Paradigm Reference 11seMrk3 Floorstanding Speakers

11seMrk3

User Reviews (10)

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Tim Morgan   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 03, 2005]
Strength:

Full range of sound not just the bass, good price. I got mine on sale.

Weakness:

Non that I have noticed, I guess some people would want more bass out of them. However I already have a sub that more than covers any possible bass problems.

Upgraded to 7.1 surround when I bought these. Moved my bose 301s to the sides and pushed my bose's 201s to the centre rear. What a difference these Monitor 11's have made. Full range of sound, very well put together construction. I even got my first noise complaint the day after I got them! Soon I will replace my bose completly with Paradigms when I buy the ADP 370s in sept of 05. I have been impressed from the start with my Paradigms, I expect I won't replace them them for many years.

Similar Products Used: Monitor 9
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4
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5
gpower   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 04, 2002]
Strength:

Clean clear mids and highs. Tight bass. Bi-ampable or wirable.

Weakness:

Like high current amplification. Large size.

I auditioned a lot of speakers before deciding on the 11''s. For price/performance I didn''t hear anything that approached these. Sound is very well balanced. Highs and mids are clean and clear. Lows are tight and solid. More than enough bass output for home theatre use. I haven''t found the need to add a sub yet. These speakers really open up and perform driven with high current amplification.

Similar Products Used: Klipsch KG 1 & 2, Bose 601.
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5
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4
Chris   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 20, 2001]
Strength:

bass, good bang for the buck, strong and reliable, loud and strong

Weakness:

highs

I had a pair of 11seMkII. Bought them when I was in school for $600 Canadian. They've been treating me well ever since. They've got lots of thump and they like to be turned up. After time (and listening to other speakers) the highs started to bother me (a bit sharp), especially at high volume. There's no midrange in this speaker and it could use one, just to bring the sound together. Now these are comments after I have started to listen to a pair of Kef Q55, which have a very smooth sound and an incredible sound stage, but not the low end punch of the 11's. The 11's do have four 8" woofers compared to the Kef's two 6" ers. You figure out the rest.

Overall I am a very satisfied Paradigm owner and would reccomend these speakers to anyone who hasn't listened to anything too high end.

Rotel RC-970BX Pre-Amp
NAD 2400 Power Envelope (100watts/side)
NAD 520 CD player
AudioQuest Solid Core Copper speaker wire (get a pair, your speakers will thank you!)

Similar Products Used: Paradigm 7s, Paradigm Studio Monitors, Kef Q55,
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4
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5
Marcelo Soto-Quiroga   Audiophile [Aug 30, 2001]
Strength:

Solid bass response, nice midrange.

Superb price/performance ratio.
A very strong and heavy, sturdy-enclosure speaker at the price of lower quality models.
Excellent stereo image when proper positioned, i.e: a little bit far from walls, and parallel (not toed-in).
Better response if bi-wired.
Binding posts nuts a little weak and tricky to hand-tighten. Must use a socket-wrench to adjust.

Similar Products Used: NHT 2.5
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5
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4
Peter   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 27, 2000]
Strength:

Price/performance, good high end detail, lots of tight bass when positioned properly

Weakness:

A little mushy in the midrange, but good for the price.

Just got these used from a local dealer, have biwired them and like the results. I couldn't hear a big difference between these and the 4x more expensive Studio 100's (they did have a better high end, but not hugely better), so for $600 CDN these were a steal - told the dealer to call me if another pair arrive.

I am having some trouble with placement, I find these quite sensitive and (so far) have found they must be at least 18" away from the wall or they get quite "boomy". That being said, they're nice and tight once correctly placed. You neeed to experiment quite a bit, and I still have some spots in the room that are boomy listening points.

So far my summary is...

a) Great speakers, well worth picking up a pair
b) Biwiring makes a very noticeable difference
c) They need to be freestanding at least 18' from any wall

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4
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5
Dave Shute   an Audio Enthusiast [Aug 11, 1999]

The 11semk3's are truly an excellent speaker an compares favorably with any speaker system I have listened to under 1500.00. Though they are no longer manufactered you can find used ones in good condition in many audio shops where Paradigm products are sold. These speakers have very good definition, great low end extension, mids and highs. I will say the new studio 100's are more flat in the response area and are rated more liberally for power handling but overall the improvements require a very good ear to hear the benefits over the 11semk3's. I have recently tweaked my pair by reconstructing the enclosures in MDF which made them even tighter in the low frequency area. I am very pleased with the performance. My power source is the Adcom GFA5500 power amp, control amp/ tuner Adcom GPT600, cd source panasonic a310 dvd player.

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4
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Paul Drewry   Audiophile [Nov 20, 1999]
Strength:

Tight bass, detailed midrange, open soundstage.

Weakness:

none.

I was speaker shopping and listened to Signet, Definitive Technology and B&W. The shop had Adcom, Rotel, Conrad Johnston and Denon supplying the source. I found the Paradigm’s stood out musically. The bass is very tight and never boomy. The midrange, often over looked, is very clear and defined. The sound stage is very open with these speakers, but placement is important. If you find a pair on sale, don’t think twice; buy them. My equipment: Carver “the Receiver”, NAD 5355 CD, Dual turntable, R.S. interconnects, Monster XP

Similar Products Used: none.
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5
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5
John   a Casual Listener [Feb 15, 1999]

Where did my raiting go?

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5
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John   a Casual Listener [Feb 14, 1999]

I'm very impressed with the quality and performance of thease speakers.I belieBelieve they are Same model as listed, 11seMk3.The bass is outstanding, strong not boomy and overpowering of the rest of the speaker. The mids are warm and flavorful and make a great coupling between the bass and the highs. The highs are revealing but not tiresome on the ear.I listen to 50/50 music and home theater. I must say that I was startled when I turned off my PS 1000 on the movie "Top Gun" and head the bass that thease speakers can deliver if needed.
Music is good too, Tina Arena's song "Chains" has tight bass with her voice being very prominent and I could swear she was right in front of me in the room.The sound staging of these speakers are great to say the least.Another recording I have listened is "Symphonic Star Trek" Recorded by Telarc and performed by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Lost of instruments to be heard and I herard all of them. Another thing is if you want them to go loud and play clear, no problem.
I'm very happy.

My system:
Onkyo 656 Receiver
Onkyo DX-C340 CD player
Toshiba SD-2108(no problems)DVD
RCA TV.(Weak link)
Paradigm, 11seMk3 Mains,CC350 Center, Mini Monitor rears,PS-1000 Sub.

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5
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Gregg   an Audio Enthusiast [Mar 27, 1999]

Well let me begin by saying i got my 11se mk3's for $500.00, on a going out of business sale. At that price there is not a better speaker on the market. I love the 11's deep bass extension, while maintaining crystal clear highs, and a wonderful midrange.I auditioned these speakers next to the studio 100's, monitor 90p's, NHT 2.5i's, and regardless of the price difference, I would have bought the 11se's anyway.You might say i got the speaker of my choice with enough extra money left over to spend on other components

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