Paradigm Electronics Inc. In Canada: 205 Annagem Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5T 2V1 In the U.S.: MPO Box 2410, Niagara Falls, NY 14302
Thank you for choosing Paradigm®ADP™Surround/Rear speakers and congratulations! You are about to hear the difference sonically accurate speakers
make in your music and home theater system!
speakers are the product of countless hours of comprehensive research
and development and will reward you with exceptional sound for many years.
To ensure proper installation and enjoy all of the exceptional sound these speakers are designed to provide, please read this manual and follow all instructions. If you have further questions, contact your Authorized Paradigm
Dealer or visit the Q&A
page on our website at
In accordance with the European Union WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive effective August 13, 2005, we would like to notify you that this product may contain regulated materials which, upon disposal, according to the WEEE directive, require special reuse and recycling processing. For this reason Paradigm
Electronics Inc. (manufacturers of Paradigm®speakers and Anthem™Electronics) has arranged with our distributors in European Union member nations to collect and recycle this product at no cost to you. To find your local distributor please contact the dealer from whom you purchased this product or go to our website at
Please note that the product only falls under the WEEE directive. When disposing of packaging and other shipping material we encourage you to recycle through the normal channels.
Dans le respect de la directive WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) mise en place par les institutions Européennes à compter du 13 Août 2005, nous souhaitons vous informer que ce produit peut contenir des matières devant faire l’objet d’une procédure de recyclage ou de traitement approprié des déchets. Dans cette optique, Paradigm
Electronics Inc (fabricant des enceintes ParadigmMDet des électroniques AnthemMC) avec ses Distributeurs agréés dans l’Union Européenne, ont mis en place une procédure de collecte et de retraitement gratuite. Pour en savoir davantage sur cette procédure veuillez contacter votre revendeur, ou notre Distributeur dans votre pays (vous en obtiendrez les coordonnées sur simple demande ou en consultant notre site internet
Notez que seul le produit fini est concerné par cette directive et ses obligations. S’agissant de son emballage et de ses accessoires de transport nous vous recommandons de les recycler selon les procédures mises en place par votre commune ou votre département.
Speaker Placement and Connection (Pictorial) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Your New Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Preventing Speaker Damage . . . . 3
About Surround/Rear Speakers . . 4 Room Acoustics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Speaker Placement . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Speaker Connection . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Fine Tuning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Troubleshooting Guide . . . . . . . . 6 Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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Back of speaker L’arrière de l’enceinte
Paradigm®speakers are efficient and can be driven to loud listening levels with moderate amplifier power. They are also able to handle the output of very powerful amplifiers. To prevent damage to your speakers, please read the following guidelines before hooking them up.
Amplifier Distortion—The #1 Culprit!
Amplifier distortion is the principal cause of speaker damage. When listening at loud levels your amplifier may run out of clean power. It will then begin to produce distorted power several times greater than its rated output power. This will damage any brand of speaker very quickly!
your Authorized Paradigm®Dealer for amplifier recommendations.)
More Powerful Amplifiers are Safer
A 40 watt/channel amplifier will have substantial distortion above 40 watts. If driven to 50 watts, this amplifier will deliver distorted power – which will damage the speaker! A 100 watt/channel amplifier will have substantial distortion above 100 watts, but very low distortion below 100 watts. Therefore, when the speaker requires 50 watts, this more powerful amplifier will deliver clean power and speaker damage is less likely to occur.
Volume Control
Do not be fooled by the Volume Control of your receiver/preamplifier. It only adjusts listening level—it is not a “power-output” dial. The amount of amplifier power actually used at a given Volume Control setting depends solely on the nature of the music you are listening to. At a given Volume Control setting a quiet section of music will use less amplifier power than a loud section. With typical pop-rock, jazz, or large scale classical music, the rated output power of many receivers/amplifiers is often
reached when the Volume Control is between the “11 and 1 o’clock” settings (with bass/treble and loudness controls not used – otherwise rated power may be reached at even lower Volume Control settings).
Remember, all amplifiers produce distortion when operated beyond their rated output power. The resulting distortion will damage all speakers! Exercise caution! If you listen at loud levels, be careful to listen for the point of audible distortion—if the speakers begin to sound distressed turn the Volume Control down or your speakers and/or amplifier(s) will be damaged!
This type of damage constitutes abuse and is not covered by the warranty. If louder volumes are desired obtain a more powerful amplifier.
There is a Limit!
Although more powerful amplifiers are safer, there is a point at which you could have more power than the speaker can handle. At that point you will overpower the speaker and damage it. Exercise caution! At loud levels do not increase bass/treble controls from zero and ensure that all loudness/ contour/bass EQ buttons are off (otherwise rated output power will be reached at lower volume control settings). If you listen at loud levels, watch for excessive visible cone excursion (grille movement) from the woofer – then turn the Volume Control down.
The Right Amount of Power
A power-range rating is given as a guide to indicate the approximate minimum and maximum power input of your Paradigm
speakers. Amplifiers that exceed your speaker’s power-range rating are recommended. Their greater power reserves provide better sound. However, exercise caution! Use the speakers within their power-range rating to prevent damage (keep listening levels below the point of excessive woofer cone excursion).
Although Paradigm
speakers sound great “out of the carton” they will sound even better once they are “broken in.” Allow them to play for several hours before you begin any critical listening.
High-frequency and midrange drivers use ferro-fluid that can thicken at temperatures below 10° C (50° F). Surround material used in the bass/ midrange driver units is made of a compound that may stiffen in colder temperatures. If your speakers have been transported or stored in the cold, let them warm to room temperature before use.
Do not use a strong or abrasive cleaner on your speakers. Clean them with a damp soft cloth, but do not get them wet.
IMPORTANT: Although a wall-mounting template is provided with your Paradigm
ADP speakers, Paradigm DOES NOT supply hardware for mounting speaker brackets to the wall. Please contact your dealer for professional installation.
ADP™Surround/Rear speakers can be wall mounted using the
hanger brackets supplied.
Secondary Restraining Hardware
As an additional safety precaution, when speakers are wall mounted the safety strap
should be used to prevent personal injury or damage
to property. Connect the strap to the speaker by inserting the screw
into the hole in the back of the speaker, as shown in Fig. 1. See
dealer for information on attaching safety strap to wall.
Speaker Stands
Your speakers may also be placed on PARADIGM
speaker stands
. For convenience, they can also also be placed on shelves or high furniture (i.e. bookshelves) as long as there is at least 18 in (45 cm) of free space on either side of the speaker.
NOTE: For stability, when placing ADP
speakers on a PARADIGM®stand,
shelf or other flat surface self-adhesive bumper pads
must be
applied to the bottom of the speaker.
Front Speakers ( ) reproduce dialog, sound effects and much of the music.
Center Speaker ( ) reproduces dialog, sound effects and music. It can
be placed on top of a TV (or behind a perforated screen in a front-projection system). If used with a direct-view TV, this speaker must be magnetically shielded to prevent picture interference.
Surround Speakers ( ) reproduce ambience and sound effects critical to the full dimension of multichannel music and movies. Surround speakers with a uniform reverberant soundfield and accurate full-bandwidth bass, like Paradigm
ADP™speakers, work best.
Rear Speakers ( ) contribute dimensional size and realism. Here also, Paradigm
ADP™speakers, with their uniform reverberant soundfield
and accurate full-bandwidth bass, work best.
Subwoofer ( ) handles deep bass, giving dynamic power to low-frequency effects in movies and the bass content in music.
Why ADP™speakers work best for music and movies
MUSIC AND HOME THEATER … where do Surround and Rear speakers fit in?
Movie theaters use multiple arrays of Surround/Rear speakers to keep viewers from being distracted by the sound of any single one (Fig. a).
Conventional forward-radiating speakers cannot reproduce movie theater surround sound in your home. If they are loud enough to blend with the front speakers they draw attention to themselves. Turn them down so they don’t distract you and they won’t blend with the fronts (Fig. b).
So how can you hear all of the glorious surround sound you’re supposed to? With Paradigm
reverberant soundfield ADP™Surround/Rear speakers
placed to the sides and/or rear of the listener (Figs. c, d & e).
Like movie theater surround speakers, ADP
Surround/Rear speakers envelop you in sound without drawing your attention away from the movie you’re watching. They add size and dimension to the soundstage, and ensure a seamless transition when sound and effects move from front and center to side and rear speakers.
speakers are just as important for multichannel music. Their ability to create a large, non-localized soundfield contributes multidimensional realism to the reproduction of the original recording’s acoustic space.
The diffuse sound of Paradigm
ADP™ Surround/Rear speakers turns your listening into a magical experience – they put the “theater” in home theater and make music sound “live”!
Fig. (b)
Forward-Radiating Surrounds
Fig. (c)
ADP™Reverberant Surrounds
5.1 Configuration
Fig. (d)
Surrounds and Rear
6.1 Configuration
Fig. (e)
Surrounds and Rears
7.1 Configuration
Fig. (a)
Movie Theater Surrounds
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