Paradigm OM-560, Surround- Rear speakers User Manual

Thank you for choosing Paradigm®Reference ADP™Surround/ Rear speakers and congratulations!
These speakers are the product of countless hours of comprehensive research and development and will reward you with superior high-end sound for many years.
To achieve all of the exceptional sound they are capable of providing requires care in installation and operation. Please take the time to read this manual and follow all instructions. If you have further questions contact your Authorized Paradigm
Reference Dealer or visit the Q&A
page in the Tech Support section of our website at
Surround / Rear Speakers
Paradigm Electronics Inc. In Canada: 205 Annagem Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5T 2V1 In the U.S.: MPO Box 2410, Niagara Falls, NY 14302
In accordance with the European Union WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive effective August 13, 2005, we would like to notify you that our speakers may contain regulated materials which, upon disposal, require special reuse and recycling processing. For this reason Paradigm Electronics Inc. (the manufacturer of Paradigm speakers and Anthem electronic products) has arranged with its 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 only the product 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 nos enceintes 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 Paradigm et des électroniques Anthem) 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.
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For optimal placement of Front (Left and Right) speakers, the Center Channel, and the Subwoofer, please refer to the Owners Manual included with those speakers.
Pour un positionnement optimal des enceintes avant (gauche et droite), du canal central et du caisson de sous-graves, se reporter aux modes d’emploi fournis avec ces enceintes.
Speaker Placement and Connection
(Pictorial) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Your New Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Preventing Speaker Damage . . . 3
About Surround/Rear Speakers . . 4
Room Acoustics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Speaker Placement . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Speaker Connection . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Fine Tuning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Troubleshooting Guide . . . . . . . . 6
Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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Paradigm®Reference 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
Reference 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
Reference 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
Reference 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.
Your speakers have a premium finish that must be treated with care. Use only a damp soft cloth to clean. Do not get any part of the speaker system wet. Do not place wet objects (drinking glasses, potted plants, etc.) on top of the speakers—if allowed to soak in, even a small amount of water may permanently damage the speaker enclosure.
Speaker Grilles
All Paradigm
Reference speakers are meant to be played with their grilles on. The grilles are designed to eliminate edge diffraction—the sound reflections that occur at the outer edges of the front of the enclosure which interfere with the drivers’ primary sound output.
Wall-Mounting/Optional Speaker Stands
Reference Surround/Rear speakers can be wall mounted following the mounting instruction sheet included and using the hanger brackets supplied.
They may also be placed on Paradigm
speaker stands (sold sep.). For convenience, your Surround/Rear speakers 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.
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