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Paradigm Shift A2 Active Bookshelf Speakers Review

14 Oct, 2013, 5:27 pm IST | by Aaron Saldanha | Speakers

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PRICE IN INDIA

49,800

AVMAX RATING

6.0

AVERAGE USER RATING

0.0

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There’s always a first time for everything. And it’s the first time for the Canadian manufacturer Paradigm to enter the Active Speaker segment.  Certainly, this is a good move and it would be a welcome move to see more audio manufacturers to enter into the active segment. You would ask, why actives? Well, who could overlook the benefits of its size, ability and versatility and most importantly the sound it renders, the advantages will just outweigh the disadvantages (if there could ever be one). As for Paradigm, they have set out on their maiden voyage and we here at AV MAX are all aboard this ship to see if Paradigm’s foray into the active speaker segment gets rough seas or bright sunny skies.

 

OUT OF THE BOX
The cabinet design and the form factor of the A2 stands out quite distinctly from the rest of the speakers that we reviewed this month. The compactness of the A2 and its built-in amplifiers surely are one step ahead from a number of bookshelf speakers in the market. We received the speakers in two different finishes --- one with a contemporary glossy white finish that would give any metropolitan home a match for its décor and the other in a storm black satin finish that will easily compliment other black coloured AV gear in any home. The front baffle of the speakers couldn’t have been any prettier than they are, as the charm of these bookshelf speakers is their monolithic mid-bass drivers. The tweeter has a protective grille over it to keep it away from harm’s way which adds to the longevity of the bookshelf speakers. Once you switch on the A2 you will be greeted by a blue colour LED which indicates that they are ready for use.

 

TECHNOLOGY
Paradigm engineers have surely put in a lot of effort to make an entry into the Active speaker segment. The A2s should not be looked upon as studio monitors but as any other home-entertainment speakers. The only fact that will separate them from other speakers is their built-in power amplifiers which are rated at 2x50 watts. This equates to a simple fact that each A2 bookshelf speaker is capable of delivering 100 watts of pure audio power. For active speakers, the built-in amplifiers are like an engine to a car; just as a car needs tyres to move ahead the A2 needs dynamic cones to reproduce sound. The A2 has 5.5” satin anodized pure aluminium mid-bass driver and a 1” anodized pure aluminium dome tweeter. Together these drivers aim to deliver a well-timed sonic output, where the mid-bass driver is capable of reaching audio frequency right down up to 55Hz while the tweeter aims at creating a well defined high-frequency performance. The tweeter has an upper limit of 20 kHz.

 

One thing unique about the A2s is their channel select switch that is placed at the rear of each speaker. Through this switch you can assign each A2 to reproduce a left channel or a right channel or a centre output. This feature is indeed unique as with it you can toggle between the assignments of each A2 speaker. In case, you connect them in an inverted setup you need not go around changing the RCA cables; the channel select switch instantly comes to your rescue.  However, one thing that the A2s should learn from studio monitor is that the gain control (Volume knob) should be placed at the front of the speakers. With the volume control knob placed behind each speaker one always finds it cumbersome to adjust the volume level of the speaker, and if markers or clicking points were provided for the volume knob it would easily help one set the same volume level for both the bookshelf speakers. Thus, eliminating the guess work required in getting the right adjustment for the knobs on both the speakers.

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Paradigm Shift A2 , Active speakers , Active Bookshelf speakers , Paradigm

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