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
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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