The Canadian company Paradigm has presented the Founder series of acoustics. The name is a tribute to Paradigm founder Scott Bagby, who, along with John Bagby, repurchased Paradigm in May 2019. Founder is the first series of the company fully developed after these twists and turns. It is based on a new concept of chassis technology, driver design and even hardware.
In total, the Founder series includes six speaker models. The younger one is a two-driver, two-way Founder 40B shelf unit with a bass reflex. Then there are a couple of center channel systems: a four-driver three-way Founder 70LCR in a closed case (in a vertical position it can work as a satellite) and a six-driver three-way Founder 90C with a bass reflex.
Rounding out the lineup are three bass reflex floor stands: the four-driver 2.5-way Founder 80F, the five-driver three-way Founder 100F and, finally, the flagship five-driver three-way Founder 120H, created according to a hybrid scheme and with an active bass section.
On board the Founder 120H is a built-in 1 kW class D amplifier, which in addition is equipped with Anthem’s proprietary room-correction system in the Genesis modification.
The Founder series features redesigned drivers with high power magnets, long travel cones and multilayer voice coils. All Founder models share an aluminum-magnesium-ceramic (AL-MAC) tweeter mounted in an OSW flattened spherical waveguide.
In three-way systems, it is complemented by AL-MAG midrange with a perforated PPA phase-equalizing acoustic lens, which was also used in the premium acoustic Paradigm Persona.
The Founder woofers received 6 “(152 mm), 7” (177 mm) or 8 “(215 mm) Unibody CARBON-X diffusers. They are housed in Cascade-Fusion-reinforced housings with an advanced Shock-Mount system designed to reduce cross-band interference.
The same principle is applied to the cabinet legs of the floor-standing models. Founder cabinets are available in walnut, black walnut, midnight cherry and piano black finishes.
The Founder acoustics will be on sale in April.