Practical Application Of Sound
The laws of physics have some funny rules. Consider gravity. You can overcome it with: a wing and rudder, chemical reaction (rocket) or transferring mechanical energy (a sling shot). All choices have results and trade-offs.
Paradigm has over 25 years of experience in handling these challenges!
The firm is one of the few in the business that designs and makes their own driver units. Their enclosures are famous for avoiding unwanted resonances and fantastic enclosure stiffness. It is all part of the scientific method they use called FEA (Finite Element Analysis). This allows Paradigm engineers to prototype in a virtual environment. Mankind first saw computerized designs on a mass scale designing zoom lens for still and video cameras. Today’s super zooms show how far FEA can advance a product!
Without getting too technical regarding the proprietary designing principals that Paradigm employs, the net results is a real lack of coloration http://paradigm.com/support/articles.php?topic=what-is-coloration and distortion http://paradigm.com/support/articles.php?topic=what-is-distortion
A good part of dumping distortion is having lots of reserve power for great dynamic range. Paradigm has patented high-power, high-current designs featuring massive heatsinks mounted to larger than needed power supplies.
It may not make sense at first to why use an over sized power supply. The reality is today’s switching power supplies have many advantages over the older transformer/rectifier/capacitor designs (which is why we use that instead). However there is always two sides to the coin…
A switching power supply does not play nice near its rated capacity.
While it is impossible to make a flat grandiose statement, the rule of thumb for a switching power supply is the optimal place to run is about 50-60% of its rated capacity. Another enemy of the switching power supply is heat. That is why Paradigm installs massive heat sinks.
How a maker tackles (or doesn’t) heat is a great indicator of a quality build, or lack of. This is true of audio amp to computer power supplies.
It costs money to buy capacitors that won’t ‘bubble up’ and die in a warm (hot) circuit. Some computer geeks attempt to handle this by mounting a real water radiator and fans on their equipment!
When you pick up a quality piece of gear such as Paradigm makes, you can feel the weight from the quality of the components.
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Paradigm has a great line up of options and has made the AAA Electronics short-list! All our short-list items come with (in the Greater LA Area) Free Delivery! And basic setup to boot!
Sure there are some limitations, and they are reasonable. To find out more, give us a shout-out to help you decode what your best options are!