Paradigm Monitor 7 v7 speakers review: Ultrawide audio from slim towers

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MSRP: $898.00

The Good The Paradigm Monitor 7 v7 floorstanding speakers offer with excellent imaging with a wide sound stage, and are adaptable to both movies and music. The relatively slim design is chic for a tower, with contrasting drivers and an attractive tweeter.

The Bad Other speakers provide better sound for the money. Not the most neutral of sounds, with occasionally lopsided bass and a tendency for harder treble.

The Bottom Line The Paradigm Monitor 7 v7 is a slimmer floorstanding speaker that provides an especially wide soundstage and audio characteristics best suited for home theater.

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7.5 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Sound 7
  • Value 8

If you're buying "fronts," or stereo speakers, for your home setup, and you have a big-enough room, then a set of large, floor-standing speakers makes a lot of sense. They take up the same amount of physical space as a pair of stand-mount, or bookshelf speakers, and are usually capable of both better bass and an improved sense of scale.

The Paradigm Monitor 7 v7 speakers are on the slender side of floor-standing designs, but can still belt out satisfying amounts of home theater bombast. While they sound good with all kinds of music, they're on the exciting side of neutral and the bass can be a little heavy-handed. Their most remarkable characteristic, however, is a wide soundstage that seems to extends well beyond the position of the speakers themselves.

We do like a couple of its competitors more in this price range, including the Klipsch RP-160M monitors and SVS Prime Towers , but the Monitor 7 V7's sleek design and sonic merits make it worth an audition too.

Design and features

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Compared against some of its more imposing competition, the Paradigm 7 v7 are positively slim. The only "look at me" aspect of the design is the bare aluminum driver which offers a surprisingly attractive contrast against the matte-black fascia and second black driver.

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The speaker comes in two finishes -- black ash and heritage cherry -- and we received the black version. The cabinet measures 6.9 inches wide by 9 inches deep and a fairly standard 36 inches tall with the rigid plastic plinth attached. Completing the package is a pair of magnetized speaker grills.

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The system is a 2.5-way speaker, meaning a tweeter, mid/bass and dedicated bass driver configuration. The tweeter is a 1-inch anodized aluminum driver protected by a wire mesh grille, the mid/bass is an 5 1/2 -inch aluminum driver and the bass woofer is a carbon-infused polypropylene cone. The design is ported at the rear and is capable of a claimed 48 Hz - 22 kHz at -/+2dB while sensitivity is relatively good at 91dB.


Despite their name these don't have the ruler-flat sound implied by the term "monitor." They're home theater-focused towers that can also be pushed quite well into servicing music of all genres.

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