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Paradigm Monitor 7 v7 are like Cinemascope for your earsThe Paradigm Monitor 7 v7 is a set of floorstanding speakers which are equally comfortable with music and movies offering a wide soundstage.
[MUSIC] If you're looking at spending about a grand on stereo speakers. It is a very competitive marketplace. But you can get a lot for your money. At $1,000 you can get four standing speakers with attractive looking design, and also quality sound. And this is something the Paradigm Monitor 7v7 aspires to. The monitor seven is a 2.5 way speaker With an aluminum tweaker and striking black and white or silver mid and bass drivers. Unlike some flashier competitive designs, there's not much to the cabinetry. There's no curving edges, for example. But there are some nice touches such as tweaker cover and magnetic speaker grills. While the effect may be a little like a shrinking violet In use, they are anything but. These are midrange monsters with a really open sound and wide sound stage. They're also surprisingly bassy, even though this bass can sometimes be a little uncontrolled. The [UNKNOWN] sevens will go louder than many other speakers at the price due to their high sensitivity, and while their forward and bass-heavy nature makes them suited best to home cinema They're also great with any genre of music, and are one of the few all arounders at this place. The modern 7B7s offer petite looks and excellent [INAUDIBLE] cinema sound. But competitors such as the SPS Prime Powers offer even better cosmetics and better control for the same money. This is Tye [INAUDIBLE] for CNET.com.