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Paradigm Reference Signature SUB 2 Subwoofer
Review by John Johnson at Secrets of HT and HF

Paradigm SUB1 and SUB2 data sheet - link
HTS comments: link

From review Introduction:
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Paradigm, renown manufacturer of most catagories of A/V products, has released their latest subwoofer line, called the SUB 1 and SUB 2.
These two subwoofers are part of their Reference Signature line of speakers and subs.
Both are hexagonal in shape, with six drivers (8" in the SUB 1 and 10" in the SUB 2), having two drivers arranged vertically on three of the six sides, alternating sides with drivers and sides without drivers.
They are sealed enclosures, and both have amplifiers with power heretofore not seen in any subwoofers.
The SUB 2 amplifier can be powered by 120 V AC or 240 V AC.
At 120 V, the amplifier outputs 3,000 watts RMS, and at 240 V, it will output a whopping 4,500 watts RMS and 9,000 watts peak.
The SUB 2, which is reviewed here, weighs 230 pounds.
Its performance is truly magnificent, with a price tag worthy of its design: $8,999 for Cherry or Black Ash finishes, and $9,499 for the Piano Black Premium finish.
Design: Powered Subwoofer, Sealed Enclosure
Drivers: Six 10" Polypropylene, Each with a 3" 10 Layer Voice Coil and 25.2 Pound Magnet
Power: 3,000 Watts RMS with 120 Volts AC Connection, 4,500 Watts RMS with 240 Volts Connection (9,000 Watts Peak)
MFR: 7 Hz - 250 Hz
Low-Pass: 30 Hz - 150 Hz, Continuously Adjustable
Phase Adjustment: 00 - 1800, Continuously Adjustable
Inputs: XLR and RCA; Trigger and Auto On/Off; USB for Connection to Computer for Perfect Bass Kit EQ
Input Sensitivity: 100 mV
Input Impedance: 10 kOhms RCA, 20 kOhms XLR
Dimensions: 24.5" H x 23.75" W x 22.3" D
Weight: 230 Pounds
Perfect Bass Kit (Software and Calibrated Microphone for EQ) Included
MSRP: $8,999 USA in Cherry or Black Ash, $9,499 in

I'm sure it is impressive, but it does make the CHT CS-18.1 or 18.2's look like bargains -- even in multiples!


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It's the typical pick 2 out of 3: Price, Performance, Size. I'm sure its wonderful, but if you can put up with bigger then you can do it much much cheaper. I'd much rather have several 18.2s smoke it performance wise. Thats my opinion on the way to go. Then again I think most people would go that route rather than this one!

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I have always laughed at the "Secrets" stamp on the website header.

Like you are in on something no one else knows about, very silly.
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