Paradigm CI Pro P80-IW (Each)

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Big 203mm (8") Mid/Bass Driver With Extended Bass

25mm (1") X-PAL Dome Tweeter For Crisp Highs

Bezel Free Perforated Grille

Easy DIY Installation

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About the Paradigm CI Pro P80-IW

Experience the Paradigm CI Pro P80-IW in-wall speakers almost anywhere around your home. They serve very different needs than traditional, freestanding speakers. Usually they are the best option for multi-room music systems or effects speakers in a surround sound system.

There are dozens if not hundreds of In-Wall and In-Ceiling speaker brands on the market. In fact, if you order enough, the Asian manufacturers will put any name you like on them! Don't laugh, because it is actually happening and boy are they cheap...but also nasty - real nasty! Please, don't be fooled by the look and conclude it is all one big con and that they're all basically the same.

The good news is that you can now buy In-Wall Speakers that are made with integrity, are fairly priced and actually deliver very good sound. Canadian Speaker giant Paradigm is proof - everything they put their name to is designed in house including their in-wall and in-ceiling products which although mostly unseen could be referred to as "buried treasures."

Awesome Performance

By purchasing something better like the Paradigm P80-IW's with their huge bass/mid-range driver from the outset, you will be better off and eliminate all the dramas. It is easy and affordable to step up to a superior high-frequency response, exceptional midrange clarity and definition with even better bass performance. Not to mention one of the most rigid high-strength chassis and mounting bracket systems on the market. But there's more!

The P80-IW's feature a huge 203mm Bass Driver and a 25mm X-PAL Dome Tweeter. With a 91.5dB SPL they are fairly easy to drive and can be used with amplifiers with up to 120 Watts RMS output, although maximum input is just 100 Watts. More in reserve is the smart move. They are compatible with 8 Ohms and have a pretty impressive frequency response of between 55Hz and 22kHz. Grilles are micro-perforated and attached or held in place by neodymium magnets rather than the old way of forcing them into a narrow bezel or slot. This makes the entire installation process very quick.

Superior Tweeter Technology: Trickle down technology from the high-end Paradigm Reference Series has now found it's way into the P80-IW's. Advanced high-power X-PAL satin-anodised pure-aluminium dome tweeters are nicely built-in. The X-PAL tweeter with exclusive Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA) tweeter lens protects the delicate pure-aluminum tweeter dome and acts as the Phase Plug, blocking out-of-phase frequencies for smoother, extended high frequencies with incredible detail and higher output. The tweeter is cooled by Paradigm's patent pending RED die-cast aluminium housing and the original ultra-stable Ferrofluid, made exclusively by Ferrotec.

RED Technology: Reduced Edge Diffraction (RED) Technology (patent pending) has been developed in-house by Paradigm. What is it? RED technology is a die-cast aluminum tweeter housing that significantly reduces negative effects of diffraction while improving critical midrange frequencies. The irregular edges and off-centre placement break up standing waves typically found around the bass cone and tweeter housing of traditional designs. Additionally, the aluminum structure dissipates unwanted heat which increases power handling and allows a lower crossover frequency, improving sound and reducing distortion.

Bass/Mid Cones: The advanced high-power co-polymer polypropylene bass/mid cones have large, computer-optimised magnets and high-power motor structures that promote natural and detailed sonic reproduction with outstanding extended bass response. Mineral-filled polypropylene cones with patented Active Ridge Technology (ART) surrounds, made in-house and overmolded directly onto each cone, achieve greater excursion for a 3dB gain in distortion-free output (50% greater) compared to drivers with standard surrounds. Finally, the supremely rigid die-cast structure reduces resonances and standing waves, while the aluminium does double-duty as a heatsink. The high-strength glass-reinforced injection-molded polymer chassis design reduces the problems of vibrations and resonances.

Rear Component Shielding: This protects internal parts from debris in your ceiling - bits of ceiling insulation and dust. The polycarbonate material creates an installation that will not warp. Flat covers also make it easy to lie speakers down during the installation process without tipping.

Research - Building Projects

If you are reading this material as part of research of a new building product, then you may be surprised to know that on average in the USA, 65% of all new homes built have multi-room sound in some description specified as a standard feature. Although we don't have the exact figures for Australia, we're fairly confident that it will be about the same or even more. Australian's love new technology.

But sadly, the big home builders have looked at this as a simply a profit opportunity and unless you organise otherwise will install what are known as "contractor series" speakers. If you guessed that these were bottom of the pile quality, you'd be right! A wrong decision here means you are stuck with bad sound and until the day you move or have them replaced.

Our Take

For those of us that not only have a need for in-wall speakers, but a desire for something that has been designed to sound as good as possible, Paradigm is a company you can trust. Looking at the improvements they've made in the different lines over the years, shows clearly that they are thinking about the specific use of the speaker in the home environment. You'll enjoy superior in-wall (or in-ceiling) performance at a relatively modest price with any of the Paradigm CI Pro Series which claim their heritage from the audiophile custom collection. The P80-IW's are suitable as both rears for surround and in multi-room music systems - especially where the room is above average size or a 'fuller' sound is desired. Pure-aluminium domes, mineral-filled polypropylene cones. The die-cast or glass-reinforced polymer chassis and full-perimeter brackets are amongst the most rigid designs on the market.

The one thing buyers need to understand is the power input. The maximum clean or undistorted input on the P80-IW's is 100 Watts RMS. Honestly, this is more than enough for most surround or multi-room applications but with amplifiers becoming more powerful it is easy to conclude that the P80-IW's can handle anything. Like ALL speakers, they have limitations. If you intend to play 'em very loud, then you would be wise to consider something else that can handle more power and that may mean you need to have more than just two (4 or even 6) or go to quite a large in-wall speaker or even an on-wall speaker. Easy 1-2-3 installation for any of these products or we can arrange this via our Installation department - Speak with Simon Lee.

Main Features & Specifications

  • Design: 2-Way In Wall Speaker
  • Drivers: Two
  • 1 x 203mm Mid-Bass Driver
    • Mineral filled polypropylene filled cone,
    • Overmolded Active Ridge Technology (ART) surround
    • Die-cast aluminium chassis
  • 1 x 25mm X-PAL dome Tweeter
    • Die-cast heatsink faceplate
    • Ferro-Fluid cooled 
    • Reduced Edge Diffraction (RED) Technology, 
    • Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA) Tweeter Lens
  • Recommended Amplifier Power Output: 40 Watts - 120 Watts RMS.
  • Recommended Maximum Input: 100 Watts RMS - Clean Power.
  • Frequency Response: 55Hz - 22kHz ± 3dB.
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.5kHz.
  • Crossover Type: 2nd-order electro-acoustic.
  • Crossover Components: Non-Ageing Components.
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms (Nominal).
  • Sensitivity: 91.5dB.
  • Overall Dimension (WxHxD): 235 x 321 x 102mm.
  • Cutout Dimension (WxH): 205 x 294mm.
  • Minimum Mounting Depth: 86mm.
  • Finish: White - Can be painted.
  • Nett Weight: 3.9kg each.
  • Country Of Origin: Crafted & Designed In Canada.
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 Years.

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.

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