Paradigm Founder 90C Centre Speaker
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Reference Centre Channel, Accurate Dynamic Sound
Aluminium Magnesium Ceramic High Frequency Driver
Unique Dual Concentric Tweeter/ Aluminium Magnesium Midrange
Two Ultra-High Excursion, Ultra-Stiff Carbon Bass Drivers, Two Passive Radiators
Beautiful Premium-Grade Finishes Available
About The Paradigm Founder 90C Centre Speaker
The Paradigm Founder 90C is close to being the ideal centre channel. The most ideal centre channel is to use the same speaker as the Front Left and Right channels. However, this is not always practical, especially when towers are being used. So, the Founder 90C was designed to capture the overall performance, dynamics, and realism of the larger tower models, but in a design that is more practical to use underneath a TV or screen.
Founder is no ordinary loudspeaker. Paradigm have treated every part, large and small, as if it were the most crucial piece of the whole. Every component has been thoroughly researched, designed, engineered, and tested. Not only are the drivers completely new, so is their mounting hardware, the cabinet’s internal structure and shape, and even the feet. By leaving no element unaddressed, Paradigm’s designers & engineers have created something that is much greater than the sum of its parts.
When we say “precision” we mean the nuance, detail, and realism that is achieved when a speaker “gets it right.” Founder series includes many new advances in design, materials, and engineering to provide class defining levels of performance.
Aluminium Magnesium Ceramic (AL-MAC™) High Frequency Driver: Founder’s tweeter is made lighter and stronger with Paradigm’s special combination of Aluminium, Magnesium, and Ceramic materials. It has a natural resistance to uncontrolled resonance that makes it far more accurate and responsive than other designs. It doesn’t just sound good on paper, it performs in the real world.
Dual-Sync™ Continuous Flux Motor Coaxial Midrange: The Founder’s new coaxial midrange driver found on the centre channel models, employs an oblate spheroid shape with a coaxially mounted tweeter. It maintains detail and sonic focus within the broad and deep sound stage by acting as the waveguide for the tweeter, making its dispersion characteristics ideal for any listening space. The patented Dual-Sync™ Continuous Flux Motor has taken away the limitations of combined magnet structures as well as having a full-sized, low-distortion and higher output midrange tweeter combination while maintaining a relatively low height for the centre channel cabinet, allowing for greater placement flexibility.
Two 7” Ultra-High-Excursion CARBON-X Unibody Bass Drivers: To maintain clarity in the lowest frequencies, Paradigm’s designers have created an ultra-stiff, ultra-strong bass driver made from mineral-infused carbon fibre. It’s moulded in a single piece to maintain control at the highest volumes. Combined with our patented ART Surround, it is both detailed and powerful. The 90C uses two 7” (177mm) bass drivers for impressive bass depth and dynamics.
Two 7” Ultra-High-Excursion CARBON-X Unibody Passive Radiators: As well as the two 7” active bass drivers, Paradigm have also included two 7” (177mm) passive radiators. Because the 90C has a sealed enclosure, the passive radiators are driven by the air inside the cabinet moved by the bass drivers. Because they are not electrically connected they represent no additional load to the amplifier but do provide extra dynamics and bass extension.
Packing incredible technology into a speaker means nothing if the benefits don’t reach your ears. By addressing every component, Paradigm’s engineers have made sure that you can hear the results of their hard work in any environment.
Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™): Paradigm’s research into the evolution of modern home interiors led them to create the OSW™ Waveguide. This uniquely shaped part is used in Founder’s tweeter and midrange drivers. By maintaining sonic focus on the listening area, less sound bleeds to the sides where it can be coloured by reflective surfaces. This makes Founder perfect for large, open-plan rooms with reflective surfaces like windows and hardwood floors. OSW™ gives you better sound where you want it, and less distracting sound where you don’t. Real solutions for real life.
Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens: To protect Founder’s tweeter in the 90C, Paradigm developed the Perforated Phase Aligning (PPA™) Lens. Not only does it look beautiful, it ensures that all frequencies reach the listener’s ears at the same time. This adds to Founder’s realistic and precise presentation. It also makes them ideal for listening from farther away without losing sound quality and detail to the room.
Cascade Fusion Bracing: Speaker cabinets should be seen and not heard. To ensure that the driver’s output is entirely uncoloured, Paradigm developed Cascade Fusion Bracing. This proprietary manufacturing technique utilizes a reinforced and sealed longitudinal brace with cascading supports, which serves as the cabinet's foundation. The 'skin' or 'sleeve' is then wrapped and fused to form an ultra-rigid grid-style enclosure, free from unwanted resonance and vibration. You have to un-hear it to believe it.
Advanced Shock-Mount™ System: To lower distortion and further maximize driver performance, Paradigm have created the Advanced Shock-Mount System™ for the driver mounting hardware. Drivers are mechanically isolated from the front baffle and that way, no vibration is transmitted from driver to cabinet, or cabinet to driver.
Detail, clarity, accuracy, fidelity – these are words often thrown around to indicate the quality of sound, but what of the quantity? Recreating a live performance takes dynamics, or the ability to recreate quiet sounds, loud sounds, and everything in between. Let’s look at how the Founder Series recreates the broadest and most powerful dynamics.
Increasing Useable Output by Decreasing Distortion: Speakers that can truly “play loud” do so because they have no audible distortion. Distortion is what makes a speaker harsh and fatiguing. Founder’s technologies eliminate these unwanted elements so you can turn up the volume. With greater usable output, Founder can not only reproduce the subtlest nuances, it can rock out when you want it to.
High Output, High Efficiency Components: “Power Is Nothing Without Control.” This famous quote is behind everything Paradigm do. All driver components are designed for maximum power handling and high output. High power density magnets, high excursion cone surrounds, and multi-layered voice coils work in concert to create the broadest possible dynamic spectrum. Fluid-cooled tweeters keep everything composed during the most demanding musical passages or intense action scenes. The driver designs have increased usable cone area while remaining the same size as competing products. More output and less bulk can only be a good thing.
Bi-Amp Capable + Hybrid Design: All models in the Founder series can be Bi-amped or Bi-wired to make the most of your electronics’ power delivery. This not only provides a more direct connection to the components inside the speaker but raises the amount of power available to it.
Our Take On The Paradigm Founder 90C Centre Speaker
One word springs to mind when you first lay eyes on the Paradigm Founder speakers and that is ‘Sharp’. These things are as sharp as an Italian pin striped suit. In fact, these puppies look so good we think some people will buy them just for the looks alone. Fortunately the beauty is more than skin deep and, oh boy, do these things perform. “Power Is Nothing Without Control” has long been the foundation behind everything Paradigm do and the Founder series deeply embodies that concept to produce a range of speakers that feature vanishingly low distortion, incredible driver control and explosive dynamics which make them sound big and powerful without even having to try.
When space and funds are no object and you want the best vocal clarity combined with spaciousness, depth and dynamics then the Paradigm 90C is just the ticket. It will pair brilliantly with either the Founder 100F or the Founder 120H floorstanders. The tonal match will be eerily good and the 90C will have no trouble keeping up with the floorstanding left and rights due to its articulate clarity and dynamic effortlessness. If you’re building a first class cinema system and you have a hankering for suave good looks and stonking great sound, make sure you put the Paradigm Founder series right near the top of your list.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: 4-driver, 2 passive radiator, 3 way Centre Speaker, sealed enclosure
- High Frequency Driver: Coaxial 1" (25mm) AL-MAC™ Ceramic Dome with Oblate Spheroid Waveguide (OSW™) and Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens, ferro-fluid damped / cooled, Patent Pending Dual Gap Motor Structure
- Midrange Driver: Coaxial 6” (152mm) AL-MAG™ Cone with SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System, a 2” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with Apical™ former, Patented Dual-Sync™ Continuous Flux Motor
- Active Bass Drivers: Two 7" (177mm) Ultra-High Excursion CARBON-X™ Unibody Cone, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ART™), and a 1.5” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated Apical™ former
- Passive Radiators: Two 7" (177mm) Ultra-High-Excursion CARBON-X™ Unibody Cone, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ART™) with Vertical Mounting System, Advanced SHOCKMOUNT™ Isolation
- Crossover: 2nd order electro-acoustic at 2.5 kHz (tweeter), 2nd order at 500 Hz (bass)
- Low Frequency Extension: 37 Hz (DIN)
- Frequency Response On-Axis: ±2dB from 55 Hz - 23 kHz
- Frequency Response 30° Off-Axis: ±2dB from 55 Hz - 17 kHz
- Sensitivity Room / Anechoic: 94 dB / 91 dB
- Suitable Amplifier Power Range: 15 - 260 watts
- Maximum Input Power: 200 watts
- Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms
- Available Finishes: Gloss Piano Black, Gloss Midnight Cherry, Satin Black Walnut, Satin Walnut
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 908 x 226 x 327mm
- Weight: 21.8kg each
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE
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