Paradigm CI Pro P80-R-SM (Each)

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

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

Rugged Design; Bezel Free Grille; Easy DIY Installation

Mono/Stereo Input

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The Paradigm CI-Pro P80R-SM is a stereo input speaker designed for locations where you don't need or want two speakers - Bathrooms; Hallways etc. In-Ceiling and In-Wall speakers serve very different needs than traditional, freestanding speakers and the P80R-SM is even more unique within this category.


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-Ceiling 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."

Performance in Either Mono or Stereo: The Paradigm CI Pro P80R-SM's can be used as either a mono/single speaker as per most other in-ceiling speakers. However they have been designed to work as a stereo speaker. What's that you ask? Fact is in many areas of the home you may only have space or need one speaker but still want stereo performance. Meal areas, utility rooms and bedrooms are typical. So the following comments are based on the P80R-SM being used as a stereo input speaker.

The P80R-SM's feature the same 203mm Bass Driver as the P80R's but instead of one 25mm X-PAL Dome Tweeter there are two. With a 92.5dB SPL they are fairly easy to drive although maximum input is just 55 Watts in stereo mode - see Our Take for more info. They are compatible with 8 Ohms and have a pretty impressive frequency response of between 64Hz and 22kHz. Grilles are micro-perf 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 CI Pro P80R-SM'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-aluminium 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 aluminum 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 aluminium 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 aluminium 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 over-moulded 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-moulded 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 have not only a need for in-ceiling 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-Ceiling performance at a modest price with any of the Paradigm CI Pro Series that claim their heritage from the audiophile custom collection. The CI Pro P80R-SM's are best suited in multi-room music systems - especially where a 'fuller' sound is desired - rather than rear speakers in surround sound systems where there are better options available. 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 P80R-SM's is just 55 Watts RMS. The problem is that many amplifiers deliver much more than that so you will need to have an honest appraisal as to how loud you want the sound. Experience tells us this is enough for most multi-room applications but with amplifiers becoming more powerful it is easy to conclude that the P80R-SM's can handle anything. Like ALL speakers, they have limitations. Talk to us about your needs BEFORE your purchase so we can all agree that this is the best solution.  Easy 1-2-3 installation or we can arrange via our Installation department - Speak with Simon Lee.

Main Features & Specifications

  • Design: 3-Way Mono/Stereo In Ceiling Speaker
  • Drivers: Three
  • 1 x 203mm Mid-Bass Driver
    • Mineral filled polypropylene filled cone,
    • Over-molded Active Ridge Technology (ART) surround
    • Die-cast aluminium chassis
  • 2 x 25mm X-PAL dome Tweeters
    • Die-cast heatsink faceplate
    • Ferro-Fluid cooled 
    • Reduced Edge Diffraction (RED) Technology,
    • Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA) Tweeter Lens
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 40 Watts - 55 Watts RMS.
  • Recommended Maximum Input: 55 Watts RMS - Clean power in stereo mode
  • Frequency Response: 64Hz - 22kHz ± 3dB.
  • Crossover Frequency: 2kHz.
  • Crossover Type: 2nd-order electro-acoustic.
  • Crossover Components: Non-Ageing Components.
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms (Nominal).
  • Sensitivity: 92dB.
  • External Diameter: 261mm.
  • Cutout Dimension: 234mm.
  • Depth: 98mm.
  • Grille Finish: White - Can be painted (extra cost).
  • Nett Weight: 2.9kg 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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