Paradigm Founder 70LCR

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Precision. Control. Dynamics.

These are the pillars upon which the Founder series has been built.

Founder 70LCR


From time to time, something special emerges and changes the rules. The perfect blend of technology, design, and performance. At the beginning of the development of the Founder series, we knew one thing: when art embraces science, everything is possible, and we exceeded our wildest expectations.

Founder is not an ordinary speaker. Every component, large and small, has been scrutinized down to the smallest detail. Each component has been meticulously researched, designed, and developed exclusively for the Founder. New patented technologies have been developed for the acoustic platform. The new cabinet platform is not just an impressive design; its unique shape and integrated structural reinforcement offer acoustical performances unparalleled by traditional square boxes. By leaving no element unanswered, the Founder is much more than the sum of its parts.

During our exhaustive process of research, design, and engineering, we closely examined how speakers interact with their environment. The contemporary interiors of homes present increasingly significant design challenges over the past decade. Stone, glass, and wood have become the materials of choice, and open concepts dominate. The design of the Founder has evolved with this trend and is perfectly suited to deliver its maximum performance in rooms that may defy traditionally designed speakers. Whether you enjoy movies and music in a more traditional listening space or your home resembles that of Architectural Digest, you can be sure that the Founder will sound as good as it looks.

Precision When we say “precision,” we refer to the subtlety, detail, and realism achieved when the speaker “does things right.” The Founder series includes numerous advances in design, materials, and engineering to provide class-defining levels of performance.

High-Frequency Ceramic Aluminum Magnesium (AL-MAC™) Tweeter Every high-performance speaker (in this case, the tweeter) must be both highly resilient (to avoid distortion) and very lightweight (to be agile, responsive, and precise). This pursuit of design and engineering led the industry to experiment with many different exotic materials. AL-MAC is our unique blend of aluminum, magnesium, and ceramic, each contributing to the ultimate goal of greater precision and realism. Their special properties contribute to the final product, which is not only resilient and lightweight but embodies natural anti-resonance to ensure that the tweeter sounds incredible not just on paper but in the real world. Cutting-edge technology with real-world practical benefits – that’s what the Founder series is all about.

Midrange Aluminum Magnesium (AL-MAG™) Speaker Similar to the goals we had in mind when developing the AL-MAC tweeter, AL-MAG is designed to bring the same high level of performance to the area where our ears are most sensitive, the midrange. With AL-MAG technology, the Founder series gets even closer to this goal.

Unibody CARBON-X Ultra-High Excursion Bass Speaker The foundation of our listening experience starts with the lowest frequencies. In pursuit of ultimate clarity, we developed new technology, high-performance bass speakers for larger models in the Founder series. These speakers use a one-piece cone construction for increased resistance, especially at higher volumes, with the lowest possible mass to ensure that every detail can be heard clearly. Paired with ART Surround technology and Paradigm’s Shock-Mount technologies, you get a bass speaker that is both detailed and powerful, as it should be.

Control Integrating incredible technology into a speaker means nothing if the benefits don’t reach your ears. By addressing each component, our engineers ensured that you could hear the results of their hard work in any environment.

Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™) The rooms where we live and listen have changed radically over the years. While the interiors of our homes have evolved, many speaker technologies have not kept pace. We believe speakers should be a natural extension of the look and feel of your room while providing a significant and real performance boost. Enter the Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™), exclusive to Paradigm. The OSW™ helps Founder series speakers deal with the challenges posed by modern environments, which are larger, more open, and full of reflective surfaces. The OSW™ technology uses precise and natural geometry to help focus the tweeter’s output where it matters, in the listening area. Moving to the sides of the listening area, the tweeter’s output gradually decreases, avoiding room reflections that hinder performance. A reduction in output at the room’s periphery means that the sound won’t disturb others who may be within earshot but want to focus elsewhere. Paired with a larger, more powerful magnet/motor structure with increased efficiency and reduced distortion, the OSW™ provides better sound where you want it and less disturbing noise where you don’t. Real solutions for real life.

Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Objective The Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) technology is a perfect example of the intersection of form and function. Not only are the manufactured metal pieces pleasing to the eye, but they also protect the speaker cone and provide a substantial performance advantage. For additional levels of realism, the PPA™ objective works to ensure that all frequencies reach the listener’s ears at the same time. This means everything sounds more realistic, from the deepest bass to the most delicate details. The Founder column models also receive this treatment on their midrange speakers to help project sound more predictably at a distance. This makes them ideal for long-distance listening without sacrificing sound quality and detail in the room.

Cascade-Fusion Reinforcement The first thing you see on a speaker should be the last thing you hear: the cabinet. The cabinets of the Founder series are not only beautiful and unique to the eye, but their design enhances performance. The more rigid and solid the cabinet, the less resonance and vibration it produces, invariably improving sound. The Cascade-Fusion reinforcement inside the faceted cabinets of the Founder series is designed to increase rigidity and break up all standing waves generated by high-output bass speakers. The inherent strength of our unique geometric cabinet also helps distribute energy over a larger surface, providing even greater strength and support than is possible with traditional square cabinet designs. This ultra-rigid construction gives the speakers a neutral platform to play, resulting in tighter bass, greater clarity, and more precise precision. These beautiful cabinets are “seen and not heard.”

Advanced Shock-Mount™ Mounting System With the Founder series, every detail matters. While all technologies are something you can hear the benefits of, some focus more on what you don’t hear: distortion. The shock-mount mounting system is one of these special technologies that concerns both visual and sonic invisibility. While we have made our speakers the “stars of the show,” the accompanying technology and innovation ensure that all their advantages reach your ears. We are very proud of the new advanced shock-mount system specially designed to control vibrations and resonances between midrange and bass speakers and the cabinet. By mechanically decoupling these speakers from the specially designed and reinforced cabinet, these harmful vibrations cannot transfer between speakers and cabinet or between cabinet and speakers. Without these resonances, all speakers are free to deliver pure and unaltered sound, without audible distortion. We have also applied this principle to the cabinet’s feet. The shock-mount feet serve to decouple the cabinet from the floor, controlling and eliminating more harmful effects of parasitic vibrations. The feet can even be adjusted from the top, without moving or tilting the cabinet, to ensure a perfectly level seating on any surface. Interchangeable hardware is included for carpeted and wooden floors so that, no matter what you choose, you hear all the performances you paid for.

Anthem Room Correction (ARC™) We mentioned earlier that rooms have changed radically over the years, but speakers have not kept up with the evolution of our living spaces. This is not just a bold claim; we can prove it! Using our world-class room correction system, Anthem Room Correction, or ARC, we have collected thousands of data points that paint a clear picture of the impact of a room on the sound of your speakers. There is a reason why singing in the shower sounds different than in a living room; the same voice in a different room equals a different sound. The latest version of ARC, ARC Genesis, is an incredibly powerful software that precisely measures what your speakers are doing in your room and adjusts them to eliminate almost all harmful effects of your room’s acoustics. ARC Genesis is a tailor-made solution that controls the parts of the room that are not helpful while retaining those that are, leaving you with cleaner and more accurate sound.

Dynamics Detail, clarity, precision, fidelity – these are words often used to indicate sound quality, but what about quantity? Recreating a live performance requires dynamics, or the ability to recreate soft, loud, and everything in between. Let’s see how the Founder series recreates the widest and most powerful dynamics.

AL-MAC™ High-Frequency Driver The tweeter in the Founder Series is a 1″ (25mm) Aluminum Magnesium Ceramic (AL-MAC™) dome featuring a proprietary Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™) and a Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens.

Ultra-High-Excursion AL-MAG™ Bass Midrange Driver (Exclusive to Founder Series 40B & 80F) The mid/bass driver in the Founder Series (exclusive to models 40B and 80F) is a 6″ (152mm) Ultra-High-Excursion Aluminum Magnesium (AL-MAG™) cone with a Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ART™) Surround with Vertical Mounting System, Advanced SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation, and a 1.5” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated Apical™ former.

DESIGN 4-driver, 3 way LCR, sealed enclosure
CROSSOVER 2nd order electro-acoustic at 2.2 kHz (tweeter), 2nd order @ 700 Hz (bass)
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
BASS FREQUENCY DRIVER  Two 5.5″ (127mm Ultra-HighExcursion CARBON-X™ Unibody Cone, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ART™), and a 1.5” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated Apical™ former
MIDRANGE FREQUENCY 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
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 30° OFF-AXIS ±2dB from 79 Hz – 17 kHz
IMPEDANCE Compatible with 8 ohms
DIMENSIONS HXWXD 8” x 18.9” x 12.3” (20.4cm x 48cm x 31.3cm)
WEIGHT 30 lbs (13.6 kg) each
FINISHES Piano Black, Black Walnut, Midnight Cherry, Walnut