Paradigm Titan Monitor V6 Bookshelf Speakers

Another Winner from Paradigm

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Paradigm Titan Monitor Speaker. Paradigm

I may be slightly biased, but my first reaction when listening to the Paradigm Titan V.6 Monitor Series speakers was that Paradigm has produced another winner. I say slightly biased because I own Paradigm Reference Studio 100 v.2 tower speakers as one of my reference speaker systems. I'll remain objective, however, there is a lot to appreciate about the sound qualities of the Titans.

Features and Design

Paradigm is well known for the extensive research and development that goes into its speakers.

They offer a wide range of floorstanding, bookshelf, in-wall, on-wall, in-ceiling and even speakers designed for use in a marine environment. The Monitor Series speakers are aimed at the budget-minded audiophile market – music lovers that want accurate sounding speakers but don't have an unlimited budget.

The Titan Monitor v.6 is a two-way bass reflex speaker with a 7 ½" bass-midrange driver and a 1" dome tweeter. The bass-mid driver uses Paradigm's Glass-Reinforced Injection-Molded Polymer frame (GRIP™) for rigidity and the cone is a Polymer-based material with low-mass characteristics for quick transient response. It incorporates a phase plug to align midrange signals in a phase-coherent wave and to reduce distortion.

The H-PTD™ Titanium dome tweeter provides a combination of rigidity and low mass and is ferro-fluid cooled. The Titans are relatively efficient at 93dB so a receiver with 50 watts per channel or more is enough power.

They are available with optional magnetic shielding for placement close to a conventional television.

The Titan Monitors are offered in Rosenut, Black Ash, Cherry and Wenge finishes. My review samples were Wenge, a rich, dark brown color that seems to be growing in popularity. It's an attractive color that appears almost black before a closer look.

The only feature I thought the Titans lacked was bi-wire or bi-amp capability, but their sound quality easily compensated despite the absence of this feature. My review samples included the S-22 stands.

 

Audio Performance

For this review, the new Anthem Integrated 225 stereo amplifier powered the Titan Monitors with 225 watts per channel, which is more than enough amplifier power for the Titans. The source was a Yamaha CD-1060 player.

The Titan Monitors have several distinguishing characteristics including a solid, warm bass foundation, very clear and focused center imaging and a strong midrange presence with good resolution of detail.

The bass produced by the Titans has a full and warm sound quality with plenty of low-end for a two-channel system. A subwoofer may be a good idea if the Titans are used in a home theater system, but the bass is just right for two-channel listening. My carefully preserved vinyl recording of "Home" by Honk, a rock group from the 70s had the same natural, balanced bass that music lovers enjoy about listening to long-play records. I previously converted this LP recording to CD using my AT-LP2D-USB turntable.

Steely Dan uses lots of percussion instruments in their recordings and the vibes in "Negative Girl" from the Two Against Nature CD, (a more recent recording), revealed quick transient response and sharp attack with excellent midrange definition.

"Jack of Speed" from the same album had great detail.

Center imaging was tight a very focused in "Max-O-Man", the lead cut from the Best of Fourplay album.

The Paradigm Titan Monitors were easy on the ears and overall were very well balanced - a real pleasure to listen to for long periods of time.

 

Conclusion

The Paradigm Titan Monitors have many of the sound characteristics I appreciate in my Paradigm Reference Studio 100 Monitors, even though the Studio 100s are floorstanding towers and far more expensive than the Titans. This makes the Titan Monitors an outstanding value. Their full bass response, open midrange and detailed high frequency response are an impressive accomplishment for $298 apiece.

I pledged to remain objective and I have, but based on my listening it's clear that Paradigm has designed a real winner with the Titan Monitor bookshelf speakers.

 

Specifications

  • Design: 2-driver, 2-way bass reflex enclosures
  • Crossover: 2nd-order electro-acoustic at 1.8 kHz
  • High-Frequency Driver: 25-mm (1 in) H-PTD™ dome, ferro-fluid cooled
  • Bass / Midrange Driver: 190-mm (7-1/2 in) M-ICP™ cone, 25-mm (1 in) voice coil, GRIP™ chassis
  • Low-Frequency Extension: 39 Hz
  • Frequency Response On-Axis: ±2 dB from 65 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 15 - 100 watts
  • Maximum Input Power: 80 watts
  • Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms
  • Dimensions (Height, Width, Depth):46.8 cm x 21.5 cm x 30.1 cm, 18-7/16 in x 8-7/16 in x 11-7/8 in
  • Weight: 20.0 kg / 44 lb per pair
  • Finishes: Wengé, Cherry, Rosenut, Black Ash
  • Paradigm® Stands (sold separately): Paradigm® S-22, Paradigm® S-18, Paradigm® J-2
  • Contact: paradigm.com