Paradigm Cinema 330 Speaker System and Harman/Kardon AVR 340 A/V Receiver At A Glance & Ratings: Paradigm

At A Glance: Paradigm Cinema 330 Speaker System

Subwoofer: UltraCube 10
Connections: Line-level, mono input
Enclosure Type: Sealed
Woofer (size in inches, type): 10, mineral-filled copolymer polypropylene cone (1)
Passive Radiators: 9-inch (2)
Power Rating (watts): 650 RMS, 1,500 peak
Crossover Bypass: No
Available Finishes: Black Ash
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 12.9 x 11.5 x 11.5
Weight (pounds): 29
Price: $799

Speaker: Cinema 330, Cinema ADP
Type: 2.5-way, 5-driver, 2-way, 4-driver
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 1, titanium dome, 1, titanium dome (2)
Midrange (size in inches, type): 4.5, injection-molded copolymer cone (2)
Woofer (size in inches, type): 4.5, polypropylene cone (2) 3.5, injection-molded copolymer cone (2)
Nominal Impedance (ohms): 8, 8
Recommended Amp Power (watts): 15–120, 15–100
Available Finishes: Silver, Black
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 24.5 x 6.3 x 4.2, 7.5 x 4.75 x 5.25
Weight (pounds): 6.3, 3.6
Price: $299/each, $218/pair

Ratings: Paradigm Cinema 330 Speaker system

Build Quality: 89
• Sub's passive radiators reinforced with steel plates
• The speakers have molded plastic enclosures

Value: 90
• LCR's five-driver design comes in at a nice price
• Sub is a downright bargain at the price

Features: 92
• Stand- or wall-mount for both front and rear
• Glass-bottomed stands are a neat touch

Performance: 90
• Sub's bass potency—wow!
• Strongly outlined midrange

Ergonomics: 89
• Speakers look beautiful on stands
• Forget thick cable or banana plugs

Overall Rating: 90
Paradigm moves with the times, offering slender speakers that mate easily with flat panels and other thin displays. The company's conventional speaker lines offer higher performance, but these sound good and are more in tune with the style of the times.

General information

Cinema 330 LCR Speaker, $299/each; ADP Surround Speaker, $218/pair; UltraCube 10 Subwoofer, $799
(905) 632-0180