Paradigm Persona 3F Speaker System Review Test Bench

Test Bench

L/R Sensitivity: 89.5 dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz

Center Sensitivity: 89 dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz

Surround Sensitivity: 89 dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz


This graph shows the quasi-anechoic (employing close-miking of all woofers) frequency response of the Persona 3F L/R (purple trace), Persona Sub subwoofer (blue trace), Persona C center channel (green trace), and Persona B surround (red trace). All passive loudspeakers were measured at a distance of 1 meter with a 2.83-volt input and scaled for display purposes.

The Persona 3F’s listening-window response (a five-point average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal and vertical responses) measures +4.83/–2.12 decibels from 200 hertz to 10 kilohertz. The –3dB point is at 49 Hz, and the –6dB point is at 37 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 3.49 ohms at 16.1 kHz and a phase angle of –55.26 degrees at 8.2 kHz.

The Persona C’s listening-window response measures +2.85/–2.32 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. An average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal responses measures +3.04/–2.37 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3dB point is at 49 Hz, and the –6dB point is at 40 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 4.42 ohms at 141 Hz and a phase angle of –60.68 degrees at 98 Hz.

The Persona B’s listening-window response measures +2.38/–5.20 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3dB point is at 68 Hz, and the –6dB point is at 57 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 4.70 ohms at 168 Hz and a phase angle of –53.22 degrees at 18.3 kHz.

The Persona Sub’s close-miked response, normalized to the level at 80 Hz, indicates that the lower –3dB point is at 22 Hz and the –6dB point is at 19 Hz. The upper –3dB point is at 150 Hz with the Cut-Off Frequency control set to maximum.—MJP

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snorene's picture

Darryl - thanks for the entertaining write up on the Persona's. It was as amusing as it was insightful. The Persona's are certainly beautiful to look at, and now, based on what you wrote, equally as beautiful in the sound they recreate. I may never afford a Ferrari or a Megayacht, but these luxurious speakers might someday be possible to own. (And I probably would get more use and wife approval too, then from the former two.) Bravo to Paradigm.

drny's picture

It's great to dream of spending hours in the rapture of driving a Ferrari Le Ferrari, or for that matter carefully listening to every nuance of the Persona system. Sadly they will remain in my dreams.
Meanwhile, I will continue to work towards the purchase of $65,000 Mustang Shelby 350R and $8,500 Goldenear Reference Towers.
You keep on dreaming, while I rumble through the twisties in my Shelby.
Thereafter bring down my blood pressure as I listen to my music on my Goldenear Reference system.

javanp's picture

it would not a very good anchor make

drny's picture

I foolishly made some comments prior to auditioning the Persona 3F (see my July 29 stuff of dreams comments).
I spent an hour transfixed with arm hair raised listening to the sheer transparent sound of Paradigm's Persona 3F.
My children are now in their 30's so no chance of me getting much for them.
Oh well, there's always the Lotto.

allhifi's picture

Whether it's the fancy room acoustic compensation circuit or the actual performance of the loudspeakers, there'a couple things I'd like to mention:

1) In answer to your comment below: Perhaps you've never heard many other $10K + loudspeakers. Start/try the superb KEF 'Reference 1's.

" What can I say? There are damn few speaker systems that I’d consider selling my children—or myself—for medical experiments to acquire."

Solid point. Point taken

#2) Some journalistic investigation integrity would have revealed that the actual drive-units (of the Persona line) is actually -and almost proudly claimed by Paradigm itself- are screwed into the baffle board with 'self-tapping' wood-screws, as opposed to the far more sophisticated method of 'bolting-in' -to a specific torque specification no less. In a $10,000. plus loudspeaker ?

Consider the driver mounting technique of (by many accounts brilliant) Q Acoustics 'Concept 500' loudspeaker valued between $5-10K, or in fact the aforementioned KEF REF-1's -secured with 6-8 threaded bolts (within a highly advanced baffle board composite including a steel plate which the co-incident mid/tweeter is firmly secured !

At $10-$30K/pair, it wold be prudent for a reviewer to respect the sheer expense and do a thorough investigation before waxing poetic on subjective interpretations -with no reference to competing models.

You can, you must do better -for readers.

peter jasz

eb579's picture

Yeah, the wood screw thing was a total deal breaker for me too. Can you believe those idiots?? Certainly the KEFs must be superior speakers, given this advanced "bolting" technology that they've pioneered. Can't pull the wool over these astute readers' eyes!

hk2000's picture

I know this is an old article, but did the reviewer try a different speaker system for auditioning the same movie that sounded as if it was an ATMOS track without the ATMOS speakers? I suspect the processing and the source movie recording itself had more to do with the quality of the surround track than the speakers did. This has always been my objection to adding more and more speakers- a good 5.1 system with a well done track is just as good.

Garyreg's picture

Nice review, they must be truly amazing. For those like me who like to listen to the described sound tracks on their own system,... "Gregory Porter’s 2016 release, Take Me to the Alley, has a number of exceptional tracks, with two of the most notable being the bonus duets “Holding On [featuring Kem]” and “Insanity [featuring Lalah Hathaway]”. The 3Fs showed them off, beginning with the finger snaps at the start of “Holding On,” which were strong, dynamically crisp, and holographically placed at dead centre." Actually the finger snaps are on "Insanity" not "Holding On"!

Garyreg's picture

I put this on after the Gregory Porter. This is another great recording to admire your systems performance. Some of the best sounding guitar, both electric and acoustic, saxophone, piano, bass and drums, recorded masterfully at Inception Studios, it features some of the new Jazz virtuosos coming out of Toronto Canada!

katherinerose6's picture

All beryllium is used throughout the two-way, two-driver Persona B monitor. The Persona 3F tower, on the other hand, has a 1-inch beryllium dome tweeter and a 7-inch beryllium cone midrange, as well as a pair of 7-inch not-beryllium, anodized-aluminum bass drivers, learn more..

Kimberly88's picture

This is a tip top sound system that ironically enough I experienced for the first time in the waiting room of Tip Top Auto Body while waiting for my car door dent repair. The bang booms and the treble rings! 5/5 can't wait to hopefully get one used.

ernestuthomas's picture

Paradigm Persona 3F Speaker System truly redefines audio excellence. The review captures the essence of its extraordinary performance, highlighting its impeccable sound reproduction, stunning design, and the immersive experience it brings to music enthusiasts. A must-read for anyone seeking unparalleled audio quality in a speaker system. metallic epoxy flooring

katherinerose6's picture

This is why I've always opposed the idea of constantly adding speakers: a well-done 5.1 system sounds just as good with a well-curated music. Look for

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Janwil's picture

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