One really hot market segment right now in the audio industry is cheap loudspeakers that "punch way above their weight." It seems like I'm constantly reading articles about some $100/pair speaker that sounds way too good to cost $100, or some $60 pair of speakers that has the reviewer wondering how they could possibly make any money on something that costs so little but sounds so good.
Then you see these speakers in person and it all makes sense. While these designs may feature some innovative and clever engineering, they look like they were stamped out of cheap plastic--usually because they are. In other words, they were meant to be heard and not seen.
That's what brings me to the Paradigm Atom, now in its "7.0" version. The original Atom, introduced about 20 years ago, was one of the first of its kind--a $200 pair of speakers that sounded like a decent pair of $500 speakers. The original Atom sold like the proverbial hotcakes.
The latest version of the Atom now costs a bit more--$398/pair instead of $200--but it is a much more advanced design. It also looks a lot nicer than the old V.1...the drivers are better, the cabinets are heftier and the overall visual presentation is quite attractive.
The Paradigm Atom v.7 is one of the smallest and least expensive speakers we sell here at Tenacious Sound. But you wouldn't know it by listening to it. You get plenty of air, space and texture, with surprisingly deep bass and crystal-clear highs.
Match the new Atoms with a decent amp and a nice turntable like the $450 Rega RP1 and you'll be listening to old LPs well into the wee hours. Come on in and ask to audition these little wonders at Tenacious Sound!