Paradigm Persona 3F

Joe B

Joe B

Audioholic
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59
#1
I found a dealer about an hour away that has a pair of Persona 3F speakers set up in a system. I emailed them and the owner told me to come by any time, so I think I'm going Wednesday. The tech behind these speakers is pretty neat and I want to hear what Beryllium drivers sound like. I'll post the review when the mission is accomplished.
 
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shadyJ

Audioholic Spartan
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#2
Be careful, you are going to end up wanting that speaker. By the way, I think the 3F is the sweet spot in the Persona line-up for those that will be using some good subs. The midwoofer is not tasked to play bass as it is on the Persona Bookshelf, but the 3F is not nearly as expensive as the other Persona towers either. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Bring music that has an emphasis on mids, like female vocals.
 
Joe B

Joe B

Audioholic
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#3
Be careful, you are going to end up wanting that speaker. By the way, I think the 3F is the sweet spot in the Persona line-up for those that will be using some good subs. The midwoofer is not tasked to play bass as it is on the Persona Bookshelf, but the 3F is not nearly as expensive as the other Persona towers either. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Bring music that has an emphasis on mids, like female vocals.
Oh, I have a feeling you're right that I'm going to want that speaker. I agree that the 3F looks like the sweet spot out of the line up. And though the price is up there, it isn't unreasonable given other offerings with the same tech. Dave, the owner of the store, said, "We have a Sooloos music server with Tidal feeding the system, so virtually anything you might want to listen too will be available," so I probably won't bring any discs into the store, although I'll have a few for the ride up there in the car.
As far as music that emphasizes the mids, I've got that covered. I listen to a lot of choral music and art song, so I know exactly what I want to listen to. My 75F's have fantastic mids, so hearing an improvement is going to be very cool. The 3F's should also have more low end than my 75F's. I'll post upon completion of the mission. I'm getting psyched!
 
Cos

Cos

Audioholic General
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514 1
#4
I have demo'd the Persona line, I think each level of those speakers are outstanding, but I did not like the bookshelves.

Sounds like you have a solid Paradigm Dealer, which is good, my dealer where I buy my GoldenEar from also sells a ton of Paradigm if you end up not getting aggressive pricing. I personally would love to get the 7F, unfortunately my wallet disagrees with me :(
 
Joe B

Joe B

Audioholic
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59
#6
Joe B-
Did you get a chance to hear the 3fs?
In fact I did. The speakers transparency blew me away. Soundstage was so perfect I couldn't hear anything coming from the speakers. I read a review somewhere on line where the writer said, referring to the 5F, that on some pieces you are transported to the recording location and on others the recording soundstage is brought into the listening room. I find this accurate.
My speakers have excellent mid-range. The 3F's are better, and not marginally. I'm sure the difference in driver material is responsible. The high end was really nice. Again, driver material leading to clearer, more transparent sound. Low end marginally better than my 75F's. I would pair these speakers with two good subs in a 2.2 set up for killer sound reproduction.
 
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returntomusic

Audiophyte
#7
Thanks for your take on them.

I also compared the 3fs to the Prestige (95f in my case).
My experience was similar to yours, the Personas engaged me on a different level with beautiful clarity, midrange purity and an immersive soundstage. The 3f bass quality was better than the 95f, (didn’t go quite as low, but didn’t care!) and had less apparent room node excitation.
A step up in every way- and I am a fan of the Prestige line (with many hours listening to them) and view them as great values. The 3fs would also appear to be great values, just at a different strata.
 

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