SIGNATURE COLLECTIONS

PARADIGM : Signature SUB 1

The Best Subwoofer 
in its Price Range!

The most difficult task in designing SUB 1 and SUB 2 was not just to have these subs play lower and louder than any other subwoofers in the world, but to do so in a size that wouldn't dominate the average living room, and in a cabinet that could be mistaken for a very fine piece of furniture.

And then there are the mind-boggling specs. SUB 2 plumbs the depths to 7 Hz with bloodcurdling output: 112 dB at 10 Hz, 126 dB at 60 Hz (in room). Connected to a 240-volt line, SUB 2 delivers 4,500 watts of continuous RMS Sustained power and a Frankenstein 9,000 watts of Dynamic Peak power through its unique Power Factor Correction system. Talk about bringing your music and movies to life! SUB 1 is no slouch either, delivering 1,700 watts of continuous power and 3,400 watts at peak.

With not one, but six cutting-edge drivers in each sub, transient information is conveyed with pristine clarity and perfect precision. Dynamics come through with lightning-fast speed and a power so shattering that it must be heard to be believed. Bass reproduction is eerily accurate and detailed, in large part a result of the unique Vibration-Canceling Design Architecture (VCDA)

Vibration-Canceling Design Architecture

Physics trumps mechanics with a little help from Paradigm

Typically, subwoofer enclosures contain one large driver. As that driver moves back and forth, the cabinet can vibrate which leads to smeared response, bass that lacks clarity and definition. Well-executed cabinet design, like that on Paradigm Reference subwoofers, typically includes sophisticated and extensive physical bracing inside the enclosure.

So why, when Paradigm puts six drivers in a single cabinet without significant physical bracing, does a martini set on top, while the subs are playing, barely elicit a ripple? Designed, engineered and manufactured by Paradigm in North America, SUB 1 and SUB 2 are movers, not shakers … massive air movement, massive output, virtually vibration-free.

Six identical, perfectly balanced state-of-the-art drivers are radially aligned (two on each side) inside the cabinet. As opposing forces of equal magnitude, the powerful vibration-reaction forces (see the arrows in diagram, below) effectively cancel each other out. Barely a ripple disturbs the martini placed on top of the cabinet, such is the degree to which unwanted, distortion-inducing vibrations are reduced.

SUB 1 Specifications

 

Design

Hexagonal cabinet with multiple high-excursion drivers radially aligned in a Vibration-Canceling Design Architecture, patented built-in Ultra-Class-D™ power amplifier, sealed enclosure, PBK interface, removable grille

Amplifier

3,400 watts Dynamic Peak / 1,700 watts RMS

Amplifier Features

Auto-On / Off, Trigger On / Off, soft clipping, electrical shorting protection, thermal protection

Room Correction

Paradigm Perfect Bass Kit™ (Included)

Low Pass Filter Frequency

Variable 35 Hz - 150 Hz; Bypass Option

Low Frequency Driver

Six 203-mm (8 in) mineral-filled co-polymer polypropylene cones, overmolded FEA-optimized NLC™ surrounds, 38-mm (1-1/2 in) four-layer long-excursion voice coils, high-temperature composite Nomex® formers, advanced spiders, 9.2-lb (4.16 kg) hard ferrite magnet / motor structure, AVS™ die-cast heatsink chassis

Low Frequency Extension

12 Hz (DIN)

Sub / Sat Phase Alignment

Variable 0° - 180°

Sensitivity   Room / Anechoic

100 mV mono /

Impedance

RCA: 10k ohms; XLR: 20k ohms

Finishes

Cherry, Piano Black, Black Ash

Inputs

RCA (S/E) Left and Right or Sub-Out / LFE or Balanced XLR. From Sub-Out / LFE-Out of preamp, processor or other line-level source

Weight

109 lbs. (49.4 kg)

Dimensions   HxWxD
Includes grilles and feet

20.25" × 19.875" × 17.875"
(51.6cm × 50.5cm × 45.5cm)