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Prestige 85F

Prestige 85F floorstanding speakers utilize 2.5-way crossover technology to greatly improve off-axis performance (for listeners not positioned directly in front of the sweet spot) and boost deep bass dynamics. This leap in acoustic performance is based in utilizing all three woofers at low frequencies, while the bass/ midrange covers voice and musical instruments without the necessity of "crossing over" to the dedicated midrange.


Description

For more than 30 years Paradigm has set the standard for sonic excellence in every product category we offer. Our focus on providing the best in performance and value continually pushes the boundaries in speaker design. Stunning accuracy, a spacious soundstage with pinpoint localization, powerful, well-defined bass and thrilling dynamics are hallmarks of Paradigm's advanced speaker designs.

Quick Specs

-1" X-PAL™ tweeter with exclusive Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) optimized pole piece assembly.
-6.5" X-PAL™ brushed pure-aluminum bass/ midrange driver with overmolded ART™ surround and SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System.
-Two 6.5" X-PAL™ brushed pure-aluminum bass drivers with overmolded ART™ surrounds and SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System.
-Dimensions: 41" H x 12-1/8" W x 14-3/4" D

Prestige is Paradigm — Refined
With a new, unobstructed look: clean,  sharp lines, with close attention paid to  the smallest details. These loudspeakers  don’t rely on gimmicks.

Prestige is Smart Engineering
Harnessing cutting-edge new technologies, like our next generation X-PAL™ pure-aluminum drivers along with our exclusive Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens that protects the delicate tweeter dome and acts as the Phase Plug, blocking out-of-phase frequencies for smoother, extended high frequencies with incredible detail and higher output.

Prestige is an Authentic,
Handcrafted Piece of Art
Designed, engineered, and fully Crafted in Canada, by people who love great audio (just like you). From the precise workmanship of the non-resonant cabinets to their beautiful premium-grade finishes, Prestige is truly hand-built for performance.

Craftsmanship
Prestige cabinets are designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada specifically to enhance audio performance and complement your listening space. Constructed of heavy duty, non-resonant ¾-inch MDF with optimally placed interior bracing and an enhanced 1-inch MDF baffle design, each Prestige cabinet features sharp lines, clean aesthetics and industry-leading premium-grade finishes.
The innovative rear-mounted tweeter and driver housing completely hides front baffle hardware. Drivers are secured with our SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System to a reinforced 1-inch MDF baffle, which reinforces rigidity and cabinet strength while eliminating unwanted cabinet resonances that interfere with the sound. The low profile, acoustically transparent grille attaches magnetically for a stylishly stealthy front presentation.
Floorstanding models benefit from a rigid polished stainless steel and aluminum base that isolates and defeats performance-altering vibrations. The bases feature reversible foot options for hard and soft flooring.
Prestige cabinets are offered in a variety of beautiful premium-grade finishes: Walnut and Black Walnut have a smooth satin finish with distinctive wood figuring. Midnight Cherry and Piano Black feature a luxurious hand-rubbed, high-gloss finish.

Innovation & Technology
For over 30 years, Paradigm has set the precedent for innovation and technology in loudspeaker manufacturing. The new Prestige Series builds on this history by combining new technologies with smart engineering that provides astonishing performance at an incredible value—all completely crafted in our Canadian facility.
Prepare to be impressed  and astonished.

Tweeter Design & Engineering
Prestige X-PAL™ tweeters are Paradigm’s next generation design combining an advanced pure-aluminum tweeter dome with the enhanced high frequency performance of a well-designed phase plug. Highs are clear and accurate, for pinpoint imaging, while a rear-mounted design hides front baffle hardware, presenting a visually unobtrusive aesthetic

Driver Design & Engineering
Maintaining control over your design and manufacturing process is the only way to ensure perfection. For the ultimate in control, we build our next generation X-PAL™ drivers in-house. Only by handcrafting each pure-aluminum tweeter, midrange and bass driver ourselves can we guarantee the consistency of our precision engineering, going beyond the industry standard to deliver superior high performance in each and every Prestige loudspeaker we build.

Design                                                                  4-driver, 2-1/2 way floorstanding

Crossover                                                            2nd order electro-acoustic at 2.0kHz (tweeter/mid); 2nd order @500Hz (mid/bass)

Frequency Response   On-Axis                  ±2dB from 40 Hz - 20 kHz

Frequency Response   30° Off-Axis          ±2dB from 40 Hz - 17 kHz

High Frequency Driver                                  1" (25mm) X-PAL™ dome, ferro-fluid damped / cooled, Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) optimized pole piece assembly

Mid/Bass Frequency Driver                        6.5" (165mm) X-PAL™ driver, overmolded Active Ridge Technology (ART™) surround, SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System, 1.5" high-temp voice coil

Low Frequency Driver                                  Two 6.5" (165mm) X-PAL™ driver, overmolded Active Ridge Technology (ART™) surround, SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System, 1.5" high-temp voice coil

Low Frequency Extension                          29 Hz (DIN)

Sensitivity   Room / Anechoic                   93 dB / 90 dB

Impedance                                                       Compatible with 8 ohms

Suitable Amplifier Power Range            15 - 350 watts

Maximum Input Power                              200 watts

Finishes                                                            Gloss: Piano Black, Midnight Cherry & Gloss White. Satin: Walnut & Black Walnut

Weight                                                              57 lbs. (26 kg)

Dimensions   HxWxD                                  41" × 12.125" × 14.75" (104.1cm × 30.8cm × 37.5cm)
‡ Includes plinth, feet, grille and terminal cups.

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Malcolm Gomes, Canada HiFi

esthetically I could not fault the 85F. It is easily one of the most sleek and elegant speakers you can buy in this price category and the wife acceptance is likely to be very high. I find it hard to imagine any décor that they would not just complement but actually enhance... If you are in the market for a pair of speakers... and if aesthetics as well as build quality matter to you as much as sound quality, you would be well advised to give the Paradigm Prestige 85F a serious audition. Chances are good, you will be seduced into make these sonic babies a treasured part of your music system!


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Piero Gabucci, Secrets Of Home Theater & High Fidelity

The new Prestige Series is a beautiful speaker, the design and aesthetic are superb, and I can’t imagine anyone not wanting them on view in their living space. Every detail is well thought out; the lack of mounting screws, for the drivers, the brushed aluminum cones and rings, the slightly eased edges and that amazing finish... Sound is unmistakable Paradigm; the imagining is superb, dynamics are clean throughout without any midrange coloration... The bass drivers blew me away with how articulate and extended they sounded. But I loved how smooth and integral the bass was represented... I’ve heard many, many speakers in this price range recently, but the Prestige 85F is more than a competitor, it leads.


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