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Mainline Audio 11-29-2018 03:27 PM

Paradigm Persona 9H - a personal review
 
In the last four years, I have searched obsessively for speakers that were compatible with my room.

I tried Rockport Avior, excellent speakers, but the bass in my living room had many problems. Later I tried the Marten Coltrane and although the bass was more controlled, I always found the sound without weight and the midrange although natural was a little thin.

Never thought about Paradigm really, but one day, on a visit to my dealer, there was a Persona 5F playing with Accuphase amplifiers and the sound was quite natural and dynamic.

I asked if the speakers would marry well with my SET tube amp (Triode TRX-M845), and the answer was positive. But my dealer encouraged me to try the Persona 9H, as I could fine-tune the bass with the built-in DSP.

And in March 2018, the Persona 9H arrived at my home.

Without running the DSP software, the bass was a mess in my room...but the midrange was simply fantastic. The treble a little hot, but the speakers need burn-in and my speaker cables in that time was on the cool side of neutral.

After weeks of tuning the bass, speaker position and change of cables the sound was already to my liking, and I could already say with confidence that this was the best sound I had ever had in my listening room.

But magic happened in the last weeks...probably the Personas ended their burning time...I don´t know, but the sound now is superb...and musical!

Fantastic bass, controlled but rounded and natural, midrange to die for and a smooth treble without fatigue!...I´m having listening sessions of 4h or more!

And the soundstage is holographic, and the singers seem to be in my room.

My prejudice against Paradigm would let this speakers pass by, but luckily I just listened to them, and although I had doubts in the beginning, I had the good sense to try them at home. Today I am very happy, and want communicate this experience to those who have doubts in the Persona line of speakers... please try at home, if possible with a tube amp.

Nuno Sousa

SL1800 11-29-2018 06:29 PM

Congrats on finding a speaker you can enjoy so much!!

Mainline Audio 11-30-2018 05:57 AM

Thank you ... I appreciate your kind words.

MAXDOG923 12-01-2018 10:58 PM

Persona 9H
 
I share your enthusiasm. Still trying to get mine dialed in and don't listen enuf at the moment.
What length of time did you find to be right for them to finally settle in to the current sound?

Carl

Mainline Audio 12-04-2018 06:07 PM

In my case my speakers needed 300h to reach this performance...i hope to improve a little more in the next few months.

519audionut 12-05-2018 11:32 PM

Great review! Thanks for sharing.

steve59 02-17-2019 01:36 PM

I spent a couple hrs with the 7f yesterday and was so taken by the sound. I wonder if a room full of speakers will affect a demo? can the 20 or so pair of standing speakers act as room treatments or passive radiators or bass traps? I ask because I'm struggling with how good the persona's sounded.

SL1800 02-17-2019 03:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by steve59 (Post 953675)
I spent a couple hrs with the 7f yesterday and was so taken by the sound. I wonder if a room full of speakers will affect a demo? can the 20 or so pair of standing speakers act as room treatments or passive radiators or bass traps? I ask because I'm struggling with how good the persona's sounded.



I would think they should sound much better without all those extra speakers in the room.

dixon007 02-17-2019 06:06 PM

It’s a good one. It will probably sound better if n your home. Will the dealer allow an in home demo? If so, consider substituting footers with Ultra Stillpoints (be forewarned, you will complete the transaction).

steve59 02-23-2019 12:35 PM

With the sale going on til the end of feb they are a good pick.


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