Paradigm Founder 40B Bookshelf Speakers
High Class Founder Series Bookshelf/Standmount Model
Aluminium Magnesium Ceramic (AL-MAC™) High Frequency Driver
Aluminium Magnesium (AL-MAG™) Mid/Bass Driver
Beautiful Premium-Grade Finishes Available
About The Paradigm Founder 40B Standmount Speakers
With the Paradigm Founder 40B, there is a lot to love here in such a compact package. With almost every technology featured in the larger floor standing models, the 40B standmount is the perfect way to experience the magic of Founder Series with a minimal footprint. Available in 4 gorgeous finishes, the 40B is the perfect way to add beautiful sound and looks to any space.
Founder is no ordinary loudspeaker. Paradigm have treated every part, large and small, as if it were the most crucial piece of the whole. Every component has been thoroughly researched, designed, engineered, and tested. Not only are the drivers completely new, so is their mounting hardware as well as the cabinet’s internal structure and shape. By leaving no element unaddressed, Paradigm’s designers & engineers have created something that is much greater than the sum of its parts.
When we say “precision” we mean the nuance, detail, and realism that is achieved when a speaker “gets it right.” Founder series includes many new advances in design, materials, and engineering to provide class defining levels of performance.
Aluminium Magnesium Ceramic (AL-MAC™) High Frequency Driver: Founder’s tweeter is made lighter and stronger with Paradigm’s special combination of Aluminium, Magnesium, and Ceramic materials. It has a natural resistance to uncontrolled resonance that makes it far more accurate and responsive than other designs. It doesn’t just sound good on paper, it performs in the real world.
Aluminium Magnesium (AL-MAG™) Mid/Bass Driver: The Founder’s mid/bass driver (40B and 80F only) is a 6"(152mm) Ultra-High-Excursion Aluminium Magnesium (AL-MAG™) cone with Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ART™) Surround with Vertical Mounting System, Advanced SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation, and a 1.5” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated Apical™ former.
Founder’s mid/bass driver is developed with listener sensitivity in mind. The midrange is, in many ways, the most important driver of any speaker design because it produces the most familiar sounds like the human voice. By using Aluminium and Magnesium, Paradigm have improved the realism and accuracy of the all-important midrange.
Beautiful Premium-Grade Finishes: Founder Series cabinets are offered in a variety of beautiful premium-grade finishes: Walnut and Black Walnut have a smooth satin finish with distinctive wood figuring while the exclusive Midnight Cherry and Piano Black models feature a luxurious hand-rubbed, high-gloss finish. The choice is yours.
Packing incredible technology into a speaker means nothing if the benefits don’t reach your ears. By addressing every component, Paradigm’s engineers have made sure that you can hear the results of their hard work in any environment.
Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™): Paradigm’s research into the evolution of modern home interiors led them to create the OSW™ Waveguide. This uniquely shaped part is used in Founder’s tweeter and midrange drivers. By maintaining sonic focus on the listening area, less sound bleeds to the sides where it can be coloured by reflective surfaces. This makes Founder perfect for large, open-plan rooms with reflective surfaces like windows and hardwood floors. OSW™ gives you better sound where you want it, and less distracting sound where you don’t. Real solutions for real life.
Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens: To protect Founder’s tweeter and midrange driver cones, Paradigm developed the Perforated Phase Aligning (PPA™) Lens. Not only does it look beautiful, it ensures that all frequencies reach the listener’s ears at the same time. This adds to Founder’s realistic and precise presentation. It also makes them ideal for listening from farther away without losing sound quality and detail to the room.
Cascade Fusion Bracing: Speaker cabinets should be seen and not heard. To ensure that the driver’s output is entirely uncoloured, Paradigm developed Cascade Fusion Bracing. This proprietary manufacturing technique utilizes a reinforced and sealed longitudinal brace with cascading supports, which serves as the cabinet's foundation. The 'skin' or 'sleeve' is then wrapped and fused to form an ultra-rigid grid-style enclosure, free from unwanted resonance and vibration. You have to un-hear it to believe it.
Advanced Shock-Mount™ System: To lower distortion and further maximize driver performance, Paradigm have created the Advanced Shock-Mount System™ for the driver mounting hardware. Drivers are mechanically isolated from the front baffle and that way, no vibration is transmitted from driver to cabinet, or cabinet to driver.
Detail, clarity, accuracy, fidelity – these are words often thrown around to indicate the quality of sound, but what of the quantity? Recreating a live performance takes dynamics, or the ability to recreate quiet sounds, loud sounds, and everything in between. Let’s look at how the Founder Series recreates the broadest and most powerful dynamics.
Increasing Useable Output by Decreasing Distortion: Speakers that can truly “play loud” do so because they have no audible distortion. Distortion is what makes a speaker harsh and fatiguing. Founder’s technologies eliminate these unwanted elements so you can turn up the volume. With greater usable output, Founder can not only reproduce the subtlest nuances, it can rock out when you want it to.
High Output, High Efficiency Components: “Power Is Nothing Without Control.” This famous quote is behind everything Paradigm do. All driver components are designed for maximum power handling and high output. High power density magnets, high excursion cone surrounds, and multi-layered voice coils work in concert to create the broadest possible dynamic spectrum. Fluid-cooled tweeters keep everything composed during the most demanding musical passages or intense action scenes. The driver designs have increased usable cone area while remaining the same size as competing products. More output and less bulk can only be a good thing.
Bi-Amp Capable: All models in the Founder series can be Bi-amped or Bi-wired to make the most of your electronics’ power delivery. This not only provides a more direct connection to the components inside the speaker but raises the amount of power available to it.
Our Take On The Paradigm Founder 40B Standmount Speakers
One word springs to mind when you first lay eyes on the Paradigm Founder speakers and that is ‘Sharp’. These things are as sharp as an Italian pin striped suit. In fact, these puppies look so good we think some people will buy them just for the looks alone. Fortunately the beauty is more than skin deep and, oh boy, do these things perform. "Power Is Nothing Without Control” has long been the foundation behind everything Paradigm do and the Founder series deeply embodies that concept to produce a range of speakers that feature vanishingly low distortion, incredible driver control and explosive dynamics which make them sound big and powerful without even having to try. The Founder 40B is a wonderfully talented standmount model which incorporates almost all the cutting edge technology found in the rest of series but with the added flexibility that a small speaker gives regarding positioning.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: 2-driver, 2 way standmount, rear ported enclosure
- High Frequency Driver: 1" (25mm) AL-MAC™ Ceramic Dome with Oblate Spheroid Waveguide (OSW™) and Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens, ferro-fluid damped / cooled
- Mid/Bass Frequency Driver: 6” (152mm) Ultra-High-Excursion AL-MAG™ Cone with Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ART™) with Vertical Mounting System, Advanced SHOCKMOUNT™ Isolation, and a 1.5” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated Apical™ former
- Crossover: 2nd order electro-acoustic at 1.6kHz (tweeter/midbass)
- Low Frequency Extension: 41 Hz (DIN)
- Frequency Response On-Axis: ±2dB from 69 Hz - 23 kHz
- Frequency Response 30° Off-Axis: ±2dB from 69 Hz - 20 kHz
- Sensitivity Room / Anechoic: 92 dB / 89 dB
- Suitable Amplifier Power Range: 15 - 150 watts
- Maximum Input Power: 120 watts
- Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms
- Available Finishes: Gloss Piano Black, Gloss Midnight Cherry, Satin Black Walnut, Satin Walnut
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 197 x 368 x 320mm
- Weight: 11.3kg each
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.