Paradigm

Founder 80F Floorstanding Speaker

Barely taking up over 1 square foot of floorspace, the 80F is an incredibly approachable entry point into the world of high-end sound. Containing every new Founder Series technology in their repertoire, the 80F is a stunning, premium loudspeaker that can outperform many larger, and more expensive, models. The 80F allows you to experience the dynamics and scale that a tower is capable of while still being comparatively unimposing in a room. The 80F: Maximum Performance, Minimal Footprint.

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Precision. Control. Dynamics.

These are the pillars the Founder Series was built on.

Every once in a while, something special comes along and changes the rules. The perfect blend of technology, design, and performance. At the start of Founder’s development, Paradigm knew one thing, when Art Embraces Science, anything is possible, and Paradigm exceeded their wildest expectations.

Founder is no ordinary loudspeaker. Every component, large and small, was scrutinized down to the tiniest detail. Every component has been thoroughly researched, designed, and engineered, exclusively for Founder’s. New patented technologies were developed for the acoustic platform. The new cabinet platform is not just a stunning design, its unique shape and integrated structural bracing delivers acoustic performance that cannot be matched by traditional square boxes. By leaving no element unaddressed, Founder’s is so much more than the sum of its parts.

During Paradigm's exhaustive research, design, and engineering process, they looked closely and carefully at how speakers interact with their environment. The contemporary home interior presents design challenges that have become even more prominent over the last decade. Stone, glass, and wood have become the materials of choice and open concepts dominate. Founder’s design has evolved with this trend and is perfectly suited to deliver its maximum performance in rooms that would challenge traditionally designed speakers. Whether you enjoy movies and music in a more traditional listening space, or your home is from the pages of Architectural Digest, you can be sure Founder will sound as good as they look.

Precision

When Paradigm says “precision”, they 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.

Aluminum Magnesium Ceramic (AL-MAC™) High-Frequency Driver

Any high-performance speaker driver (in this case, the tweeter) must be both very strong (to prevent distortion), and very light (to be agile, responsive, and accurate). This quest of design and engineering has led the industry to try many different exotic materials. Some of them found practical application and many did not. AL-MAC is Paradigm's unique blend of Aluminum, Magnesium, and Ceramic materials; each of which contribute to the end goal of greater accuracy and realism. Their special properties contribute to the final product which is not only strong and lightweight, but embodies a natural anti-resonance to ensure the tweeter doesn’t just sound good “on paper” but truly sounds incredible in the real world. Cutting edge technology, with real benefits, in practical applications - this is what the Founder Series is all about.

Aluminum Magnesium (AL-MAG™) Midrange Driver

Similar to the goals Paradigm had in mind when developing the AL-MAC tweeter, AL-MAG was conceived to bring the same elevated level of performance to the area where Paradigm's ears are the most sensitive, the midrange. If you have ever read a speaker review, the midrange typically gets a lot of attention, and rightly so. By nature, human hearing places an emphasis on things like voices so that Paradigm knows when we’re interacting with someone familiar. Think about how instantly recognizable your favorite recording artist or actor’s voice sounds. Paradigm's goal here was to have the midrange driver sound as realistic as possible. After all, isn’t that why you have a nice audio system? To make it sound like, “you are there?” With AL-MAG technology, Founder series comes another step closer.

Ultra-High-Excursion CARBON-X Unibody Bass Driver

The foundation of Paradigm's listening begins with the lowest frequencies. In pursuit of ultimate clarity, Paradigm developed new technology, high performance bass drivers for use in the larger floorstanding models of the Founder Series. These drivers use a single-piece cone construction for added strength, especially at higher volumes, with the lowest possible mass to ensure every detail can be heard clearly. Combine this with Paradigm’s signature ART Surround, and Shock-Mount technologies and you get a bass driver that's both detailed and powerful, as it should be.

Control

Packing incredible technology into a speaker means nothing if the benefits don’t reach your ears. By addressing every component, Paradigm's engineers made sure that you could hear the results of their hard work in any environment.

Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™)

The rooms where Paradigm live and listen have changed dramatically over the years. And while home interiors have evolved; many speaker technologies have not kept pace. Paradigm believes that speakers should be a natural extension of your room’s look and feel, while also providing a noticeable and real-world performance gain. Enter the Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™) tweeter waveguide, only from Paradigm. The OSW™ helps Founder Series Loudspeakers cope with the challenge presented by modern-day environments, which are larger, more open, and full of reflective surfaces. OSW™ technology utilizes a precise, natural geometry to help focus the tweeter output where it matters, the listening area. As you move to the sides of the listening area, tweeter output gradually decreases, avoiding performance-robbing room reflections. Decreased output at the periphery of the room means that sound will not disrupt others that may be in earshot but wish to focus their attention elsewhere. Coupled with a larger, more powerful magnet/motor structure with greater efficiency and lower distortion, 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

Perforated Phase Aligning (PPA™) Lens technology is a perfect example of form meeting function. Not only are the crafted metal parts beautiful to look at, but they protect the driver cone and provide a substantial performance benefit. For added levels of realism, the PPA™ lens works to ensure that all frequencies arrive at the listener’s ears at the same time. This means that everything sounds more realistic from the lowest bass, up to the most delicate details. Founder’s floorstanding models also receive this treatment on their midrange drivers helping to project the sound more predictably at a distance. That makes them ideal for listening from farther away without losing sound quality and detail to the room.

Cascade-Fusion Bracing

The first thing you see on a speaker should be the last thing you hear: the cabinet. Founder Series’ cabinets are not only beautiful and unique to the eye, but their design enhances performance. The more rigid and strong a cabinet is, the less resonance and vibration it produces, which invariably improves the sound. The Cascade-Fusion bracing inside the Founder Series’ faceted cabinets is engineered to both increase rigidity and break up any standing waves generated by the high output bass drivers. The inherent strength of Paradigm's unique geometric cabinet also helps distribute energy across a larger surface area providing even greater strength and support than is possible with traditional square cabinet designs. This ultra-rigid construction gives the drivers a neutral platform to play from, resulting in tighter bass, greater clarity, and more precise accuracy. These beautiful cabinets are “seen and not heard”.

Advanced Shock-Mount™ System

With Founder series, every detail matters. While all the technologies are something you can hear the benefits of, some are more focused on what you don’t hear: distortion. The Shock Mount system is one such special technology that is all about invisibility, both visual and sonic. While Paradigm made their drivers the “Stars of the Show”, accompanying technology and innovation ensures that all their benefits reach your ears. Something Paradigm is very proud of is the new Advanced Shock Mount system which is specifically designed to control vibration and resonance between the midrange and bass drivers and the cabinet. By mechanically decoupling these drivers from the specially designed and braced enclosure, these performance robbing vibrations are unable to transfer between the drivers and cabinet, or between the cabinet and the drivers. Without these resonances, all drivers are left free to deliver pure, unaltered sound with no audible distortion. Paradigm also applied this principle to the enclosure’s feet. Shock Mount Feet serve to decouple the speaker cabinet from the floor further controlling and eliminating the harmful effects of extraneous vibration. The feet can even be adjusted from above, without moving or tipping the cabinet making sure you get a perfectly level footing on any surface. Interchangeable hardware is included for both carpet and hardwood floors so that no matter what, you are hearing all the performance you paid for.

Anthem Room Correction (ARC™)

As mentioned earlier that rooms have changed dramatically over the years, yet speakers have not kept pace with the evolution of Paradigm's living spaces. This is not just a bold claim, Paradigm can prove it! Using Paradigm's world-class room correction system, Anthem Room Correction or ARC, Paradigm has collected thousands of data points that paint a clear picture of a room’s impact on the sound of your speakers. There is a reason that singing in the shower sounds different than in a living room; the same voice in a different room equals a different sound. The latest version of ARC, ARC Genesis, is an incredibly powerful piece of software that measures exactly what your speakers are doing in your room and tunes them so any harmful effects from your room’s acoustics are all but eliminated. ARC Genesis is a tailor-made solution that controls the parts of the room that aren’t helping, while keeping the parts that are, leaving you with a cleaner, more accurate sound.

Dynamics

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

All Founder’s technologies, from the drivers to the feet and everything in between, are engineered to reduce distortion and provide the most accurate sound possible. Studies have shown that listeners are more tolerant of high output levels when distortion is lower. This essentially proves that it’s the “noise” in the sound that bothers us, not necessarily the volume. For those that like it loud, Founder Series is full of technology that lowers distortion and raises the usable volume output. If you enjoy cranking it up, even just occasionally, Founder is an ideal solution, providing more natural, accurate, and pleasing sound not just at lower volumes but also when it’s time to rock out. Better sound all the time, this is the way.

High Output, High-Efficiency Components

There is a famous quote that says, “Power is Nothing Without Control” and Paradigm couldn’t agree more. That’s why Paradigm designs speakers that sound clean, controlled, and detailed at any volume. Paradigm does this by making sure all driver components are designed for maximum power handling and output. If they can handle high output, everything else is a walk in the park. The voice coil and magnet structure are “where the rubber meets the road” as far as dynamics are concerned. These are the two critical components that actually move a speaker cone back and forth to produce sound. The Founder Series is designed with high power density magnets, high excursion cone surrounds, and multi-layered voice coils. Even the drivers’ cooling is addressed in order to keep everything composed even during the most demanding musical passages or intense action scenes. These parts are painstakingly engineered not only to handle more power but also to maintain strong control over the driver to further lower distortion and raise the maximum usable output. After all, if a speaker doesn’t sound good while playing loud, then it really can't play loud. In addition to designing the components for high output playback, Paradigm also paid attention to efficiency. In this case, that means packing as much performance as possible into a smaller space. Traditional wisdom says there is “no replacement for displacement” so to make a speaker play louder, it needs to be bigger. While it is true that large speakers generally handle higher volumes better than small ones, there is another solution: technology. Paradigm engineers came up with a way to increase the amount of usable cone area while fitting it into the same physical space. When manufacturers list woofer sizes (5.25”, 6.5” etc.) they usually measure across the frame of the woofer, not just the usable cone area. This can vary greatly from brand to brand. With Paradigm's exclusive “Vertical Mounting System”, Founder Series provides a more usable cone area in its 5.5”, 6”, 7” and 8” woofers than do competing designs advertising “larger” sizes. More output and less bulk can only be a good thing. Isn’t innovation wonderful?

Bi-Amp capable + Hybrid Design

All models in the Founder series can be Bi-amped or Bi-wired. That means two channels of amplification can be run to a single speaker. This not only provides a more direct connection to the components inside the speaker but raises the amount of power available to it. Taking it a step further, the Founder 120H includes an internal 1000-watt amplifier that powers the bass drivers. With this amp doing the heavy lifting, your amplifier is free to handle the mid and high frequencies with far less effort. This hybrid design not only improves the maximum output of the speaker but also allows us to fit this incredible performance into a smaller cabinet that’s designed as an integrated system. The 120H’s powerful amplifier can also take advantage of Paradigm's award-winning ARC Genesis room correction system for reference level accuracy regardless of the challenges presented by the room. Since ARC Genesis is part of the internal amp’s control system, it can be used with any brand of electronics you wish to connect.

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AL-MAC™ High-Frequency Driver

The Founder’s tweeter is a 1" (25mm) Aluminum Magnesium Ceramic (AL-MAC™) dome with a proprietary Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™) and a Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens.

AL-MAG™ Midrange Driver

The Founder’s midrange is a 6" (152mm) Aluminum Magnesium (AL-MAG™) cone with Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens, Advanced SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System, and a 2” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated Apical™ former.

Ultra-High-Excursion AL-MAG™ Bass Midrange Driver ONLY on Founder Series 40B & 80F

The Founder’s mid/bass driver (40B and 80F only) is a 6"(152mm) Ultra-High-Excursion Aluminum 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.

Ultra-High-Excursion CARBON-X Unibody Bass Driver

The Founder’s Bass driver is a 6” (152mm), 7” (177mm) or 8” (215mm) Ultra-High-Excursion Unibody CARBON-X™ Cone, over-molded 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.

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. Paradigm's exclusive Midnight Cherry and Piano Black feature a luxurious hand-rubbed, high-gloss finish.

ADVANCED Shock-Mount™ Feet

Founder Floorstanding Speakers include Advanced Shock-Mount™ Feet which decouple the cabinet from the floor, not just once, but twice, for extremely effective vibration decoupling. Interchangeable hardware is included for both carpet and hard surfaces. The feet can be adjusted from above to level the cabinet with ease.

ADVANCED Shock-Mount™ System

The Founder Series midrange and bass drivers are mechanically decoupled from the front baffle by Paradigm's Advanced SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System. This special mounting hardware uses an elastomer suspension to prevent any transfer of vibration from the driver to the cabinet, and from the cabinet to the driver. By eliminating resonance, the driver is free to render sound purely and efficiently with no audible distortion and maximum clarity.

Dual-Sync™ Continuous Flux Motor

The Founder’s new coaxial midrange driver found on the center channel models, employs OSW™’s oblate spheroid shape with a coaxially mounted tweeter. It maintains detail and sonic focus within the broad and deep sound stage by acting as the waveguide for the tweeter, making its dispersion characteristics ideal for any listening space. Paradigm's patented Dual-Sync™ Continuous Flux Motor has taken away the limitations of combined magnet structures as well as having a full-sized, low-distortion and higher output midrange tweeter combination while maintaining a relatively low height for the center channel cabinet, allowing for greater placement flexibility.

Cascade-Fusion Bracing

Cascade-Fusion Bracing inside Founder Series’ faceted cabinets increase rigidity and break up standing low-frequency waves. This delivers much tighter bass with greater clarity and accuracy. All bracing is extensively reinforced, making the cabinet into a monolith stronger than the sum of its parts. The inherent strength of the geometric cabinet profile distributes the load points across a larger cabinet area providing greater support and rigidity than can be achieved with traditional square cabinet geometry.

DESIGN

4-driver, 2.5 way floorstanding,ported enclosure

HIGH-FREQUENCY DRIVER

1" (25mm) AL-MACTM Ceramic Dome with Oblate Spheroid Waveguide (OSWTM) and Per- forated Phase-Aligning (PPATM) Tweeter Lens, ferro-fluid damped / cooled

MID/BASS FREQUENCY DRIVER

6” (152mm) Ultra-High-Excursion AL-MAGTM Cone with Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPATM) Lens, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ARTTM) with Vertical Mounting System, Advanced SHOCK- MOUNTTM Isolation, and a 1.5” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated ApicalTM former

BASS FREQUENCY DRIVER

Two 6" (152mm) Ultra-High- Excursion CARBON-XTM Unibody Cone, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ARTTM) with Vertical Mounting System, Advanced SHOCK-MOUNTTM Isolation, and a 1.5” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated ApicalTM former

FREQUENCY RESPONSE ON-AXIS

±2dB from 50 Hz - 23 kHz

FREQUENCY RESPONSE 30° OFF-AXIS

±2dB from 50 Hz - 20 kHz

LOW FREQUENCY EXTENSION

28 Hz (DIN)

SENSITIVITY ROOM / ANECHOIC

93 dB / 90 dB

CROSSOVER

2nd order electro-acoustic at 1.8kHz (tweeter), 2nd order @ 500 Hz (bass)

SUITABLE AMPLIFIER POWER RANGE

15 - 220 watts

MAXIMUM INPUT POWER

180 watts

IMPEDANCE

Compatible with 8 ohms

WEIGHT

52lbs (23.6kg) each

DIMENSIONS (h x w x d)

38.2” x 11.7” x 14” (97.1cm x 29.8cm x 35.6cm)

FINISHES

Piano Black, Black Walnut, Midnight Cherry, Walnut

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SeriesFounder
Sold AsEACH
Weight53.00 lbs
FeaturesBi-Wire Output, Wired
WarrantyBookshelf, floorstanding, in-wall & in-ceiling speakers — five (5) years
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