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Paradigm Ships First Soundbar

Toronto, Canada – Paradigm Electronics shipped its first soundbar, an active model equipped with wireless subwoofer at a suggested $799.

A production sample was shown at International CES, the company said.

The bar, called Soundtrack, is part of the company’s SHIFT series, launched in 2011 to expand Paradigm’s demographic beyond traditional purchasers of in-room and custom-installed speakers. The first products were powered desktop speakers, surround-sound headphones, and earbuds.

Soundtrack features digital optical and analog stereo inputs to connect to the audio outputs of Blu-ray players, game consoles, and settop boxes.

The 5-inch by 36-inch by 2.25-inch bar, now in satin black instead of the originally planned gloss black, incorporates two 4.5-inch active bass/midrange drivers using mineral-filled polypropylene for low mass and high stiffness, two 4-inch passive radiators of the same material, and two 1-inch pure-aluminum-dome tweeters in physically separated left and right chambers to boost clarity and channel separation. Power output is 2×25 watts.

The sub is a dual-ported model with 8-inch driver and 100-watt RMS Class D amplifier and DSP. It fits in a standard A/V cabinet.

The soundbar features IR learning so that consumers can use their existing TV remote to power the soundbar on and off, select inputs, and control volume and mute.