Paradigm Founder Series 120H Floorstanding Speakers Pair


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Despite the high efficiency of the 120H, when we say hybrid, we don’t mean it gets great gas mileage. No, we mean it has an amplified bass section that does the “heavy lifting” for you. Since our engineers designed the 120H from the ground up with its own amplification for the bass, we could perfectly tune the output as a system, giving a higher performance in a smaller package than would typically be possible. The 120H also takes advantage of the incredible ARC Genesis room correction system that takes real-world measurements in your room to tune the bass response for your specific situation. This is indeed next-level bass performance that allows your amplifier to concentrate its energy on the critical midrange and high frequencies. The 120H offers truly uncompromised performance in a very reasonably sized package. 

Precision. Control. Dynamics.
These are the pillars the Founder Series was built on.

Fire and ice, oil and water, Yankees and Mets fans. Some things just don’t mix. But what if form and function could? 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, we knew one thing, when Art Embraces Science, anything is possible, and we exceeded our 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 patent-pending 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.


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.


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


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.

The Evolution of the Listening Space

The Oblate Spherical Waveguide (OSW™) tweeter waveguide helps Founder Series Loudspeakers maintain accurate tonal balance and imaging in rooms with more reflective surfaces. Using the shape of the rock we ride through space on, OSW™ employs an oblate spheroid form factor to manage the intensity of off-axis sound. As volume increases, sound projected to the sides decreases gradually so the listener loses none of the detail and nuance that creates a life like three-dimensional sound stage. We also significantly increased the motor’s magnet size to deliver higher efficiency and lower distortion.

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 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.

Art Embracing Science All Founder Series loudspeakers are researched, designed, engineered, tested, then crafted in Canada in Paradigm’s state-of-the-art 225,000 square foot facility. All parts of the newly created cabinet and its extensive Cascade-Fusion internal bracing is made from ¾-inch MDF cut by precision CNC machines. Top and bottom inserts are made from 1-inch thick MDF to ensure added structural integrity. After assembly, a robotic sanding unit preps the cabinet to accept either a fine-quality wood veneer, high-gloss Piano Black, or exclusive Midnight Cherry finish. Our high-level automated paint line brings our cabinets to life with breathtaking precision and accuracy. A catalytic infrared drying system ensures the final coating’s total permanence to ensure a long-lasting durable finish. The machined aluminum front baffle is then installed, which provides a seamless look that hides all fasteners and allows for beautiful sound from a refined package.

ADVANCED Shock-Mount™ System The Founder Series midrange and bass drivers are mechanically decoupled from the front baffle by our 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

New look, same great sound!

We’ve changed our visual branding with a new logo. It has a simpler and sleeker look but still represents the same great sound Paradigm is known for. Look for it on the Founder Series and all-new loudspeakers going forward.



5-driver, 3 way hybrid floorstand­ing with active bass acoustic suspension, Includes ARC Genesis


±2dB from 22 Hz – 23 kHz


1″ (25mm) AL-MAC™ Ceramic Dome with Oblate Spheroid Waveguide (OSW™) and Per­forated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens, ferro-fluid damped / cooled


6” (152mm) AL-MAG™ Cone with Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens, SHOCK­MOUNT™ Isolation Mounting System, and a 2” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated Apical™ former

Three 8″ (215mm) Ultra-High- Excursion CARBON-X™ Unibody Cone, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ART™ with Vertical Mounting System, Advanced SHOCK-MOUNT™ Isolation, and a 1.5” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated Apical™ former


95 dB / 92 dB


Compatible with 8 ohms


Piano Black, Black Walnut,

Midnight Cherry, Walnut


92 lbs (41.7 kg) each

DIMENSIONS (hxwxd)*:

45.4″ x 13.9″ x 17.4″

(115.3cm x 35.4cm x 44.1 cm


18 Hz (DIN)


2nd order at 2.4 kHz (tweeter), 2nd order digital/analog @ 500 Hz (bass


±2dB from 22 Hz – 20 kHz


15 – 400 watts


300 watts

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