Paradigm Founder 100F Loudspeaker £5400 Review
August 24, 2021 § Leave a comment
The more time I spent with the 100F, the more I realised there was no flavour of music with which it really struggled. Fed the ethereal, electronic textures of Jean-Michel Jarre and Hans Zimmer’s ‘Electrees’ collaboration [Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise; Sony Music] it was all smoothness and light, with a purity to its midband that encouraged a game of ‘how loud can these go?’. The answer was ‘plenty loud enough’ for my circa 4x5m space, with no subjective trace of them losing their composure before I lost my nerve.
The track ‘Exit’ was faster, synthesisers acquiring a nastier edge and the 100F locking in step with the pounding techno rhythms. At the opposite side of the spectrum, my enjoyment of The Royal Festival Orchestra’s rendition of Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons – Winter’ [Stradivari Classics; Tidal] was dependent on the 100F’s presentation of the strings. I won’t insult your intelligence by saying they sounded like ‘the real thing’, but this lilting, layered piece came across with wonderful timbral detail.