Paradigm Prestige 1000SW Subwoofer Review


ModelPrestige 1000SW
Amplifier1,700 Watts Peak; 1,000 Watts RMS
InputsRCA (S/E) Left and Right or Sub-Out / LFE or Balanced XLR, From Sub-Out / LFE-Out of preamp, processor or other line level source.
Sub TypeSealed
Dimensions18.3" H × 18.3" W × 16.6" D
Weight91 lbs.
Review DateSeptember 21, 2015

Paradigm has released two subwoofers in its Reference Collection Prestige Series, the 1000SW and 2000SW. In for review is the smaller 1000SW which features a 1000 watt amp and 12” driver compared to the 2000SW’s 2000 watt amp and 15” driver. Each Prestige Series subwoofer includes the Paradigm PBK (Perfect Bass Kit) for automated room tuning and optimal bass performance.

Solid construction, a great looking design, and powerful bass you can hear and feel translate into a top performing subwoofer. The extra investment pays off when you hear how tight and detailed the low end sonics are from the Paradigm Prestige 1000SW.

Build Quality / Looks

18710622869_8ffafb3763_bThe Paradigm Prestige 1000SW is available in four finishes: glossy Midnight Cherry and Piano Black, and matte Walnut and Black Walnut. The matte Walnut was sent to me and it is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. The build quality shows the benefits of  Paradigm setting up a process where all design, engineering and construction is done in Canada. I can feel that extra time and care in the seams of the wood finish, the rock solid cabinet, and the machined aluminum feet.

The 1000SW bundles two footing options: rubber for hard flooring and spikes for carpet. These screw into the aluminum feet that hold up the beastly subwoofer. Those aluminum feet take the Prestige 1000SW to another level of elegance that most subwoofers do not attain.


Inside the 1000SW is a new Paradigm-designed driver featuring patented technologies like the X-PAL aluminum woofer cone and Active Ridge Technology. Powering the 1000SW is a Class-D digital amplifier rated at 1000 watts of sustained power. Class-D amps are efficient and this particular amp is rated at 90% efficiency. Plenty of available power allows the subwoofer to quickly move the driver resulting in tighter, more impactful bass.

There are a few more noteworthy features on this brand new subwoofer. For convenience, the controls are located on the front of the cabinet. Access to the gain, phase, crossover, PBK on/off, and tone sweep is easy and, as someone who has fumbled with a flashlight in a dark home theater trying to adjust the gain and not the phase on the back of a subwoofer, this is a welcome feature. The tone sweep button can be pressed to run a frequency sweep in order to find pesky room vibrations, allowing for easier location of that rattling picture frame. Lastly, since the Prestige subwoofers include the Perfect Bass Kit, there is an on/off button that will toggle your customized room response curve.