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Compared to the Motion Vision, I found the Soundscape to be a little clearer, and offer better off-axis listening as well. The addition of Bluetooth and the included Wireless Subwoofer Transmitter make it easier to use as well.


Hi chris
Could you please share your techincal views about Paradigm Soundscape vs BOSE Cinemate SR1

I’ve never heard the Bose so I can’t comment on it. Sorry.


How about Yamaha’s best 5100?

I haven’t listened to the Yamaha 5100, only the 4300 model. I prefer the Paradigm for overall sound quality, but the 4300 has the best fake-surround I’ve heard from a sound bar by far.


Hi Chris,

I’m looking for something to connect to my home theater PC (a Mac Mini), to watch movies and listen to music (rock, jazz, piano, pop).

Thanks for the great review — the martin logan was my first choice in a soundbar until I saw this.

However, now I’m thinking two Paradigm A2’s or the Millenia CT 2, but I really like that each A2 speaker is autonomous.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

thank you.

Jay Last

But isn’t it true that if you connect your bluray player etc. via HDMI to your TV, then optical out to this, that you won’t be getting the full sound since it is being converted?

Yes, you cannot get Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD audio through an optical output. You can get 5.1 lossy (Dolby Digital and DTS) or stereo PCM (basically CD quality) audio through it. However, the benefits of those higher-end codecs are very hard to discern through any sound bar. If you really are concerned with those, I’d suggest moving up to a receiver and separate speakers setup. It’ll offer better sound quality and performance at the cost of complexity. The Paradigm is very good, but still can’t compete with separates.


Hi Chris, as an avid movie watcher, I have a dilemma: Should I purchase the Paradigm soundscape or the Paradigm MilleniaOne CT? I simply want the superior sound quality. Thank you

I wish I could tell you, but I’ve never listened to the MilleniaOne CT. With the speakers spread further apart you should get a larger soundstage but you’ll lose the center channel. I have the MilleniaOne speakers and the sound very good in a 5 channel setup, but I’ve not heard the CT.

For an audio add-on, you could get a subwoofer to add additional bass. Since it includes a wireless transmitter you can put the subwoofer out of the way but still get extra bass. That’s the main thing that comes to mind.

I’m not at the bar right now so I can’t test to be certain, but what Loudness would typically do here is engage some sort of dynamic range compression. So if you’re listening during the day and want to have the full range with loud explosions but quiet sounds as well, have this off. If you are listening at night where you want to hear the dialogue and not have loud things wake up the house, then turn this on. Bass and Treble left at the standard settings worked well for my room. The bass you might want to adjust… Read more »