Paradigm Cinema 110 CT
By David Dritsas
A lot of A/V professionals view home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) as a plague on the ears. They wonder why consumers would want such systems when they can spend more money on bigger and better speakers.
If you're wondering such things, then you're way out of touch with what customers desire. Not everyone wants a large-and-in-charge 5.1 system, especially people who aren't living in McMansion suburban homes.
Across the board, however, people do want plasma televisions, and HTiBs can be a good way to up the sales ticket if the customer isn't going for the audio install.
To be fair, a lot of cheap HTiBs sound bad and you won't gain any ground selling them. But plenty of vendors, like Paradigm, carry respectable mid- to high-end speakers that offer HTiBs that can still give you some margin and the customer good sound.
Paradigm is doing a good job of segmenting its speakers into different categories, and filling those categories with enough SKUs to make it look like a deliberately planned line and not a hasty afterthought.
In the Cinema CT series, the 110s are the highest level, and unlike the two-driver satellites of the Cinema 70 and 90 CT models, the left, right and center speakers have three drivers (two midranges and a tweeter) and are designed to be wall-mountable (though optional speaker stands are available). The drivers are 4.5 inches, complemented by a one-inch dome tweeter, and have a frequency response of 120Hz to 20kHz.
The Cinema ADP surround sound speakers are designed as dipoles—not a typical addition to these kinds of systems—with two midranges and two tweeters built opposite from one another. The package comes with two, but they're sold in single versions for 6.1 and 7.1 applications.
The final piece is the subwoofer, the Cinema 110. What you get is a 150- watt, 10-inch powered subwoofer with all the normal controls of a line-level-in sub.