Paradigm Founder 40B


Every component, large and small, was scrutinised down to the tiniest detail, thoroughly researched, designed, and engineered, exclusively for Founder’s

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Paradigm Founder 40B

Paradigm Founder 40B Audio Venue

Precision. Control. Dynamics.

These are the pillars the Founder Series was built on.

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, Paradigm knew one thing, when Art Embraces Science, anything is possible, and they exceeded their wildest expectations.

Founder is no ordinary loudspeaker.

Every component, large and small, was scrutinised down to the tiniest detail.

Every component has been thoroughly researched, designed, and engineered, exclusively for Founder’s.

New patented 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.

During their exhaustive research, design, and engineering process, they looked closely and carefully at how speakers interact with their environment.

The contemporary home interior presents design challenges that have become even more prominent over the last decade.

Stone, glass, and wood have become the materials of choice and open concepts dominate.

Founder’s design has evolved with this trend and is perfectly suited to deliver its maximum performance in rooms that would challenge traditionally designed speakers.

Whether you enjoy movies and music in a more traditional listening space, or your home is from the pages of Architectural Digest, you can be sure Founder will sound as good as they look.


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When they say “precision” they 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, their 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.

Ultra-High-Excursion AL-MAG™ Bass Midrange Driver ONLY on Paradigm Founder Series 40B

The Founder’s mid/bass driver (40B) is a 6″(152mm) Ultra-High-Excursion Aluminum Magnesium (AL-MAG™) cone with Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens, 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.

Beautiful Premium-Grade Finishes

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Founder Series cabinets are offered in a variety of beautiful premium-grade finishes: Walnut and Black Walnut have a smooth satin finish with distinctive wood figuring.

Their exclusive Midnight Cherry and Piano Black feature a luxurious hand-rubbed, high-gloss finish.

Proudly Crafted in Canada

The Founder Series is completely designed, engineered, and built at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility just outside of Toronto, Canada.

It’s made by people who love great audio (just like you).

From the hand-chosen, specially engineered components and materials, to the precise workmanship of the non-resonant cabinets with their beautiful premium-grade finishes, Founder Series is truly hand-built for performance.

Sure, they could say “Made in Canada,” or “Manufactured in Canada.”

But they believe that building loudspeakers is an art.

Everyone at Paradigm shares a passion for crafting speakers, and it’s from this intense passion that “Crafted in Canada” was proudly born.

Specifications Paradigm Founder 40B

Specifications Paradigm Founder 40B
DESIGN 2-driver, 2 way standmount, ported enclosure
CROSSOVER 2nd order electro-acoustic at 1.6kHz (tweeter/midbass)
HIGH FREQUENCY DRIVER 1″ (25mm) AL-MAC™ Ceramic Dome with Oblate Spheroid Waveguide (OSW™) and Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Tweeter Lens, ferro-fluid damped / cooled
MID/BASS FREQUENCY DRIVER 6” (152mm) Ultra-High-Excursion AL-MAG™ Cone with Perforated Phase-Aligning (PPA™) Lens, Gen3 Active Ridge Technology (ART™) with Vertical Mounting System, Advanced SHOCKMOUNT™ Isolation, and a 1.5” high-temp multi-layered voice coil with ventilated Apical™ former
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 30° OFF-AXIS ±2dB from 69 Hz – 20 kHz
IMPEDANCE Compatible with 8 ohms
DIMENSIONS HXWXD 14.5” x 7.8” x 12.8” (36.8cm x 19.7cm x 32cm)
WEIGHT 25lbs (11.3kg) each
FINISHES Piano Black, Black Walnut, Midnight Cherry, Walnut
Paradigm Founder 40B speakers

Additional information

Speaker colour

Walnut, Black Walnut, Gloss Black, Midnight Cherry




The History of Great Sound in Canada, and Beyond

Did you know that Paradigm loudspeakers are still designed, engineered, and crafted, in their headquarters just outside Toronto, Canada? It’s been that way since 1982. That’s when co-founders Jerry VanderMarel and Scott Bagby decided to, eh-hem, change the prevailing industry paradigm. They wanted to build high performance loudspeakers locally. They wanted to custom-design their speaker components based on science, not speculation. And they wanted to make them available at prices that everyone would appreciate. To do it, Jerry and Scott tapped smart university audio researchers and the detailed scientific findings from audio studies conducted by the National Research Council of Canada. Their goal was to achieve a level of performance that would erase the speaker itself from the equation. Pure, lifelike audio, uninhibited by coloration, unrestrained in its ability to translate power into sound. And to do it at a price that would allow anyone to experience this magic. Jerry (sales, marketing, advertising) and Scott (design, manufacturing) gathered a team of dedicated audiophiles and engineers (and engineers who were audiophiles), and from these humble beginnings, Paradigm was born. The Paradigm Models 7 & 9 were unveiled at the Toronto Audio Show that year. A dozen dealers signed on to carry the line. (Many of these loyal charter dealers remain proud Paradigm dealers even today!)

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