Check with Audio Troy, they are a Paradigm dealer.
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I’ve heard them at a dealer with a Parasound Halo Hint 6 integrated amp as well as a Cambridge Azur integrated amp. What I liked about the Prestige 95 was the warm sound and broad soundstage. However, they sounded "slow" and lacking pace to me when paired with the Parasound amp. Substituting the Cambridge amp added pace, but then made the speakers sound more grainy and less warm and full. I imagine that the paired amplification has some impact on the brightness of the speaker.
These were my listening notes on the Prestige 95 speaker:
Paradigm Prestige 95F ($5000): I started off listening to these streaming Qobuz via what I think was an Auralic DAC and a Parasound Halo integrated amp. The tone quality of the 95Fs was very nice with a full bass response and clear reproduction of high frequencies. But these speakers sounded slow and lacking ability to convey rhythms. When I shared my impressions with the sales staff, they switched out the Parasound amp for a Cambridge Audio Azur 851a integrated amp and that made the 95F sound rhythmic and pacey with the same music. The Cambridge Audio did, however, add a level of graininess to the sound quality that the Parasound Halo was able to smooth over with the velvet sheen that it seemed to add.
I wound up buying a pair of 95s still under factory warranty from a brick and mortar dealer.
They were phasing out the Prestige for Paradigm's new Founder series.
Those aren't in stock yet, so no comparison to be had.
I gave them a listen.
I agree with Calvinandhobbes on the broad soundstage. Bass response was better than anything I've had, no real surprise as my others were bookshelf Studio 20s and Klipsch Heresy IIs.
As far as better performance with one amp over another, I only listened through one set up at the dealer. I would say they actually sound slightly better to my ears in my own place, with my front end. Not night and day, but at least noticeably a little better. My phono section is quite decent, not outrageously expensive stuff (VPI Classic 2, Sumiko BB low output, JC3+ preamp, but the amp is a 30+ year old Yamaha integrated. And the room is an odd sized rectangle, cathedral type ceilings, wall to wall carpet.
Price was very good, a little more than 1/2 original price.
The speakers were floor models, but were in excellent cosmetic condition, with boxes, manuals, etc.
For some reason, all the Paradigms I've seen for sale on Audiogon or E bay are scuffed, scratched, etc. These look basically new.