Paradigm Persona series

I'm beginning to poke around and gather opinions and information about a "super speaker" to replace my aging Thiel 2.4s.  I like the idea of bass dsp room correction and I am a bit of a point source type imaging nut (thus the Thiels).  So among other choices I've been looking at the Paradigm Persona series specifically the powered 9H with room correction for the bass.  However I'm skeptical of the "lenses" i.e. pierced metal covers on the midrange and tweeter specifically because of Paradigm's claim that such screens "screen out" "out of phase" musical information.  The technology in the design seems superlative but I just can't get past the claim re out of phase information and the midrange and tweeter covers.  What could possibly be the science behind this claim?  It just seems like its putting a halloween moustache on the mona lisa given the fact that the company is generally a technology driven company.
Rivionale what's your agenda? You pick on the Persona yes which in the Stereophile measurements has a few peaks and valleys just checked review measurements on 

$130k Sonus Faber Aida notice is it also not flat and has peaks and valleys accross its frequncey range

A $70k pair of Vandersteen 7 MK II have dips in most of their high frequency range  and a trough in some of the lower frequencies

A pair of $58k Wilson Alexia MK 2 I see depressions in the top end and a hump in the lower bass frequencies.

I guess all of these speakers must sound bad based on their measurements what is clear is that none of these speakers measure flat all are higly respected loudpseakes what is clear is that loudspeakers either have rising top ends or top ends with depressions, gee guess what a speaker with a duller top end will sound warmer and one with a high frequency peak will sound brighter. 

Please Rivonale show me one highly lauded speaker system measured by Stereophile which actually measures flat? 

The art of a good setup is the ability to mix room acoustics, components and source gear into a well balanced sounding system. 

Taking one part of the equation out of the entirity of a setup demonstrates nothing but ignorance. If you have a brighter speaker add more absorptave material which could be acoustic panels or pillows. 

If your speakers sound too dull add brighter cabling or sources take out overally absorptave materials and add eq if possible. 

Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ Persona dealers

I think you guys need to take a look at Geoff's statement again and take it more seriously.

"The irony of course is that grills for speakers or headphones hurt the sound."

Anything between you and the speaker is something between you and the music.


I’ve been an audiophile for almost 60 years and owned a small retail audio business for 10 years. 

Quite frankly, I don’t care much about measurements only that the speaker pleases me. 

To each his own. 
"Please Rivonale show me one lauded speaker system measured by Stereophile which actually measures flat?"

Audiotroy, take a look in the Stereophile archives and look at the frequency response plot of the Revel Salon 1 loudspeaker system. Looks impressively flat to me.
You ever listen to a pair boring, boring, boring.