Most high-end audio companies don’t bother with outdoor speakers, but that doesn’t stop the Paradigm crew. With a bright, lively and realistic sound (especially in mid and high ranges) the speakers deliver exceptional performance on rock and jazz albums. The imaging is also impressive, so you can hear the most lifelike high-hats since Max Roach rolled into town. As with any speaker this thin, the bass isn’t exactly fat, although it’s tight and potent in the mid ranges. Add a subwoofer to this picture and you’ve got yourself a top-notch sound system.