Paradigm – Shift A2


Your Music, Anywhere


578,00 Tasse incl.

Your Music, Anywhere


The Paradigm powered A2 speaker makes it possible with built-in input jacks for AirPort Express®, Bluetooth and other wireless receiving devices, allowing you to connect to third-party wireless audio devices for streaming music exactly where you want it. Play with one speaker, two speakers or multiple speakers. The A2 is made for the way you play. No matter which way you play, you’re about to hear just how good audio can get.


Digital Signal Processing

Sophisticated mathematical algorithms shape frequency response so that even when you’re listening at loud levels not only is the bass intense, overall sound from the A2 is unbelievably accurate, clear and musical.


Tech Specs

  • Tweeter: 1″ Anodized pure-aluminum dome
  • Woofer: 5-1/2″ Satin-anodized pure-aluminum cone
  • Frequency Response: 55 Hz – 20 kHz (+/-2 dB)
  • Amplifier: S/N Ratio: >85 dB A-weighted, 2Vrms
  • Amplifier Power: Biamplified: 2 x 50 W RMS, 80W Dynamic
  • Peak Dynamic Power: 100 Watts Dynamic Peak, 50 Watts RMS
  • Low-Frequency Extension: 30 Hz
  • Power Requirements: 120V~60 Hz 2A*
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 11″ x 6-5/8″ x 8-7/8″
  • Weight (unpacked): 11.6 lb
  • Warranty: 1-year limited

Ways To Play

The A2 has a set of inputs and outputs so you can play with ONE speaker, TWO speakers, or MULTIPLE speakers by daisy-chaining audio cables. No matter the application, Paradigm’s got you covered:

  • Apple® iPod® / iPad® / iPhone® or any other Portable music player or dock with an audio output
  • Computer systems
  • Music servers
  • Distributed audio systems
  • Musical instruments
  • Televisions
  • DJ / Mixing decks

Apple Airport Express Integration

Want to stream wireless music from your computer or iPhone? The A2 has a built-in Auxiliary AC Power input*, making it easy to plug an Airport Express right into the back of the speaker.

* Rear AC Power input is only available on models sold in North America.

Design Built-in Class-D Amplifier with Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Amplifier >85 dB A-weighted, 2Vrms
Amplifier Features Bi-amplified 2 x 50 watts RMS, 80 Watts Dynamic Peak Power
Frequency Response   On-Axis 55 Hz — 20 kHz (+/- 2 dB)
High Frequency Driver 1″ anodized pure-aluminum dome
Mid/Bass Frequency Driver 5-1/2″ Satin-anodized pure-aluminum cone
Low Frequency Extension 30 Hz (DIN)
Sensitivity   Room / Anechoic 90 dB / 87 dB
Impedance Compatible with 8 ohms
Finishes Ash Black Grain, Storm Black Satin, Polar White Gloss, Vermillion Red Gloss, Gunmetal Gray Gloss
Weight 10.5 lbs. (4.8 kg)
Dimensions   HxWxD 11″ × 6.625″ × 8.875″
(28.2cm × 16.8cm × 22.5cm)


For their sub-$600 price, you get a good-looking, well-designed pair of speakers that requires nothing more than a source with volume control, be that a computer, TV, gaming system, or iPod. But if your goals are more sonically ambitious, the A2s can take their place within an audiophile-approved two-channel system with equal assurance, sounding more robust, more balanced, and more extended down low than their physical size or price would suggest. They respond to better ancillary equipment, cables and speaker stands, becoming the conduit through which it all speaks, just like their pricier competition. “For the Way You Play” indeed. The A2s are the little speakers that not only could but do.

—Marc Mickelson, The Audio Beat
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Home Theater Review’s Best of 2012 Awards

Paradigm’s new Shift series of components are exactly that; a paradigm shift, in that they’re aimed at a new breed of enthusiast, one who values performance, portability and simplicity. On all three levels the A2 bookshelf speakers succeed. These powered monitors sound as good connected to a laptop or portable music device as they do directly to a preamp in an intimate two channel setup. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Thanks to their rather ingenious input and connection options you can even use them in a home theater setup, thus negating the need for bulky, or expensive amplifiers -an AV preamp is all that is required. You can even daisy chain multiple A2s together to cut down on cable clutter. Add in a variety of custom paint schemes and you’ve got the makings for one of this year’s most surprising and well-rounded loudspeakers we tested.

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Paradigm Shift Series A2 Powered Loudspeaker Reviewed

…when it comes to the A2 loudspeaker, shift is exactly what it will do to both your expectations and your body. Simply put, the A2 is a fun, fun, fun mother #*&!!!

—Andrew Robinson, HomeTheaterReview.com
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The Paradigm Shift A2s struck me as having a certain iPad quality. You think you don’t need or want the A2s, until you’ve spent a while using them. You slowly realize there are so many situations where they can fulfill a role, you start to wonder what life was like before.

—Russell Williams, AVForums.com
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The Paradigm Shifts’ sound is equally straightforward: dynamic, uncolored, and impressively extended. The A2’s reproduced pop and jazz bass with laudable impact and pitch-definition down to the lowest notes of the bass guitar…Music keying on smooth and extended treble, such as piano jazz trios or string quartets also sounded great.

—Daniel Kumin, Sound+Vision
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For a pair of speakers without a sub, the A2s can deliver big volume and big sound with virtually no distortion thanks to its digital signal processing. Audio felt downright immersive during movies (not to mention BBC’s Life) and the imaging of lows, mids and highs were excellent.

—Adrian Covert, Gizmodo
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…the A2 makes for a fantastic “bookshelf” system. They also would make a very decent upgrade to a TV’s built in sound and do so without adding another box to the equipment stack (or remote to the side table). And as far as PC speakers go, I couldn’t ask for a better outfit.

—Brian Florian, Home Theater HiFi
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As impressive as the bass was, what really stood out was the precision of the A2s’ imaging. Small monitors have a reputation for good imaging, but even for small monitors, the A2s were exceptional in this regard…I could follow the sounds as they crossed the soundstage in a way that I’ve heard from very few other speakers.

—Brooke McClelland, GoodSound!
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Paradigm’s A2 speakers are a total knockout and, at about $500 a pair, a tremendous value, too. Their limited quirks are easily out-shined by their superior build quality, unique connectivity features and fantastic sound. These speakers exhibit a high level of musical refinement that is an absolute feast for the ear. Though marketed toward aspiring DJs and music producers, these speakers will likely find audience with audiophiles everywhere. If there’s a better sounding sound solution under $500 out there, we haven’t heard it yet.

—Caleb Denison, Digital Trends
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At just $279 apiece, these little active Atoms boast a size(and price)-to-oomph ratio that makes my special places tingle, and rate an “11 on a scale of 1 to ass-kicking.” I seriously haven’t had this much fun listening to music in a long, long time.

—Dennis Burger, Home Tech Tell
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