There may be a few reasons as to why your tweeter(s) aren’t working. The most likely scenario is that voice coil is damaged.  A few factors which can cause this to occur are:


Physical Damage:

  • Dome: The dome (generally made of paper, silk, or various metal) is damaged by being pushed in. This will often cause slight distortion but can cause loss of audio output if damaged sufficiently. 


  • Power: Using an amplifier with a power rating significantly lower than that of the speaker, will cause premature tweeter failure. This generally occurs if the speakers are being driven at high volumes or for extended periods of time. Under powered amplifiers will produce higher rates of distortion causing internal clipping. Tweeters being extremely sensitive to clipping & distortion are first to fail. 

Solution to Amplifier Power:

  • A power-range rating is given as a guide to indicate the approximate minimum and maximum power input of your Paradigm speakers. Amplifiers that exceed your speaker’s power-range rating are recommended. Their greater power reserves provide better sound. However, exercise caution! Use the speakers within their power-range rating to prevent damage.

To verify which of the factors is the root cause start by removing the grill and inspecting the tweeter visually.  If one of these doesn’t remedy the problem, or you are not sure how to proceed, please contact the local dealer or Paradigm Customer Support team about your specific speaker model – some speakers can have their tweeters replaced while others may need to be rebuilt.