In the whole process of acquisition, restoration and fine-tuning, I was most surprised by the reaction of non-audiophiles to Paragon's sound. People dropped whatever they were doing, came over, and stood mesmerized, listening. This happened with all the sources, from a $50 FM tuner to a $5000+ turntable.
We were privileged to work with many impressive and visually imposing speakers in the past — R2-D2
-shaped B&Ws, Altecs, Tannoys, Klipsh La Scalas, Infinity IRS etc. None generated as much interest, or as many remarks "I had no idea the speaker can do that!" None unglued so many people from their smartphones so quickly. Working on the Paragon, I witnessed more listeners being emotionally moved by recorded music than in many decades of dealer demonstrations and hi-fi shows.
The JBL Paragon is really special. Perhaps it symbolizes the opportunities audio industry missed when it went down the path of "scientific" measurements and "objective truth" in reproduction. In the pursuit of a perfect sound, the emotional connection got lost.
Will I recommend the JBL Paragon as a main speaker in a dedicated listening environment? Probably not. But for those who refuse to confine their music to the basement room, it might just be the right thing.