The Paradigm Speaker Owners Thread

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Gabor25

Audiophyte
Thanks

Actually I'm keeping my Prestige 85s for dedicated 2 channel
 
Eppie

Eppie

Audioholic Field Marshall
OK fellow Paradigm owners.
I'm a newbie to the forum but NOT to Paradigm.
My first set was a pair of Studio Reference 80s from 1996!
Since then I have owned two versions the Studio 100s(still the best IMO,but they were heavy and big!!)
Over the years-some early monitors,ADPs,Atoms, the cc-350, and even some cheap outdoor MIC speakers(lousy...)

Presently, have a pair of Premier 85s and the Defiance X12 for my two channel McIntosh based system.
I dunno...the early low end Anthem separates I bought back in 2000 might have sounded better than my present McIntosh (MA252).

Here is what I would like to ask the group:

I'm configuring a 5.1 HT for our new house.

What Paradigms would you recommend?.Disclaimer: I originally sought out Paradigm back in 1995 for their affordable cost/quality factor.So I'm not interested in the Persona series which IMO,is overpriced for the look/sound.

thanks !
I would agree with that recommendation. The Premier 800F still gets recommended by ShadyJ as great value for the money and there are others in this thread that have built HT systems around them. My top choice would be the Founders series, but that's not within the budget of many, and the Prestige line was discontinued, so unless you're willing to look at the used market the Premier line is a good option. The espresso finish is no longer being produced but there might be some stock out there still. They are only being made in black and white now.
 
KING DRANZER

KING DRANZER

Audioholic
@Eppie Did you get the chance to check out the Founder Series yet. If yes. How good is that in comparison to JTR Noesis for Music. Does it far out-class JTR or is the difference minimal.
 
Eppie

Eppie

Audioholic Field Marshall
@Eppie Did you get the chance to check out the Founder Series yet. If yes. How good is that in comparison to JTR Noesis for Music. Does it far out-class JTR or is the difference minimal.
Sorry, I have not had the spare time yet. They don't have the 100F but I believe they have the 80F and bookshelf. The store is changing locations so this might be an opportunity for a deal. There are no JTRs in my area for comparison, though.
 
KING DRANZER

KING DRANZER

Audioholic
Sorry, I have not had the spare time yet. They don't have the 100F but I believe they have the 80F and bookshelf. The store is changing locations so this might be an opportunity for a deal. There are no JTRs in my area for comparison, though.
Cool. No prob. Just going through everything possible. Still have a good amount of time on hand.
 
Cos

Cos

Audioholic Samurai
OK fellow Paradigm owners.
I'm a newbie to the forum but NOT to Paradigm.
My first set was a pair of Studio Reference 80s from 1996!
Since then I have owned two versions the Studio 100s(still the best IMO,but they were heavy and big!!)
Over the years-some early monitors,ADPs,Atoms, the cc-350, and even some cheap outdoor MIC speakers(lousy...)

Presently, have a pair of Premier 85s and the Defiance X12 for my two channel McIntosh based system.
I dunno...the early low end Anthem separates I bought back in 2000 might have sounded better than my present McIntosh (MA252).

Here is what I would like to ask the group:

I'm configuring a 5.1 HT for our new house.

What Paradigms would you recommend?.Disclaimer: I originally sought out Paradigm back in 1995 for their affordable cost/quality factor.So I'm not interested in the Persona series which IMO,is overpriced for the look/sound.

thanks !
While I may disagree with you over the Persona comment...LOL (Granted I saved around 30% off list on mine before their markup)

  • Like you my first set of Digms were the Studio 60v4 and then Studio 100v5.
  • The founders line strikes a nicer price balance between the prestige and persona.
  • What is the size of your room, do you want to do in walls
If you want to upgrade everything and want to stay with Paradigm, I would definitely demo the founders. If you are looking for a lower budget, you can also demo the Premier.
 
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latapx

Audioholic Intern
I'm currently using the 100F + 90C as the front stage of my 5.1. It is rounded out by 8" in ceiling rears and a PB-4000 sub. It is absolutely amazing compared to my prior setup...i could go on and on. If you don't have room for floorstanders, the 70LCR can be used vertically or horizontally allowing the same speaker to be used as a left, center and right. It'll be less expensive and your sub will fill in the bass. I'm currently still listening "uncorrected" as I've been dealing with hobbling around after achilles surgery, but I do need to make the time to see how/what I can improve with ARC.
 
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keepr88

Junior Audioholic
Thanks

Actually I'm keeping my Prestige 85s for dedicated 2 channel
The premier 800fs and 600c will do very well for HT at a great price point. The 600c is the key for HT. The founder 90c is amazing imo, I love mine and the 100fs, if it fits in the budget go with the founders.

Ideally if you can go audition both of them at a dealer. I was set on the premiers and was ready to buy them without hearing them. I got the chance to hear them and the prestige 85fs at the same time. I knew pretty quickly the premiers weren't for me. I liked the 85fs a lot but then the founders came out and CoS helped me find the right dealer, got a great deal and now I'm in awe of the performance I get evertime I watch movies.
 
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keepr88

Junior Audioholic
Just ordered 3 outlaw m2220s to power the founders......merry Xmas to me!
 
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Thomas Ward

Audiophyte
Just received a new pair of Premier 200B bookshelves for my bedroom system.
Arcam SA10
ML Dynamo400 Sub
Paradigm 200B

My setup is for 2 channel music only, don't do HT.

I'm in love
 
Cos

Cos

Audioholic Samurai
Still have yet to replace my rear surrounds, but pretty much 100% Paradigm. Former Studio 60v3 and Studio 100v5 owner. I am 100% content with my Personas. Just upgraded to the Anthem AVM70. Lot of configuration to do, they Arc Genesis Mic is very impressive, they give you and actual metal stand to setup vs the paper cut out of my AV8802A. Calibration time, reading up and watching videos now
 
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MellowDrama

Audiophyte
I'm researching what streamer / DAC / preamp / amp combo to go with Persona 5Fs for 2.0 TV and music in an open, high ceiling room. The dealer suggests Bryston BR20 DAC/preamp and 4B Cubed amp. I find Bryston streamer not very user friendly and doesn't support Amazon HD, but the setup seems pretty sound.

Would love input from folks here:

1) Can anyone suggest an adequate dedicated streamer that's not too expensive? Can I get any cheap streamer if I stick to sending TOSLINK to the DAC? It's a purely digital signal after all.

2) Should I consider sister company Anthem preamp and amp setup instead, or Anthem multichannel AVR for future expansion? Will I lose quality if I go with either of these over the Brystons?

Thanks in advance!
 

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