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post #1 of 4 Old 05-14-2001, 12:06 PM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I'd love some input on my narrowed field of
speaker choices. They will be used 60/40 for movies/music.
Room is 22X25 dedicated home theatre/music room. Budget is
not really an issue as long as I feel good about what I
get for the buck. I had initially decide to go with aerial
acoustics 7b with matching surrounds, but I am having
second thoughts about the price. I also like the monitor
silver series 9i's, and the paradigm reference studio/100's.
I listened to B&W,Tannoy,jmLabs,linn,Martin logans,Infinity,
Energy,Klipsch,Atlantic technology, and a few others.

The B&W CDM NT's had good sound
but the bass seemed to overpower the sound. It may have
been the set-up. Martin logans are cool but I've heard
some negatives about electrostatics.
Anyway, what do you think?

Aerial 7b's
Paradigm reference studio/100's
Monitor silver 9i's.

I will also purchase a matching center channel and surrounds
from the same maker. Any others I should consider?? I would
like to stay as far under $10K as possible and still have
a great set up that I feel like I got my moneys worth. I
Also am not sure what it will take to drive all these, It
seems some are very power hungry.


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I have the Aerial system that you are considering. I think it is wonderful and for the price I couldn't find anything that sounded better. I don't think they are the end all be all, my first choice was B&W802s (didn't want to spend that much) second was the Aerial 10ts but I couldn't get them past my wife.

It's a very good speaker that requires quite a bit of power and a great deal of break in.

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If you are anywhere near Houston, or,, just need good reason to visit, you are very welcome to audition the Von Schweikert line-up at my home. I'm using the VR3.5's, LCR 35, S/3, and TS210's in my HT room. My 2-channel audio set-up features the VR5 Reference speakers. In my opinion the Von Schweikert's offer exceptional value, offering sonic nirvana to audiophiles at reasonable prices. They are a MUST HEAR! See at Drop me an email, if interested,, will be glad to provide you the nickel tour.

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While you are auditioning the Paradigm 100s, I'd strongly suggest listening to a set of the Active 40s with the Servo-15. Paradigm's "Active Reference" line is actively bi-amped with custom amplifiers specifically designed for their drivers. IMO, this combo (Active 40s, Active CC, Servo-15s) is far and away Paradigm's best speaker combo. Keep in mind that you won't need any amps for these speakers (but you will need to run a power cord to them). I listened to them with a Theta pre/pro, but I'm sure they would sound great with other pre/pro options.
Be sure to get a quality subwoofer (or two) as well. There are plenty of suggestions in the back posts if you need some suggestions.

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