Originally Posted by dburny
CJV - Thanks for sharing your experience with the 5003. Do the x003 series have user serviceable firmware? Not that there are any issues that I know of at this point, I'm just curious, because the 7002/8002 did not.
At this point, I think I am settled on the 100 v4s over the 60 v5s for their range and the options they provide. The 100s are floor model units. Although, one speaker cover has a tear in it and some of the pegs have broken off, so the covers would need to be replaced. (Do you guys leave the covers on or off?)
The 4003 is not upgradeable, and the 5003 and 6003 are upgradeable via an RS-232C cable. Hate to press my point again, but I think you'd be fine bi-amping the 100's off the 5003, especially seeing how you have a sub for the low end already, and given the in-room sensitivity of 91dB on the 100's. That'd be 180W RMS, I'd assume (as long as there aren't any odd factors coming into play with bi-amping that I don't know about). They're rated up to 210W max. input power, with power handling up to 350W. It'd be nice if the dealer could hook them up to a similarly-powered setup, so you could see if it makes a difference.
One thing I just learned on the 100 v4's: Paradigm's site says they're an 8 ohm speaker, but some people on here say they're a 4 ohm speaker, and they have an area in the upper midbass where they drop down to 2.5-ish. So whatever you go with, make sure the receiver can handle that low of an impedance, or do some more research to verify this. Sounds like they do like lots of clean power, but then again, what speaker doesn't? Seems like 200wpc is plenty for them, some people seem to be using less than 150wpc and seem happy with it.
Paradigm usually recommends leaving the covers on. Most people (myself included, on the Monitor series at least) say the speakers are too harsh with them off. If the fabric is torn, I'm sure you can either re-cover them yourself, or pay someone a bit to do it.
The pegs on the grill being broken off shouldn't be too big of a deal as long as the grill is still snug. You will want to make sure it doesn't rattle when you turn the speakers up, if you haven't checked already. Maybe they can order a replacement grill for you? I'd say if they can do that, then you should offer to pay 20-25-ish percent off of MSRP, since they're floor models. Totally made that figure up, it's just what I'd personally consider to be reasonable, assuming the speakers are in fine condition otherwise.