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Hi all. Im newbie here. Sorry for some english mistakes because Im brazilian.
I'd like to build a Home Theater and Im really confuse about the speakers.
First , the room has 16x13 feet so I think I would go for books. I was almost buying the Polk Audio Lsi9 because I've heard they are the top speakers from Polk..etc.. However, they are 4ohm so I needed to buy a pre amp.. or integrated..which would cost me a lot. and all my setup needs to follow that way so if tomorrow I decide to upgrade my setup ,I probably would buy a 8ohm speaker so the money I spent for pre power..etc.. goes way.

Anyway, some people do recomend me to buy the Paradigm Studio 20 v5. They said it has by far the best quality sound in this speaker range price.
They suggested me to buy:

1 - 2 PRD STUDIO 20 v5 BLACK

2 - 1 PRD CC-490 BLACK

3 - 2 PRD CS-50R

4 - 1 ANTHEM MRX 500

I do like a pure sound,stereo with details. I dont like to much screaming sound but also don't like muffled one. Even the setup working for HT ( movies,concerts,etc) I do prefer it for musics ( lounge music, house music,etc).

The question are :
1)Do you guys think its a good match?
2) Is this setup totally balanced or I would go for the next center speaker ( CC 590) or different in wall speaker ?
3) Is this receiver the best one to match with Paradigm or there is another one better?
4) Is there another setup from another brand which I would like more?

I'd like to thank you guys so much for helping me.
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Ricardo, I think that is An excellent system. I am not familiar with
in-wall speakers you chose. the Studio 20 are very highly
Regarded Speakers- center is good too.

Anthem is a Paradigm company so it will be a good match.
You can get the 300 instead of the 500 and save some Money,
check the MRX thread for the differences between models.

you should get A good subwoofer to go with your system.
Have you considered one?
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Ricardo, I think that is An excellent system. I am not familiar with
in-wall speakers you chose. the Studio 20 are very highly
Regarded Speakers- center is good too.

Anthem is a Paradigm company so it will be a good match.
You can get the 300 instead of the 500 and save some Money,
check the MRX thread for the differences between models.

you should get A good subwoofer to go with your system.
Have you considered one?
Thanks grasshoppers!
Yes, I've seen that info about Anthem, so Im sure it works fine with these speakers. I just don't know if there is another receiver which also match good with them but will match also with another speaker brand I can buy in the future so I won't replace it( Denon 3311, Marantz 7005, HK7550,etc). Maybe the MRX can match also with the other speakers. What do you think?
Im, I wouldnt like to buy a receiver which will match only with a type of speaker or brand. Otherwise, if the MRX won't , forget what I said.

Sorry for this silly question but Im wondering the Studio 20 got over 100w and the MRX 300 and MRX500 got only 80w/channel and 100w/channel. Will it support the speakers easily? Maybe the answer is , of corse because I the 100w in Studio 20 will never be reached. Isn't it?

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That's a very nice system you are looking at but I would recommend the cc590 over the cc490. The center channel is very important for movies and you want to get the best one you can. The cc590 is a perfect match for the 20s and I think you would be very happy with it.



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The MRX will work with ANY speakers. Don't worry about the watts-
chances are you will NEVER turn it up that loud.

I'm interested in why you want to get the in-wall speakers??
I am not fond of cutting holes into walls and pulling speaker wire up
etc etc. I would choose the Paradigm studio 10's and get brackets
that mount to the walls. If you ever have to move you won't have to
leave them there.

Have you thought about the sub-woofer speaker?? Very important
when you use bookshelf speakers-needed to get the bass that the other speakers won't be able to reproduce!!
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The MRX will work with ANY speakers. Don't worry about the watts-
chances are you will NEVER turn it up that loud.

I'm interested in why you want to get the in-wall speakers??
I am not fond of cutting holes into walls and pulling speaker wire up
etc etc. I would choose the Paradigm studio 10's and get brackets
that mount to the walls. If you ever have to move you won't have to
leave them there.

Have you thought about the sub-woofer speaker?? Very important
when you use bookshelf speakers-needed to get the bass that the other speakers won't be able to reproduce!!

I forgot to answer about the in wall speakers on last msg. Sorry. Better to say first, if I could I would have the towers ( no books), good surrounds ( not in wall ones). However, I have no space for these much speakers.
My apartment is really small and the HT setup will almost take half of that ( my apartment had 2 rooms but I opened one of them to turns my living room bigger). Now , the dinner table, tv, living room.. are almost at the same space. Thats why I need to save the maximum space I can.
Im doing a lot of changes here and the architect which is projecting everything here wants everything little clean... new ilumination set ( led.. indirect lights,etc) , so Im trusting on her ; )
Another problem, my HT sofa is positioned in the middle of the room because I need a space view to watch my new 60" tv , so if I would put the surrounds they would be in the middle of the room as well.
Im sending you the a simple layout of my flat. I hope you can understand because it is in portuguese and the measures are in meters ( not feet).
Another problem which in my opnion is the biggest one.
Im buying these speakers from US because my GF is going to Miami next week so she will bring them. However, she can not bring everything because they are too heavy and I'd pay a lot for extra taxes. Thats why I won't buy the subwoofer now and also the receiver. I dont care that much to have the setup complete because I have to wait like 2 or 3 months until my apartment get ready ( furniture,paint,lights,etc) so I want to buy the maximum I can now because the US price for us is really a bargain.
Just an example :

Check that price of the Studio 20 (pair) here in Brazil:
http://www.definitive.com.br/Caixas-...-012bp&marca=3

R$5.239,00 ( brazilian currency) = 3220 usd they cost 1250 usd ( pair) in US.

here is the CC590:
http://www.definitive.com.br/Caixas-...6-016b&marca=3

R$4841,00 = 3000 usd, they cost 1400 usd in US.

If you compare the price of the studio 20(pair) + CC590 here in Brazil I could buy the whole set in US ( books,central,subwoofer,in wall,receiver and cables ) ; ))

Thats why Im trying to buy the maximum I can for now. Next time I buy the other parts .
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