Originally Posted by warpdrive
I can't help you if you have low standards of musicality
Guys, isn't musicality fairly subjective? It's not like off-axis response or impedance or something else that can be measured... Reasonable people can disagree about musicality.
Originally Posted by rattmobbins
Well I swapped the center back to the MilleniaOne, re-ran Audyseey, and tested it out. Still sounded slightly weaker than the Polk. So I went into the settings and bumped up the center channel output by 2dB, and wow. All it took was a tad more volume to make this baby come alive!
Voices are still ever so slightly more muted than the Polk, but everything else sounds SOOOOOO much better! Crisp, clean details that the Polk just skipped right over are now being pumped through my MilleniaOne center. It almost seems like the Polk was engineered to maximize voices and skip everything else, it's crazy.
So anyway, I'm back to being a VERY happy camper. I watched the plane crash scene from Flight of The Phoenix like 6 times LOL! I cranked it louder and louder each time, and these little speakers never distorted or begged for mercy. I think my ears would say uncle before these speakers do. Unbelievable.
Great to hear! To give you an update - my dealer said the Anthem MRX 300 has been back-ordered since I placed my order on Dec 30th, and he is waiting to receive it so he can ship all my stuff together. He expects to get it late next week. So the best case scenario now is that the dealer gets the MRX 300 next Friday, and I get everything sometime around Jan 25th or so.
I know this has been discussed elsewhere, but to add my $0.02: I am not very impressed by Anthem/Paradigm's business model. Basically they give exclusive regional sales rights to specific dealers, to prevent competition on price, and they specifically disallow internet and phone sales. They view the internet as a threat to their business, rather than an exciting new way to enhance and expand their business. In theory, this means that dealers will be happy with their margins, and will continue to sell Paradigm/Anthem products.
In practice, it is bad for the consumer, because you can't shop like you do for every other kind of electronics: search the web for good prices, call around to a bunch of stores to see what prices they have, plus return policies, warranties, etc. And most places do NOT keep products in stock, at least in my experience - they have no reason to.
It has been over two weeks since I ordered my gear and it will be another week and a half before I get it. Contrast this with internet-based SVS: I placed my order on a Saturday and received it 3 business days later, with free shipping and a no-questions-asked 45-day return policy. For me, the SVS business model is so far superior to the traditional high-end audio model of Anthem/Paradigm and many other brands.
Anyway, sorry for the slightly OT rant. It is just frustrating to have paid for all my gear and not received it yet.