Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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I bought my first pair of Paradigm speakers about 15 years ago. Using my local Indianapolis retailer's 'trade up' policy, that if you bought a more expensive set of speakers within a year, they would give you the full price you paid for your original speakers in the trade in. So each year for my birthday I traded up.
So over the years Monitor 7s, 9's 11's, Studio 20's, Studio 40's, Active 20's, Active 40's, and now Studio 100 v4s have seen a year's worth of use in my home theater/music room. Each year I compared other brands of speakers in the trade up discussion, but for the money at each price point, it seemed clear to me that the Paradigm speakers outperformed the others. I did bring home a set of Definitive Technology speakers one year, but they didn't sound great in my room, so they went back.
I have stayed with the Studio 100 v4s for a few years now. They are simply a great speaker for the money. I went in a few times considering upgrading to the Signature line, but the price jump just was too large to justify the increase in sound quality. The Signature speakers are amazing, but too rich for my budget. That said, the price jumps for other brands (Thiel, B&W....) for the same upgrade in quality that the Signatures brought, was at a much higher premium.
Obviously personal taste in sound plays a factor, but my comparison over the years has always led me back to Paradigm as a great speaker for the money. If I had a giant influx of cash, the Signature 8's would definitively find their way into my listening room.