Originally Posted by Mantis10
Both Paradigm and Dynaudio make high quality speakers. You can say Dynaudio is a much higher end company as they offer speakers in much higher price brackets.
Paradigm has been making quality speakers for a very long time and earned great respect in our Industry. They have a following and rightfully so.
Dynaudio can be argued as the best hands down speaker company in the world. I can support that as the very best sounding 2 channel rig I ever heard , Installed had Dynaudio speakers.
Personally I like Dynaudio over Paradigm. I like the way Dynaudio sound. paradigm I've tried so hard to like and I haven't found a pair I would put in my system. I've owned Dynaudio speakers and would again , actually I probably will. I swap out my system every few years or until I want something else.
Going and comparing these 2 models you are looking at need to be decided by listening yourself. You really can't go wrong either way. As much as I like Dynaudio , I think Paradigm has some real value IF you like the way they sound. Honestly think they are overpriced for what you get but thats a personal opinion and should be treated as such. I find much more value in Dynaudio as they have a way of sucking you into the sound , I have so many times just sat there and listened to the music and got lost in the moment. Paradigm never did that for me and I've been Installing them for years.
The brand new Monitor series are the best ever. I think they sound much better then the last few versions. They sport a new look and new drivers. Pretty nice but I still wouldn't take them home.
I wish you luck.
Mantis, I'm going to leave your post intact...so as not to take anything out of context...but I'm going to focus on this bolded
section. Not unlike many who will read this post, I've been in this hobby for many years. It's funny, how along the way...as you age, grow...try a lot of gear...and in the end, really
get an understanding of what's important and what's not, how your perception changes.
I am at a point where I find what you said about Dyns, to be so true of most things I am looking for in my system. There's no question that sometimes what's the "brightest", or most "aggressive"...gets our attention. Hell, it's a known trick, when they're selling TVs...to crank up Brightness, Color, Contrast, Detail, etc; that's what gets most people's attention, and that's what seems "best".
I think the same can be said with speakers, to a certain degree. I agree with the general consensus of your post; Paradigm is a fine product, and offers good bang for the buck. But IMO, it's sound is not like Dynaudio at all; rather, it is pretty bright, and forward. Now...some might listen to them side-by-side, and find the Dyn to be "neutral", "laid-back"...to put it nicely; or "boring", to not...lol. But IMO...over time...you don't want the brightest, or most "aggressive"; you truly don't want it in a TV (in fact, almost ALL calibration programs...and even just owner's manuals...will warn of the retail trick, and advise you to start by just bringing everything down
several notches), because while it might "pop"...it's just not accurate
I find the same to be true with speakers. That bright sound; that aggressive presentation (forward)...it's just not musical
, and IMO...over time...becomes fatiguing
. In fact, as crazy as it may seem, I think any system that draws too
much attention...to any one
thing; is probably a system out of balance
, and not very accurate or musical at all.
Just my .02