Originally Posted by sfeldman721
I know many consider these speakers to be "you can't go wrong with either" type choices. I also know similar threads are posted, which I've read. I've heard both and it is a difficult decision, indeed. In regard to the higher frequencies being more "mellow" or "smooth" on the CM8's, is choosing simply a matter of preference or are the Paradigm's actually revealing more detail in the higher frequencies? Also, is the Studio series still made in Canada or is it now made in China like the B&W's?
I also read in the other similar posts that the CMCC2 is far superior to the CMCC in regard to the center channel. This will be for a 12' x 14' room and possibly in a few years for a 14' x 24' room. Aside from the CMCC2 costing twice as much, will it be too much for the 12' x 14' room? This system will be 50/50 theater/music.
My 3rd option is going with the Paradigm SE3's which are supposed to fall between the Monitor series and the Studio series. Has anyone heard the SE series in comparison to the Studio series and the CM series from B&W?
This will be a 5.1 system but I'm leaving the surround speakers and the sub out of the equation for the purposes of this discussion. Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.
Oh the speakers you listed, the Paradigm Studio 60's will sound better to most people, most of the time. I have heard the B&W CM-8's a bunch of times and hated them every time. The first time I demo'd them, they were set up with a CMC center channal, and, to my ears, that was one of the worst theater setups I have ever experienced. It just sounded lifeless, dull, and very underwhelming. I do, however, think the CM-8's beat the Paradigms in 2 channel, music only settings. Also, I got to demo the CMC2 with the CM-8's at a later time, and let me to you, the CMC2 sounded a lot better than the CMC. I think part of the reason I disliked the CM-8's in a theater setting was because of the lack of performance of the CMC. Either way, no way I would ever bother with the CM series for theater.
I used to own a pair of the Paradigm Monitor 7's, and later, the Monitor 11's. They did the job well, but overall, they just added to much color to the sound for my liking. The Studio 60's are excellent choices and sound very good.
The best advise I can you is to try out either the Ascend Sierra-1's, or, Sierra Tower, or the Salk Song Tower's. Either one of these will be much much better than the speakers you are looking at now. Both Ascend and Salk have 30 day return policies. So what I would recommend is to go audition the Studio 60's and B&W CM-8's, then order one of the speakers I mentioned above to try out for the 30 day trial period, then, and only then, make your decision.