Three months later, what do you think of the Paradigm Monitor 9 S7's and the C3 Center? I'm looking for a new surround system (upgrading a Klipsch Quintet system with additional bipole sides) and I don't have a lot of choice of what I can listen to where I live. I've previously used the room for HT pretty much exclusively, but would like to start listening to music again in there.
I listened to the 9's yesterday and liked sound and the imaging. They're the best thing I've listened to in awhile, but that's not necessarily saying much because of my local choice. I wanted to go with some floorstanding speakers on the front. I've listened to Yamaha NS 555 ($200 each) which were surprisingly good and some Klipsch towers (possibly RF 82 II, $600 each, found the highs harsh) and Definitive Technology towers (possibly BP-8060 ST, $1000 each, found the highs lacking) I was disappointed with. I'm sorry I don't know the names/numbers of the Klipsch and Definitive Technology speakers for sure. My brother has some Aperion bookshelf fronts and a center he bought a few years ago. I'm not sure which ones and I've never listened to them. He's recommending Aperion as a good deal for the money. I've never heard his set, but I know he is very particular and has similar musical tastes to me.
I have a dedicated home theater room, 12' wide x 21' long with 9' ceilings, carpeted. Listening positions at 12' and 16 feet from the front. I have a Denon AVR 3310 receiver. My budget was about $3500 for a 7.1 system, but the Paradigm system I looked at would be about $4350 + tax, so maybe that's my new price point. I could have gotten into a whole Yamaha system (555's, 444, and 2 pairs of 333's, no sub yet) for $850 plus tax, $1050 if I bumped up to 777's on the front, which I read about after but couldn't listen to. Yamaha wasn't a brand I was considering before I started looking. Only the Paradigm Monitor system has sounded better. I wish there was a way to compare them side by side, but I can't. If I went with Aperion, I was thinking about the Intimus 5T Hybrid HT or Verus Forte Tower SD, just going by the website recommendations for a medium-size room.
Any recommendations anyone can give would be appreciated.
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