Some of you may already have read the fiasco that I have gone through with Paradigm, but if you have not, below are two threads to catch up, which leads me to this thread.
Paradigm has offered no explanation or acknowledged any issues with their Chinese-made new line of Monitor Series 7 speakers, but have offered to take the speakers back and give me a refund. I may just take them upon their offer.
I wold the like the replacements to sound equally, if not better, have a better build quality, but not to exceed the MSRP of the Paradigm's that may be replaced.
Getting a hold of anyone in upper management took some ingenious searching on Google, as their website provides no e-mail addresses or contact information whatsoever. The ones in the top upper management did not reply, nor care to discuss the issues.
My question, is the following, what other speakers should I be looking at? I know that sound is subjective, and my area is VERY limited to high end dealers. I need two tower speakers, 1 center channel speaker, and two surround speakers to be wall mounted. Again, this is to replace a pair of Paradigm Monitor 11's a Center 3, and a pair of Surround 3's. The surround must be of a bipole and/or dipole configuration, versus a direct firing bookshelf style of speaker. The bass is handled by an SVS PB12 +2.
I would prefer speakers that are made out of real wood veneers, versus vinyl, and that are solidly built, and that look as good aesthetically as they sound.
The system is installed in a relatively small den (14 x10 with 8-9 feet ceiling). I am using a Denon 4311 as the amplifier and sound processor. Not that it matters, but they system is hooked up with an Oppo DBP 93, and Sony XBR 929 55-inch TV. Speaker cables are Audioquest Type 2 and HDMI cables are Audioquest Cinnamon series.
I like a lot of mid-bass that can blend in with the sub and not leave a gap in the frequency response. I like to listen at loud volumes with no distortion with very bright, detailer, and clear highs. Therefore, I would prefer a tower with al least three midrange/woofers drivers.
The five speakers must NOT have a retail over 3K, but I must be able to find a retailer that is willing to negotiate a stellar price for the set-up. I prefer to be able to purchase through an established internet retailer, rather than being forced to go through a dealer that is mandated by the manufacturer.
I have considered a set-up with the B&W 683 towers, but have read that the matching center channel is horrible. Stepping up to the CM8 or CM9 is out of my price range. I am also considering the Monitor Audio Silver RX8 set-up? A PSB set-up with the T6 Imagine is a step down correct? The Image series is too high MSRP wise. What about Focal and Dynaudio? Those MSRP for quite a bit more? I listened to the Klipsch RF 82, but did not like them (highs were muffled, contrary to what most say that they are overly bright). I loved the RF7's, but a set-up with those is also out of my price range.
Please provide some opinions. Thank you.