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So given a lot of my recent purchases (new tv, entertainment stand, reciever etc etc) I was going to wait awhile before buying new speakers. My wife gave me the go ahead to use some of the money from tax returns to speed up the process as she also wants some nice floor standing speakers.
For the time being I am just looking for the front 3.
I am pretty much set on a few brands as I've decided I will not buy speakers that I cannot audition and unfortunately the speakers I can audition are somewhat slim. From what I've heard I'm set on 2 speakers lines, though I was still maybe considering KEF Q700, after listening to it side by side the B&W 683 I just think it doesn't sound all that great.
I am stuck between the Paradigm Monitor 11's with the Center 3 and the B&W 683 and the HTM61 Center speaker.
I unfortunately have no way to hear the speakers side by side as the dealers are 30 minutes apart. I feel that the paradigms and the B&W's have a very similar sound, though I do feel the bass on the 683's is a bit better (not so much of a factor as the crossover and the subwoofer I have) and I feel that the 683 handles really high highs much better than the Paradigm MOnitors
Theres a song called 3'Oclock by Eric Clapton and BB King, among a few others, but this one I listened to a lot on both speakers, its a very demanding song IMO with BB Kings voice and the guitar plucks and the incredible highs from the high notes on teh guitar.
I felt that on the B&W's it did not break a sweat, not once did I ever feel like my ears were being pierced on a couple of particular high notes, where as the Paradigms a couple of times seemed a tad bit harsh. Granted these are also on two very dissimilar setups, though the paradigms were being pushed by a high end Integra Reciever and the B&W's were being pushed by a 50watt stereo marrants cd player/amp.
My issue inlies with the center speaker. I feel that the paradigm center is much better, and I am unable to hear the HTM61 in a more proper enviroment, and I know it gets a lot of flack because of its driver design. I do listen to more movies/tv than anything else, and I feel like im going to end up having to pick the lesser of two evils but im praying someone has a bit more experience with these speakers than me and can give me some solid advice.
Unable to really test it myself due to its setup at the local AV shop, is the off axis sound really that bad on the B&W's center? The couch sits about 10 feet back from the front channel speakers, its with the "center" area of the tv and the front speakers but my wife usually sits to the right and I to the left and sometimes I'm to the left and shes to the right, very seldom am I ever directly in the sweet spot, and I want to make sure that its going to sound great from either side.
EMP E55ti | EMP E56ci | Polk T15's for surround duty | Ultimax 15" Sub | Integra 40.2 | Rotel 976 | Panasonic 60ST60