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Old 02-28-2013, 12:07 PM - Thread Starter
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Which one to choose:

1. PSB Image Series
T6 x2 + C5 + B5 x2

2. Paradigm Monitor Series 7
Monitor 11 x2 + Center 3 + Monitor Mini x2
Monitor 11 x2 + Center 3 + Monitor Atom x2
Monitor 9 x2 + Center 1 + Monitor Atom x2

3. Monitor Audio Bronze BX
BX6 x2 + BX Centre + BX1 x2

4. Monitor Audio Silver RX
RX6 x2 + RX Centre + RX1 x2

5. B&W 600 Series
683 x2 + HTM61 + 685 x2

Heard B&W, PSB, Paradigm. Liked them all. I am going to see Monitor audio later.
Heard some Focals but didn't like them much.
Also was considering KEF Q (Q500 x2 + Q200c + Q100 x2) but having hard time finding a dealer who has them, so I guess they out of list.

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Old 02-28-2013, 02:18 PM - Thread Starter
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Nobody wants to share their opinion?
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fwiw,they are all nice selections don't think you'd be disappointed with any of them."my" preference would be the monitor audio silver series

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I plan on running the Paradigm Monitor 11`s and Center 3 this fall when I purchase them. I have a Yamaha RX-A 2020 and about 9 year old Paradigm Dipole speakers for surrounds that are still in great shape. All of them are good choices. I have just always liked the paradigms over the years because of the great reviews and such. I have not settled on a sub yet but may go with a pair of hsu vtf-15h`s. I have an older PW2200 paradigm sub that's been great but its going up in the bedroom with the older equipment. Hope that helps.
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My Paradigm dealer has DALI Zensor speakers.
http://www.dali-speakers.com/en-US/Loudspeakers-1.aspx?GroupID=GROUP37

Is it something to consider?
Where do they stand compared to PSB Image and Paradigm Monitor? Equivalent, lower or higher?

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Never heard of them before. Just spend time and listen to all of them before you choose.
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Now I'm torn between these two:

1. PSB Image Series
T6 x2 + C5 + B5 x2

2. Paradigm Monitor Series 7
Monitor 11 x2 + Center 3 + Monitor Mini x2

They both sounded very good.
Which one?
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If you have heard them both, then you are the best judge over what anyone here can tell you smile.gif

If you aren't sure, then take some source music of your own back and listen to them again. Now that you have cut it down to between two, maybe one will stand out. And if you tell the salesman you've narrowed it down to two sets, maybe one will bargain with you on price.

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The thing is I can't compare them directly, side by side. The dealers are in different locations.

If I do this:
PSB: T5 + C5 + B5 (all 5.25" drivers)
Paradigm: M9 + Center1 + Atom (all 5.25" drivers)
The prices are exactly the same after the discounts.
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yep, you need to figure out which ones sound better to you, i have heard some very expensive speakers that i just did not care for including some speakers that were around 7k-10k a pair, most of them sounded great but they did not quite have that sound that i like to hear. some sounded to dark, some sounded to bright and some just plain sounded bad to my ear. for instance the couple of sets of Jamo speakers that i have heard sounded horrible to me, it could have been the room and speaker placement that made them sound bad for all i know which is another issue. so i always make sure i can return the speakers if i take them home and they do not sound like they did in the store.

some people will buy both pairs and return the ones they do not like as much, not sure if you can do that or not, if the place has a good return policy and you can afford to buy both, or put both or one or the other on credit. that way you know you will be happy and get the set of speakers that will suit you best.. and you want be setting around wondering if you should have got the other pair


its really all about what you like. when i audition speakers i like to take a CD with different types of music that i like and see how it sounds for rock, country, blues, bluegrass and so on. one thing i have noticed is quite a few sets of speakers sound very good for everything but rock and roll music. when it comes to the distorted guitar on rock music, i want to hear a nice warm and smooth yet driving guitar sound, and i make sure i have a few rock and roll tracks where the guitar is recorded with a warmer sound and some where the guitar is recorded with a bright sound
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The thing is I can't compare them directly, side by side. The dealers are in different locations.

Yeah. That would be better. But they also may sound better in your room, too. All you can do is make your best guess or see if they'll sell you just front two of each with a return policy so you can try them in home.

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I am leaning toward Paradigm
Which combination would you choose?

Monitor 11 x2 + Center 3 + Monitor Mini x2
Monitor 11 x2 + Center 3 + Monitor Atom x2
Monitor 9 x2 + Center 1 + Monitor Atom x2

The first is the "best", but will 6.5" driver in Mini be "overkill" for surrounds?
The third is the cheapest, all speakers have 5.25" drivers. Will that be "enough"?

Living room is 18'x14'. Sub Rythmik LV12R (most probably). Receiver Denon AVR-2113Ci. Movies and music, no games.

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Why not the Monitor 9 / Center 3 / Mini Monitor combo......................all 6.5 inch woofers..........
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fwiw,if your incorperating a rythmik sub in the works go for the monitor9 package. if you listen to alot of sacd or other 5.1 sound recordings the mini's might be a better bet for surrounds but if not the atoms would be my pick.just my 2 cents

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its really all about what you like. when i audition speakers i like to take a CD with different types of music that i like and see how it sounds for rock, country, blues, bluegrass and so on. one thing i have noticed is quite a few sets of speakers sound very good for everything but rock and roll music. when it comes to the distorted guitar on rock music, i want to hear a nice warm and smooth yet driving guitar sound, and i make sure i have a few rock and roll tracks where the guitar is recorded with a warmer sound and some where the guitar is recorded with a bright sound

My Infinity's kick out the best rock and metal sound I've heard.. smile.gif
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I plan on the first setup minus the surrounds because I already have white ones from when we built our house 9 years ago. Don't forget a subwoofer or two. I originally planned on two hsu-vtf15`s. Do you think Rythmik would be better?
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You would have to step up to the Rythmik FV15 line to improve on a Hsu VTF15h. The FV12r is not in the same league.
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Honestly..bang for buck...Stay with HSU. They are in-line with your speaker purchase. Now step up your entire setup some then you may want to invest in a slightly more accurate sub.

I am sure people are going to kill me for saying that...but my .02 at least.
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Newbie01 who are you addressing? Me or gsamples?
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I'd take the PSB Image T6's if choosing only from that list. The thing is, I've heard them all, but have you, isagreg? It doesn't matter if you're going to hear them in different locations, as you'll still get an idea of their sonic traits. Besides, a good speaker will sound good in a variety of rooms. Go listen to every speaker you can within your price range, take notes, and narrow things down. You won't regret it.

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I am leaning toward Paradigm

Which combination would you choose?
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The first is the "best", but will 6.5" driver in Mini be "overkill" for surrounds?
The third is the cheapest, all speakers have 5.25" drivers. Will that be "enough"?
Although the smaller drivers on combo #3 will most likely be "enough", I'd go with the Monitor 11s + Center 3 + Mini Monitors for the biggest & best sound all around, both in pure two-channel mode and in full multi-channel mode.

As for your earlier dilemma between the PSBs and Paradigms: Both companies make good-sounding and well-rated speakers, so IMO it really boils down to personal preference.

Given that you've done your homework and narrowed things down to a few solid choices, I think you'll be happy with whatever combo you end up buying. smile.gif
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