thank you for the link. i read the roundup, sounds like those A5s are legit!
ttinb, that is an interesting theory, and it does make sense. WHen i listened to the monitor 7s, they sounded much fuller and lusher , double the soundstage and atmosphere than the $500 bookshelves immediately before, without any low frequencies playing, which the sub would pick up. So i do think there is something else to it.
I went to best buy mangnolia today to listen to the ML motion 40s, whose previous model came in a close second place in the 1k speaker competition. It was a totally different room, different equipment, music etc, and it just sounded ...blah. Also listened to definitive supertowers which i thought were a little bit better, 4x more bass as well. I am convinced that the store that had the paradigm and bookshelf demos had a MUCH better setup. He was using a hi quality receiver and bluray player hooked up directly to the speakers. He also had a 2k media player that was streaming high quality songs to the first set of speakers. Best buy uses pioneer equipment and a wifi switcher to connect all the equipment together. Smaller , more cramped room also. Do you guys believe those factors make a big difference? The music on the cd in the paradigm store was a mix of expertly mastered tracks also. I am not convinced the paradigm monitor/SE3s were THAT much better than the ML and definitive technology speakers, which are 2k per pair.
I need to make a mix so i can compare these speakers apples to apples. do you guys know if i download songs and burn a cd from Itunes if it will be CD quality music? or will it be low bit rate mp3 quality put onto a cd?