Living room with Paradigms
Well, this is a little intimidating being that I'm an audio neophyte but here it goes...
I am in the process of designing built in cabinets and a fireplace mantel for our living room. These are on either side of our budget Vizio 60" HDTV. I've been living with TV speakers for 5 years and would really like to incorporate the Paradigm's that are collecting dust in storage. I have a set of Monitor 3's, a set of Mini Monitors, and a set of Atoms (I believe they are all the original versions - old school). I also have a set of Pioneer CS-77a's but they're way too big for the room I have. I'm also due to upgrade my old receiver - Technics SA-GX490.
Primary uses will be movie watching and low to medium volume background music (I haven't found time to sit down and listen to an album since the kids were born 6 years ago...) Ideally, the plan would be to use the Monitor 3's as fronts, Atoms as rear surround and then wire the adjoining kitchen for the Mini Monitors. In my design I'm finding that I may not have room for the Monitors up front and may have to settle with the Mini Monitors there.
My questions are the following: What center channel should I be considering without breaking my 2nd hand Craigslist budget? Will I NEED a subwoofer with the Monitor 3's up front? (I'm sure the opinions are quite varied on this one but perhaps someone has a similar set up and find that they're fine without one) What receiver should I consider for under $500 when the time comes?
- Have at it on my first post