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beautiful!

Question for anyone with experience working on the studio series.
I have a dented tweeter and i think its causing the imaging to be slightly off.
Paradigm says new diaphragm is only 20 bucks.
how difficult is replacing the tweeter diaphragms? 
where would be a good place to look for some how to instructions?

It is not difficult to access the diaphragm. Just be careful, sure worth a $20 shot. What I would be concerned about is removing a diaphragm without damaging it (just for a look??), but then, that's not an issue for you. smile.gif I've never popped one out, but I have removed the magnet structures from various versions just for a look at the domes. (Once somebody thought they had some junk in there that was rattling.)
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Went to see a pair of used Paradigm Studio 100 v5 speakers yesterday. A couple of drivers on one speaker has scratches / creases etc. I have uploaded a couple of photos. Is it anything to be concerned about? I wasn't in a position to demo these speakers.

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Is this the pair for $2800? If not, how much is this seller asking?

I should have mentioned I am in Australia. RRP of a pair of Paradigm Studio 100 v5 is a crazy $5200 (or thereabout) here in Australia but I believe most AV specialist store probably sells them new in the high $3k? I don't know for sure though as I have never asked. The $2800 asking price was for a pair of ex-demo pairs that one of the local authorised dealer is trying to get rid of. Their reason for the sale is that their company is shifting focus from being a HT specialist to one that provides commercial solutions. Obviously I wasn't prepared to get it for $2800 and I have negotiated a price in the $2k vicinity. As they are an authorised reseller, I will be getting a receipt hence a full 5 years warranty on the speakers even though they have had the speakers as ex-demo speakers in their old showroom in the last 2 years or so. I think the serial number of the speakers is 46xxx, not sure if this will help determine the speakers age or not.

I haven't paid for the speakers yet even though I have verbally agreed to take them.

At the moment, my main concern is the scratch/dent? on the diaphraghm of the midrange driver, as well as the scratch on the lowest bass driver. Will they have any negative impact on the produced sound? Noone has any thoughts on them?

The cabinet of one speaker also has quite a few dings here and there, but I am not too concerned about these as the front grill will cover them and I do intend to keep these speakers for quite a long time.
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I should have mentioned I am in Australia. RRP of a pair of Paradigm Studio 100 v5 is a crazy $5200 (or thereabout) here in Australia but I believe most AV specialist store probably sells them new in the high $3k? I don't know for sure though as I have never asked. The $2800 asking price was for a pair of ex-demo pairs that one of the local authorised dealer is trying to get rid of. Their reason for the sale is that their company is shifting focus from being a HT specialist to one that provides commercial solutions. Obviously I wasn't prepared to get it for $2800 and I have negotiated a price in the $2k vicinity. As they are an authorised reseller, I will be getting a receipt hence a full 5 years warranty on the speakers even though they have had the speakers as a demo speakers in their old showroom in the last 2 years I have been told. I think the serial number of the speakers is 46xxx, not sure if this will help determine the speakers age or not.

I haven't paid for the speakers yet even though I have verbally agreed to take them

At the moment, my main concern is the scratch/dent? on the diaphraghm of the midrange driver, as well as the scratch on the lowest bass driver. Noone has any thoughts on them?

I would snag them for that price...especially in Australia. Since you are getting a 5 year warranty on
Them I wouldn't worry about the scratc/dent. If it is an issue then you have the warranty to use.
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As long as the cabinets are not too dinged up and they come with a full warranty, I'd grab them based on your situation. That way you can get new replacement drivers if necessary.
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Hi fellas - hoping a fellow Paradigm fan can help me out.

My uncle just got some new speakers and offered me his Paradigm Studio 100 V3's + CC690 Center. He keeps all of his audio equipment in pristine condition so that is not an issue.

I currently have some Monitor series speakers (bookshelf + mini monitors + 2 sub combo).

I was planning to continue using the minis as surrounds and swapping in the new Studio Series and CC690, will obviously be a significant upgrade from what I have now I'm thinking.

I had 2 very specific questions and struggled finding answers via search or Google. My questions I'm hoping someone can help with:

1) What would be a good price for the Studio 100's + CC 690 in near mint condition? My uncle would basically give them away to me, but I'd prefer to offer him a fair market price just on general principle. Any ball park ranges on what would be a fair offer price for them?

2) I'm using a Pioneer Elite receiver right now, 92TXH model - also a few years old. He was running the Studio 100's off a Parasound Processor + Emotiva Amp(s) combination, I'm a bit worried that my Pioneer won't have the horse power to drive the speakers properly. Will I need to upgrade or can I make do with the Pioneer for awhile? One possibility I was considering was using the Pioneer as a processor and adding a separate amp(s). Any thoughts here would be a huge help.
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Looking for some suggestions. My setup is four Atoms (circa 2003), a cc-170 center, and SVS PB-1000 sub. I enjoy the Paradigm sound and I'm looking to start upgrading. My budget is 1000. So what are some suggestions for my first upgrades?

Thanks everyone!!!
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Hi fellas - hoping a fellow Paradigm fan can help me out.

My uncle just got some new speakers and offered me his Paradigm Studio 100 V3's + CC690 Center. He keeps all of his audio equipment in pristine condition so that is not an issue.

I currently have some Monitor series speakers (bookshelf + mini monitors + 2 sub combo).

I was planning to continue using the minis as surrounds and swapping in the new Studio Series and CC690, will obviously be a significant upgrade from what I have now I'm thinking.

I had 2 very specific questions and struggled finding answers via search or Google. My questions I'm hoping someone can help with:

1) What would be a good price for the Studio 100's + CC 690 in near mint condition? My uncle would basically give them away to me, but I'd prefer to offer him a fair market price just on general principle. Any ball park ranges on what would be a fair offer price for them?

2) I'm using a Pioneer Elite receiver right now, 92TXH model - also a few years old. He was running the Studio 100's off a Parasound Processor + Emotiva Amp(s) combination, I'm a bit worried that my Pioneer won't have the horse power to drive the speakers properly. Will I need to upgrade or can I make do with the Pioneer for awhile? One possibility I was considering was using the Pioneer as a processor and adding a separate amp(s). Any thoughts here would be a huge help.

#1-I would offer your Uncle $1500>$2000 for the 3 speakers. Maybe $2500 tops. Based on what I've seen on ebay &audiogon.

#2-my humble opinion. paradigm speakers are very efficient,they don't need a lot of power to go loud. Unless you sit far away from your
Speakers or have a huge room you probably could get by with just your Pioneer. Try the Pioneer by itself first, if you feel you need more
Power later you can add on amps or do a complete upgrade with new AVR and/or AMPS. Remember that by correctly using the bass mgmt
In your Pioneer you take a large load off of the amps...low bass notes are power hogs...that's where your subs can help your Pioneer.
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Looking for some suggestions. My setup is four Atoms (circa 2003), a cc-170 center, and SVS PB-1000 sub. I enjoy the Paradigm sound and I'm looking to start upgrading. My budget is 1000. So what are some suggestions for my first upgrades?

Thanks everyone!!!

Last year at this time I upgraded my Mini-Monitors and cc-190 V5.
I decided to go with the discontinued and now on close out Paradigm SE series.
I stayed with the bookshelves and the center. The sound difference was very noticeably for the better.
The SE series use drivers from the Studio series inside fancy monitor cabinets.
. I bought my speakers from tsto.com and received great service.

http://www.tsto.com/Paradigm_SE_1_Bookshelf_Speakers_Rosenut_p/3561.htm
http://www.tsto.com/Paradigm_SE_Center_Speaker_p/3562.htm

This would be $800 plus shipping. Now if you want to up you budget a bit and get towers
It would be $1260 plus shipping.
http://www.tsto.com/Paradigm_SE3_Floorstanding_Speakers_p/1025.htm

Here is a review:http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/surround-sound-speaker-systems/surround-sound-speaker-systems-reviews/paradigm-se-series.html


My unofficial review: post#28239 in this thread.wink.gif
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______________________________________________________________

Quick review of my new SE bookshelf speakers and matching center.

I'm not normally in the habit of quoting myself but I wanted to let
Everyone know what I think of these speakers.
I got started with paradigm speakers just over 4years ago with the
Monitor line v5. I also have Sigs and a pair of Studio 40's. I think
I am pretty familiar with the sound characteristics of the different
Lines. wink.gif

I set these up in a less than ideal position in my master bedroom.
They are in a corner,flanking a large upright dresser. The new center
Is on top of the dresser,the tv on top of the center. They are powered by
A Marantz sr5003 and the sub is a lowly Paradigm PDR-10v4.

I got them connected and powered them up,left the room and let them run a couple
Of hours. I then ran Audyssey. To my surprise it set the crossover to 60hz!
I changed it to 80hz which was closer to the rated specs. The
Mini-monitors & cc190 had been set to 100hz.

My first impression when I fired them up was....WOW!!!
I was not expecting such a noticeable improvement over
The old speakers. The SE's are in fact smaller sized than the
Speakers they replaced. The bass was notably improved,
Mids had more clarity and the the highs were smoother too.
The overall sound was,in every way,a big improvement over
The Monitors.

They are not as efficient as the speakers they replaced so
I have to turn up the AVR a bit higher. That is the only downside
To these speakers that I can possibly think of.

I can easily recommend this line to anyone. If you are considering
Any speakers in the Monitor line, you can pick these up (while they last)
For probably the same or lower price than what you would pay for
New Monitors.

Thanks for reading.

Keep a pair of the Atoms for your surrounds.
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#1-I would offer your Uncle $1500>$2000 for the 3 speakers. Maybe $2500 tops. Based on what I've seen on ebay &audiogon.

#2-my humble opinion. paradigm speakers are very efficient,they don't need a lot of power to go loud. Unless you sit far away from your
Speakers or have a huge room you probably could get by with just your Pioneer. Try the Pioneer by itself first, if you feel you need more
Power later you can add on amps or do a complete upgrade with new AVR and/or AMPS. Remember that by correctly using the bass mgmt
In your Pioneer you take a large load off of the amps...low bass notes are power hogs...that's where your subs can help your Pioneer.

Thanks - really appreciate the thoughts!
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Hey - I recently demo'd the Paradigm Studio 60 followed by the Studio 100 (both v5) in a local audio store. I thought the 60s sounded tighter / more accurate. While the 100s clearly had the bigger sound stage, they seemed slightly sloppier for lack of a better term. Is this a known difference between these two speakers, or is something else contributing? The speakers were in different rooms, but both rooms had the same setup - layout, size, doorway, furniture, etc. The store owner said that the 100s were being driven by a more powerful amp. I verified that both were running full range with no other speakers or subs in the mix, just the L+R towers. I demo'd the exact same music from the same source for each.

 

What do you think? A known difference between the speakers, difference in environment, or a misconception on my part?

 

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As long as the cabinets are not too dinged up and they come with a full warranty, I'd grab them based on your situation. That way you can get new replacement drivers if necessary.
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I should have mentioned I am in Australia. RRP of a pair of Paradigm Studio 100 v5 is a crazy $5200 (or thereabout) here in Australia but I believe most AV specialist store probably sells them new in the high $3k? I don't know for sure though as I have never asked. The $2800 asking price was for a pair of ex-demo pairs that one of the local authorised dealer is trying to get rid of. Their reason for the sale is that their company is shifting focus from being a HT specialist to one that provides commercial solutions. Obviously I wasn't prepared to get it for $2800 and I have negotiated a price in the $2k vicinity. As they are an authorised reseller, I will be getting a receipt hence a full 5 years warranty on the speakers even though they have had the speakers as a demo speakers in their old showroom in the last 2 years I have been told. I think the serial number of the speakers is 46xxx, not sure if this will help determine the speakers age or not.

I haven't paid for the speakers yet even though I have verbally agreed to take them

At the moment, my main concern is the scratch/dent? on the diaphraghm of the midrange driver, as well as the scratch on the lowest bass driver. Noone has any thoughts on them?


I would snag them for that price...especially in Australia. Since you are getting a 5 year warranty on
Them I wouldn't worry about the scratc/dent. If it is an issue then you have the warranty to use.
Bought the Paradigm Studio 100 v5 for $1950 with receipt so it will come with full 5 years warranty so very happy about that.

I didn't get the original box and manual/accessories that came with it though as they don't have them any more. The manual I can download from the internet. Anyone knows whether the speakers normally come with spikes to secure the speakers more securely to carpets?

Also, as these speakers come with bi-amp terminals, I am thinking of bi-amping them. Anyone knows which drivers the two sets of terminals drive? Are the top terminals for the tweeter and mid-range drivers? And the bottom terminals for the 3x bass drivers perhaps?

I only have a spare 2 channels 200W amp. What is the best way to do this?
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Hey - I recently demo'd the Paradigm Studio 60 followed by the Studio 100 (both v5) in a local audio store. I thought the 60s sounded tighter / more accurate. While the 100s clearly had the bigger sound stage, they seemed slightly sloppier for lack of a better term. Is this a known difference between these two speakers, or is something else contributing?
I demo'ed the Studio 100, Studio 60, and Studio 20 in the same room with the same electronics - this is what I thought: While I loved the bass extension of the 100's (no sub needed), they seemed a little muddy / congested - definitely warmer that the other two and I tend to like brighter speakers. The 20's had the biggest soundstage and detail but of course the bass was lacking - would probably have sounded great with a sub. The 60's seemed to be the best of both worlds - almost as much bass as the 100's with the detail of the 20's - I really liked them. I really wanted stand mounted speakers so I found some of the discontinued Studio 40s and Signature S4s and I love them.

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Bought the Paradigm Studio 100 v5 for $1950 with receipt so it will come with full 5 years warranty so very happy about that.

I didn't get the original box and manual/accessories that came with it though as they don't have them any more. The manual I can download from the internet. Anyone knows whether the speakers normally come with spikes to secure the speakers more securely to carpets?

Also, as these speakers come with bi-amp terminals, I am thinking of bi-amping them. Anyone knows which drivers the two sets of terminals drive? Are the top terminals for the tweeter and mid-range drivers? And the bottom terminals for the 3x bass drivers perhaps?

I only have a spare 2 channels 200W amp. What is the best way to do this?
There are carpet spikes that come with the speakers. As long as
The speakers are stable on carpet you should be OK. You may be
Able to get something similar at a hardware store?

Regarding the bi-amp thing. It was determined earlier in this thread
That the split on the terminals of the 100's is the tweeter only
On the upper terminal and ALL the other speakers on the bottom
Terminal. The tweeter uses only a few watts at most. Therefore,
The bi-amp option is useless and not necessary. You will be fine
With 200 watts!!
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My uncle just got some new speakers and offered me his Paradigm Studio 100 V3's + CC690 Center. He keeps all of his audio equipment in pristine condition so that is not an issue.

...

1) What would be a good price for the Studio 100's + CC 690 in near mint condition? My uncle would basically give them away to me, but I'd prefer to offer him a fair market price just on general principle. Any ball park ranges on what would be a fair offer price for them?
v3's are quite a few years old and a lot of technology has gone into developing the cabinets of the v5 series. I've been quoted $3,500 *NEW* v5's for a pair of 100's and a 690 just last year, prior to going with Sigs. I wouldn't offer more than $1,500.
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If Paradigm doesn't announce new Studio's this summer, I might just have to bite on the Studio 60's. I liked the way they sounded when I demoed them and they are not as bulky as the 100s.
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I also wish that Paradigm would release v6 of the Studio Series, but for entirely different reasons!


The cost of brand new v5s has gone up during the last couple of years, and buying these new is simply more than I want to spend. I purchased all of my Studios on the used market and saved a bundle. However, as time marches on without an update, the price of used gear has crept upward as well, and availability has declined, as there haven't been any new models for folks to replace the old ones with. So, I think an update would benefit the used gear market quite a bit as well!


Now, if they released an updated Signature Series, maybe I could get a good deal on a used pair of v2 or v3 S2s. *drool*

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Yeah it's amazing how much they have gone up in pricing for the past few years. I pretty much have to pull the trigger soon before they become too expensive to the point where I can't afford them anymore.
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Looking for some suggestions. My setup is four Atoms (circa 2003), a cc-170 center, and SVS PB-1000 sub. I enjoy the Paradigm sound and I'm looking to start upgrading. My budget is 1000. So what are some suggestions for my first upgrades?

Thanks everyone!!!


Last year at this time I upgraded my Mini-Monitors and cc-190 V5.
I decided to go with the discontinued and now on close out Paradigm SE series.
I stayed with the bookshelves and the center. The sound difference was very noticeably for the better.
The SE series use drivers from the Studio series inside fancy monitor cabinets.
. I bought my speakers from tsto.com and received great service.

http://www.tsto.com/Paradigm_SE_1_Bo...nut_p/3561.htm
http://www.tsto.com/Paradigm_SE_Cent...ker_p/3562.htm

This would be $800 plus shipping. Now if you want to up you budget a bit and get towers
It would be $1260 plus shipping.
http://www.tsto.com/Paradigm_SE3_Flo...ers_p/1025.htm

Here is a review:http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/surro...se-series.html


My unofficial review: post#28239 in this thread.Quote:Originally Posted by grasshoppers 

__________________________________________________ ____________

Quick review of my new SE bookshelf speakers and matching center.

I'm not normally in the habit of quoting myself but I wanted to let
Everyone know what I think of these speakers.
I got started with paradigm speakers just over 4years ago with the
Monitor line v5. I also have Sigs and a pair of Studio 40's. I think
I am pretty familiar with the sound characteristics of the different
Lines.

I set these up in a less than ideal position in my master bedroom.
They are in a corner,flanking a large upright dresser. The new center
Is on top of the dresser,the tv on top of the center. They are powered by
A Marantz sr5003 and the sub is a lowly Paradigm PDR-10v4.

I got them connected and powered them up,left the room and let them run a couple
Of hours. I then ran Audyssey. To my surprise it set the crossover to 60hz!
I changed it to 80hz which was closer to the rated specs. The
Mini-monitors & cc190 had been set to 100hz.

My first impression when I fired them up was....WOW!!!
I was not expecting such a noticeable improvement over
The old speakers. The SE's are in fact smaller sized than the
Speakers they replaced. The bass was notably improved,
Mids had more clarity and the the highs were smoother too.
The overall sound was,in every way,a big improvement over
The Monitors.

They are not as efficient as the speakers they replaced so
I have to turn up the AVR a bit higher. That is the only downside
To these speakers that I can possibly think of.

I can easily recommend this line to anyone. If you are considering
Any speakers in the Monitor line, you can pick these up (while they last)
For probably the same or lower price than what you would pay for
New Monitors.

Thanks for reading.


Keep a pair of the Atoms for your surrounds.
Thanks for posting. I went by tsto today (about 14 miles away) with my brother who is interested in the cinema series. While I'm there I ask about the studio 10's. I'm then informed that the SE 1's use the same drivers. He cranks them up for me and wow, what great sound at a great price. I'm pretty sure I will be purchasing these very soon if they are still available. Reading your post just solidified my decision.
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Any one have SE-1's wall mounted? If so, which mounts did you use and how adjustable are they vertically and horizontally?
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Any one have SE-1's wall mounted? If so, which mounts did you use and how adjustable are they vertically and horizontally?
I use these mounts for my wall mounted Sig S1's
http://www.amazon.com/Pinpoint-AM-40...inpoint+am-40b
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Any one have SE-1's wall mounted? If so, which mounts did you use and how adjustable are they vertically and horizontally?
I use these mounts for my wall mounted Sig S1's
http://www.amazon.com/Pinpoint-AM-40...inpoint+am-40b
Those look like they may work for me. Thanks. Did you use screws to hold them in place or were the clamps sufficient?

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Any one have SE-1's wall mounted? If so, which mounts did you use and how adjustable are they vertically and horizontally?
I use these mounts for my wall mounted Sig S1's
http://www.amazon.com/Pinpoint-AM-40...inpoint+am-40b
Those look like they may work for me. Thanks. Did you use screws to hold them in place or were the clamps sufficient?
For me, the clamps are sufficient. They hold nice and tight.
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Has anyone noticed that paradigm is not offering certain speakers anymore? The c1, s1 and adp1 are missing from their website. I hope this doesn't mean the adp3 is going to be discontinued or a new version is coming out because I can't afford them this year but I need them to complete my 7.1 system.
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I've got my new to me Studio 100 v3's up and running. sound pretty awesome. For analytical listening i still prefer my Studio 20 v4's just a hair but they arent as visceral. Anywho, im running the 100's off a Yamaha A-S500 which is 85 watts/channel. Mulling over picking up an Emotiva XPA 200 or MAYBE an XPA 2. Just not sure i need the 300 watts. Figure the 150 per channel from the xpa200 would do me just fine. Anyways, any of you fellow Paradigm junkies have any experience with Emotiva and Studios? Also any ideas on a solid 2 channel pre amp for the xpa?
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Mulling over picking up an Emotiva XPA 200 or MAYBE an XPA 2. Just not sure i need the 300 watts. Figure the 150 per channel from the xpa200 would do me just fine. Anyways, any of you fellow Paradigm junkies have any experience with Emotiva and Studios? Also any ideas on a solid 2 channel pre amp for the xpa?
Have you considered other brands besides Emotiva? If you are set on buying one, there are a lot of them on the used market and you can get a deal. Are you looking for a multi-channel preamp or a stereo preamp? If stereo only, do you want HT bypass capability?

This is a highly regarded multi-channel preamp:

http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/975.html

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Have you considered other brands besides Emotiva? If you are set on buying one, there are a lot of them on the used market and you can get a deal. Are you looking for a multi-channel preamp or a stereo preamp? If stereo only, do you want HT bypass capability?

This is a highly regarded multi-channel preamp:

http://www.outlawaudio.com/products/975.html

Im just looking for a stereo pre amp. Im open to anything, Emotiva was just one brand that had caught my eye and seemed to offer good bang per buck.
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^^ If I was looking for a brand new 2 channel pre-amp, I would consider the Parasound line - P5 or P7 depending on what kind of system expansion you want. I am using an old Adcom GFP-750 which is a Nelson Pass design - dead quiet even at full volume using the balanced XLR inputs. The only thing it is missing, feature wise, compared to some of the new 2 channel preamps is a built in crossover. I am using it only as a volume control only for 2 channel (I only have one source device) and as a HT bypass when listening to multi-channel sources (to pass my front L/R of the 7.1 decoding) to the same amp and speakers as 2 channel.

The Paradigm's are fantastic with a very quiet background - amazing detail.

2-Ch (HT L/R): Oppo BDP-105 BD, Adcom GFP-750 pre, Bryston 10B Sub Xover, Bryston 4BSST2 / Paradigm Signature S4 v.2 (L/R), (2) SVS SB12-NSD (Subs)
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Question about ADP3s

Hello all,

I've been offered a pair of Signature ADP3's (V.1) in birdseye maple for $1600. My mains and center are also the Birdseye Maple, and they're becoming more and more rare. I'm wondering if you experts think that's a fair price or not? They are supposedly in mint condition, both accoustically and cosmetically, and he was also supposedly the sole owner.


Thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!
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^^ If I was looking for a brand new 2 channel pre-amp, I would consider the Parasound line - P5 or P7 depending on what kind of system expansion you want. I am using an old Adcom GFP-750 which is a Nelson Pass design - dead quiet even at full volume using the balanced XLR inputs. The only thing it is missing, feature wise, compared to some of the new 2 channel preamps is a built in crossover. I am using it only as a volume control only for 2 channel (I only have one source device) and as a HT bypass when listening to multi-channel sources (to pass my front L/R of the 7.1 decoding) to the same amp and speakers as 2 channel.

The Paradigm's are fantastic with a very quiet background - amazing detail.
The Parasound's look killer. But perhaps a bit out of my price range. This will be my first foray into separates territory. I've been an integrated/vintage guy previous. Could I run something modern like say the Emotiva XPA2 off the preouts of a vintage Marantz receiver or My Kenwood KR 9050 monster? Not that that would be my end goal, just as a stop gap while I saved up funding for a nice pre?
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The Parasound's look killer. But perhaps a bit out of my price range. This will be my first foray into separates territory. I've been an integrated/vintage guy previous. Could I run something modern like say the Emotiva XPA2 off the preouts of a vintage Marantz receiver or My Kenwood KR 9050 monster? Not that that would be my end goal, just as a stop gap while I saved up funding for a nice pre?
I don't see why not. I plan to do something similar. I plan to do this in a 3 step process. First thing would be to upgrade the speakers and just hook them straight up to my Yamaha receiver. Then the next step is to get an Emotiva amp and use the pre outs on the Yamaha. Finally the last step would be to get a nice pre amp/processor.
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