Originally Posted by NamesLucky
Hey guys, I've been a paradigm 11semk3 owner for about 2 years. I really love these speakers, but am getting upgraditis. Does anyone have direct experience with moving from 11se to studio 100s? I don't have a great ear, so will the difference be noticeable for 2 channel listening, assuming everything else equal. I am sensitive to harsh tweeters so I'll likely be going new v5s for the new tweeter design. I like the soft tweeters in the 11ses but haven't heard the 100s, nor (living in montana) will I get the chance before actually ordering some here.
The Studio line has what I would call fairly neutral tweeters. They aren't exactly laid back or "mellow," but they aren't fatiguing or harsh either. Great recordings sound great, lesser ones (and MP3's) sound, well, as poorly as they are. Good in, good out. Garbage in, garbage out. The mid and high frequencies are especially ideal for stringed instruments. Pianos, especially, sound wonderful, having a "you are there at the live concert" kind of vibe when using audiophile recordings.
Now, if I was switching gears to another brand for music listening (or even movie watching), I would take a look at U.S. made Triad Silver or Gold Monitors. They're equally superb for music and movies, the sound stage they recreate is astoundingly wide and dynamic, and the street price is not inflated for the performance and build quality you receive (as Paradigms are fast becoming). If I had taken a listen before I bought my Studio's, I would have purchased Triads instead.
You do need a subwoofer with the Triad line, but that could be said for Studio 100's as well and I own a pair
(no speaker, outside of some giant richy-rich tower model, can recreate the bass frequencies that a good sub can; instead they start to get a bit mushy and bloated in the low end if running them as LARGE with no sub through your system). In fact, you might save some money by getting Studio 60's instead with a sub.
I'm not trying to knock Paradigm. It's all just personal preference.
Both lines need ample amplifier power. Built-in receiver amps are not recommended.