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.
It's been a few years since I auditioned speakers, but the 100 was at the top of my list. They were "better" to me than the monitor line, just clearer overall. This lead to me only listening to the monitors once. I listened to the 100s multiple times as I narrowed down my list.
I had several iterations of my demo disk and ended up with a couple of tracks that highlighted sibilance/brightness since I'm a little sensitive to that too. At my louder listening levels, the 100s were a little too bright. Not nearly as bright as the Focals I auditioned, but still just slightly uncomfortable on just those couple of tracks at those louder levels. This could've probably been EQd out by notching the treble down a bit. Even so, they were still in my top 3 for SQ and #1
for looks, just gorgeous.
Further auditioning led me to the Dynaudio Excite x34 and Monitor Audio RX8. Both of these had the tweeter I was looking for. Just right, never harsh, even at stupid levels. The dyns and MAs had great highs and mids, but only the Dyn matched the 100's effortlessness on its low end. For 2ch no sub, the Dyn would've been my pick. If the 100 and x34 were a '10' for full range, the MAs are a solid '9'. Factor in that I bought the rx8s and matching center for 1/3 price of the dyns and 100s from a fellow AVS member, I'm VERY happy. Could I have lived with the 100s? HELL YEAH! Sometimes I still wish I were looking at the 100s every day, (still my favorite looking speaker) but I never have to worry about skipping a song because it may induce a split second wince during a spirited listening session (on very few tracks), though it'd likely be EQd out to be a nonissue anyway. If you can't audition or return, I'd stick with soft domes depending on the severity of your sensitivity. Just my $0.01...
Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
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 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.
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.
Ditto, well said