Couple of questions to all the Paradigm experts out there:
I'm replacing a set of Vandersteen 1b's and a Vandersteen center. The reason is primarily for aesthetics. I've grown tired of the Vandersteen look over the course of the last 18 years or so that I've had the Vandersteens.
Anyhow, I'm looking at the following:
Used Dynaudio Contour 1.3 (well used, probably 5 years old?)....probably around $1200-$1400
Barely used Signature S2, v1.....$1500
Lightly used Studio 40, v4......$not sure, but dealer said "good deal" to make room for v5....not my favorite finish choice and a bit larger than I'd like.
I've listened to the Studios.....I liked them. Haven't listened to the S2 (local dealer doesn't have em). The Dyns sound great played loud, but lose a bit of their magic played at reasonable levels. The Studios image beautifully and seem very detailed.
I use a Bryston amp and preamp/processor, and a Mirage SW. I plan on upgrading my center and surrounds to match whatever mains I decide on. I listen to 50% stereo music, and 50% theater. Mostly rock and jazz for music.
I'm leaning towards the used s2's. I love the look, and I think the price is good, but my questions:
1. Is $1500 indeed a good price for barely used S2 v1 pair.
2. Is there much difference between the v1 and v2 S2
3. I haven't actually heard the s2, but can I assume its equal to or better than the Studio 40?
Thanks a bunch everyone.