Thanks for that great analysis, Energeezer.. I have 60s and am interested to know the caveats and "requirements" when moving to 100s, as I probably will in the spring.
The only 2 caveats are the size of the speakers, which for many is no problem, and the fact that they need more power to really shine. With the 60 V2s a good receiver had plenty of power to drive them properly. They sounded great with my Rotel Receiver as I stated above. When I inserted a seperate power amp (Rotel Rmb 1075) there was some improvement but not night and day. Upon reflection I feel that the RMB 1075 was PROBABLY not the greatest amp. Not that it was bad but it was after all a 5/ch amp with only about 50 w/ch more than the reciever.
There is one other thing that I feel may be related to the size of the 100s. Speaker placement is harder to nail down. I found myself tinkering for longer with the 100s to find the optimum placement. IMO they need more space around them.
The 100 V3 are a completely different league than the 60 V2 IMO. Even with an underpowerd amp (my receiver) the level of refinement was easily better in the mid to high freqs. With the receiver there was some improvement in the bass as well but I think the receiver was straining a bit in the low freqs and as a result pulling it all down somewhat.
Put the 100 V3 on good power and the results are stunning. Suddenly those extra bass drivers are being utilized and it is tight, clean bass. I could have afforded 80s at the time I bought my 60s but preferred the 60s due to thier speed and tight bass. Of course the 80s had em in impact but then I have a servo 15 so.....
With the 100 V3 you get that slam, dynamic impact and the speed.
The tweeter on the V3 is light years ahead of the V2 IMO. Its just smoother, more detailed and more realistic. Female voices have a completely different tone and all for the better. If you like your music up front and bright then I think the V2 is probably your speaker. I'm not classifieng the V2s as really bright or upfront but they are more that way than the V3. Paradigm has got the tweeter close in V2 and right in the V3.
I've heard people say that they prefer the looks of the V2 over the V3 but not me. I love the looks of the V3. They do sound better with the grills on which is too bad because with them off they look even better.
On a related note I have heard another pair of speakers (at a friends place) that really impressed me.
They were Anthony Gallo Ref 3.http://www.roundsound.com/ref3.html
They sounded very very nice to me and are around the same price maybe a little more. I've seen em go on a-gon for 2K.
The problem is that my friend runs a completely tube system consisting of very expensive Audio Research and Audio Note gear so I'm not sure how much of the sound was due to that. On the other hand I had heard his system with Vanersteen 3s and hated it.
That is the very first time since I got my 100 V3s that I thought I might like to try something else. But then in my case I often like the sound of a system at first listen and then slowly start to sour on it as I find its faults.
I will say that those speaks are interesting and depending on your tastes way cool looking.
Food for thought.
Is it obvious that I have upgrade fever?