Originally Posted by EndersShadow
A lot of places have a 30 day return policy, internet direct or big box store. I'd try some different speakers and see what you like/dont like. Just be sure you know the policy, but IMHO even if you have to pay return shipping a couple times, its a cheap price to pay to hammer down the speakers you really like without a ton of effort.
If I'm being honest about evaluating a speaker I'm looking for mainly the following:
1. Does it get to at least 80hz (because below that you should be using subs TBH)
2. Is it picky about placement
3. Is the sweet spot narrow or wide
4. How big and bad is the best center in that brand and models lineup?
5. Can I afford at least the front 3 at the same time and then afford to later on without a ton of cost add surrounds in pairs?
is the most important. You can always get towers for L/R if you have bookshelves to start with for money reasons, but you CANT always get a better center as some lines dont have it.
Personally my fav center of all time is the Paradigm Studio CC-690 as its a big bad boy of a center. But I'm a fan of Paradigm myself and dont want to push my personal preferences on you. Simply show you that a big bad center is possible and a good idea to ensure you really get all the dialog your supposed to get
I don't know a lot about speakers but the very first time i saw a pic of the Paradigm Studio CC-690 and Paradigm Studio 100. I fell in love; they look beautiful and from what i've read sound amazing as well. The center channel is MASSIVE but rightly so. I hope to hear them one day or better still own them
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