Originally Posted by majek 60
These are used in our Home Theater, however I do a lot of Stereo Music Listening in there (using my Subs). I do use a C1 as my center channel. I have often contemplated a separate 2 channel room, but due to the current performance of the Home Theater System, it is not necessary. My living room 2.1 system has Paradigm Studio 60's V. 1 which servers the purpose.
C2s vs. Countour 60s. That's a tough one.
They both are rated to 28hz, but the 60s might be able to play louder in the lower frequencies. But, how loud is loud. I've got a lot of experience setting up the C2s for HT, and they can play uncomfortably loud.
Now, I don't have any experience setting up the 60s. I have only heard them in hotel rooms at audio shows. With 2-9.5" drivers, I believe that they might be weighted towards the lower frequencies and maybe unnaturally so.
The C2 is a very balanced speaker through all the frequencies.
If you can imagine, take two C1s, take one of them and place it upside down on top of the other one. Now you basically have a C2.
The C2 has that beautiful midrange that the C1 is known for, plus added bass extension that the C1 doesn't have.
You had asked about imaging and soundstage. In most cases, a good stand-mount will image better and have a wider and deeper soundstage than a floor stander; especially in a well treated room. The C2 images/soundstages better than just about any floor stander I've ever heard.
The C2 doesn't need a sub(s) for 2-channel music, unless you're really into organ or some orchestral. Most Rock and Jazz doesn't have much going on below 40hz. What I did with the C2s and subs for music, was run the C2s full range, and let the subs come in and high-cut them off at about 35-40hz. Their was no crossover between the C2 and the subs; I just let the subs high cut naturally roll off at about 35-40hz. This is the same philosophy that Rel uses.
For HT, then you can do a true crossover. I believe in the one room I set up, I crossed the C2s with the subs at 65hz. We used Dyn 600s. They weren't impactful enough for the customer, so I built an infinite baffle sub that went down to about 6-8hz. I then high passed that to the other subs at around 24hz. You couldn't hear the IB sub, but you sure could feel it. (There are some movies that go down into the inaudible sub frequencies).
As you can tell, I lean towards the C2.
Now for my new BS performance metric.
According to that, the 60 is the better deal.
So, if you're more HT centric for that setup, go with the 60s.
If you want a more well rounded speaker for both HT and incredible 2-channel playback, go with the C2s.