Originally Posted by tokerblue
I owned a Paradigm Studio v.3 setup for over a decade. I decided I was going to upgrade this year and remember a lot of owners comparing them to the Paradigm line, which is a very neutral sounding speaker. I had previously purchased the Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 for an arcade setup and was really impressed with them for the price.
I had contemplated buying the Paradigm Signature series and love the way they sound, but the price differential was multiple times the cost of my Studio setup.
This feedback is tailor made for my situation. The reason I say that is I got in my truck and drove 2 hours and spent most of the afternoon Tuesday in an honest to goodness, old school high end audio/video store. You know...the kind with quality products and
people who are enthusiasts and knowledgeable. Not a chain retailer.I listened to some of everything they had....Polk, Klipsch, M & L, B & W, Def Tech, Revel, Paradigm, Golden Ear & Wilson Audio. In fact, I may have listened to every speaker they had hooked up. (It was a slow day at the store and the sales guy and I just happened to really get along). After considering all factors that goes into these kinds of decisions, the Paradigms (either the monitor 11's or the Prestige line) were my "favorites". (The Wilson Sashas with separate McIntosh amps weren't bad either but I really don't want a divorce at this point in my life. the real cost of buying them would include lawyers fees, alimony, etc.).
I didn't pull the trigger but have asked the sales guy for a proposal on both the Paradigm series. Or I may wait until the upcoming holiday season hoping they run the same package deal they did last year. But there are speakers at or near this price point that I would also love to hear as well - including the Ascends. Others might be KEF's (esp. the LS50) and some of the Philharmonic Audio stuff.
Thanks to all for the responses. As I said, I don't recall anyone ever trying out the Sierra's and then moving on to a different speaker in the same price point.