Originally Posted by Venomous
I drew a line in the sand for speakers with only a $25k budget for 7 speakers, a sub and a new tv and avr with amps.Since i listen 50/50 to ht and music, I had to find the best for the budget and my ears.
Originally I was hell bent between the paradigm signatures and the focal electras. Then I listened to the bw 803ds and dynaudio Focus series. Since I wasn't going to listen to strictly music, I decided to look at each line of speakers one step down and base it on that. I kept going toward then paradigm studio line and I have no regrets making that decision
I listen to my Excites X16s 50/50, maybe even more movies lately, and I have no issues with my Integra powering my setup to levels loud enough to piss off the wife or presenting movies in a way that makes me feel like Im in the local cinema.
Ive listened to the Studio 20s and the 60s, the 60s just 2 or 3 weeks before I got the Excites. The 20s about 6 months after with a Rotel CDP and Anthem IA. I liked the 20s more then the 60s, but I like the X16 more then both. You like the Studios more, neither person is wrong, just different tastes.
Both are good speakers but sound different and each has different characteristics that might appeal to one person over another. Thats the main thing, what appeals to one over another.
The best thing he can do is listen to both and get what he likes the most. If he cant hear the 20s locally, he has 12 yrs of paradigm listening experience to draw upon, and can at least listen to the Excites to see if he likes them.... and enough to want to replace his 12 yr old paradigms. But then, he might not like them enough to switch. Isnt that why we audition?