Originally Posted by hdtv00
If I were to do it all today. I'd buy Studio series used(if I still owned monitor series). That will save you tons of money and yet still get you into the studio line. But yea it wouldn't be totally cheap. Say 4 studio 20's and a center $900-1000 for two pair of 20's and $400 for a center to match it. And continue to use your 1200 sub, which is a great sub still. It's just not a super power house. But it's better for music than some huge 15 inch powerhouse, it's more accurate. So anyway see it can be done even on budget that's what $1500 give or take. Now remember you can then sell your monitor series speakers and look what they would take off your upgrade cost...lots. For your fronts alone thats one free pair of studio 20's almost. So now we're talking what $800 for an upgrade to studio quality 20's all around with a very nice sub. Gee sounds like a no brainer now doesn't it...but once you get done you'll be in heaven.
Also my earlier comments on sub I was thinking he had my sub a 2200, not the smaller 1200. It's still a decent one, but yea probably have better impact upgrading but they'd be plenty of time for that later. Either way for certain I'd do what I outlined here. There is nice studio 20 pair on audiogon right now for fair price, that's a start.
awesome advice, thanks. i'm one of those people who just cannot buy anything used though. cars, clothes, appliances, av...can't do it. while 95% of the time you sacrifice very little quality and save a ton, if that 5% ever hits (where the wear and tear on the item was just too much, but i couldn't know until months later) it would eat me alive. I just like knowing i have something factory new, and deal directly with the manufacturer in the event of a malfunction (i have experienced very little of this in my lifetime).
I loaned out my 2005 jeep wrangler limited to my cousin last year on maybe ten occasions. its a manual transmission with 22k miles on it (i live in manhattan and almost never drive). he doesnt drive stick very well. now when i drive the car, the clutch is clearly compromised and i have to work much harder than i used to to get into gear; ill have to replace it sooner than not. had i never let him drive, i could have easily gone 40-50k miles before this was even a consideration BUT i cant be entirely sure BECAUSE i have not driven every mile on teh car anymore. i like knowing every mile driven so i can properly understand the root of issues , when they occur. im sure you can make the connection here...
thank you very much for weighing in. i appreciate how much you like the studios and im very sold on paradigm. ill probably upgrade and spend the money for a new set up in the next couple years.