Originally Posted by mbuck
Final test drive: Paradigm bookshelf speakers. Going to put these up against the Klipsch bookshelf speakers to see which sound I like better.
Unless you compare them in your living room and match the levels you won't learn anything useful. The room profoundly affects what a speaker sounds like.
The dealer is trying to sell me the Paradigm subwoofer too (PDR-100), will try to talk him out of that and buy the SVS.
That's all wrong, too. You don't talk him into anything. You tell him what you want and he either sells it to you for a competitive price or you walk.
Price is pretty much the same, both comparable, but totally different sounds. Will be able to determine which I like best when they're side by side.
Furthermore you should be using this speakers with an AVR that has some kind of automated system tuning facility (Audyssey, MCACC, YPAO) and it will significantly affect the system sound, usually in a good way.