Originally Posted by nikto34
I am looking at getting a pair pair of Paradigm Studio 60s v5 along with either the CC-590 or CC-690 center channel. I am also looking at either the DSP-3200 or the Studio Sub 12. My listening is primarily 70% movies and 30% music. I am not looking to shake the house apart but want to great bass in movies but also hear the detail in music (guess I am getting older). There is a large price difference between these options so am looking for the best option. My room is a dedicated home theater space that is 10ft x 18.75ft x 8.66ft (WxLxH). I am willing to step up tot he SUB12 but don't what to spend the extra coin if a properly tuned DSP-3200 will work just as well 95% of the time.
Any thoughts/advice is appreciated.
Well, I spent the afternoon doing some serious listening to speakers and subs... I listed to B&W CM 9s and CM10s. Enjoy the CM 10s much more than the CM 9s. However, both had a great sound on the vocals and the soundstage was good. Seemed that the voice was coming out of the center but maybe a little high in space but really enjoyable. I then listened to some ML ESLs, while these sounded good, probably not the best HT speaker... Then I listened to a variety of Paradigm Monitor 9s, Studio 60s, and Sig 8s. Wanted to listen to the Studio 100s but were not available. After all this listenting, I liked the Studio 60s and the CM10s the best. I had a real hard time deciding the difference so the price point on the Studios is better. In fact, I think I may go with the Studio 100s as these are still less than the CM10s. I am going with the CC-690 center channel so the 100s should complement nicely.
As for subs, I have not been able to listen to the ID options but did listen to several Paradigm choices (Ultracube 12, DSP-3200, Seismic 12, PS-1000). I like the DSP-3200 the best. Was able to stay musical even at low levels and low volume. It actually sounds better than the Ultracube 12. Also listened to a BW sub (not sure the model) but did not like at all. I am also considering the SVS SB13-Ultra and the Rythmilk 15HP, just wish I could audition them first. I know everyone here thinks the ID options are better than the DSP-3200 but after listening to the DSP-3200 with the Studio speakers, it sounded and complemented the setup nicely. What to do, what to do....