Originally Posted by Drjosh
Ryan - I wanted to put a pair of SR 1000BEs up, but that wasn't going to fly due to cosmetic issues and room/wall restrictions. Your setup sounds ideal for a 5.1 - does the Paradigm sub integrate well?
Honestly, I love them, but because they're "just surrounds" I probably wouldn't have sprung for them at full MSRP. I got them for a little under half that due to them being demos, and even then i considered just getting something cheaper from the Electra or even Chorus line to serve that duty. As it is I'm happy to have everything "match" though - serves my OCD well!
That being said, I couldn't see spending that kind of money on a sub to get the matching Focal. I'm certainly not in the "a sub is a sub" camp, but I definitely think the differences between "nice" and "amazing" subs is much smaller than between say, floorstanding speakers.
The Paradigm does integrate well. I originally purchased it when I was in a smaller room, and when I moved, I figured I'd have to get a bigger box to fill my new dedicated media room. So far I've been delightfully wrong. Though as I mentioned I might add a second UltraCube 12 to even out the bass response across the room, that little box has no problem getting LOUD without distorting. I also integrate it into my two channel listening with my 1028Be mains (which I found adequate but not superb on the bass front), and it's probably the most musical sub I've ever encountered. I think the PBK kit is my next step.