Originally Posted by sausesq
After countless hours of online research, I've narrowed my options to the Paradigm Cinema 330 and Aperion Intimus 533-T Cinema. My speaker budget is $2k.
My living room is 13" by 18". I spend about 30% of my time watching movies, 35% watching TV/sports, 15% listening to music, and 20% gaming on my Xbox 360. I already bought the highly rated Onkyo 605 (90 watts per channel) and I plan on buying a 61" Samsung HL-T LED DLP TV soon.
How do you compare these two 5.1 speakers packages (pros and cons)? Which one would you buy and why?
While I've never heard the Paradigms you mention, I did purchase the Aperion 533-T and VAC about 2 weeks ago. Paired with my Onkyo 805, it's everything I want in home theater audio. Your ratio of entertainment is pretty close to mine. The Aperions are great for movies, and the few HD sports broadcasts I've seen over the past week have been fantastic...can't wait for tomorrow's orgy of college football from dawn to dusk!
In the end, I picked the Aperions to audition. I quickly decided that these speakers were hear to stay.
While I didn't directly compare them to anything in my home (other than my older speakers which are now my surrounds), these sound as detailed as much of what I hear at B&M stores, some of which are twice as expensive.