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I currently have a basic home theater setup: DLP tv, Harman/Kardon 135 receiver, and two lower end Sony front speakers. I'm looking to upgrade my speakers and add a center speaker and sub woofer as well, and I'm leaning towards a set of Paradigm Monitor series 7 or 9 speakers, along with a matching center speaker and sub. My first question is, what are your general thoughts of Paradigm? They seem to get a lot of praise from a vast array of people, and owners of their speakers seem to love them as well. Next, is a sub woofer recommended or will a set of good quality floor speakers (such as Paradigm Monitor) suffice overall? If a sub is recommended, should I still run bass through my floor speakers and sub or strictly through the sub itself? (I've gotten many different opinions here) Finally, the room itself is fairly large, approx. 15x20 with 9 ft. ceilings, and I assume my H/K 135 is a solid enough of a receiver to run a set floor Monitor series speakers. Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated, and thanks in advance for your advice.
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Paradigms are very nice, cant go wrong there. I didnt see you mention anything about surround channels. No point in getting a center channel if you dont get surrounds to fill it out. Stick with the same brand and series so the tonality matches. There are very few speakers out there that can handle low bass frequencies well (clean and loud and low), so you will need a sub. Check out HSU Research. Their VTF 2 Mk III should work very well in your 2700 ft/3 room. It'll rattle your windows, seriously. The HK 135 is a little short on power but should power your speakers do moderate levels nicely.
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I currently have a basic home theater setup: DLP tv, Harman/Kardon 135 receiver, and two lower end Sony front speakers. I'm looking to upgrade my speakers and add a center speaker and sub woofer as well, and I'm leaning towards a set of Paradigm Monitor series 7 or 9 speakers, along with a matching center speaker and sub. My first question is, what are your general thoughts of Paradigm? They seem to get a lot of praise from a vast array of people, and owners of their speakers seem to love them as well. Next, is a sub woofer recommended or will a set of good quality floor speakers (such as Paradigm Monitor) suffice overall? If a sub is recommended, should I still run bass through my floor speakers and sub or strictly through the sub itself? (I've gotten many different opinions here) Finally, the room itself is fairly large, approx. 15x20 with 9 ft. ceilings, and I assume my H/K 135 is a solid enough of a receiver to run a set floor Monitor series speakers. Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated, and thanks in advance for your advice.

I think there are good reasons why Paradigm gets a lot of praise. As ugatampa suggests though, you should plan out what you're doing in terms of center and/or surrounds.

I also have a large room, and I found that speakers in this range may put out surprisingly little bass in real room conditions compared to their ratings. Also, your sub amp can provide the most help to your receiver if you run bass strictly through the sub. So I'd at least make a test run using a high pass filter and let the sub do most of the low end duty by itself. But it's good to experiment, and if you get yourself a sound pressure level meter ($44 at Radio Shack) it can be fun and educational to test multiple configurations to see what gives you the flattest room response.
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