Originally Posted by buckchester
I believe that's when the Prestige series was introduced.
Most of the things people are saying on the Paradigm owner's thread seems to be that the Prestige has more bass and sound "clearer" than the Studios. Looking at the measurememts, they do seem to have a mid bass hump and heightened treble above 5khz.
I can see how someone might find a speaker with a bass hump more preferable, especially on a recording that could use more bass. I can also see how someone might initially mistake heightened treble for superior clarity (especially in an untrained listener). However, I think after time one would come to associate that with excessive brightness instead, untrained listener or not. Unless of course they are using room correction in which case all bets are off.
That is a big pet peeve. Once I hear that I move on to another room. However, for me, all this handwaving, three dimensional stuff is what's number one to me or as Kevin describes it: "catnip to audiophiles". No truer words.
I've been going to the big audio shows since 1968 or 69 (last two years of the NYC Summer CES). As I've gotten older, the shows tend to be a bit of a blur with me remembering rooms/equipment I really liked and stuff I didn't like. The 80 or 90% in the middle, I can't recall all that well. The rooms I really liked are few in re the 2018 show and that being the Raidho, Von Schweikert, Gamut, Elac (for the price) and only one of the three ML rooms, but this was the new location in a new hotel so there were folks struggling with the rooms. Probably my favorite room in 2017, 1247, the Constellation room, was one of the most unpleasant in 2018 with the exact same equipment.
I try to get up there on Thursday night so that my ears have a good rest before I head to the show on Friday morning versus getting out of the car after a 5+ hour drive from C-bus and trying to listen. Very quiet car, but there's still some level of fatigue after a drive, especially going through metro Chicago.