Originally Posted by Ellebob
I would go for the Premier line over the SE with Paradigm. One big reason is the much better center channel by using a 3 way center. Any center that is an MTM design and doesn't use a 3 way center for good off axis dispersion is a compromise in my professional opinion and other professionals. MTM centers are made to hit price points and not performance parameters and Paradigm is no exception to make a more reasonably priced speaker. Just due to the physics of speaker design there is no getting around this. So you want a center that has a vertically arrange midrange and tweeter.
I would also consider 2 subs if you have more than one seat. Bass response can vary significantly from seat to seat. Two subs is about getting consistent bass at multiple seats and not output, although you do get a little more output. Although placement of these subs to get more consistent bass is essential. Just adding a second sub and placing it where convenient might not help much. If you only care about one seat then one sub is fine. I also would consider some of Paradigm's new Defiance subs they are very nice especially with their ARC built in. They might not put out as much as an SVS or other ID brand but they are no slouch. Listen to them side by side and you might prefer the Paradigm. We just had a customer do this with the X-15 vs the PB4000 and chose the X-15. Both had more than enough output for his needs and he thought the X-15 sounded better ans was less expensive. Being in Canada they might be more reasonable but I think SVS also has Canadian division so not too expensive either compared to some other ID brands. I am not recommending one over the other just have a listen. I find many here with subs only look at output for the money or how deep they go and never actually listen to others. If output is your only qualification usually the ID brands do better for the money.
Thank you for the response, this is very helpful information as I hadn't considered the difference a 3 way would make over a 2 way in a center application. Keep in mind though that this setup will be replacing a $400 Logitec THX Certified 5.1 satellite system so anything is going to be a huge upgrade.
I am going to try and go for the Premier's but, I am at the edge of my preferred budget so, it is going to depend on sales. I have also read now that the 500C and 100B are not great speakers and I should go for the 600C and 200B which will increase costs even further. The 600C will also not fit on my current TV stand so, I would need a wall mount for my TV or a different strand(large added expense).
Yes, 2 subs is the plan but, the second will be added down the line(along with 2 - 4 Atmos speakers) as I don't want to cheap out just to get 2. I will definitely be auditioning the Defiance X12. But, I am leaning towards the new SVS PB-2000 Pro or a Monoprice Monolith 12 as both seam like a much better value and are easily available here in Canada. SVS definitely is in the lead due to their great warranty and amazing customer service(from what I hear). Of course it will all depend on the sound but, these are all top choices so, I believe they will all perform great for the most part. I am not going to even consider Hsu and Rythmik now as they are just too much of a pain to get and warranty, should I need it, would be a nightmare. Warranty will likely be a problem with Monoprice as well.
Thanks for all your help as it has given me some more things to consider. Any more guidance is more then welcome
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