Originally Posted by Canadianatlas
I was thinking the 600C with the larger and passive drivers would be a pretty substantial jump up from the 500C. Do you have any thoughts on the Premier series vs the Prestige series?
I seriously don't like glossy finishes, so the news about the espresso finish not looking very good is a bit disappointing. For anyone who could be so kind as to contribute images: More, high quality pictures of the espresso finish under brighter lighting conditions would be very, very appreciated.
If I can get back out there, I'll grab some photos with a real camera. I have 85F/55C at home, and the Premier 200B/600C, while not close, was very good, definitely much better than Monitor SE or my older v6/v7 stuff. I'd say the 600C edges out the CC-390 by a good margin, puts the CC-290 to shame, and makes a good showing against the 55C. Rough numbers, the 600C felt like 85% of the performance for 60% of the price. A very good deal IMHO.
I don't want to compare the 85F to the 200B, it's just not fair. I'll say they were very good for bookshelf speakers, and with the Prestige sub both on and off, the sound was typical Paradigm: nice and sharp. Lower bass was a little lacking compared to the Mini Monitor v6, but that's the only area where the Mini Monitor might eke ahead. With a sub, it's not even a contest, the Premiers are just better. I haven't heard the Prestige 15B, so I can't comment on that. I'm a little bummed they didn't make a 6.5" bookshelf (and for that matter, a center with 6.5" drivers) in the Prestige lineup. They already have the drivers...
Please note that my praise is strictly limited to the 200B/600C. I cannot recommend the 100B/500C at all. They were jumbled, confused, and strained once the volume was raised to (what I think of as) normal listening levels. I have a pair of Monitor SE Atoms and they don't have that issue. I'd take them with a Monitor SE center channel over the 100B, it was that bad.
Originally Posted by nodoubt
what was driving all of these ?
You know, I was just wondering that myself. I just emailed to ask. This was at The Audio Store in Newington CT, in the 'low end' room.