Originally Posted by JLaud25
Good for you, i think the paradigm's monitor line is good value for money. Im not totally new to paradigm as i owned the paradigm studio series (studio 60v5 fronts) around 2013 and that series was great value for money. I can't say the same for prestige, with prestige paradigm has taken to a higher pricing but not delivering that much speaker for the money, imho. at prestige level prices, you'll currently find competitor models that perform audibly better with the highs/treble, so i think paradigm with the prestige design choices and the high pricing has deviated from the 'value for money' argument. at the pricing of the 85F, i would expect something better than an aluminium dome tweeter that sounded edgy, the speaker with female vocals in songs simply did not feel natural, also a lack of some transparency in the highs with music. I think people like me coming from high end speakers and currently comparing the prestige to the higher end stuff from b&w and kef would sound more picky about it, simply because i would have a good reference point to draw comparisons. But if these speakers work for some people for music , then great. but based on my research and my auditioining of different brands , i find that for music playback, at prestige 85F like prices, there are currently better sounding options on the market. So paradigm isn't the one for me this time, i did give it a chance. hope owners here have a good time with it.
I have Prestige 15B’s and find them good with music and excellent with movies. I heard the 700 series B&W’s about 3 months ago and I’d describe them just as you described the Prestige, as bright, edgy and not very impressive. But I know it was the way they were set up in the store and they should’ve been better, and I’d like to hear them again.
I never judge speakers by how they sound in one set up because I’ve heard how different speakers can sound even by moving them to another wall in the same room.
For music I’d probably pass on the 700’s and all Paradigm speakers. I haven’t heard the KEF R series. But compared to the LS50’s, I found the 15B’s are clearer, sound bigger, and have better bass.
My favourite speakers for music are about $25k, and I’m not sure if I ever want to invest that much. The Totem Tribe Towers sounded pretty good at $5k but I’d want to hear them again, preferably in my own room with the ARC calibration. The Tribes are far from the clearest and most accurate sounding speakers I’ve heard for the price, but there was something smooth and musical about them. They also look great and my wife wants me to buy them.
It seems like you might be looking for a similar sound. The problem is that super clear, transparent, smooth, balanced, and musical speakers are going to be much more expensive than what you’re looking at.