Originally Posted by JimmyDaves
I was glad to read your post!
I had thought about the Revel Be series but had my heart set on the Persona line. I have some questions for you.
How much better were the 3f's over the B?
Do the 3f's have a good seamless blend with the Center speaker?
How good is the Center speaker?
My last home theater setup was with the Paradigm Signature series and it was very good. I'm very critical of center speakers because even with some of the high-end brands, the center speaker doesn't quite live up to the mains.
My biggest criticism usually is "dialogue clarity". Most of the speakers I audition don't quite do it for me. For me, the center speaker is the most important one in home theater (which would be 90% of my use). Basically, it has to do everything the main speakers do plus reproduce dialogue and there have been too many times where I've said "what did they say" even with high-end speakers.
I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thank you.
I have 3 speaker profiles setup on the Anthem
- HT with all speakers (11.2)
- Stereo with Fronts and 2 subs
- Stereo with just the Fronts
I mostly listen to two channel with the profile 2 (with subs), but late evenings I stick to profile 3 as to not disturb the family.
Based on my audition I found the B to be lacking in the low end and midrange compared to the 3F. Also once the kids are out and I do decide to downsize I know I can be happy to manage with just the 3F’s.
Jennifer Warnes, Famous Blue Raincoat comes to mind, where during the demo I was happy with the B but the 3F’s brought the detail out.
Another is at the start of Wish you were here by Pink Floyd, you can here a faint sound of a door cloing on the 3F which is missed by most of the other speakers including the B and the Revel’s. I am not really sure the reason why, but I know for a fact that it is there.
3F blend very well with the center, even though the center uses as 4 inch mid bass driver on the C compared to the 7 inch on the 3F. Perhaps the differences in the crossover help that.
The Center is clean and crisp like the 3F and my only doubt to date was not being able to hear the 5F’s with the C and compare it with the 3F’s and the C. I missed the initial demo wave when Paradigm was going around doing dealer demo’s.
Overall I am really pleased with decision I made and decided to go with the Persona’s compared to the Prestige. A friend close by has the Prestige 95F and 55C and once he heard the Persona’s he was surprised by the them.
I use Parasound A21+ for the fronts, A51 for the center and surrounds and A52+ for the heights.
If you are close to Central NJ, PM me and you can hear them for yourself.
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