Originally Posted by Scarriere
I loved my Studio 60's and 590, both v5. But the Premier series are definitely a worthy upgrade.
While boxing up my Studios, I was a bit sad. They're beautiful speakers and have served me so well over the past several years.
But a few hours with the Premiers and I know there will be no looking back.
This just goes to show you how subjective this whole hobby is, and the value of listening with your ears instead of letting forum posts tell you what to buy.
When the Prestige first came out, initial reviews in this long thread were a bit ambivalent towards them, with a plurality of people preferring the Studio v5s, especially for the price. Preference to Studio v5 aesthetics was more broad, but of course has nothing to do with sound (though the curved cabinets may break up cabinet resonance better).
However, you're the first person I've seen who directly compared the Premier vs the Studio v5, and was surprised to see that you preferred the Premiers. Not having heard them compared directly, I can't possibly have an opinion.
Someone new to this thread trying to compare the lines might find themselves hopelessly lost though! Here are a bunch of people saying the Studio v5 was just as good as the Prestige, some strongly prefer the Prestige, some still might strongly prefer the Studio, then most people would say that the Prestige is better than the Premier, but here's one person saying that even the Premier is better than the Studio.
Never mind the Signature v1 vs Studio v5 argument, given their close similarities (disclosure: these both comprise most of my mutt of a system).
Try following that! Just goes to show - listen with your ears, not with other people's opinions.
Around 50: Studio > Prestige / Studio = Prestige
Nearly 100%: Prestige > Premier
But also some: Premier > Studio
Anyway, sorry for the digression. Glad you like your new speakers.