If anyone is interested, Paradigm has a sale on right now. All Monitor SE speakers are 25% off, both the Surround 1 & 3 are 25% off, and 3 of the Defiance subs are 10% off. Just wanted to make sure no-one missed this, as 25% off is a very good deal for Paradigm.
Here's the link: https://www.paradigm.com/en/home-theater-stereo
MAIN HT ROOM PUT ON HOLD & UPGRADING MAN CAVE NOW
When I get a chance, I will finally make a post and include some pics, etc on both my AV setups. I have a main entertainment room running 7.1 with all Paradigm Studio V5's (Studio 100, cc690, and 4 Studio 20's), and recently got a new new 65" LG OLED C9 TV on sale for CAD $2,499 . I really wanted to get 4 Dolby Atmos height speakers to finally finish off my main AV room, but after moving my flagship Plasma down to my man cave, this decision changed everything and then I switched all my AV funds over to the man cave. Damn, I should have left the old 42" in the man cave...and none of this would have happened. Now I have 2 HT rooms to worry about...lol
Since I spend much more time in my man cave, I then made the decision and upgraded my 20 year old Yamaha AVR to a new Denon AVRX3600 (on sale $799), which got a lot of upgrades and reviews. With hardly any bass in my man cave compared to my SVS PB13 Ultra sub in my main AV room, I then had to upgrade my old Energy XL sub 10" 100w sub to a SVS PB2000 for under CAD $1,000 with isolation feet & SVS sub cable included. I thought I was then done and realized at least my main speakers needed upgrading, especially since I listen to a lot more music now in my man cave. My Energy speakers are ok for HT but not great for music and can get irritating after a couple of hrs, especially when I compare to my perfectly matched Studio V5 speakers in my main HT room. Since the frontstage (3 speakers) are so important and to me need to be matched as well as possible, I decided I would need to upgrade both my main and center speakers.
OTHERS SPEAKER BRANDS
After checking all other speakers companies, I noticed hardly anyone had 3 way center speakers, and I think a good 3 way center speaker is much better than a 2 way and the center is the most important speaker (70%) due to dialog of HT. Some other 3 way centers are Asperion, ELAC, NHT, but most 3 way center speakers are only 4 or 6 ohms? 8 ohm speakers that I would consider besides the Prestige, are the KEF R line, as the R2c center speaker looks very nice, and the SVS Ultra center also looks nice. The older 8 ohm Polk LSiM and Energy Connosieur speakers are 3 way centers and can be had for good prices now. Anyways, no matter how much I looked, I kept coming back to Paradigm's Prestige speakers. Paradigm's center speaker is what sets them apart from others and I believe they are the leader for best sounding speakers for both HT & music combined.
Before settling on the Prestige speakers, I did quickly look at the Premier series, but my local AV store agreed with me that they would be too much of a drop from my Studio V5's. Oh well, there goes the budget again...
LOOKED AT 15B's, then 75F's
I was originally looking at getting the Prestige 15B bookshelves, since my man cave is very small at just over 13'x8', but I could not resist and just bought a brand new pair of Prestige 75F's (piano black) for a crazy price. I paid only $1,900 CAD/pair, no tax (still double boxed and unbroken seal) with a full warranty, receipt, etc, so could not turn this deal down. Talking to the owner at my AV store and also direct with Paradigm, I was told the 75F's would definitely sound better and fuller than the 15B's, especially for music. This is due to the 2.5 way design, the much larger cabinets, more drivers, etc. Even the cabinet width and depth on the 75F's are much bigger than the 15B's...
75F COMPARED TO 85F/95F
Here is a review by Audioholics. I agreed with other comments I've seen on this forum that they thought the 85F was the sweet spot for the Prestige floorstanders, and at 1st was hesitant to get the 75F's. However, it looks like you can't go wrong with the 75F's, as this comment and tests are very interesting. Quote "Interestingly, the upper models in the Prestige Series show diminishing returns in this respect since the 85F’s 6.5-inch woofers/midrange and the 95F’s 8-inch woofers/midrange both trade superior bass response for narrower midrange dispersion and a rougher transition to the tweeter. The math is the math and the dispersion/power response at the crossover—all three models cross over at 2.0kHz—gets markedly worse as you go up to the larger models. Oh well.
Here is the Audioholics review link:
Here's a review by sound and vision of the 75F's. I like their last line "the elevated visuals and ambrosial sonics are worth their weight in gold
." Here is the link: https://www.soundandvision.com/conte...speaker-review
I must say I also like that the 75F's have the exact same drivers as both the 55C, 45C center speakers and also the same size drivers as the 15B bookshelves which should match perfectly in a HT or all channel music system.
55C COMPARED TO 45C
I agree with most comments on this forum that the 55C is a better choice and the way to go compared to the 45C. My local AV store and Paradigm both agreed the 55C is a much better center speaker than the 45C. Paradigm said "with the 55C, you will get better performance and matching towards your floor standing speakers. The 45C is meant for smaller set ups/ more cost effective. If you just compare the specs (low frequency extension & response, max input power, more drivers, bigger cabinet & 1dB higher sensitivity), there is no comparison. If I had not have chose the very large Studio cc690 center speaker for my main HT room, I would have regretted it daily getting the much smaller center speaker. If you can afford and fit the 55C into your HT, I definitely recommend getting it over the 45C. In fact, I'm hoping to get the 55C center speaker (25% off very special deal) in the next 2 weeks, if all goes well...
SURROUNDS (15B, 25S, SURROUND 3, OR OTHER BRAND)
The 15B bookshelves or Prestige 25S surrounds for rears are too expensive for me and overkill for what I really need in my man cave. However, those Paradigm Surround 3's also look nice at 25% off, and would match the 75F and 55C nicely (even same size drivers). I'm not usually a fan of Paradigm's surround speakers, as I like directional speakers like I have used in my main entertainment room, but since my man cave is quite small, and I am only running 5.1.2 max, these would work well. These will work well also if speakers are too close to the listener or you need to place against wall as I do (and most Paradigm speakers have rear ports so need some space) and these will actually fill the room with more surround sound when running only 2 rear speakers. If running a 7.1 or especially a 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos system, these will not work well. I usually only watch sports, shows and 5.1 movies in my man cave, so these will work well for this purpose.
As you will note, I am a big Paradigm fan, but I still have a few "WHAT'S UP"?
-Why does Paradigm say 5.5" drivers in the Prestige speakers when they are in fact 5.25". Same with the Studio V5's, Paradigm specs show 7" drivers and they are 6.5" only? Maybe Paradigm thinks this makes their speakers sound like they are bigger & better?
-Why did Paradigm only make 2.5 way floorstanders (3 of them) for the Prestige line, when "all
" their other series have 3 way towers (Studios, Persona, Premier, and even their lowest model, the Monitor SE)? I know 2.5 way are less expensive to make, but if the lower end Premier & the Monitors have 3 way standers, why doesn't Prestige?
-When I see 4 ohm or 6 ohm speakers, I move on. What's up with Paradigm saying "COMPATIBLE" with 8 ohm? I know speakers have dips and impedance variance, but what is the "actual nominal impedance". I gather the Paradigm's impedance does not dip below 8 ohms the majority of the time?
75F/55C REVIEW COMING SOON
Hopefully soon, I will post my review on the 75F's now that they are broken in, and will also post same for the 55C if I do get it. Although I hope I will never have to do this, I will provide my comments if I would swap or sale my Studio V5 speakers for the newer Prestige speakers on an upcoming "ROD'S BLOG".
Damn, this was going to be a quick post, I bought some new speakers...lol
NOTE: These comments are solely from Rod's Blog and personal opinions only. In no way are they to be considered professional comments or influencing in any way...