Hey John, did you end up buying some used Studio 20 V5's?
For over 6 years, I have also wanted to add some Dolby Atmos height speakers to my main home entertainment room which has the Studio speakers, but for various reasons I still haven't. One of the main reasons is I have 2 systems and recently, I have been upgrading my other room (man cave) with Prestige speakers (75F's & 55C). I have 5.1.2 in my man cave, so I have been at least enjoying some height speakers there. I just ordered a pair of 15B's for the rear surrounds, as I wanted a fully matched Paradigm system also in my man cave and was concerned the Prestige series could be discontinued soon.
In my main room I am still only running 7.1 with the same speakers as you (all V5), Studio 100's, Studio cc690 center & 4 Studio 20's. I was very fortunate to get my last pair of Studio 20's (& even in same finish) very shortly after the Studio series were discontinued, as I was running only 5.1 before this. Since my 7 Studio V5 speakers all match so perfectly, I have always been worried about adding any height speakers and possibly ruining this perfect match that I have now. The ceiling speakers Paradigm designed to match our Studio's are the SA10R & SA15R. They sonically match the Studio's, also using G-PAL tweeters and S-PAL mid/bass drivers, but do not have the ferro-fluid damped / cooled high frequency drivers. I would have liked to see Paradigm offer the exact same ferro-fluid tech for the best possible match. Years ago before the Studio & SA ceiling speakers were discontinued, I asked Paradigm if they could offer any SA ceiling speakers with an "aimable tweeter" (w/adjustable angle) that would solve many home users problems when mounting them for Dolby Atmos use.
As you will note, the prices for the SA ceiling speakers were quite expensive, especially if you needed 4, but really does not matter since these were discontinued years ago. Also, anyone who bought these would not be selling now, as most ceiling speakers would be installed and not for sale. Paradigm will now advise you the closest sonic match they have for ceiling speakers to the Studios are their CI Elite series (E80-A, E80-R, E-65R). However, these are actually made to match the newer Prestige series, so would not be the very best match for our Studio V5's. Side Note: I wonder how wide the dispersion level is for the CI Pro P80-SM, as it has 2 tweeters, but not sure if good for Dolby Atmos (maybe worth asking Paradigm...)
For many years, I wonder why Paradigm have still not embraced Dolby Atmos? I really like Paradigm speakers, and think their centers are a cut above the others, and they make great matching complete speaker systems, but have never had perfect matching height speakers to complete your system. Also why do they spend so much effort on their rear surrounds (Prestige 25S, Surround 1 & 3, ADP's, etc), when even they admit these types of (non direct firing) speakers are not good for Dolby Atmos (object based). I think Paradigm's surrounds are great for 5.1 and make total sense wrapping you with surround sound. Speaking about the Prestige series, Paradigm should have offered 2 bookshelf speakers (15B + a bigger 25B with 6.5" drivers) like they did with the Studio's (20's & 10's), and the Premier (100B & 200B). Since I am on a "bit of rant", I believe Paradigm also should have made the 85F/95F 3 way speakers and also offered a bigger 65C center (with 6.5" mid/low drivers), so the Prestige series would be able match the size of the larger Studio V5 100's, CC690 & Studio 20's.
Back to the Atmos speakers. Actually I think Paradigm really should have made some Studio & Prestige "satellite" speakers that are a bit smaller than the 15B & Studio 10. Ideally, these never made Studio/Prestige satellite speakers would be front ported or sealed, about 7-10lbs max, have a mounting hole on the back and an optional adjustable mount, for both walls & ceilings. Although ceiling speakers are ideal for that clean discreet look, they are a lot of work to cut holes in the ceiling, etc and do not always work in every situation. A Paradigm satellite speaker with adjustable mounts would give so many options to be able to mount speakers on top of the walls or on a ceiling, even if you have vaulted ceilings & exposed beams. Being able to mount speakers so tweeters angle towards the MLP no matter what your situation is a real bonus. Other positives are not having to cut holes in your ceiling (not possible or maybe you are a renter, etc) and being able to take your high end matching speakers with you if you move is a good option to have. Installing ceiling speakers can be difficult for many owners and any custom installs can really add to the overall cost.
Furthermore, a good boxed speaker will usually always sound better than a ceiling speaker, and a large satellite speaker would match the Paradigm's center/towers & bookshelf speaker better than a ceiling speaker can. Due to this, why has Paradigm not made matching satellite speakers with optional adjustable mounts that would solve problems some people have and these could also be marketed as Dolby Atmos height speakers. I would buy these speakers if Paradigm offered them. I have suggested this to Paradigm before...Here is an example of a satellite speaker mounted on the ceiling (just scroll down to Newbie789): https://www.avsforum.com/forum/15-ge...s-exposed.html
Since Paradigm does not have any matching Dolby Atmos height speakers for the Studios, I have finally kinda given up trying to match them. I had a pair of (30 year old I think) Adante M100 satellite speakers (w/adjustable mounts) laying around, so I've been using these in my man cave as height speakers combined with my Prestige speakers and have been quite surprised on the sound of these small speakers. Actually they also blend ok with my Prestige speakers, as I think the higher end AVR's room calibration systems do such a good job nowadays matching your speakers. I think matching your front stage is so important and also think it is best to match your 5-7 floor level speakers also. However, I do not think it is quite as important to match your height speakers, although I would have liked to also using Paradigm speakers.
Since I have some new Prestige 15B's coming for my man cave to use for rears, my current rears I'm using (Energy eXL16B's) will now hopefully move up to my main room as heights so I can at least have 7.1.2. These bookshelf's are maybe just over 11lbs, so I will need heavier adjustable mounts as most are made for speakers under 10lbs. If these Energy's sound good with my Studio's using as heights, I will let you know the results. Who knows, maybe one day I will move them back down to the man cave and use as heights with my Prestige (should be better than the smaller Adante's) and then get 4 matching height speakers for my main room to go with the Studio's. If I do ever decide to get new height speakers for my main room to go with the Studio's, my 1st option since Paradigm does not have any, and I have long considered are the SVS Prime Elevation speakers, as these look like they are so versatile and would work well.
Other Paradigm owners, if you toughed it out made it through this thread, please let us know your comments, rants or just give this post a like...lol