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I asked this in the Paradigm thread but it didn't get much traction (and it applies to more than just Paradigm speakers so it probably deserved it's own thread to begin with)


I started my system a few years back with a pair of Paradigm Studio 60 V.3s. Pretty nice 2.0 system. Boxing week had some awesome deals going on so I figured I'd expand to 5.0.


Problem is the A/V store wouldn't sell individual speakers so I had to buy 4 instead of just the 3 I wanted so I got 2 pairs of Studio 20 V.4s. Now I have two options and I'm unsure which is sonically the better chocie:


1. Use the 60's for left/right duty and fill in the center/surrounds with the 20's

2. Move one of the 60's to the center and use the 20's for left/right/surround


Room size makes 6.1 out of the question, sadly.


I'm torn. I read that most sound comes from the center channel so making the center the better speaker sounds like the obvious choice but then I'd be dropping a much better speaker from the system entirely.


Ultimately this will be a 5.1 system with an SVS Sub. It's in a dedicated room and WAF isn't an issue. I'll be using a projector and putting the speakers behind an accoustically transparent screen.


Your thoughts?
 

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Option 1. (Use the 4th 20 for a rear-center and go 6.0.)


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I really wish I could put a sixth speaker in the room but it would put people's feet up right up against the screen if I made the room. Well, that or the speaker would be like 5-6 feet up in the air against the back wall :/
 

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Originally Posted by craig john /forum/post/15473702


Option 1. (Use the 4th 20 for a rear-center and go 6.0.)


Craig

That's what I would do in your situation.


And by the way...The store could have broken up a pair of speakers and sold you one, leaving them with a useless spare until someone else needed a single one, but that would have been irresponsibly generous on their part. The problem is that in this age of multi-channel sound, some manufacturers still sell speakers by the pair, which is naive and selfish. In many cases it's because two speakers are packed in one shipping carton, saving the manufacturer anywhere between $5 and $20, depending upon the box quality. I'm not singling out Paradigm (or B&W), because I respect them more than almost all other non-custom speaker companies, but this needs to change. We sell everything as "each."
 
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