Paradigm Studio 100 v.2 owners past & present: Upgrade plan?

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  1. Paul Gere

    Paul Gere Second Unit

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    Well, as the post cites, where will you go next?

    Studion Ref. v.3?
    Paradigm Signature 8?
    Some other brand?

    here's my deal...
    My room is dedicated to HT, with 85% HT and 15% critical 2 channel listening. I've enjoyed owning my Studio 100's (v.2) for a while now, but believe that improvements I've made upstream would be better realized if I upgraded my mains (and associated other HT speakers). Specifically, I think better/clearer mids and highs can be had with better detail resolution and soundstaging with my stuff (Anthem AVM-20 pre/pro, Parasound 250w x 2 and 220 x 5 amps).

    Options...
    1. Upgrade to v.3 100's. I'm told this brings better mids/highs.
    Advantages: I could keep my current Studio ADPs for surrounds. I could upgrade to the CC-570 (I have studio CC) and improve the whole front soundstage.
    Negatives: Much fuss for a small increment of improvement (IMO)

    2. Upgrade to Signature 8's.
    Advantages: Sound great, leapfrog v.3 100's.
    Negatives: Big cash, would have to replace other Paradigm speakers in my 7.1 rig.

    3. Change brands for whole system. I'm seriously considering B&W Nautilus 804's as the beginning of a total re-do.
    Advantages: Delivers the sonic presence, separation and mids I'm craving for less cash than Paradigm Sigs.
    Negatives: Total 7.1 Do-over with $$$ involved. I could sell off my whole system to help fund, but a real production to get done. Would probably have to move back to 5.1 for a while to afford the cost.


    What are other Studio 100 owners thinking these days?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
     
  2. BobRoulier

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    I sold my studio 100s,cc and adp surrounds for the my new sigs S2s and c3 center, with a good sub and profesionally calibrated I am very happy the sound is worth it and the finish is top notch[​IMG]


    for me the it was the upgrade I was hoping for[​IMG]


    Bob
     
  3. John Robert

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    I'm in the middle of a similar process upgrading an Infinity Intermezzo system. Good luck, but get ready for a rude awakening as to the value and difficulty selling your used speakers...

    John
     
  4. John Garcia

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    Huh? Paradigms are one of the better selling used speakers I've seen. I've never had a problem selling any of mine, in fact most sold within a day or two.

    You could just replace the front stage with Sigs and keep the Studio rears. Probably won't notice a huge difference with the rears, but you will have a vastly improved front stage. I agree that upgrading to the v3s is not worth the time.
     
  5. Paul Gere

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    Thanks all!

    First off, I agree with John, I've never had any trouble selling used Paradigm Studio speakers.

    Second, I have ruled out an upgrade to v.3. To much fuss for a small increment of improvement.

    For the price of the Sigs, the playing field opens dramatically, so we'll see how that goes...

    Other thoughts?
     
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    You might want to give Joseph Audio a listen [​IMG] While the Sigs sounded very good, the Joseph's sounded amazing in the same price range.
     
  7. Marty M

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    I agree with your second point of not upgrading to a V 3 from a V 2. In the Monitor series, I have been considering upgrading from the V 1 to V 3. It appears there is enough of difference from V 1 to V 3 to make a difference.
     

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