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Paradigm Monitor series versions

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Michael_H, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. Michael_H

    Michael_H Active Member

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    Can somebody explain the differences in the V.1, V.2, and V.3? I'm looking at picking up a set of Monitor 7's and curious what improvements have been made with the newer versions.

    Thanks in advance,
    Michael
     
  2. John Garcia

    John Garcia Well-Known Member

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    v2 was around for a long time. v3 is less than a year old, with the changes in minor details such as the tweeter plates, midbass driver changes, x-over adjustment, etc.... I'd call it more of a refinement than a major change. v2 and v3 still have the same timbre, so beyond small visual changes and the small details, they are essentially 100% compatible with eachother.
     
  3. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll Well-Known Member

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    In most cases the change from v1 to v2 wasn't anymore extensive than what John described for v2 to v3. Even the upgrade from CC/ADP 350 to CC/ADP 370 didn't involve any major change in sound.
     
  4. Michael_H

    Michael_H Active Member

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    Thanks for your replies!
     
  5. Marty M

    Marty M Well-Known Member

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    I own V1 Monitor 7s and the major change to V3 is the drivers. On my V1s there are two mid-range drivers. On the V3s there is one mid-range driver and one bass driver. The salesperson told me the Monitor 7s are very close to V2 Studio 60s at about half the price.

    I was so impressed with the differences I would like to get the V3 Monitor 7s.
     
  6. ChrisDixon

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    I used to own Monitor 7v2 and now own Studio 60v2. I would have to respectfully disagree with the sales person that said that they are very close. The Monitor 7s are a great speaker for the price, especially the low end and soundstage, but the Studio series is on another level. They have a more refined and realistic midrange, and smoother high-end (cymbals in music sounded less harsh for example).

    The funny thing is, the differences weren't as obvious when I played the Studio 60s for the first few days, but when I re-connected my Monitor 7s and did A/B comparisons, I was surprised at the how different they sounded. Count me as one of those who believes that speaker break-in is more about the listener than the speaker.

    You can't go wrong either way, in my opinion. I think the Monitor 7/Studio 60 design is the best of the Paradigm line for music listening (which is my primary concern). I still have a soft spot for the Atoms though, as I think they are just an amazing little speaker for the money. I use them for computer speakers since they blow away the similarly priced PC speaker sets.

    Chris
     
  7. John Garcia

    John Garcia Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Chris, the 7s are clearly not as good as the 60s. I actually found the 5s with a sub to be much cleaner than 7s, and you will still want a sub with 7s anyway...
     
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    I think that he talked about the v.3 and not the v.2 for the comparison against the Studios60 v.2. And I found him right! Sure, the 60s still have an edge, but beeing a person which owned for a long time the v.2 et now the v.3, I find the v.3 to have not only very little improvment in the sound compared to the v.2 (Am I weird to you, all other people)? [​IMG] Monitor9s v.3 sounds almost like the 80s to me, but I dont know how to describe it... the 9s have a more directionnal sound and more bassy (attack) which make them a part from the 80s. The thing which I find the most similar between the two is the clarity side and definition. I found the mid-range on the v.3 improved compared to the v.2.
     
  9. Mike^C

    Mike^C Well-Known Member

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    Hi there ya'll. New to the forum and all that and I think I can help. I emailed Paradigm and got this response about their Monitor line:

     
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    John Garcia Well-Known Member

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    You can see the difference without removing the grilles, all of the front covers are different (except the minis I think) - they have a new style Paradigm logo and they are plastic under the cloth instead of wood framed.

     

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