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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Rahul Malik

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Posted February 02 2003 - 08:08 PM

Hi
I was thinking about purchasing the following setup:

- Paradigm Phantoms for fronts
- Paradigm c270 center speaker
- Paradigm Atoms for rear speakers
Driven by a Denon 2802 receiver

I have heard the setup and it sounds pretty sweet. What are your opinions on this system? I was also considering Monitor Audio speakers - their Bronze series. Anyone have any reviews on these speakers?

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#2 of 8 OFFLINE   DonJ

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Posted February 02 2003 - 08:18 PM

I would change the Denon to and HK which complements Paradigm very well.
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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Sihan Goi

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Posted February 02 2003 - 08:49 PM

Here are a few reviews of the Monitor Audio Bronze series.

Secrets of Home Theater & Hifi review

You don't hear/read much of them because they're a British speaker company, but they're pretty good. I'd say brand wise they're higher end than Paradigm, but I'm not familiar with the Bronze series so I don't know how is it compared to the Paradigm Phantoms and Atoms.
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#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Andy Young

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Posted February 03 2003 - 04:14 AM

Just bought that exact speaker setup with the PDR-12 also. $1,150. I am driving them with a Pioneer VSX-26TX receiver.

Visually, the speakers are amazing. I ordered them in the rosenut (dark cherry) veneer and they are very nice looking. The grill covers come off the Phantoms and CC-270, if you like to show off the white/metallic drivers. Phantoms are a nice sized main speaker. The Atoms are nice for surrounds, but the wire jacks on back make it difficult to wall mount them. The CC-270 is huge, but sounds great.

The Phantoms and 270 give an amazing sound stage. Dialog is clear and fills the room. No localization or tinny/boxy sounds. Sounds that pan across the front are totally seemless. I haven't really listened to music, yet.

I bought the Phantoms sight unseen after demoing the Titans versus B&W 600, 601 and 602. My ears preferred the Paradigm speakers hands down -- wasn't even close.

The PDR-12 shakes the house on about 60% volume using the THX standard 80Hz crossover. The sub is in an open room with vaulted ceilings and still delivers strong bass. Never did any comparisons between subs, though, so I can't really draw any relative strengths/weaknesses.

Movies are so much more entertaining to watch with my new speakers. I'm extremely pleased with my new 5.1 set-up ... even more pleased that it was such a cost-effective purchase.

Good luck.

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   ChrisWiggles

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Posted February 03 2003 - 10:28 AM

take a listen to the monitor series. You won't be dissapointed.

#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Greg_R

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Posted February 03 2003 - 10:39 AM

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I would change the Denon to and HK which complements Paradigm very well.
I'll enter a dissenting vote... I feel Denon mates extremely well with Paradigm's speakers (HK is great too).

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   MikeRP

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Posted February 03 2003 - 10:44 AM

The Denon 3802, 3803 2802, HK 520, 525 , 325 and the Pioneer Elites are all very good. Don't forget Onkyo also.

Look for the features you want atthe price point that's good for you. Takes a lot of research but we are here to answer questions.

They all will work well with paradigm.


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#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Stephen Hopkins

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Posted February 03 2003 - 01:04 PM

I would also consider a smaller monitor speaker and CC-370 for the fronts. For about $80 more total you could get monitor 5s and a CC-370. For about the same total price you could get Monitor 3s and a CC-370 for the front.

Atoms should still be plenty for the surrounds, but the Titans are noticeably better for only $25 more a pair.

Also, the 2802 would make a great match with the Monitor series. It has a slightly warm sound which when matched with the slightly brighter monitor series (Titanium dome tweeter) gives a very neutral sound that won't be fatiguing at all.

I have the 3 matching Paradigm 3SE MK3s (predecessor to the current Monitor 3s) in the front, Titans on the sides, and Atoms in the back, all powered by a Denon 1803. The 1803 has been said to be a bit thin sounding compared to the 2802 and 1802, but it still puts out full rich sound from my 3SE MK3s. Even the Titans as mains sounded great, but it was a big step up to the 3SE MK3s. I used them for about a week while waiting for my 3SE MK3s to come in.

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