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Help choosing a reciever for paradigm monitors


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#1 of 5 OFFLINE   Robahr24

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Posted January 12 2009 - 12:41 AM

Need to upgrade my system. I plan on running paradigm 7's or 9's, which I will pick later, but I need a new reciever.

Pioneer Elite VSX-01, VSX-03, VSX-90 or 91

Denon AVR 2808 or AVR 889

Onkyo SR606 or SR706

I want to spend $600 at the most and I can get the listed ones above for about that much, at the most maybe $650. I like the look of the denon and pioneer elites the most but know the onkyo can be a awesome budget reciever. Which should I pick?

#2 of 5 OFFLINE   itschuck2c

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Posted January 12 2009 - 12:03 PM

Harmon Kardon and Paradigm are made for each other.

#3 of 5 OFFLINE   Phil_O

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Posted January 14 2009 - 03:44 PM

I use a a Denon 3805 for my Monitor 5's and CC370, with ADP 150's (old Paradigms) in the rear. It's sublime IMO.
Denon 3805 | Paradigm Monitor 5's front, CC370, ADP150 rear | Mirage BPS400 sub (the "Legend" I call it! - going strong since 1998!) | Toshiba SD DVD player | Tons of DVDs/CDs! | Nad c541i CDP | Main computer has 1080p 24" monitor, Logitech 5.1 system

#4 of 5 OFFLINE   Clinton McClure

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Posted January 16 2009 - 03:43 AM

Any of them should work as long as they can supply enough power.

For years, I used a Yamaha RX-V995 to power my Monitor 9s, CC-350 and ADP-170s and it sounded great. Later, I added a separate 5-channel Anthem amp (while still using the Yamaha for processing) and the sound got even better.

#5 of 5 OFFLINE   LD9000

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Posted January 17 2010 - 03:36 AM

  I would definitely go with the Pioneer Elite models you mention, although I think they have already been replaced with newer models.   That would make finding one of the models you mention a sweet deal somewhere.   I currently own the VSX-03 and have mated them with Mirage speakers, which is an incredible combination.
  The Paradigm are a warm sounding speaker - and you will need a warm receiver to go with them.
  I know the Denons will sound fabulous with them as well --  but I found the best bang for the buck (plus many extras that the Denon doesn't offer ) lies in the Pioneer Elite line.