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Help choosing a reciever for paradigm monitors
4 replies to this topic
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?
Posted January 12 2009 - 12:03 PM
Harmon Kardon and Paradigm are made for each other.
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
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.
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.