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Paradigm or Energy Encore?

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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Al Jefferson

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Posted March 15 2002 - 05:46 AM

I thought I had made up my mind about getting the Energy Encores to replace my Bose speakers. They got good reviews and look good. Then I ran across a classified ad for a pair of Paradigm mini monitors v.1, Paradigm monitor 7's v.1, and a Paradigm CC350 for $800. If I got the Paradigm's I would buy a sub seperately. My question is, is their a notable difference between the two as far as looks and sound? Thanks!

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Dave Schofield

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Posted March 15 2002 - 07:56 AM

I've heard great things about the Encore series. I do, however, have (or will within the week) the setup from Paradigm that you speak of. I really love the Monitor 7's which I've had for a little over a year. I'm a bit jealous as I spent $1200 for this setup (v.2) Posted Image If you can, take a listen to each, your ears won't lie.

#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Mike Main

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Posted March 15 2002 - 08:19 AM

Ive had Encores for a year and half and they are very good. They are in my living room teamed with a Sony receiver. No complaints.. The matched sub provides enough punch to pick up the lows from these satellites. I might have some pics email or pm if u wanna see Mike

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   EricHaas


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Posted March 15 2002 - 09:27 AM

Is size an issue for you? The Encores obviously have the advantage of compactness. I own Paradigm Reference and have demoed Paradigm Monitors and the Encore system. The Encore system is THE best system consisting of micro sized speakers anywhere to my ears. They are a cut above the Take 5.2's, which are widely regarded as an outstanding value. That said, I marginally prefer the Paradigm Monitor series sonically. However, those are version 1's and I have only heard the version 2's. Bottom line is that you will not go wrong with either, and for strictly HT purposes it is going to be a toss-up, with music giving a slight nod to the Paradigms. BTW, the Encore's are available online for just south of a grand.

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Junie



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Posted March 15 2002 - 10:12 AM

The best thing to do is to listen to the speakers and see which one you like best. I'm not familar with the Encore system, but i just brought a pair of the Mini Monitors and WOW!! they sound great! I have no complaints. They have made a world of difference in my system. The only thing is they are not good for putting on a enclosed shelf with the ports on the back the bass will be overenhanced. Great speaker. PEACE!!!!

#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Junie



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Posted March 15 2002 - 10:16 AM

OH Yeah I almost forgot.The price is right for the Mini Monitors around 350.00 for the pair I have demoed speakers costing twice as much that don't sound as good (to me). PEACE!!!

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted March 15 2002 - 10:59 AM

I have Mini Monitors as my mains (v2) and I am very pleased with them. I am looking for another pair of bookshelf speakers for my second system. I was considering another set of Minis, but I for the price, I am considering some alternatives. The Minis will remain in my main system however, because I am very happy with them.
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#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Marty M

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Posted March 15 2002 - 11:43 AM

I have this very same Paradigm set up as in the classified ads. I would check to see how long the person has had these. If less than 5 years, I think the warranty will carry-over to the new owner. I really like the sound of this system. The Monitor 7s are floor-standing speakers, but don't take up all that much space. As everyone else has said, audition them and let your own ears be the judge.
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