Anybody with experiences of the Paradigm Micros?

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  1. NickSo

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    My local Paradigm dealer has the Micros for $107CAD on clearance.

    Ive been thinking of building a small and CHEAP (cheap being the main word here [​IMG] ) 2ch music system for my (small) room, with a pair of cheap speakers, either Paradigm Micros (i was thinking of the Paradigm Atoms, but seeing how the Micros retail for ~$170, im guessin the Atoms would be $200+, a bit more than i'd like to spend), or Fluance SV6 bookshelves, paired with a vintage amp and possibly a Toshiba SD3950 DVD player for CD audio (read up on AudioAsylum.com in the digital drive section to see why).

    Though i am going to take a listen sometime this week (the store is about an 8 minute drive from my house :p) ), i'd like to hear some of your guys' comments.
     
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    Hi Nick,

    First off, I'm rather curious to hear of the (in)famous 3950/60... so let me come over and have a listen!

    Regarding the speakers:

    Well your ears will be the final arbiter, of course, but IMO the solution almost always is "spend more money" :p)...to a certain extent I would listen to the Atoms and stuff like Energy @ A&B (or some of hte Mission stuff), PSB Alphas. The usual Canadian suspects.

    Main concern I would have is a lack of bass response, but for $100 I guess you don't have too much to complain about.
    If you spend a lot of time in yoru room though it may be more cost-effective to spend a bit more now and not upgrade later.

    For reference, in my room I have a (still-working) CD minisystem I bought in '94 for about ... $ 800 or so. A good set of speakers (some PSB Alphas I had lying around from HT upgrades) have made a very nice difference in music.
     
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    The atoms are amazing, never heard or even seen the micros, I assume they'd do great except for bass, but if you can listen to both. I will vouch heavily for atoms and above in the performance series, but dunno if you should spring for atoms versus micros. 100 bucks canadian sounds worth it though.
     
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    NickSo:

    The Micros are a decent speaker, but if you can afford the jump in $ to get to the Atoms (and it shouldn't be too much of a jump), then I'd go for the Atoms. The Atoms are absolutely remarkable given their size, and they have a fuller, lusher presentation when compared to the Atom. The Micro, by comparison, is a thinner, leaner sounding speaker. Paradigm recently discontinued the Micro because most people were jumping to the Atom.

    My vote: either is good, but the Atom is markedly better.


    Jeff.
     
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    If I can get the atoms to come to about $200 after taxes i guess ill save up a bit and check those out...

    How are Mission Speakers? I see ABsound has the M30 and M31 for around the price im lookin for.
     
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    Well, i just went for a short audition of the Micros and the Atoms... after hearing the Atoms, im not considering the micros anymore :p)

    The micros sounded way congested on the high end, muffled... The Atoms were more airy, and more natural.
    The bass for both though, cant match the JBL monitors w/ 12" woofers my dad has in our HT we use for music.
    The better quality tweeters on the Atoms really shine.

    They were very warm-sounding. "Time" from the CD version of DSOTM has always been a very harsh sounding, bright track when the clocks go off on brighter speakers. With the paradigms it was quite listenable.

    The guy gave me a price of CAD$190 (from $240), which is a bit cheaper than the full price of the Micros.

    Ohwell, time to save up a bit more. Its not a good deal if im not satisfied with it [​IMG] Spend a bit more now, prolong the onset of upgradeitis later.

    Thanks for the info though! [​IMG]
     
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    nick where in Vancouver did you go to?
     
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    The Audio Video unlimited in Richmond on bridgeport...
     
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    Honestly, I don't even know why I upgraded from Atoms that I had in my HT system. I love those things. I paid a LOT more money for Studio 20s, which DO sound better - WHEN you are paying attention, but I don't think I notice it enough when watching movies. In my next life, I'm just going to stick to the Atoms and not bother upgrading. [​IMG]
     
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    Well, after doing some reasearch i find i have more choices... I'm gonna try and check out these:

    Polk R20/R15
    Infinity Primus 140
    Mission M30/M31
    JBL N24

    Anybody know where I can find a list of dealers for Infinity and JBL? Their websites only support dealer searches in the US.
     

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