Ascend, NHT, Paradigm?

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  1. frog

    frog Auditioning

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    Since someone was kind enough to steal (insert profanity of your choice here) my HT setup (Onkyo, NHTs Ones and Zeroes) I am beginning the process of rebuilding. I am looking at spending between 1,000 and 1,500 for speakers for a medium size room. I will probably start out with a 5.1 and expand from there. Since I wasn't anticipating purchasing anything so soon I am not current on what is out there. It seems like Ascend, NHT, and Paradigm are possibly the best for my price range. I am looking at probably 50/50 on music/video. Music tends to be along the lines of rock/jazz/blues. The NHTs served me well and I have no complaints with them. I have not had a chance to listen to Ascends or Paradigms. Any comments from people who have had a chance to compare these would be appreciated.

    Also what receiver would you recommend with the speakers? I have been leaning towards Denon 2807 but Yamaha has received some good comments as well. (I know that is for a seperate thread, sorry.)

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    If you were happy with the NHTs, you will probalby like the Ascends. Paradigms are a little bit different, but good also. The Monitor line are not as good as the Ascends though. I haven't heard the new Classic NHTs, but I'm sure they are good too. The Evolution M5 and M6 are very nice, but they aren't cheap.
     
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    when you say the Paradigms are a little different, how so?
     
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    I had the superones up front and superzeroes in the rear for a few years and really enjoyed the setup, espicaily at the price. I switched to the ModeII NHT towers up front and it was a nice upgrade. You lose some of that legendary imaging of the supers, but gained a more 'full' soundstage. You can find a nice pair used for around $200.

    Anyway, another nice great speaker for the buck are the PSB lineup.

    http://www.psbspeakers.com
     
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    The Paradigm Monitors don't have quite as good of a midrange as the other two. The Studios are maybe a hair more dynamic than the Ascends and the NHT Supers, but they are also more expensive. I auditioned the Studio 40s and NHT M6s and I liked the M6s better.

    Since you like the NHTs, you might also look at Mordaunt Short. www.ac4l.com has the 900 series for very good prices with free shipping. I have the 902s in my bedroom and I am very happy with them. They are a little more neutral than the Supers, but still have great imaging and clean, clear midrange. The highs are a little smoother than the Supers even though the Mordants also use an aluminum tweeter.
     
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    On the Ascends, is there a big difference between the 170s and 340s as the L/R mains?
     
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    Yes. The 340s greater sensitivity is better for a larger room.
     

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