Downgrade speakers?

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  1. Bill Blank

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    I often wonder if my speakers are a bit overkill for the rest of my system. I've been considering a "downgrade" move to Paradigm's Reference line. Tell me what you think:

    System:
    Mitsu WS-55411 HD-Ready TV
    Rotel RSP-1066 PRe/Pro
    Rotel RMB-1075 Power Amp
    Rega Planet 2000 CD Player
    Panasonic DVD-RP32S
    Vienna Acoustics Mozart
    Vienna Acoustics Maestro
    Vienna Acoustics Haydn


    I was think of repacing the Mozarts with Studio 60's or 80's, the Maestro with the CC, and the Haydn's with Studio 20's.

    Bill
     
  2. RichardH

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    Downgrade???? Why would you ever do such a thing?? [​IMG]
    What would you do w/ your Vienna's if you did replace them?
    Personally, I would just stick to what you have and be happy that you're not wanting to UPgrade.
    I don't see a sub listed. You might think about adding one if you want to change anything.
    BTW, the obvious suggestions will be for SVS, but if you want something that looks nice like your speakers, they have some box type subs in the works, w/ wood veneers. Or if you can't wait, check out REL and ACI.
     
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    I don't think I have ever heard of a case of downgradeitis before...stay away I don't want to catch it.[​IMG]
     
  4. Bill Blank

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    I've got a Velodyne CT-120 for a sub that I'd replace with a Servo 15.

    I got the Vienna's from Sumiko when I worked for a HiFi retailer. I'd likely sell them on Audiogon as a package deal.

    Downgradeitis! I like that one, I wish I just had Satisfieditis!

    Bill
     
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    I wish I had your problem [​IMG] . I am trying to decide how I am going to afford the next round of upgrades that I want [​IMG] .
    There is no such thing as overkill. You can always turn down the volume if it is too much, but you still have the better quality. But if you must, the Paradigm Studio line are excellent speakers. I am lucky to afford the Monitors, and think they are great.
     
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    To me, there'd have to be one compelling reason, such as they just don't fit and will never fit in my space for me at least to consider that. Selling the equipment, usually involves taking such a financial beating!
    Maybe if you want to improve matters, examination of the room is in order.
     
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    [​IMG] You're absolutely right, downgrading is the ticket. I should also mention I'm in the market for some black Mozart's, Hayden's and a Maestro CC. [​IMG]
     
  8. Bill Blank

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    Ken,

    I've since decided to keep my speakers. They wouldn't be any good to you as they're all in beech, not black.

    Good luck in your search! You'll love the Viennas!

    Bill
     
  9. Bill Blank

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    Talk about reviving an old thread. Here we are 16 months later and I've done it.

    I'm preparing to sell my Vienna Acoustics setup:

    Mozart
    Maestro
    Haydn

    as I await my Paradigm Reference setup:

    Studio 100v3
    Studio CC-470v3
    Studio 20v3

    They just weren't quite floating my boat 100% with rock n' roll. Don't get me wrong, the Vienna's are FAB speakers, I just need something different for my rock music.

    Bill
     
  10. Scott_N

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    Wow the Studio line of Paradigm is nice but they don't have near the midrange clarity of the VA's and the VA's highs are much more refined IMO. Good luck with the Paradigm's.
     

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