Finally Got my Paradigms!

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  1. Jack*Mains

    Jack*Mains Stunt Coordinator

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    I decided that it was time to upgrade my surround backs and finally got some Paradigm Mini Monitors v3. I live in Calgary, Canada, so I went down to the local dealer, and we both agreed on $360CAD after some bargaining.

    I'll tell you, these things not only outperform my crappy surrounds, they do a hell of a better job than my mains *old, generic pos*

    As soon as I get the money, im going back for a set of 7's or 11's. I've heard the Studio 20, but I honesty did not hear enough difference to justify the extra $300.

    BTW: I got a quote of $650 for 7's and $800 for 11.

    I can get some pics if you would like some, but I figured you all know what mini monitors look like.
     
  2. Zak Ruck

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    Wow, I have to move closer to Canada just to get these great prices. I;m currenty trying to decide between the Monitor 5 or 7 and the Studio 20's. Personally I loved the 20's so I might just go for them. My wife wants to take a road trip to up to Canada for the drive, and I'll pick up some Paradigms.
     
  3. JamieS

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    jack that is a very good price for the 7s (I just bought some). My price was abouve that but not by a lot so you are getting a great price. What are you running for an AMP?

    If you have good power or separates consider going to the Studio 40s rather than 11s. If you are power or $ constrained like I am go for the 7s. If you want to timber match you'll need CC370 for a center. With 7s and Minis in the back you'll match perfectly. Drop me an E Mial or PM if you want to talk about the Monitor series[​IMG]
     
  4. Josh Wolfman

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    pics please!
     
  5. ernie.bin

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    I bought my studio60s and studio CC tuesday, but have to wait until later today to get the 60s (they didn't have black in stock).

    I'm more than excited. [​IMG]
     
  6. Jack*Mains

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    I have a Yamaha RXV730 75W/chl amp, and even though its very clean power, I dont think I can drive the Studio Line very efficiently with it. I was actually more inclined towards the monitor 11's over the 7's as they seem even more efficient than the 7s. How far up the line do you think I can do with the given receiver?

    Anyway, here are the pics:
    Small are about 100k, and large are around 1mb each.
    Enjoy.

    Front Shot:
    Small Large

    Logo
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    Naked Mini Monitor
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    Same Shot from the top
    Small Large

    Driver
    Small Large

    Tweeter
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    Back

    Small Large

    Label
    Small Large

    Receiver
    Small Large

    Theese should keep you busy for a little while.
     
  7. Nathan J

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    Is there any dealers that anyone knows of that are somewhat close to the Border (Buffalo,NY)?

    I dont know any Canadian zip codes, so I cant locate a dealer from up there. I am looking at the Studio 20's.

    Is there any other speaker in this price range that is just as good, or better than the Paradigm?
     
  8. JamieS

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    Jack I have a Denon 1603 which is fairly comperable in power 80w to your Yammi.

    I feel it drives my Monitor 7s adequatley (another 20 GOOD watts would be a lot better. In stereo in my 12 X 20 room I can generate about 100 or so DB cleanly. In home theatre I feel with my PW2200 sub that I don't have a lot of headroom. It is certainly good sounding but I am up around -5 bd on the volume and would not want to go to 00 or above. I guess waht I am saying is that 75 80w is ceratinly OK but not a lot of extra room.

    The 11s are very slightly more efficient than the 7s but with 75 watts they may be too big a speaker. If you are concened about efficiency why not take the route I did. Take the $$ difference you would spend to get the 11s and put it towards a PW 2200 sub. Let it take the load of the really deep bass and remove some of that drain from the amp. Personally I think 7s and a PW 2200 would be superior to just a set of 11s but that is just me.

    I think you are right about the Studios. I demoed the 40s and thought they were fantastic BUT I listened to them both on an 2 X 80w Denon amp and there was a lage differnce in efficiency and I don't think 80w is enough and certainly not enough for Studios with DVD movies.
     
  9. ernie.bin

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    I just got my studio60s hooked up last night to my denon 1802 (80wx5).

    Efficiency wise, they're not as good as the titans were. I need to turn the volume up 6-8 db to be at the same level. But that said, I was watching movies at between -16 and -8 so I've still got some headroom to go.

    I am in a smaller room though, so in a larger room, I can see me needing to push it a little harder, but I wouldn't anticipate hitting 00 very much, and staying near -24 - -16 for music.
     
  10. Jack*Mains

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    Jamie, I already have an EBS Shiva sub, so there is minimal bass strain on the speakers as they are set to small.

    I know you might say that in that case I might as well get 2 more mini monitors, but there's just something about floorstanders... Plus the price that I end up paying for speakers + stands is almost the same I would pay for 7's

    BTW: You'll probably eat me alive for this, but Im driving the speakers with some cheapo 14g wire right now, would getting some quality stuff really make THAT much of a difference? Im no audiophile so if its barely noticible, IL just stick with the cheapo stuff.
     
  11. JamieS

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    I agree that could drive the 7s OK especially since you have a sub. What I was trying to say was that 11s or Monitor series would not be driven nearly as well. I too went for the 7s over bookshelf because of the fact that they were about the same price as a bookshelf PLUS stands.

    As for the wire prople seem kinda sensative about this topic but I will tell you what I have found with my 1603 and my 7s (and also past experience). If you have a set of bargin speakers and bargin amps like we do I cannot tell a sonic difference between decent bulk 12 gauge speaker wire I bought in a 100 foot roll for less than $1 per foot canadian and some fancy 2 or 3 hundred $ cables. With our type of equipment I just can't see it making a difference.

    That said I would spring for some 12 gauge wire. I did notice a difference between the 12 and cheap wire that came with my old speakers. Stick with the cheop stuff but personally I'd spend the extra 10 or 20 cents a foot and make yourself some 12 gauge cables with banana clips or spades on the ends.
     
  12. Jack*Mains

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    I bought a 100m roll of 14g and some spades and made my own cables, so Il just assume its good enough [​IMG]
     
  13. Joe Hsu

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    Congrats on the Paradigm purchase! I myself got a great deal on 9s this summer (in rosenut!)...I was wondering, since I haven't had to look at new speakers since then, are both the US and Canada all dealing Paradigm v3s now, or is the US still on v2? Just curious.
     

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