Front surrounds to go with atoms

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  1. Jeremy K

    Jeremy K Stunt Coordinator

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    Right now I have 4 Paradigm Atom bookeshelfs for the front and rear surround, and a Paradigm CC-170 for the center speaker. This is in a 5.1 surround system. I just purchased a Yamaha 5760, and now I would like to move the front Atoms to the rear center to make a 7.1 system. What I am looking for is suggestions for the front surrounds. I would like a pair of tower speakers that would match, soundwise, with the existing speakers. What do I need to look for, to make it sound right? I can't just go buy any speaker, right? I want it to sounds right. I don't want to spend a lot of money, is under $300 possible, but I will save up for whatever is worthwile. Can anyone suggest some good speakers? Thanks

    The receiver is Yamaha 5760.

    Just some more info to add that might help. The room is 20ft wide by 30 ft deep. But the system is setup is a corner of the room that is 16ft deep and 13ft wide. So I have about 7 extra feet to the right, and about 14ft behind.

    The main reason I added that info, I want a bigger sub also, what do I really need in a room this size? I only have a Paradigm PDR-10 right now.
     
  2. GrahamT

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    Anything from the Paradigm Performance series will match. THey do have a couple towers speakers. You could also get the Titans.

    As for the sub, that is a big room. Maybe an SVS or HSU or one of the bigger P-digms but I'm not an expert on these subs.
     
  3. Jeremy K

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    OK thanks for the reply. Is there other brands that I can look at? Or is is best to stick with the Paradigms for best match? I would like to spend less this time if possible? There is no real close place to me that sells Paradigms, how much am I looking at for the Performance series towers? The Esprit, Phantom, or the Legend? You can't buy Paradigm off the Interent, can you? Thanks
     
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    Jeremy,

    I would stay with Paradigm as suggested. However, if you upgrade your fronts to anything beyond the Titans (bookshelves) and plan to stay in the Performance line, then you probably should upgrade your center channel speaker to the CC-270.

    That being said, you don't necessarily need to stay within the Performance line if you are upgrading your entire front speakers, you can save up to move up to the Monitor line.

    The link below gives a list of MSRP for the Paradigms.
    http://www.bradfordshifi.com/prices.htm

    You can typically find Paradigm dealer who will take 10-15% off the MSRP.

    Paradigms are not available on line. Unless you don't mind used ones which you can sometimes find over Ebay or Audigon.

    As for the sub, your room is pretty big so you can get a bigger sub or just get another sub.
     
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    Hey Jeremy,

    I guess it depends on what you want to achieve. If you are after better sound quality you should move up to the monitor line but that also requires upgrading your center channel. That plan is going to cost you more than $300.

    I'm wondering why you want to add towers. The performance line towers are not that much of a step up really. If you want to step up in sound quality you should move up to the monitor line. All your atoms will work fine with the monitor line. What is going to happen is you are going to get the towers and want to upgrade again right away, especially if you go audition the monitor or studio line.

    If I where you I'd buy a pair of Titans, sell the PDR-10 and save up for a beast of a subwoofer. I think that would be the best use of dollars. Getting some nice tight low end that really shakes your room is going to make all your speakers sound better overall.
     
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    I agree with Aaron. I think the plan to go with Titans, save up, sell the PDR10 and get a nice sub is a good one.

    If you are after better sound, it is going to cost you much more than $300.

    You can look used and save a lot. Paradigms come up often, but usually sell quick too. All of the ones I've put up have sold within days.
     
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    THanks for the suggestions, I think that is what I will do, save up and go with the Monitor series. Thanks
     
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    I've got a friend who is going to put together a paradigm HT, I keep telling him to get the Titans for his fronts, but he's a dork and he won't listen to me....yes CHUCK, I'M TALKING ABOUT YOU!
     

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