Mixing Axiom Surrounds w/ Paradigm Fronts

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  1. Dave_Olds

    Dave_Olds Stunt Coordinator

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    I currently have Monitor 7's & CC350 center for the front stage. Due to limited budget constraints with construction and other aquisitions, the ADP370's are too much of a strain on the budget right now. So I am wondering the following:
    Has anyone used the QS4's with Paradigm products?
    Is the sound quality a decent match. If its reasonable, it would be a decent band-aid approach until I could get the ADP370's.....It would make sense in the fact I intend to make a Axiom sound system later in a family room - so not like throwing away money....
    But if it will sound crappy as a combo, probably would just wait....
    Thoughts? Passable for the present time? No strings attached for any opinions - I wont you to it.. [​IMG]
     
  2. Trey Jones

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    Why not get a set of mini monitors for the rear and then change your setup to 7.1 when the time (money) is right? Just a thought.

    I think the QS4's would be a pretty decent fit depending on the equipment. Most people here will suggest that the timbre match from the Paradigms would be better however.
     
  3. JohnDG

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    I'm using JBL N24's in a 6.1 setup, and they are adequate and quite cheap.

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  4. John Garcia

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    No offense, but N24s compared to Paradigm Monitors is practically a night and day difference, both in price and sound reproduction. I have done direct comparisons. While the N24s are not bad for the price, they don't quite stack up for music. Excellent value, but not in the same league.
     
  5. JohnDG

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    Definitely Mini-Monitors in the rear are much better, but I get the impression we are looking for a cheap, temporary solution. I'm running Monitor 7's up front with a CC370, and most of the sound is coming from these 3 for "normal" listening.

    How do the JBL's match up against the Axiom's in price/performance for temporary rears?

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    I have heard the ADPs, but not the QS4. I would say based on price alone, the Axioms would get my nod.
    I prefer direct radiating speakers for rears, in which case, I would say either the M3Ti or Mini Monitor (which I am using as mains) would do very well. I feel the Axioms are a bit bright in the upper midrange, but for vocals in particular, the Axioms sounded better to me, just more natural, and then there is the price difference again. (had I known about the Axioms a year ago, I probably would have bought them instead).
    The closest in price/performance from JBL would be the S26. J&R has them for $159/pr - right here. The only drawback is that they are rather large.
     
  7. Dave_Olds

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    Thanks for all the feedback....I will checking into the mini-monitors on eBay for a few weeks. May be able to pick them up reasonable there....The Axioms are $248 and the ADP 370's $698 - $450 is alot when in construction of the theater and a PJ purchase due next month....Mini-Monitors are $398 I believe new, but maybe a I can get them cheaper used (the idea of using them as surrounds and moving them to the rear is brilliant [​IMG] )....If not, the QS4's would work and move them to the family room system later.
    Thanks again for the very nice ideas and feedback on my situation - it is greatly appreciated. Alternative viewpoints are extremely helpful in such a complicated hobby [​IMG]
    Dave
     
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    Dave, the Minis should be more like $350 MSRP, and you should be able to get them for closer to $320-$330 (before tax) from a decent dealer in the US.

    Since you are in Mi, you should strongly consider a trip up to Canada, as your dollar will go farther there, and the Canadian prices are a bit lower as well. There is a dealer in Windsor, just across from Detroit. Axiom is also Canadian... Just a thought.
     
  9. Miles_P

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    Dave

    If you buy the ADP 370 from the same store that you bought your Monitor 7's and CC370 from they should give you $100 dollars off the APD 370's. So that you could get them for $599.
     
  10. EricHaas

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    Get the QS8's in b-stock for $350... They are purportedly quite a bit better than the QS4's.
     

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