Need some PSB vs Paradigm opinions please

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  1. Blake G

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    Hi there! I am a new poster to the site, but have been reading for a long time... I have searched both here and at AVS Forum and have read all the relevent threads, and now I want some opinions, please!

    I am looking at upgrading my speakers (Monitor Audio Silver 5i fronts & sides, Silver 4i surround back and Silver Centre 10i) to either PSB Gold/Silver/Mini combo or the Paradigm 100/60/40 combo.

    If there is another speaker combo that is comperable in quality and sound, please feel free to suggest it, with these caveats, though. I would like full range (or close to it) main speakers and my budget is $4000 tops for all the speakers -- yes I was planning a trip to our neighbors to the north (Canada) to buy these.

    In the audio press, these speakers seem to get equivalent praises, and nothing negative is ever really said... I would like some real world experience with these, please. Likes, dislikes, etc.

    I am also looking at getting one or two of the cinepro 3k6 B-stocks and selling my Parasounds, if they would mate better with either speaker. Bright, warm, I don't really get what these mean. I understand them, but without it being pointed out to me, I just can't visualize it.

    Thanks so much for your help.

    Blake Gentner

    Here is my associated components:

    Denon AVR-5800 used as pre-pro

    4 x Parasound HCA-3500 stereo amps (2 x 350 @ 8Ohms Each)

    Meridian 508.24 CD Player

    Denon 4800 dvd-audio player

    Denon 2800 DVD Player

    Sony scd-777es SACD Player

    Sony SCD-555es Multi channel SACD player

    Monitor Audio Silver center 10i/5i/4i

    2 x SVS 20-39 (Serial #20&21!) driven by Crown K2
     
  2. Blake G

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    ***BUMP****

    I know there are people here who have opinions on everything! C'mon, help a guy out!!!!!!

    Thanks, Blake
     
  3. Jan H

    Jan H Cinematographer

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    Hi, Blake,
    Both systems are outstanding, but since my setup consists of PSB Gold i's, the Stratus c6i center channel, and Energy Veritas 2.0R surrounds, I guess my bet would be on the PSB system. The Mini's would be great for surrounds, too, but I chose the Energy Veritas surrounds for the versatility. They are adjustable to bipole, dipole, and direct radiator configurations with the flick of a switch. They are awesome surrounds, and a nice complement to the PSBs. I don't think that Image 10S is in its league. Until PSB comes out with a Stratus surround speaker, this is the system for me in the foreseeable future (Until I can afford ML Prodigys ten years from now)[​IMG]. Look for great deals on the Gold i's on the net, too. Either way,though, you should be very happy. Good luck, Jan.
     
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    Both good speaker choices. I would pick Paradigm set - I haven't heard the PSB though, have just heard more good things about the Paradigms.

    Have you considered Dynaudio? - there's a good Dynaudio thread going on right now that's helping me out. I was more impressed with the 42 Audience than the Paradigm Ref. 40's, I will go back for a second listen though.

    Also, I haven't heard any Monitor Audio, but how much of an upgrade would either of these sets be compared to what you've got now?
     
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    I've owned both Paradigm 100v2's and the PSB Goldi's and used them in the same room with he same equipment. I don't think you can go wrong with either one but IMO, I think in regards to mid-range and low end performance, the PSB Goldi's get my vote. The Paradigms may have been a little tighter in the bass but the PSB's seem to have a heavier presence without sounding slow or doofy(for lack of a better word). The highs are sweeter(rolled off?) a little more than the Paradigm and overall I find that I have longer listening sessions with the PSB's than I did with the Paradigms.

    As always, if you can go hear both let your ears be the determining factor.

    Good Luck with which ever you choose.
     
  6. Chip E

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    I run PSB Stratus Silveri 's, C6i center and Image 10S surround's with an SVS 20-39PC .....
    Sounds pretty good [​IMG]
    - Chip
     

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