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Just wondering what you all think would be the best set up for 90% DVD and 10% music

The options are
Digm monitor 9 v5
Digm cc-390
Digm adp-390
=about $2200.00

or the

B&W 685 series for the 5.1with HTM61 center
from what i can tell, it would be around
maybe $1900.00 minus sub

what do you all think?
 

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The absolute best, no doubt about it, speaker in the world is....




























The one that sounds best to you
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Your comparison is between a small British bookshelf speaker vs a full-size Canadian loudspeaker. The two series are comparable, but no question the Paradigm will blow the B&W out of the water. A more fair comparison would be vs the B&W 683.

In any event, I've auditioned Paradigm Monitor, B&W 600 Series and Monitor Audio Silver Series, and my favorite among the three has always been the Paradigm's (not to mention the Paradigm's are much easier to drive). However this is a subjective purchase, so let your ears guide you.

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Boy those 2 are very close..Ive listened to both and I am an admitted paradigm snob. The b&w are nicer to the eye, the paradigm go a bit deeper and are a smidge more sensitive. Its a tuff call.
 

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Again, it is what you like. There is nothing wrong with either setup. I considered buying B&W 683's last year. I really liked the surrounds, too (DS3 I think). I ended up buying Axiom instead.
 

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well, since the AV shop here that i have been going to for 12 years has the paradigm's, and the closest B&W retailer is 2.5 hrs away, i will be going with the digms
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hmmm...I am also reading if HT is your primary goal, then the def-tech are the way to go with. I have priced the hole set-up at about 25-2900, and i do like the built in 8" subs in the center and towers
 

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You read too much
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You will find that everyone here has their own opinions about what they like. Def Tech was not even on my list last year when I went shopping. Why? Because no one in my area sells them. I could only judge what I could hear.

It is really about finding quality speaker makes (you did) and listening to them yourself.
 

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well, i have listened to the def techs, and they sounded really good, i have also listened to digm, although not the monitor 9, and they sound good to, but the only problem is that they are at 2 different stores with 2 totally different sound areas.

but it is also like ya'll say, the better the speaker the better the sound no matter what it is playing through them
 

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Actually I disagree with this, but that is subject of another discussion altogether. The room is just as important as the speakers, if not more important. Also I could argue that the source makes a substantial difference in overall sound quality, especially as you move up the speaker ladder. Some would even argue that the source is more important than the speaker ;)

Cheers,
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well i am also seeing..lol.....the axioms m60 v2, QS8 v2 and the VP 150 v2 for like 1900.00, quite a bit cheaper than digms
or the M80 V2's and the ss and cntr for 2248.00
all are in the price range
 

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never mind on the axioms, i see they are 4 ohms and that is no good, 8 ohms only is what i can run because i don't feel like messing with all the seprate amps and pre-amps stuff

also wondering what would be a good reciever if i went with the digms, i have been recommened the yamaha RV-X1800, but don't really want to spend that much?
 

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FYI - I have Axiom M60's. They are 8 Ohm and very easy to drive. Only the M80's are 4 Ohm.

I could not find that model Yamaha. How much is it?
 

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the only other problem i have is my dealer also carries the yamaha's so i would be able to get a $1300 yamaha for about 1000, VS going to a different store to get the other receiver and not getting a "package deal"

never mind, just found the marantz SR7002 for 930.00!!
 

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If you went with an internet direct speaker like the Axioms or SVS and went with a mid range Onkyo like the 706 or 806, you could take the extra money saved to purchase a very nice sub (SVS, HSU, etc). The only thing you lose with the lower mid priced AVRs is video up conversion.
 

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well, i already have a pretty nice klipsh sub, and i am getting close to a grand taken off from the package deal from going threw the shop they know me at

so we will see, thanks for the input though
 

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