Paradigm Ref 20's

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  1. Barry V

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    Is anyone using Ref 20's all the way around for HT? My lovely wife doesn't like the size of the Ref 60's. How would the 20's do using a yam 1200 for processing and an anthem mc3 for power to the fronts and center, I do get to keep the cc center and we are using a 2200 sub. Will there be a big loss in the low and mid going to the smaller size?

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    Compromise - get the 40's!! they blow the 20's away for sure...
     
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    Barry,

    I compared the studio 20, 40 and 60 models before choosing the studio 40 as my main. Each model sounded really different to me in a music setup (cd + amp + front speakers).

    The studio 60 had a lot more perceived bass than either the 20 and 40. Both are smaller units and are stand mounted. As Paul noted, the studio 40 may be a good compromise between the 20's and 60's.

    Most people on this board recommend to set all your speakers to small, and let your sub take care of the bass. In this setup, the perceived bass difference using a good sub mated with studio 20, 40 or 60 should be minimal. Each setup will 'sound' different, so I urge you to listen to them and pick the one you prefer.

    I do own a PW-2200 and find it does well on movies with my studio 40's. It's not as musical as I would like... but that's for another thread. :)

    Daniel.
     
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    I am looking to add a small HT upstairs. And speaker size was part of my concern. But looking at the 60s compared to 20s I now can't see why the 20s will be any smaller than the 60s. I haven't really measured it but I doubt there is much of a difference.
     
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    I'm currently using the 20's hooked up to Denon AVC-1SE, no problem so far. I'm still considering to upgrade to 80's and move the 20's to the rear for music surround.I'm using the CC as well. I tested the 20's with the Avia LF frequency sweep and it went down to 20+HZ. I was quite impressed by it. I'm a 65%HT and 35%music lover. The best I can describe about the 20's is it's somewhere between laidback and neutral.I'm using Kimber 4tc as speaker cable.

    The rest of my setup.

    Denon AVC-1SE-Amp

    Pioneer DV-535K-Dvd

    Pioneer DV-525-Dvd

    Pioneer DV-919-Ld/Dvd

    Panasonic A-450EN-Cd transport

    Musical Fidelity X-24-Dac

    Sony MDS-JE530-Md deck

    Panasonic TX-51G85H- Tv

    Kimber 4TC-Speaker cables

    Kimber Illuminati D-60-Digital

    Kimber Hero-Interconnect

    Monster M1000Sv-S-video cable

    Monster M1000v-composite cable

    PS Audio-power cable

    Paradigm Studio 20-mains

    Paradigm Studio CC-centre speaker

    Kef Cresta 2-surrounds

    Kef Cresta Centre-SB

    Kenwood SW-301-sub

    Solidsteel 5.5-rack

    Future upgrades-

    Paradigm Studio 80-mains

    Paradigm Studio ADP-surrounds

    Paradigm Servo-15-sub

    Pioneer DV-733-Dvd-Audio/SACD player
     
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    relax, it was audible but not at reference level. I compared to the Kef's it was audible up to about 45+Hz. I was using radio shacks spl meter in conjunction with the avia lf test. If I'm not mistaken the manufacture figures are 35Hz.
     
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    20's are my mains. I love them.... they leave a lot to be desired down low, but that's what a sub is for [​IMG]... I plan to move them to the rear in another year or so after I graduate college and can afford something better. At that point the 40's or maybe the 60's (need to go and demo them both again) will be in my future... but until that point, I have no regrets with buying the 20's with the limited budget that I had 2 years ago.
     
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    There is a test track on the Avia test disc. It has a decreasing counter for Hz on screen while we listen to the audible warble while it sweeps down the frequency range. In the meantime using a SPL meter, we are supposed to measure and see when it dips below 85Db(reference) or 75Db(home environment). According to the literature on the disc, this test is suppose to test 3 things,1)Detect any dip in output levels across the frequency range.2)Estimate effective frequency range 3)To listen whether any items in listening environment are rattling due to LF output.

    All info are from the test disc. I'm sorry if I said something wrong. I'm pretty new to HT as well but I'm willing to learn.

    I'm pretty happy with the 20's as far as music & movies is concern.
     
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