Paradigm speaker question

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I used to own a home theater using MileniaOne speakers. What would be the next step up from those in the Paradigm lineup.

If I build a new home theater, I wanted to step up the quality a notch. Plus I want to use floor stands instead of wall mounting. I will still be a 5.1 system.
I snagged a used Paradigm UltraCube 10 for $300 so it got me thinking about setting up a proper home theater again.

FYI... I moved out of state into an apt. and now into a house again.
 
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The Monitor SE line would be the next step up but I would go with their Premier line and up if budget allows as theres a couple of things to remember:

An accurate speaker is an accurate speaker, meaning a good speaker does not become obsolete like a display or processor would.

Speakers are very easy to come by on the used market and usually go for about half of their MSRP.

So in your search for an upgrade try to get the best speaker possible within your budget. Avoiding MSRP will allow a much better speaker than your budget would normally allow.

None of this is to sway you towards or away from anything, just my thoughts when someone is looking to spend money on a slight upgrade on speakers.
 
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Ugh. I finally got to the local Home Theater dealer, and they said they were in the process of dropping the Paradigm brand due to lack of sales.

Not sure what direction I want to take. Other than a new reciever, I was most likely going tye route of used speakers anyway, but it was nice having a Paradigm dealer in driving distance.

As far as recievers, I'll gladly order an Anthem AV receiver straight from Anthem AV.

The money I save from buying used speakers makes buying a good reciever worth it.
 

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Anthem dealers are not allowed to advertise discounted stock, make sure to call around before you order to see if they have any open box deals. My $2500 MSRP MRX 720 was $1500 with a full Anthem warranty ($2500 receipt included).
 
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He never mentioned discounted stock. Anthem AV always jacks up the price of their new models over the old models.

If Anthem AV starts marketing a new model for +$500 more than the old model, the old model will look like a bargain.

Before he mention that, I assumed he sold Anthem AV recievers, but I didn't ask. The saleman was merely letting me know Anthem AV was coming out with new models. I was actually asking if he thought putting a soundbar on an inexpensive receiver so the receiver could control the sub-woofer was a good idea. He said it wouldn't be worth it, that for a soundbar designed for a 2nd sub, it would be fine to add the sub-woofer to the soundbar.

In any event I won't be looking for an Anthem receiver before I cobble together at least a center, left, abd right speaker.

Now that I think about it, I should just invest in even better front speakers and get a high end reciever (new). Then eventually cobble together rear speakers. Perhaps in a few years splurge for side speakers.

I'm comfortable with buying good quality used speakers, which saves a good deal of cash, or get lucky and find a good sale price on new speakers.
 
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He never mentioned discounted stock. Anthem AV always jacks up the price of their new models over the old models.

If Anthem AV starts marketing a new model for +$500 more than the old model, the old model will look like a bargain.

Before he mention that, I assumed he sold Anthem AV recievers, but I didn't ask. The saleman was merely letting me know Anthem AV was coming out with new models.
Audioholics just released some details on new models. Lots of folks requesting independent sub outputs and it looks like theyve finally got it with this new generation. As a 720 owner Im not sure if this new generation is worth the upgrade (yet).

 

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Hmmm. 15 channels on the preamps. I kind of wonder why Marantz hasn't taken the 7706 beyond 11.
 

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Seems to me in the residential market these crazy channel counts are just marketing fluff. Even Atmos is impractical to all but the most dedicated enthuiasts and, in my opinion, will remain niche for some time to come. More channels are nice, sure, but until we see anything native beyond 7.1.4 any higher channel count is just matrix, and matrix is just plain WRONG. :)
 
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Seems to me in the residential market these crazy channel counts are just marketing fluff. Even Atmos is impractical to all but the most dedicated enthuiasts and, in my opinion, will remain niche for some time to come. More channels are nice, sure, but until we see anything native beyond 7.1.4 any higher channel count is just matrix, and matrix is just plain WRONG. :)
The market is minuscule for pretty much everything above 5.1. That's how its been since EX and ES crashed and burned in the mid-2000s. Really the only thing Atmos has on those formats is its far more widespread in theatrical presentation, Otherwise same old story.
 

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I used to have a 5.1 home theater. I'd highly reccomend at least 7.1 nowadays. Having side speakers goes a long way in the immersive sound experience.

Even if you can't afford additional speakers, at least get a system where you can add more speakers later.
 

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The Paradigm Ultracube 10 arrived and I got it set up.

Been a few years since I had a decent home theater, and adding a high end subwoofer to my soundbar was the best $300 upgrade ever.
(The sub was used, and has been discontinued for years).
Luckily I used own an Ultracube 10, and knew they were built like a brick $hithou5e.

I'd forgotten just how visceral a good sub-woofer was.
 

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