Paradigm surrounds: Atoms or ADP-170's?

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  1. Josh~H

    Josh~H Stunt Coordinator

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    Forgive me for making a new thread on this topic. I've been discussing my soon-to-be-bought Paradigm 5.1 system in at least two separate threads, and I'm trying to consolidate my thoughts into a more focused thread. This thread.

    I'm going to audition Paradigm Atoms, CC-170, ADP-170's, and PDR-10. This setup fits nicely within my budget, and unless I'm dissatisfied with the audition, I'll likely make a purchase in the next 2 days.

    It appears that Atoms may be cheaper than the ADP-170 surrounds. I know the ADP-170 features a dipole design in order to create a more diffuse sound for surround duty. With my current lousy rears (old sony satellites), the surround track always seems decidedly localized. I suspect that the dipole design of the ADP-170 would probably serve me better, especially since I'm going to be using this system almost 100% for DVDs movies.

    But my Yamaha A/V has 6.1 DTS-ES Discrete/DD-EX...and given that the Atoms are cheaper than the ADP-170's (I think), I might be able to get Atoms all around -- including rear center -- for about the same price as a 5.1 set with ADP-170's. The addition of the rear center Atom could complete the rear stage and mitigate the localization effects of 2 direct speakers for the L/R surround.

    Is my logic sound? What advice can you offer? Any been-there-done-that stories?
     
  2. David Sorenson

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    I'd stay away from the Atoms as the new plastic back has significantly reduced the sound quality. Can't comment on the ADP series. If you go with direct, make sure the model has a wood back.
     
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  4. Kevinkall

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    I have the Atoms with the plastic backs and they sound GREAT! My Paradigm dealer hasn't carried the wood back Atoms for awhile. This is the first time I've heard anyone mention this and I've read a TON of reviews on these.
     
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    I would still recommend the Atoms, out of all the reviews I've read this is the Only time that I've heard of this. I think it was a BIG issue you would have heard it mentioned before. It may just be a matter of taste. You should go and give them a listen, see what you think. I bet you'll fall in love with them just as I did.
     
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    Are these Atoms great sounding speakers? I am looking at replacing some Bose cubes currently being used as surround sound speakers?

    How would these Atoms match-up with Bose 601's. I have a Paradigm sub that I like. Are their other speakers pretty good?

    Sorry if these questions sound basic, but I'm new to the forum and am trying to improve my HT setup.

    Bill
     
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  10. ChrisWiggles

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    Um, the atoms would EASILY replace those Bose 601s. No comparison at all. Forget about using the as surrounds, stick the lousy 601s in the rear, and put those atoms up front, IMO.

    Ans as for David's mention of the plastic back, I dunno WHAT he's talking about. The atoms are an absolutely amazing bargain. As for whether to go 170 or atoms, depends on your priorities and how much you're willing to spend. Obviously the ADP 170s are more $$, so you should go audition with both and see whether the more diffuse field is worth it.
     
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    I just looked up the Atoms on the internet and just to make sure we are talking about the same speakers here are these the little speakers that require a stand?

    If so, than LOL there is no way these little speakers are going to out perform my Bose 601's. I think they would do well as surrounds if they are as good as everyone says they are, or maybe as mains in a very small room. Where can I listen to these atoms? Does best buy or circuit city carry them?

    Bill
     
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  13. Josh~H

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  14. Josh~H

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    ...for the second time in this thread, Kevin beat me to the punch! [​IMG]
     
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    In my very first home theater setup I was using Paradigm Atoms all the way around with a PS-1000 subwoofer and I was always amazed by the quality of sound these incredible little speakers projected into my listening area. I am one of those people who strongly believe the Atom to be the best bang for the buck speaker on the market.

    I now own a house with a rather spacious area and have upgraded to the Studio 60's, Studio CC, but I still use the Atoms as surrounds. I just can't part with them!

    William do your self a favor and find a dealer near you and give them a listen.

    reagrds,

    greggor
     
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    hey dude one thing is stay away from the micros. i did not like the sound of them. im going to be upgrading them in the beginning of next month. to eaither adp 370 or mini monitor
     
  17. ChrisWiggles

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    Yes. We are talking those small little atoms for 189/pr. They better the bose 901s. Go listen. You'll NEVER go back to bose, you won't regret it either. Good luck! [​IMG]
     

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