Paridigm center speaker match-up problem

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  1. Scott David

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    Recently I've purchased a 50" Sony WEGA TV and the SUGW1 stand that goes with it. They certainly look nice together, but it leaves me with a problems regarding my speakers.

    I have an older pair of floorstanding light wood-colored Paradigm 7semk3's. I've had them for ten years; still love 'em and they still sound great. Aesthetically they don't exactly match the TV/stand set-up, but the main problem lies with the shelf space on the Sony stand. There's simply no room to set anything taller than 5 1/2" or so on the upper shelf that would be the ideal space right below the TV for a center speaker. As far as I know, the only center speaker Paradigm makes that would fit is the Cinema CC series center, at 4 1/4" in height. However, that does not "match" the size or sound field of my floorstanding 7se's. Would that kind of discrepency matter that much in terms of sound field, or should I invest in the matching Cinema series speakers (or perhaps a pair of front Atoms or Titans) to go with that center?
     
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    The Cinemas don't match up with anything else in the 'Digm lineup. The Performance and Monitor lines sort of sound similar, but are not a perfect match. The 7SEs don't really match anything in the current Monitor lineup either, due to the fabric tweeter used on that previous generation. I wouldn't let the shelf dictate the speaker.

    Other options might be stand or wall mounted, or on top of the TV?
     
  3. Scott David

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    To a large degree (space, etc.), the shelf has to dictate the speaker. The larger Paradigm centers would be way too big to sit on top of the Wega; the only other possibility would be to sit it on the bottom shelf of the stand, where there's a bit more room, but would put it further south of the TV; not sure if that would be a big deal.
     
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    Oh man I just sold my cc200 center that I orginally bought with my 7semk3s. I think that that was no taller than your height requirements.
    I would check Ebay for these. I have seen them on there from time to time.

    ps. Don't you just love those 7se's? They should have never gone to the stupid titanium tweeter.
     
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    Chris,

    Thanks for going through the trouble of finding that link on eBay. The only problem: I already own the CC-200, which I purchased when I bought my 7se's, and unfortunately it is a tad too tall for that upper shelf. If I want to stick with Paradigm (which I'd like to), I would either have to stick that on the bottom shelf, or invest in the Cinema 90's, which I had demonstrated in a store in Atlanta. They sound incredible for such small speakers...even though they still can't touch the 7se's.
     

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