Questions about stands for Paradigm Focus

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  1. Hal_J

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    i have a fresh pair of paradigm focus speakers and the matching center channel. beginnings of an HT set-up in a spare bedroom. hardwood floors. a couple of rudimentary questions about speaker stands, mostly dealing with the base spikes/isolation.

    the goal of these is to decouple the speaker from the floor, correct?

    shouldnt i isolate my center channel from the display? right now it sits on top.

    what are other focus enthusiasts using as stands?
     
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    On Paradigm's website, they show the Focus on what look to be S-26 stands. Sounds about right to me.

    I have yet to hear or even see a Focus yet.

    Spikes minimize transmission of vibration, while keeping the stand coupled. With hardwood floors, you will probably want some spike pads or a piece of woor or tile to put them on.
     
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    thanks john. i didnt know about the focus either. the dealer positioned them as a bridge between mini-monitors and titans in terms of cost and performance. i am by no means an impressive set of ears and i wanted to avoid spending a fortune, and the focus worked great for me. to my ears i preferred them to even the mini-monitors, which cost more. they were more laid back than the titans. i had the guy do all sorts of blind testing with me to make sure i really was choosing them.

    do i want something hard, like wood or something squishy like apartment grade carpet under them? (i think you said wood or tile, but is there a reason for this?)
     
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    I was thinking only of protecting the wood floor, but something solid to keep the stand stable would be good.
    I did some side by side comparisons of the Titans and Minis, since I own both. Overall, the total output is about identical, but the Minis have a smoother sound for music and were able to handle more power. The difference is very subtle, but it is there. I have heard many people say they like the Titans more than the Minis. For movies, set to small, the difference was not so noticable, which is why I am using the Titans as surrounds and the Minis in another room for music.
    A&B customer...? [​IMG] I bought some V2 Minis there over the Thanksgiving holiday.
     
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    Re: A&B
    that's where i got them. they were cool about the fact that i wasn't looking to drop a ton of cash. i basically told the guy, 'look, i know very little and want to spend even less. im a pain int he butt customer who asks lots and lots of questions and likes to ask why. if you dont want to spend a lot of time talking to me, i wont have hurt feelings.' the guy actually spend a lot of time with me and i learned a lot, and still spent very little. they push the yammy receivers a bit but otherwise i dig that shop.
    what subwoofer do you have? i havent done anything with that yet. i listen to the speakers on large and think, 'i dont need a sub!' so i can't wait to get one...
    after that i plan to spend most of my money on having the walls re-sheetrocked. [​IMG]
     
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    I have an old Yamaha sub (YST-SW500), because I am in an apartment and I can't really crank it up. I also like it because it has a remote control for all of the functions - x-over, phase, volume and memory for 3 sets of settings. The remote is great for calibration.
     

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