Questions from newbie re: Paradigm speakers

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Dietrich Loos, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. Dietrich Loos

    Dietrich Loos Auditioning

    Apr 1, 2004
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    I just bought a new receiver/speaker set-up that consists of the following:

    Denon AVR 3805
    Paradigm Mini Monitors (front)
    Paradigm CC-370 (center)
    Paradigm ADP-370 (surround)
    Paradigm PS-1000 (sub)

    My first question is, is this a properly matched speaker package? I listened to it at the dealer and compared it to other combinations and I thought it sounded great, and I think it sounds great in my basement, but I'd appreciate any thoughts as to whether any piece of the package doesn't fit with the rest.

    I still have my old system sitting around the house, that I'll be looking to sell if I can find anyone interested. It consists of the following:

    Denon AVR 3300
    Paradigm Atoms (front and surround)
    Paradigm CC-170 (center)
    Paradigm PDR-10 (sub)

    My second question is, rather than try to sell my old system as a package, should I keep 2 of the Atoms and run some wire to the back wall for a 7.1 set-up? Will the Atoms suffice for 7.1 rear surround duty? Will the Atoms match the rest of my set-up? If so, will I notice enough of a difference watching movies with the 2 Atoms in the rear to make it worthwhile to figure out how to get them mounted back there?

    I apologize in advance for the length of this post. I don't know much about the "technical" aspects of home theater, which is why I've found this forum to be so helpful. Any thoughts?
  2. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

    Aug 19, 2002
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    Yes, that looks like a properly matched package, but I'd go for a PW1200, or a Servo 15 as the sub instead, or even better, get an SVS PCi sub.
  3. John Garcia

    John Garcia Executive Producer

    Jun 24, 1999
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    I'd opt for Minis instead of the ADPs and Monitor 5s as mains instead of Minis, simply for cost reasons and the fact that I prefer monopoles to bi/dipoles for surround. The Minis are good, but the 5s have much more presence than the Minis. I agree about the sub too, there are SVS and HSU subs in the same price range that will outperform the PS1000.

    Yes, the Atoms would make good rears in a 7.1 setup.

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