Recommendations : Bookshelf Speakers Paradigm or others

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  1. Mark Richter

    Mark Richter Stunt Coordinator

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    I am torn between a few speakers

    My Choices are :

    Paradigm Titans

    Paradigm Monitor 3 or 5

    HomeTheaterDirect Level 3 mains

    B&W DM303

    B&W LM1

    These are going to be paired with a Mirage BPS150i subwoofer and is going to be used for an apartment setup for music ( classical, pop, country, and rock) and for small home theater using an Oknyo mini system w/30w per channel in a bedroom.

    Thank you all for your help.

    I have a budget of $400 to spend.

    Post links of other speakers you might know of.

    NO BOSE, JBL, INFINITY, or other Mass Market speakers please.

    Thank you again
     
  2. John Garcia

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    For TWO or more speakers?

    If you only have $400 for new, then I believe both the Monitor 3 and 5 are pushing or out of your range already. The Mini Monitor would be the best choice at an MSRP of $350. I feel the Mini does a better job than the 3 (for music anyway) and the 5 is a bit better than the Mini.

    However, most of the speakers you mentioned will not work very well with a low powered amplifier.
     
  3. Mark Richter

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    Prices are for a pair give or take about $50

    Since I am in an apartment I cannot use a full fledged receiver I have to make due until I move in 6 months but do not want to change speakers later. I do not really listen at real loud levels. Usually what I would estimate to be about 95db max.
     
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  5. Mark Richter

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    Correction 75db sound level NOT 95 like previously stated. Sorry
     
  6. John Garcia

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    The only problem is, an underpowered receiver could much more easily damage speakers that require a fair amount power to drive them. I'd probably go for a pair of Titans which could be used later as rears (that's what I'm using them for) or be traded in for Minis, 3s or 5s later. I believe most Paradigm dealers have the trade-in policy, less than 1 yr old can be traded for some percentage of credit towards higher models.
     
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    You might want to check out the speaker shootout at:
    http://www.cheaphometheater.com/index.asp
    The Swan's were very well regarded, and they are right at your price point.
    And I'd would agree with John, the Mini's do a great job.[​IMG]
    Ed
     
  9. Rich Malloy

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    Axiom M22TiSe, $340 shipped from audioshop. Since yours is an underpowered amp, you should note that these are rated at a 95db efficiency. And I'd love to hear some comments as I'm considering it, too!
    A review: http://www.soundstage.com/revequip/a...niam22tise.htm
    (IMO looks better in the "Boston Cherry" finish!)
     
  10. Mark Richter

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    Thank you for everyone's opinions.
    I went with the Home Theater Direct Level 3 speakers due to the fact that I can try them for 30 days and return them if I do not like them for any reason for a FULL refund including shipping for a first time buyer.
    http://store.yahoo.com/htd/index.html
    Thank again
    - Mark
     
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