Wharfedale Emerald 97's vs Paradigm Monitor 7's

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Joe Hsu, May 10, 2002.

  1. Joe Hsu

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    I was just wondering what the comparison was between these two sets? I haven't heard the Wharfedale's in person before, but I've auditioned the Paradigms. The Paradigms seem to be more expensive, but there was another thread in here about the Wharfedales, and lots of people had good things to say about them.

    Any input is welcome, thanks!
     
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    Hello Joe,

    I own the 97's and also have heard the Monitor 7's. The Emeralds are less adept at bass handling but are by no means slackers. Their speciality is within the mid-range and tweeter. As the Wharfedale people have described them, they have a "dry, acoustic character with a revealing and flawless transparency." I've yet to come up with a better description. I find the 97's more musical but I happen to love silk dome tweeters. The Paradigms are a little harsher to my ear with the Titanium tweeter but overall are a more modern design for better HT usage. They are also twice the weight while almost the same size dimensionally.

    What makes the difference between the two significant is street price. I paid $128 apiece for the Walnut 97's on Ubid. Even with the high shipping cost this is the best purchase I've ever made in A/V.
     

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