Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by tomhayes, Feb 10, 2009.
Anyone hear them yet?
i heard the studio 60 V5 at a local shop, there quite nice, i also heard the PSB imagine series (new one) also very nice, im not sure which i like more...
Why does Paradigm change versions so often? I bought the v.2 of the Atom in 2003, and they're up to v.6 now. It makes me think they never get it right when they change things this often.
the studio V5 didnt change too much, just added real wood veniers, added a smaller speaker (studio 10) and made the studio 60 have more drivers but having them all be smaller, paradigms changes to their speakers arent that big just small changes over time
I heard the latest version of Studio 20 (priced at 999$) paired with a MA6500 and they sounded kind of bright.
The music was from Blood, Sweat and Tears, Diana Krall and the latest Steely Dan.
Maybe the brightness was coming from the cds, but all I can say is that I wasn't impressed.
Take that with a grain of salt of course, but at least that is my impressions from half an hour of listening.
Paradigms are on the brighter side as speakers go. I have a set of 5 Studio 40's and
have never been really happy with them.
I think sometimes the version changes are purely cosmetic and probably an attempt to bump sales. I have some Phantoms (V3) and Atoms (V4) in a home theater, and there were no driver or crossover changes whatsoever: just some cosmetic changes.
However, the Atom V5 is quite a different beast with new drivers, probably new crossovers, and a re-worked cabinet.
As to the OP's question: I'm afraid I haven't heard the latest studios. The previous versions have all been impressive though.
yea they are a brighter speaker, i think the PSB imagine was a bit smoother, i'll have to go back for another listen.
That was not my experience. When I was auditioning speakers I shied away from bright speakers. I would up purchasing the Studio 40's (v4) because I found them warmer than most in the same price range.
Just goes to show how subjective listening to music is.
I don't think they are in store yet. They look very nice. By the way, the other day I had a chance to listen briefly to the Studio 20 V. 4. They were driven by Pioneer Elite stereo receiver and CD player. I found them to be quite muddy, disappointingly so. When I mentioned it to the salesperson, he said that the Studio line is not as good as it used to be several years ago.
I think the room has a lot to do with it. I had a pair of Studio 20s, and while they weren't dull, per se, no one would have called them bright, at least, not in my LR. And I'm sensitive to "bright." B&W Matrix speakers did not work in this room, using the same (CD-only) system.
I have a pair of Sudio 20 V3s.Overall I`m happy with them,anyone else have these?
I have a pair and I love them. I would like to upgrade to the Studio 60v5, but I think they are out of my price range. Anyone know exactly how much they are? I wish they still made the 40s, those would be perfect.
I ended up buying a used pair of 20 v4 for my rears. People are selling them cheap now.
My 60sv3 and CC470v3 will be good enough for right now.
Anytime I see a review that says studio monitors are too bright I usually assume it's the CD they are listening to. You can call me mistrusting or whatever but I just find that most all CDs do have the high end jacked up a little on them. Even some of the so called "audiophile" pressings can be too bright.
The Paradigms are decent speakers up to medium volume level. They don't crank well.
I have heard the many different models, auditioned at my home and at the hifi shop and that has been my experience.
I have not heard the new v.5. But according to the salesperson at a local shop which carries Paradigm and other speakers, the new v.5 speakers are inferior to the previous versions. It'll be unfortunate if what he said is true as I think this new version looks really nice.
Totally disagree. It's illogical to make blanket statements like this when there is almost an infinite combination of room acoustics, amplification, and source material out there.
I have 4 Reference Studio 100v.2s and believe me, they crank very well. I have 2 separate stereo Parasound 205wpc amps powering them and they are crystal clean, detailed and pack an immense bass wallop at ear-bleeding levels. In fact I found the Paradigms less fatiguing at high volumes than the B&Ws I compared them against.
Hi Ric - Your Mileage may vary as stated in my post
It is my experience as stated in my post
Nothing illogical there unless your looking instigate
Sorry if you take it personally though. The 100's are a great value and sound nice.
I think it depends on your source. My 20v3 sound great when turned up to about the 11:00 position or so. Not sure how much louder you would want to go. Some CDs don't sound great, but others are very nice. Try Paul Simon's One Trick Pony track 1, Late In The Evening.
I'm interested in the new Paradigm Studio 20v5. The sales guy at my local shop said the main difference from the v4 is the v5 has a real wood cabinet (the v4 is wood veneer) and the body curves like the B&W 805.
Has anyone heard the Paradigm Studio 20v5 against the B&W 685?
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