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warpdrive wrote: correct, they were around $1K new a pair at the time. I think the final MSRP was $1200 before they were discontinued. They are keepers, never selling mine.

I believe The Studio line were some of the best speakers Paradigm ever made (in terms of high quality for still a reasonable price). Even Kal, the chief editor of Stereophile used the Studio 60 V5 as his personal speakers.

I chose these because they have a front port and it's covered up when you put on the grill. Once I had a set of B&Ws, and some spiders decided to make it a home. Looked inside the rear ports and they were stuff trapped and living in there. Grossed me out.
Studio v5 series are legendary. After that, Paradigm went upmarket in price but could never really compete IMO.
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najibs wrote: Studio v5 series are legendary. After that, Paradigm went upmarket in price but could never really compete IMO.
Yup, some of their newer expensive speakers actually don't even measure well, which has been a Paradigm trademark at the very beginning....ruler flat FR, just like the early Energy speakers
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MandomRix wrote: House hippos are known to poop in back-ported speakers.

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Damn, I should check if my house hippo left anything in there
RFD is not just about saving money, it's about the thrill of the hunt and getting the stuff I want without paying full price like Joe Shmoe did.
This applies to everyday items as well as high end items that I don't really need.
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waloshin wrote: Which Sunfire for 85% music listening in a 12x12 room. Thanks
SDS-10 would probably be perfect. I have the 8 and the 12 in two different spaces. The 8 is lovely and musical and the 12 moves my goddamn floors.
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najibs wrote: Studio v5 series are legendary. After that, Paradigm went upmarket in price but could never really compete IMO.
My 5.1 home theatre system are the Paradigm Special Edition from 2009-10. A one series combination of Studio and Monitor line. Keepers indeed.
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PaliGap wrote: My 5.1 home theatre system are the Paradigm Special Edition from 2009-10. A one series combination of Studio and Monitor line. Keepers indeed.
I had a pair of SE1 in Piano black finish. I think they cost me around $600 all in brand new. Great bang for the buck
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Dr. Grinch wrote: SDS-10 would probably be perfect. I have the 8 and the 12 in two different spaces. The 8 is lovely and musical and the 12 moves my goddamn floors.
Thanks
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I'm really tempted by these due to previous experience with a pair of floor standing KEFs, that I had to get rid of after a move to new digs.

Right now I have a pair of Fluance Signature bookshelfs I paid $100 for on my fireplace mantle coupled with a Polk Audio sub (only for a bit of bottom end) on my Bryston B60 integrated amp. One would think speaker positioning (4ft height and about 18" from the wall, 6 ft apart. The room is 12 x 40 with 10ft ceilings.

Generally only listening to Spotify and various FLACs through a Dragonfly DAC and sometimes CDs through a vintage Rotel. I'm generally very pleased, and when people are over they tend to say they hear things they have never heard before and are wowed by the soundstage (which I attribute to the Bryston). I would expect better highs with the KEFs but thinking they would be too high up.

Wondering if anyone has experience with the Fluance bookshelf and the KEFs to tell me if I should go for it :-) as I also want to upgrade the TV and the TV audio setup.
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randomroyalty wrote: I'm really tempted by these due to previous experience with a pair of floor standing KEFs, that I had to get rid of after a move to new digs.

Right now I have a pair of Fluance Signature bookshelfs I paid $100 for on my fireplace mantle coupled with a Polk Audio sub (only for a bit of bottom end) on my Bryston B60 integrated amp. One would think speaker positioning (4ft height and about 18" from the wall, 6 ft apart. The room is 12 x 40 with 10ft ceilings.

Generally only listening to Spotify and various FLACs through a Dragonfly DAC and sometimes CDs through a vintage Rotel. I'm generally very pleased, and when people are over they tend to say they hear things they have never heard before and are wowed by the soundstage (which I attribute to the Bryston). I would expect better highs with the KEFs but thinking they would be too high up.

Wondering if anyone has experience with the Fluance bookshelf and the KEFs to tell me if I should go for it :-) as I also want to upgrade the TV and the TV audio setup.
I doubt there would be a huge difference.
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Does anyone want to sell me an individual q150 so I can use it as a center?
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So, I purposely skipped ordering this time. In for the next time.
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Just tested this back to back with my 15-year old Athena AS-B2.1 and was disappointed.

The KEFs definitely had more bass but it was loose and boomy. The difference in highs were night and day; the vocals on the KEFs sounded muffled in a blanket vs the Athenas

Happy of have had the comparison that my trusty Athena's can still keep up with speakers from today.
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sonick wrote: Just tested this back to back with my 15-year old Athena AS-B2.1 and was disappointed.

The KEFs definitely had more bass but it was loose and boomy. The difference in highs were night and day; the vocals on the KEFs sounded muffled in a blanket vs the Athenas

Happy of have had the comparison that my trusty Athena's can still keep up with speakers from today.
I had those speakers for many years.

Your review doesn't compare soundstage amongst other things that the kef is known for. Also, what was the configuration? You mentioned bass, so sounds like you were running subless?/
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b31770 wrote: I had those speakers for many years.

Your review doesn't compare soundstage amongst other things that the kef is known for. Also, what was the configuration? You mentioned bass, so sounds like you were running subless?/
Yes, I am running subless, just a 2.0 setup.

Didn't pay much attention to soundstage, it did seem wider, however because the highs were so muted the placement of vocals and other instruments are not as clearly placed/defined.

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