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    Wink Paradigm Atom monitor v.6 amazing value!


    I just wanted to post my own review of my new speakers, I am no pro audiophile by any means, so here goes. One day I got the wife to come and audition speakers with me we spent the whole day driving and listing to all kinds of speakers. At the time I had some Polk R series and was starting to notice they just sounded muddy and wanted something different, but did not have a allot of money to spend. So we listened to a ton of speakers, the problem was that to make a dramatic improvement over my Polk's everything we listed to was going to cost $1,000 just for the front's. So after a long day and lots of driving we stop in at our local high end shop, which was only 20 minutes from our door step . There we asked what they had in their lower cost range the salesman pointed us toward the Atom's. My Jaw hit the floor he played night moves by Bob Segar, it sounded like he was in the room singing to us. Up to this point my favorite speakers were the mirage 0s3-fs which were $500 each. While the Mirage speakers did an amazing job filling the room with sound IMO the little Atom's blew them out of the water in terms of clarity, these guys sound so amazingly clear. While I am sure the serious audiophile will disagree, these things put out allot of bass especially when you consider the size and it is amazingly smooth and detailed. I have heard the term "these speakers are fast" when reviewers write about there auditions, and never really understood that statement, well now I do. As for price these guys can be had for around $300, as for a matching center channel try the cc-190 for $275. So for under $600 you can have an audiophile front sound stage . I have read some people say the Atom's can compete with speakers costing three times as much, and I have found that to be true. SO for those of you thinking of upgrading or looking for something smaller go give these a listen.
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    Ty for the info. Love me some Seger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caliberconst. View Post
    I just wanted to post my own review of my new speakers, I am no pro audiophile by any means, so here goes. One day I got the wife to come and audition speakers with me we spent the whole day driving and listing to all kinds of speakers. At the time I had some Polk R series and was starting to notice they just sounded muddy and wanted something different, but did not have a allot of money to spend. So we listened to a ton of speakers, the problem was that to make a dramatic improvement over my Polk's everything we listed to was going to cost $1,000 just for the front's. So after a long day and lots of driving we stop in at our local high end shop, which was only 20 minutes from our door step . There we asked what they had in their lower cost range the salesman pointed us toward the Atom's. My Jaw hit the floor he played night moves by Bob Segar, it sounded like he was in the room singing to us. Up to this point my favorite speakers were the mirage 0s3-fs which were $500 each. While the Mirage speakers did an amazing job filling the room with sound IMO the little Atom's blew them out of the water in terms of clarity, these guys sound so amazingly clear. While I am sure the serious audiophile will disagree, these things put out allot of bass especially when you consider the size and it is amazingly smooth and detailed. I have heard the term "these speakers are fast" when reviewers write about there auditions, and never really understood that statement, well now I do. As for price these guys can be had for around $300, as for a matching center channel try the cc-190 for $275. So for under $600 you can have an audiophile front sound stage . I have read some people say the Atom's can compete with speakers costing three times as much, and I have found that to be true. SO for those of you thinking of upgrading or looking for something smaller go give these a listen.
    Which exact model did you get? Bookshelf or towers?
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    The exact model is the Paradigm Atom Monitor v.6, they are book shelfs. I was going to post pics of mine but always have a hell of a time figuring out what size I need to make the image in order to attach it. Here is a link http://www.paradigm.com/products/par...s/atom-monitor
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    Quote Originally Posted by caliberconst. View Post
    The exact model is the Paradigm Atom Monitor v.6, they are book shelfs. I was going to post pics of mine but always have a hell of a time figuring out what size I need to make the image in order to attach it. Here is a link http://www.paradigm.com/products/par...s/atom-monitor
    Hi caliberconst.,

    Try this: view the image you want on the Paradigm website and then copy its URL. Then in your post here click the <Insert Image> button and insert the copied URL. Voila:



    Yours,

    David

    (Nice speakers, btw!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by caliberconst. View Post
    The exact model is the Paradigm Atom Monitor v.6, they are book shelfs. I was going to post pics of mine but always have a hell of a time figuring out what size I need to make the image in order to attach it. Here is a link http://www.paradigm.com/products/par...s/atom-monitor
    yeah, I think those are probably some pretty sweet sounding speakers. I've read about them. How is the imaging?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    yeah, I think those are probably some pretty sweet sounding speakers. I've read about them. How is the imaging?
    Have the upgrade bug Gos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mytime View Post
    Have the upgrade bug Gos?
    Uh - yes I do. It's hard for me to call it an upgrade though. My Klipsch sound great. They're just big and I have no alternate placement options in my house. I'm looking at smaller speakers, but I can't compromise and deal with less accurate sound. Not sure what to do...
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    To me the Imaging is mind blowing! When I wrote this review it was intended for people like you, as I said for anyone wanting to step up to something better or wanting to step down the size of their speakers. You really should go give these a listen gos!
    Magnepan, B&K, Emotiva, HSU

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    Hey Gos another one to check out might be the psb alpha b1's or b15's I have heard great reviews of these too, saying they compare to speakers costing three times as much also. Coming from klipsch though I think you would prefer the Paradgim's.
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    Those are nice; you should hear the Titans. Well worth the extra $300
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntruder View Post
    Those are nice; you should hear the Titans. Well worth the extra $300
    I've been looking at the Titans actually. So, what would be an average price for a pair of Titan's????
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    Paradigm and PSB are always way, way up there in value for dollar. What is it with Canadian speaker companies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trent.memphis View Post
    Paradigm and PSB are always way, way up there in value for dollar. What is it with Canadian speaker companies?

    I love speakers.
    hahaha - I think they are THE coolest part of a system. I'm fascinated with them too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    hahaha - I think they are THE coolest part of a system. I'm fascinated with them too.
    They are. And nothing makes a bigger improvement in the sound of your system than a speaker upgrade. I totally agree with Dave Wilson: build your system around your speakers.

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    There's the rub. If I only had the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trent.memphis View Post
    They are. And nothing makes a bigger improvement in the sound of your system than a speaker upgrade. I totally agree with Dave Wilson: build your system around your speakers.

    If I had the money, I swear I would collect speakers.
    Yeah, I am so mad that over the years I have not kept all my speakers. I believe I've had at least 5 sets that qualify as "good". Each time, I sold them to upgrade. I used to have some Polks - they were so sweet. They were wedged shaped. No clue what they were. They had a shiny black surface. Just real nice speakers. That was back in 1986 I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mytime View Post
    There's the rub. If I only had the money.
    Yeah, that part rubs us all.

    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    Yeah, I am so mad that over the years I have not kept all my speakers. I believe I've had at least 5 sets that qualify as "good". Each time, I sold them to upgrade. I used to have some Polks - they were so sweet. They were wedged shaped. No clue what they were. They had a shiny black surface. Just real nice speakers. That was back in 1986 I think.
    Wedge shaped Polks? I don't remember those. IIRC, '86 was the era of the Monitor series -- from the 5 Junior Plus up to the 12 (I think), and the big SRS towers. My first pair of speakers were 5B's, which I still have and use in my bedroom system. The only unusual shape I can remember was the 12 (or maybe the 10?), that had the tweeter in a separate enclosure on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    I've been looking at the Titans actually. So, what would be an average price for a pair of Titan's????
    Average price? $600/pair. Anything cheaper and you're doing well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trent.memphis View Post
    Yeah, that part rubs us all.



    Wedge shaped Polks? I don't remember those. IIRC, '86 was the era of the Monitor series -- from the 5 Junior Plus up to the 12 (I think), and the big SRS towers. My first pair of speakers were 5B's, which I still have and use in my bedroom system. The only unusual shape I can remember was the 12 (or maybe the 10?), that had the tweeter in a separate enclosure on top.
    When I say wedge, I mean they were wider at the bottom and gradually got narrower at the top. Kind of remind me of the Hancock Tower in Chicago. lol
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