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Paradigm Reference Signature Series 5.1 (S6,C3,ADP,SUB 1) Speaker Review: Discussion Thread

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Summary: Paradigm has delivered an exceptional product in the v.3 Reference Signature series. Whether it's the music they're reproducing or the boxes they came in, everything about these speakers exudes class. Are they an expensive example of boutique quality gear? Absolutely! However, the S6 v.3's are the finest sounding speakers I have ever heard priced below 10,000/pair, and the SUB 1 is a monster in its own right that is easily the best subwoofer I have ever heard. While I can't recommend the C3 based upon my experience, every other component in the system was tremendously impressive. I don't recommend you run out and buy these right now, unless of course the MSRP is pocket change. For the rest of you however, I strongly recommend that you at least audition Paradigm Reference speakers and consider for a moment: how much time do you spend in your car driving on a yearly basis versus in your living room or home theater? Many of us wouldn't blink at spending seventeen, or even thirty thousand dollars on a vehicle. Why should we be so offended by the idea of spending the same amount of money on the possession most of us probably spend the most time with?

Paradigm's generous review loan has answered a longstanding set of questions for me. What does seventeen grand sound like? If you asked me that question prior to the arrival of Paradigm's S6 based review system, I would have probably said a waste of money. After several weeks of painstaking tweaking, listening, agonizing and enjoyment I started to find myself understanding the question a bit better. What value did I place on hearing things I had never heard before in my tired old recordings? How much was it worth to have friends come over and spend two hours with a massive grin on their faces as the Paradigm's did their job with whatever film we had chosen? Finally, what was it worth to have my wife repeatedly ask me to turn it up instead of down? Am I willing to spend that kind of money on audio gear? After hearing these speakers, the answer is a simple and emphatic, YES!


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Every time I think of Madlax, I just think

"Uhmaiyii uhmaiyii uhmaiyiiyaiyaaaa"

>_>;
 

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Yeah, that's overused a little, but it's a great soundtrack. I'm generally fond of the good anime scores.
 

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I am very happy with my Paradigm Sig's as well. I have worked my way up through the range from the Monitor series over the years.

Thanks for the review - it is an enjoyable and informative read.
 

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Great review, Dave. I have owned Paradigm, and loved them. Keep up the great reviews. Have fun. Dennis
 

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I really didn't want to send these back. Thankfully, I'm sure Paradigm will have bigger and better things to review in the future.
 

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Great review, Dave! Thanks for taking the time to do this.

I strongly recommend that you at least audition Paradigm Reference speakers and consider for a moment: how much time do you spend in your car driving on a yearly basis versus in your living room or home theater? Many of us wouldn't blink at spending seventeen, or even thirty thousand dollars on a vehicle. Why should we be so offended by the idea of spending the same amount of money on the possession most of us probably spend the most time with?
You have me thinking back through the years... I never realized it before, but I have almost always had more $$$ wrapped up in my systems than my cars. :dumbcrazy:
 

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Dave, Awesome Review!!! Wish I could here something like that in my own room. Glad you had the opportunity! Keep it up and enjoy.
 

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Great Review. Now if only I had the money... I'll be taking donations all day. :T
But again, the review was superb Dave. Look forward to seeing more
 

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Thanks for the review Dave, nicely done.....

I am very curious about the issue you had with the CC though.... perhaps you could go a bit more into depth on what you found.... I have both the C5 .v 2 and C3 .v1 - and have never felt the same way you spoke of either of these.....

We have had a few GTG's at my place and compared the Studio 100 .v4's against the Rocket 850's and they were extremely close in nature, but the Sigs were quite a step up in both performance and SQ to either of those - 100's or 850's....

Again thank you for the time you took to write that article... The Sigs IMO are some of the best products I have come across and I would have an extremely difficult time giving them up in either system..
 

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Nice review Dave, now you did forward those speakers to my home address for further testing didnt you?

seriously though, I have a set of Paradigm monitors that I love, I cant imagine what these $17k speakers sound like
 

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Nice review Dave, now you did forward those speakers to my home address for further testing didnt you?

seriously though, I have a set of Paradigm monitors that I love, I cant imagine what these $17k speakers sound like
They sound sublime, that much I can assure you of.
 

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Great article thanks! Now to find somewhere to audition these...
Paradigm's dealer locator works quite well, but if you're having a hard time let me know and I'll make some inquiries.
 

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Great review Dave! I love the look of those speakers, I can only image how they must sound!

Are you considering a Turbo upgrade for your MFW-15?
 

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One SubMersive may not do a better job than two decent subs, which the MFW-15's are.

Edit: I see the doubles are in your audio system, not the HT.
 

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In my search to audition Focal I was able to listen to the S8 with the C5 center. After listening to the speakers, I can better understand the review and why Paradigm owners feel good about their speakers. I am curious though as to what Paradigm owners think about the S6 versus the S8 and whether the S8 is worth the extra $2000 (roughly). Unfortunately they didn't have the S6 in the store but I was curious to know how close the S6 with a good sub would be to the S8 also with a sub.

Thanks.

Bob
 
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