Re: Ikon 6 vs Paradigm Monitor 9
I'm not sure what your preferences are for speakers, but I can tell you that the Paradigm Studio speakers require many hours of break-in before they sound 'right'. I also auditioned the Studio 60 (at the dealer) and was VERY impressed. I ordered a pair and was devastated by how poorly they sounded out of the box. It literally took a few hundred hours before they bloomed. I eventually traded them for a pair of Studio 100's and had severe buyers remorse because out of the box they did not sound as good as the 60's. However, after several weeks they too opened up and literally blew the doors off the 60's. I've owned quite a few speakers in my day and I had always viewed the notion of speaker break-in as voo-doo - until now. Not only did both models require a long break-in, but I have since discovered through experience that if the speakers are exposed to cool air (<65°) for extended period that the tweeters need about 20-30 minutes to warm up before they sound right. The other discovery I've made about them is that they love power and bi-wire makes a difference. Switching from a 100 wpc receiver to pre/pro and 200wpc amps made a HUGE improvement.
In the end, it's your ears that make the ultimate difference. Buy the speaker that's sounds best for you.