|Paradigm Monitor Series 5.1 Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Bryan Dailey|
|Tuesday, 01 July 2003|
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As good as this system is at performing all of the things I asked of it, I found it to be at its best with the volume really cranking. This is true of most speaker systems, but when you are in the price ranges that the Monitor series system falls into, chances are these speakers are going to find their way into apartments/condos where opening the volume up full throttle isn’t a option. A system featuring smaller speakers such as Energy’s Take 5.2 or Morel’s Applause 5.1 system might be a necessary option for extremely small rooms, where balls to the wall sound is not a necessity. Paradigm also has smaller systems to fit in smaller spaces.
I also found the subwoofer to be a little slow and boomy for my tastes. I’ve become quite accustomed to hearing Sunfire’s smaller subwoofers, and the Paradigm tended to be fractionally slower in its response time. However, I have yet to audition a Sunfire sub in my room with its tall ceiling, so it’s quite possible that some of my issues with the subwoofer were largely a result of my room’s acoustic characteristics and my limited placement options. What I did appreciate about the subwoofer was the fact that there are a multitude of setup options and a very functional crossover that allowed me to finally dial it in to a level that worked for my room.
It’s easy to be jaded when you’ve listened to some of the most expensive audio/home theater systems in the world, but the Monitor series was in no way a slouch. Thinking back to a few “home theater in a box” systems I have had in the past, stepping up to the world of higher-performance speakers was an exciting prospect, and the Paradigm Monitors fit the bill perfectly. They are versatile speakers with a great selection of tower options and colors. They benefit from many of the advances that Paradigm has made in their high-end Reference line, yet are easier on the pocketbook. When it’s time to make your first step from theater in a box to the big leagues, you can’t go wrong with Paradigm’s Monitor series.