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Old Jan 2, 2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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iMac Speakers: Paradigm vs B&W

Hi everyone! So I finally decided to invest in an actually nice speaker system instead of just using the internal speakers of the iMac.

Right now I'm considering..
-Bowers and Wilkins MM-1 $500 - Really like the design and compactness of the setup and the fact it doesn't require a sub.

-Paradigm Millenia CT $700 - Highly rated everywhere and can also be used as a TV system. However I am skeptical for using this with my iMac since I feel this is a more dedicated system for Televisions, not really sure though.

Any input would be greatly appreciated thanks!
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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Why not the paradigm shift speakers?

http://www.paradigm.com/shift/powered/A2/index.php
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 03:59 PM   #3
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Yeah I guess I could go for less expensive speakers too, Audioengine A2s or A5s or the Paradigm Shift speakers as well. I just was leaning towards the B&W MM-1 because they have a long standing reputation for making great audio products, the design is really sleek, and everyone who owns one seems to be pretty happy with it (for $500 they better be!).
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Yeah I guess I could go for less expensive speakers too, Audioengine A2s or A5s or the Paradigm Shift speakers as well. I just was leaning towards the B&W MM-1 because they have a long standing reputation for making great audio products, the design is really sleek, and everyone who owns one seems to be pretty happy with it (for $500 they better be!).
Same could be said with Paradigm. Their "normal" speakers have always been highly regarded.

That being said, you really can't go wrong with either.
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The Paradigm Shift speakers do look really nice, but if I jump for the Millenia CT I could also use it for my TV and add to my sound bar (potentially).. not sure if I'd actually go through the trouble of doing that though. I guess I have a bit more research to do
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I don't have the B&W speakers (though I will consider buying them in the future as I love the design and the sound is superb).

However, I do have two pairs of their headphones, the P5s, and the P3s and I can say that they are easily the best, most stylish, comfortable, portable, beautifully made headphones with superb sound quality that I have ever owned.
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Why not the paradigm shift speakers?

http://www.paradigm.com/shift/powered/A2/index.php
I've never seen these before and they look pretty sweet. Anybody have any experience with these?
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 04:00 PM   #8
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Can't really go wrong either way so it comes down to taste. I personally would also look at near field pro audio monitors when the speakers are intended to be used in front of the computer and at relatively close range.
A pair of active KRKs or Mackies can be had for less than the B&W or Paradigms and are as good - if not better depending on what your preferences are.
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