I would suggest Acoustic Energy or maybe Jamo if your Pioneer is bright. A-E is an easy load, designed for budget receivers, and gets rave reviews in British press.
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For a music system in this price range, I'd recommend the Spica TC-60s that are being closed out on AudioAdvisor for $599.
For a combo system, from what you have on your list and considering what you'll be using to drive them, I'd go with the Paradigm Monitors. Musically the Quads are nicer, but they'll reveal the weakness(es) of your Pioneer receiver. They'd probably just frustrate you. Likewise, the B&Ws would sound shrill and edgy with your amplification.
Paradigm is a nice happy medium. BTW - Have you had a chance to listen to them yet? What did you think?
I will be going to a new receiver (NAD T752 or Arcam AVR200) within the next year or so, with that in mind I don't think that I should restrict speaker choice due to an item that won't be a permanent fixture in my system, do you agree?
I am going in to audition the Paradigms a bit later this week so have not yet had time to spend with them. The Quad's have me a bit concerned as I can find NOTHING about their new centre on the internet at all. Not that reviews are the be all or end all, not by any means, but some feedback (especially trying to move away from the incredibly weak centre I currently have) would be nice.
Even if you get a new receiver, I don't know that my recommendation would change.
If you can, find a dealer who sells the NAD AND Arcam and ask to audition the speakers through each respective receiver.
I haven't heard either one of the receivers that you list, but I have owned integrated amps from both NAD and Arcam and I was more impressed by the musicality of the Arcam. The Arcam with a pair of Quads might be pretty nice. You've gotta' listen and find out.
Finally, regarding the Quad center channel. I wouldn't worry about it. It's guaranteed to use drivers matched to the 12Ls. If you like the sound of the 12Ls, then the matched center should be equally good.
Keep us "posted".
I am using quad 11L's currently, albeit with a rega planet and a unison research unico integrated, and they sound great. I have owned paradigm before, and I think the quads are a step up than the paradigms. Later if you upgrade to higher gear, the quads would likely give you better performance. I do think the paradigm might have an edge in home theater. Hope this helps.
Thanks everyone for your responses :)
I did end up making a purchase.... The Quad 21Ls in Piano black for an amazing $1200 CDN!! From Canadian Hifi this amazing price was due to overstock in that colour of the 21Ls.
He still has some left, at that price as well. http://www.canadianhifi.com ask for Rob - Incredibly professional.
I will be posting something more detailed regarding my auditioning process and my impressions of the Paradigm Studio Reference 20s and the B&W 603s, and how I ended up choosing the 21Ls over the 12L & 11L. All of which I auditioned (the 11's with and without a sub, the 11s and 12s on Sound Organization stands)
And I will soon post a "preview" of the 21Ls since there does not seem to be a lot of content on Audiogon regarding these impeccable speakers.
If anyone has any specific questions please let me know and I will try to answer them.