Low profile CC speaker that is good sounding

I have all Paradigm speakers in my home theater.  Have been upgrading them as needed or desired.  The fronts are now Studio Reference V2 and would like something comparable in sound.  Used to have Atoms V2 and the Studios were a good step up from those.  Clarity, bass and dynamics are all much better in the Studios.

Here's the catch.  I have a very nice entertainment cabinet for the electronics, TV and CC speaker.  The space for the CC has ONLY a height clearance of just under 7".  The CC would have to be less than 7", preferably 6 3/4" or less.  There is plenty of room in the other dimensions.  If you do have a recommendation, please give any sound characteristics if you know them.

Thank you,
Good question, mahler123.  First of all, the entertainment cabinet is staying as my wife an I both love the look.  Secondly, after the Polk speaker broke in over 3 weeks, the sound became much improved.  I now have 1 E-Mat+ under the Anthem receiver, and 1 more under the Sony TV, plus 1 on my circuit panel door directly in line with all the stereo and home theater circuits.  The sound is VERY close to the same as the much more expensive Studio 20's except for the amount and deep sound of the bass.  It fits beautifully in the cabinet and should give a whole lot of years of good sound.  My Paradigm CC was 18 years old.



I agree with you about the sound not being as good in a cabinet, but the look is also important to my wife and I in the family room.  She watches the TV most of the day so the speakers better not intrude on the look of the area too much.  

I COULD move the center channel to above the cabinet by making a small shelf for it to sit on.  This would put the CC sound about 12" above the main set of speakers in the surround system.  That would let me get a CC that is the equal of the Paradigm Studio 20 V2 speakers.  That would be a considerable upgrade from what we currently have.  Tempting!

Thanks for your input several months ago.

If that doesn’t violate the WAF that’s absolutely what I’d do.  You’d probably need to angle the speaker downward somewhat to aim the tweets more toward your ears, but that’s not a biggie.  I think if you go with one of Paradigm’s better centers with the tweeter located above a dedicated midrange driver you’ll experience a not small improvement that even your wife will appreciate —I swear my wife’s hearing is better than mine, which pisses me off.  Life’s too short to live with a mediocre center speaker IMHO.  Best of luck in whatever you can get away with!
Thanks soix.  My wife just doesn't care about the sound.  I DO!  That's most likely why she doesn't care.  If I did this, I would probably start looking for a sub replacement of equal quality for replace the Paradigm sub I bought new 18 years ago.  Man, I listened to the surround when I just had 4 Paradigm Atoms and on movies like Jeepers Creepers, I just about jumped clean off the couch on sudden dynamic sounds during the movie.  Jurassic Park already has some very good sound with what I have.  I do think she would appreciate the improved dialog with the better CC speaker.   The sound makes at least as big a difference as a really good picture, which we have.

Thanks again for the info.

15 months later

I put NPS-1260 on the speaker end of the wires along with each power cord in the system.  The contact enhancer has been on for about 6 weeks now.  More lifelike and clear sound with more distinct bass lines.  Dynamics are also improved--not as much as the big rig in the basement by any means, but better sound in most ways. Zero problems from doing this.