I saw, and briefly heard, the big Personas at Audio Solutions here in Indianapolis. Damn gorgeous! Sounded plenty good as well...
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I heard the Persona B's this past summer. They were good, but they didn't blow me away. Particularly impressive was the amount of bass coming out of that small box. Timbre-wise, pretty neutral. A solidly engineered speaker, that--for me [YMMV]--didn't have any particular magic. Although this is an unlikely face-off, I thought they were better than the B&W CM10 Mk2 that happened to be residing in the same room.
As one of the proud Persona displaying dealers let us answear a few of these questions.
The Persona's are superb for Theater, their clarity and wide dynamic range make them ideal for this purpose, they also have a fantastically wide sound stage.
There was an outstanding review of the Persona's being used in a full surround sound setup.
As per being blown away by the Persona B they are quite remarkable however, it does depend on what you are driving them with, they are very high resolution speakers and they will shine if driven by the right electronics
so if they were not being used with a top of the line receiver or being driven with cheapie wire, or just shoved on a shelf they are not going to reveal everything they can do.
If you have any specific questions please feel free to reach out to us.
Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ
I'm really interested in the new Paradigm Persona speakers; but all the posts in this forum are focused on 2 channel music. What about home theater? Paradigm even makes a Persona center channel speaker. Also, why no discussions of the Persona Bookshelf?Jasenkent welcome to Audiogon
Unlike many of the other audio sites that regulate dealers and manufacture from blatant self promotion this site is under new management who, it seems, have discovered commercial self promotion may contribute to their equipment listing service. Regardless there is a great deal of helpful people here.
There are a very few dealers who have taken advantage of this climate and one of them has responded to your question. You'll notice twoleftears contributed a personal opinion followed by some qualifying positive comments.
This dealer meets even the slightest negativity directed at the products he represents with an amplifier solution without even asking twoleftears what associated equipment was being used.
There is a Home Theater Topic in the menu. Being new here you may want to list the equipment your currently using and the sonic goal you may be reaching for. Do you listen to LPs or just digital/video?
I've owned three top line Paradigm speaker systems. While the Personas clearly exceed the Studio and S system I owned they still have a lack of cohesiveness and the time and phase characteristics of my current speakers. These are subtle attributes that I find as musicality. Its not about the highs and lows but rather a musical reality.
In my opinion this level of imaging and musicality is wasted on Home Theater. My dedicated HT is a Pioneer Elite receiver, seven Triangle Comet speakers, a basic 15" earthquake subwoofer, and the reality that its only TV.
In my opinion this level of imaging and musicality is wasted on Home Theater. My dedicated HT is a Pioneer Elite receiver, seven Triangle Comet speakers, a basic 15" earthquake subwoofer, and the realityCouldn’t possibly disagree more.
And to answer the original post — they are incredible for home theater. I just wish they would make a smaller more affordable center with only two woofers.
I need some advice from an experienced person.
I have Prestige 75F fronts, 45C, 15B surrounds, SVS SB16, and 7 Paradigm Millenias as surround back and heights. All powered by Denon X8500H.
I am considering upgrading the fronts to Personas, but I have so many questions in mind...
1) If I upgrade the L/R only to Persona, would the system still work well together for movies? Can I postpone replacing the center, and keep the Prestige 45C for now?
2) The 5F is so appealing to me, but the 3F is much more gentle on my budget. How would they compare together? Is it just a little bit more dynamic range and lower frequency, and that's it? Would the 3Fs paired with a decent subwoofer compare well to the 5Fs?
3) Will the 3F/5F blow me away compared to my Prestige 75F?
After I decide what I will do with the speakers first, I will have to think about upgrading their amp, and maybe consider a stereo preamp as well.
I know I am asking too much, but you seem very well aware of the Persona, and your advice and guidance will be so helpful to me.
Thanks in advance,
After hearing the Persona at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in September, I would strongly consider them for a home theater setup if I could afford them. The most important speaker for home theater is the center, and that Persona center speaker is a beast, and the dialog intelligibility should be great. For home theater, I can't see much reason to go any larger than the 3F for the front L/R channels.