Progress is great, except when it’s not. By now, you’ve probably read a lot about Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the nextgeneration object-oriented surround standards, and pondered what they mean for your system. But maybe the news that height-enriched surround sound has finally come of age is bittersweet to you. What if you love your existing speakers and don’t want to let go of them? Which matters more: upgrading to the latest and greatest or holding onto the tried and true? You might prefer to stick with your existing 5.1- to 7.1-channel system and tell progress to take a hike.
Brothers and sisters, we are in the same boat. I love my speakers and want to keep them. Not only do they bring me daily pleasure, but they’ve been a big part of my work as a reviewer. When I evaluate speakers, I am always tacitly comparing their voicing with that of my Paradigm Reference Studio 20 v.4 speakers, which measure fairly flat and sound neutral to my ears. Furthermore, any receiver I review has to credibly power my speakers. The Paradigms have been my reference for nine years, and changing my reference isn’t a matter I take lightly. I won’t do it until I find a worthy successor. And the search has barely begun. It may take years. I’m not sure if it will ever end.
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