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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    I've heard the Persona series at shows and my experience is similar to Mike's, finding them to be uncomfortably bright. Some may find them 'extremely revealing' but they sound completely unnatural to me. Don't know if you have any experience with the 10Audio review site, but you might want to check out his review of the Persona B monitors. 10Audio is a relatively small scale one man review site, but he doesn't often pan gear in his reviews with several products being awarded 10/10 LPs. His rating of the Persona Bs at 2/10 LPs is quite telling.

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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    Quote Originally Posted by Iansr View Post
    I'm in the market for some new speakers. If nothing else comes along then I'll be buying some Salon 2s. However I'm very intrigued by the Personas, not least because Paradigm use the same design parameters as JBL / Revel (based on Toole and Olive's research). There are no Personas in the UK where I live, so I'd be interested to hear from anybody who has heard the 5F or 7F as well as the Salons . . . .
    Hi, I'm a speaker manufacturer, so take this with a grain of salt...I would strongly recommend you audition whatever speaker your eyes desire, with your own music.
    Bass response will be heavily influenced by the room/placement etc, but the the mids and highs characteristics should come through regardless (barring shenanigans by demonstrator), especially with familiar music, so you have something of an anchor. Do not judge solely by new, unfamiliar music. In the end, after all the friendly advice perhaps steering you to audition X, Y and Z, it should be your own ears that are the final arbiter. I understand that auditioning is not always easy, especially if there are no dealers around, but the audiophile road to nirvana is littered with those who rued the day they bought without auditioning. The price level and differences of speakers mentioned surely warrant the cost of a train or plane ticket somewhere, IMO.

    cheers,

    AJ

    p.s. If you've seen the measurements of both brands within the last 5-10yrs, you will see a significant divergence from the Toole/NRC(80s-90s) model days, FWIW.

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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    I have the salon2's and demoed the persona3f. I like that the persona 3 is about 1/4 the size of the salon2's and the pair I heard had a few hundred hours on them and we're reasonably smooth but they didn't image as tight as I expected and in that regard I prefer the kanta2. if your room can accommodate the salon2's go for it. I also heard the f228be in the same room with the same gear I bought my salons from and again if you have the room the salon2's the way to go

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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    Hello,

    I have the Persona 9H since March, drive by a SET amp with 50 watts class A. The sound is very natural and not bright at all. The duration of my listening sessions are long and without any fatigue.

    Nuno

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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    Welcome to the forum Nuno, thank you so much for joining.

    Sorry for the delay.
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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    If your room is less spacious, The Salon 2's little brother, Studio 2s, might be an excellent choice.

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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    If you are considering the Adante's then give a listen to the PSB T3's ($7500pr) if you have a local dealer. They are smooth and organic sounding, neutral with just a hint of warmth. No harshness from the tweeters. They image well and have good air and transparency. The bass is tune-able as they have 3 separate woofers and bass sections with ports that you can plug. They do go down to 24hz but I find they sound better with my 2 subs and tue bottom bass ports plugged. All the reviews compare them to speakers costing $15K to $20K. I bought a pair 2 months ago and they have finally broke in after about 85 hours.

    However, the Salon's are great sounding speakers, can't go wrong with them.

    AJ, I wished you were close by as I would have liked to hear your speakers.
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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    Quote Originally Posted by Mechnutt View Post
    AJ, I wished you were close by as I would have liked to hear your speakers.
    It's going to be OMG bitter cold in Minnesota Feb 8th-10th. Just saying...

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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    Just curious there in the UK if you heard the Monitor Audio Platnum or KEF Reference speakers. I personally like the KEF Ref over the Blades, the Ref being warmer. Platnums come off a very dynamic, I find them a fun listen. I like the Salon 2, which IMO fit somewhere between the prior speakers mentioned, in sound character.

    A friend had Salon 2's with Levinson in a large room and spread apart, they sounded great. Another friend had a set in a mid to small room and it wasn't flattering. He finally did get them sounding decent, interestingly, by adding a sub and using a crossover to cut some of the bottom off the Salons. Unfortunately, I don't know what the frequency was.
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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    friend of mine has just done some demo`ing of a few speakers and chosen the monitor audio platinum , very good value and excellent sonics
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