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bball09124
06-18-2009, 08:38 AM
A pair of Paradigm Monitor 7 towers and a CC-350 center channel. Still have to build a shelf above the TV for the CC. I believe this is my best deal on audio equipment to date, even better than my Kicker Solo-X for $170.

Here are some crappy webcam pics.
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Twistid
06-18-2009, 08:40 AM
Nice, where'd ya get them at?

LoggedOut
06-18-2009, 08:51 AM
how do they sound?

bball09124
06-18-2009, 09:22 AM
how do they sound?

Great. I previously had some PG RSD's in some cabinets, so they are the only thing I have to compare them too. The RSD's were boomy and bright compared to the Monitor 7s. I haven't heard much to compare the Monitors to, but they sound very natural. Basically "perfect" in regards to how I imagine they should sound.

I am very happy with them. But, like I said, I've never heard any other good towers so I'd probably be impressed with any high quality brands.


Nice, where'd ya get them at?

Craigslist.

its_bacon12
06-18-2009, 04:48 PM
Can't beat a sweet deal.

Scoobydoo
06-18-2009, 06:03 PM
i had the same setup years back, but also had some monitor 5's for surround with some acurus components, loved the sound

decided to go a little smaller and now have atoms, cc-200, adp-70 with a denon receiver and dont think i will ever part with it

Rich B
06-18-2009, 06:05 PM
Great deal.

That center channel alone is worth twice that!

DB-Audio
06-18-2009, 06:09 PM
nice cant beat that deal unless they paid you to take them

Scoobydoo
06-18-2009, 06:10 PM
i think i paid $450 for the monitor 7's and $350 for the cc-350 back in 1999

wish people around here on craigslist had good deals

this is what i have...800mhz, 20gb, 128mb ram for $300, wtf?
http://greenbay.craigslist.org/sys/1227998142.html

SSS 18734
06-18-2009, 06:26 PM
Good deal. I have that same center channel. Very nice unit. Take it apart - the mids are beefy as hell!

I picked it up along with a pair of Athena AS-F2's, a pair of Athena AS-F1's, a Yamaha Receiver, and two huge boxes full of monster cable for only $150 :D

Best $150 I've ever spent!

bball09124
06-18-2009, 06:35 PM
Ah, had it cranked for the first time to really do some listening and my Dad's 30 year old receiver is on it's way out. After 10 minutes of listening both channels start to cut out. Now I just need to find a good deal on a receiver. I am debating whether to buy something cheap off craigslist or go with one of the Onkyo units with HDMI and video upscaling and all that.

Scoobydoo
06-18-2009, 06:37 PM
Go with Onkyo or Denon they both match well with Paradigm speakers, I have used both on mine

dacheatham
06-18-2009, 06:40 PM
sell me the CC for 70 and you monitors were free!

bball09124
06-18-2009, 06:44 PM
sell me the CC for 70 and you monitors were free!

Man, I wish I already had a nice home theater setup, I would flip this stuff and make a few hundred bucks. Unfortunately (haha) for me I am going to keep this stuff a while and enjoy it. :cool:

JimJ
06-19-2009, 12:02 PM
Ah, had it cranked for the first time to really do some listening and my Dad's 30 year old receiver is on it's way out. After 10 minutes of listening both channels start to cut out. Now I just need to find a good deal on a receiver. I am debating whether to buy something cheap off craigslist or go with one of the Onkyo units with HDMI and video upscaling and all that.

Stereo or multichannel receiver? What model is it? :)

jco1385
06-19-2009, 12:08 PM
denon avr ftw :)

bball09124
06-19-2009, 03:16 PM
Stereo or multichannel receiver? What model is it? :)

Hitachi SR-903

Is it junk or would it be worth the cash to fix it up?

JimJ
06-19-2009, 06:15 PM
I don't see too much on it out there. If it was a Kenwood, Sansui, Pioneer or Marantz, I'd say go for it.

I'm willing to bet that what you're hearing are bad electrolytic caps, they tend to go after 30 years.

bball09124
06-19-2009, 08:59 PM
I don't see too much on it out there. If it was a Kenwood, Sansui, Pioneer or Marantz, I'd say go for it.

I'm willing to bet that what you're hearing are bad electrolytic caps, they tend to go after 30 years.

It was a quality receiver back in the day. How much would those caps be and how hard would they be to replace?

All I see on ebay is a magazine from 1977 that featured it.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Stereo-Magazine-Fall-1977-Hitachi-SR-903-Onkyo-TX-8500_W0QQitemZ120434520743QQcmdZViewItemQQptZVinta ge_Electronics_R2?hash=item1c0a74f2a7&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1205%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

JimJ
06-19-2009, 10:57 PM
Cost would depend on their sizes...but PE would stock them, or Mouser/Digi-Key.

They're pretty easy to replace. All you need is a soldering iron and desoldering bulb and wick.

bball09124
06-19-2009, 11:57 PM
Well, is it safe to say that the EC's are definitely the problem? I took the case apart, they are Nippon Chemi-con 80V 6800 uF. I can solder well enough, but if there's a chance that the EC's are not the problem then I'd rather not buy new ones. Any way to test em?

JimJ
06-20-2009, 12:18 PM
They may not be the only problem, but I can almost guarantee the dieletric is toast after that length of time.

Guess you could test them with an LCR and ESR meter, but without them on hand, not really.

moo_awn
06-20-2009, 12:58 PM
Great find, I thought I found a good deal the other week when I bought a pair of Infinity Primus 250 towers, a pair of Primus 150 bookshelves, and a Primus 25 center channel, all in like new condition for $220. I think you have me beat.