I'm facing a major decision over the course of the next few weeks: whether to live with Polk LSi9 or Vandersteen 1C or Paradigm Studio 20 v4 speakers in a 2 channel-only music system. The Vandies and the Polks are onsite. The Paradigms are another option.
Some background: I listen to all kinds of music. The room is a dedicated listening room, 20' x 13' x 8', rather "dead" (wall-to-wall carpeting, a carpeted back wall, some sound treatments, and books of various sizes lining the reflective side walls, very minimal glass area, double sheetrock walls).
I'll be using an Onkyo DX-7555 cd player, a Parasound Halo P3 preamp, and a Parasound Halo A21 250 watt amp.
I understand that the short answer will be, "Listen to the speakers, and pick the one that you like best!" However, I've lurked here, and value what others who may have more experience than I have might have to say about their impressions of all three of these loudspeakers: pluses, minuses, likes, dislikes.
Personally, I don't need a lot of bass. The only thing that I want to avoid is "painful" treble or shrill highs. Mainly, I'd like some modest speakers that I can enjoy for a long time without a compulsive feeling of a need to upgrade!;)