In looking for speakers in the $3,000.00 range I have narrowed it down to these two models. I am replacing a pair of Infinity Beta 50s and a CSW10 sub which are currently being driven by an Adcom GFA555 amp which am am planning on replacing with Odyessy Audio Stratos monoblocs. i will also be replacing the sub with a Rel T10 or R305. I did all the right things evaluating , bringing my own material, taking notes, and such. But I found it difficult to to hear both speakers in a setting that could be considered equal or real life. Both were auditioned in a home theatre setting and, it seemed to me, both had too many acoustic panels on the wall, making both sound antiseptic. And the Paradigms weren't broken in, further confusing the issue. In spite of this I think the two are very close together in sound quality.
At first glance it appears to be a choice of quality or quantity. I thought B&W had the quality end of the deal. But then i heard B&W spaeaker are made in China. True? There is also the different number and size of bass drivers. I didn't hear a difference but I think this was because of the acoustic panels in the listening rooms. The room I heard the Paradigms in had many more of them. in fact the walls were practically covered with them. Then there is rear port vs front port. My beta 50s are rear port and I have them about five feet of the real wall to control bass. Not the most practical placement in my living room. The Paradigm salesman says this is due to the rear port design. True?
I would appreciate any input that would help me make the final decision or prevent me from maing the wrong purchase.
Thank you in advance.