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#134243 - 04/03/06 06:19 PM Bookshelf hell!
aladinsan Offline
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Registered: 04/03/06
Posts: 16
Loc: Chicagoland area, IL
A few questions:
Which Axiom speaker (M3i vs. M2i) would work best with a sub setup?
Looking for recommendations for a sub that is equally cost effective(?).

Will they perform at the level I hear at local shops?
B&W 600 series / Paradigm Studio 20 / Vienna Haydn type of speakers

Lastly, how will they perform compared to an Energy RC-10?

I am leaning towards a M21 with a good sub.

Equipment: Anthem 200 power-amp with a Carver C-16 pre. I play a wide range of music and still play vinyl.

Thank you for any advise on this subject.....

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#134244 - 04/03/06 06:43 PM Re: Bookshelf hell!
danmagicman7 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/05
Posts: 1467
The M22's do an excellent job. Numerous reviews state that for you to get anything noticably better than the M22's, you'd need to spend significantly more money. You won't be dissapointed with them.

How big is your room?

The HSU STF-2 is an all star performer as a sub. It is, in my opinion, the best bang-for-your buck subwoofer. With music, that is almost undisputed. For movies, a few other subs jump into position but the HSU STF-2 is a very musical sub.

It retails for $400

HSU STF-2


I listen to music in straight stereo mode on my reciever with my M22's and STF-2 and couldn't be happier.
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#134245 - 04/03/06 06:48 PM Re: Bookshelf hell!
aladinsan Offline
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Registered: 04/03/06
Posts: 16
Loc: Chicagoland area, IL
Thanks! Are the M22's the same as the M2i's?

Room: 19 X 21 w/ 20'+ ceiling

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#134246 - 04/03/06 06:52 PM Re: Bookshelf hell!
danmagicman7 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/05
Posts: 1467
No, the M2's have only one 5.25" driver.

The M22's have 2 of them. They are the taller bookshelf.

The M22 is axiom's best bookshelf.
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#134247 - 04/03/06 07:09 PM Re: Bookshelf hell!
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6722
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
That's a pretty big room for any bookshelf speaker to fill. If at all possible I would be looking into a tower speaker.
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#134248 - 04/03/06 07:31 PM Re: Bookshelf hell!
danmagicman7 Offline
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Registered: 12/16/05
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M22's plus a sub will cost just about as much as M60's.

Thing is wid, wouldn't the sub + m22's fill the room better or about the same as the M60's?

Speaking in musical only terms.
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#134249 - 04/03/06 08:57 PM Re: Bookshelf hell!
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6722
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
I would have think for a room that size a set of floorstanding speakers would be able to acheive high spls. I would also have to beleive the M60 or M80s would give a much fuller sound.
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#134250 - 04/03/06 09:20 PM Re: Bookshelf hell!
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3922
Loc: Up yonder
Book shelf speakers can not do what a tower can. Not even with a sub. I've experimented with my 22's and while they are a great little speaker, they are exactly that......a little speaker.

Get the 60's. Pick up a sub at a later date when you have more cash.
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#134251 - 04/03/06 09:29 PM Re: Bookshelf hell!
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6722
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

That's pretty much what I would have figured.
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#134252 - 04/03/06 09:42 PM Re: Bookshelf hell!
spiffnme Offline
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Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 5214
Loc: Los Angeles
That is a pretty large room. You'd be asking an awful lot of a bookshelf speaker to fill it. I don't think I'd even try to get the little M2i to try it. I have a pair of M2i's and love them, but it's not fair to think they'd fill a room that large.

I suggest you get a pair or towers (M60ti from the factory outlet) and enjoy. If you really want more depth, save some more coin, and get a sub down the road.

Bottom line...that room is too big for a small bookshelf speaker.


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