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#238490 - 01/06/09 03:08 PM Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom
blacklab Offline
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Registered: 01/06/09
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I'm looking at replacing my Polk Audio RTi4 (used for rear surrounds in my 5.1) and am looking at getting the QS8 v2 speaker. As well, I'm considering upgrading my centre channel, Polk CSi3. Any comments on comparison between the two rears? Any user comments on the Axiom centre channels? (the vp150 v2 in particular). I realize the possible timbre matching issues with my mains, but would like to know what people think of axioms centers anyways)

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#238500 - 01/06/09 03:20 PM Re: Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom [Re: blacklab]
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I would say if your going to be using Polk for your left/right speakers, you want to get a Polk center. Like you said, you want the speakers to be voice matched, especially for the front stage. To answer your question though, there is nothing wrong with Axiom centers.

The Axiom Qs8's are quadpolar, meaning 4 drivers all firing in phase. This simulates multiple bookshelf speakers lined on walls of movie theaters. Not familiar with the polks, but if they are bookshelf speakers, bipolar, or dipolar, they are a different design and won't give you the same experience.

The Q's pretty much envelope or wrap you in the experience, a bookshelf can't do that.
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#238521 - 01/06/09 04:46 PM Re: Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom [Re: SirQuack]
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I have never had an issue with Axiom's center channels and I have both. They present vocals very clearly, which is usually the reason people start to look for center channels, the ability to reproduce vocals efficiently. There are better centers, IMO but you pay way more for them.
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#238537 - 01/06/09 05:18 PM Re: Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom [Re: SirQuack]
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 Originally Posted By: sirquack


The Q's pretty much envelope or wrap you in the experience, a bookshelf can't do that.


I'm confused, first you were talking about speakers and now it's gone to envelopes and bookshelves?? Yeah, I was gone for a couple days and I'm back with my inane humor.
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#238572 - 01/06/09 07:49 PM Re: Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom [Re: Da_Gimp_Pimp]
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Registered: 09/16/04
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Just don't ask him to put the bookshelves IN the envelopes!

Seriously though, the QS8's are amazing. I will honestly say that I haven't heard the Polks that you mention, so I won't be like people on other sites that slam a brand that they have never heard, but if I was a gambling man, I'd put my bet on the Axioms. Plus you get quad-polar design which makes the surround channels do just that, surround you with sound.
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#238668 - 01/07/09 10:48 AM Re: Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom [Re: blacklab]
blacklab Offline
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Registered: 01/06/09
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The Polk Audio speakers that I currently use for surrounds are very similar to the M2 bookshelf speakers. How big a room do the QS8 speakers fill? I don't have the proper wiring for a 6 or 7 channel set up without running wires all over my living room, so I'm looking for 2 surrounds that will fill the rear sound effects on my HT with ease by themselves.

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#238669 - 01/07/09 10:59 AM Re: Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom [Re: blacklab]
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The Q's fill my 900 Sq Ft room just fine and can handle lots of power in either 5.1 or 7.1 mode. If you don't have the wireing setup for 7.1, then 5.1 would be fine. You still would place the Q's along the side walls slightly behind the seating area.
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#238673 - 01/07/09 11:09 AM Re: Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom [Re: blacklab]
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The QS series are simply amazing surround speakers. Their quadpolar design allows you to feel completely immersed in the sound. The QS8's will present a much more spatial sound than what a typical set of bookshelves will.

The QS8's are designed for large rooms and can handle a lot of power so they would work very well in your room/system.
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#238793 - 01/07/09 05:35 PM Re: Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom [Re: BlueJays1]
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: New Orleans
I recently moved from direct radiating (Klipsch) 8" surrounds to the QS8s. The difference is pretty dramatic in terms of rear imaging. Since getting them, I am no longer thinking of moving to a 7.1 setup as the rear image is so good. Even the move from two 8" woofers to four 5 1/4 did not hurt the depth of the surround image. And in your case, you are actually doubling the woofer space going from 2 to 4 5.25" drivers.

I have not heard the Polks you have, but I can say with some confidence from prior experience with Polks and the reviews I found that the QS8s will exceed the quality you get from the Polks you have, both in terms of sound and construction. Those QS8s are dense little bastards! I'm still waiting for it to rip the t-bracket off the wall when I, I mean Private Ryan, hits the beach.

Just to prove I am not a fanboy, I will say that I was not 100% impressed with the fit and finish of all aspects of the speakers. But my issues were very minor (given the price range) and not visible once the grills are on. (The QS8 is mostly grill as all surfaces, save one, has a speaker on it.)
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#239369 - 01/10/09 03:04 AM Re: Polk Adio surrounds vs. axiom [Re: Zimm]
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Registered: 04/01/03
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Loc: Los Angeles
I've never had any issues with my VP150, and the QS8's are simply the best surround speaker I've ever experienced.

I bought a 2-channel amp and a pair of M2i's to make the leap from 5.1 to 7.1 a couple years back. After about a month, I took the M2i's down and now use them as computer speakers. Sold the amp. The QS8's do such a dang good job as surrounds there was really no point of adding two more speakers to the year.
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