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#253353 - 03/23/09 11:03 PM Santa Came and my Initial Impressions...
ghost271 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/09
Posts: 75
So my speakers arrived today and like a kid on Christmas morning I rushed to the door. All the boxes looked good until the last one off the truck. It had two large holes in it on one side. The driver tried to pass it off as 'nothing' but I insisted on him marking it down as damaged. I brought them into the garage and then unpacked them in the HT room. I opened the damaged box first with much hesitation on what I'd find. There was no physical damage that I noticed. I took the front grill off I noticed what looked like a 'water stain' on the left and right side of the bottom woofer. I called Axiom and Brent is sending me a new one as we speak.
All the other speakers were in pristine shape and I quickly hooked up my front three. I need to buy a drill and level tomorrow to mount the QS8s. The first BR I threw in was 'Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds-Live at Radio City'. No word of a lie, it sent chills down my back and a few times I was almost moved to tears. I was VERY impressed. Next I threw in 'Transformers'. The effects flowed from one side to the next seamlessly.
I put a few CDs in and ran them 'Direct'. The M60s sang like a smooth songbird on a summer morning. NOT bright at all !

Dialogue was clear and crisp but I have to adjust the settings as the M60s were over taking the 150 during intense action scenes.
I ran the auto setup calibration on my Yamaha and it had the M60s set to Large with a crossover at 120. I changed the speakers to small and the crossover to 80. Now I just have to tweak my sub. I find them to be beautifully clear with tight bass, a vibrant midrange, and a crisp smooth high end.
The M60s remind me of the higher end Energy speakers, but more refined. They do not have the huge engulfing soundstage that my previous Klipsch RF82s had. However. That being said, once my speakers are worn in a bit and I can raise the volume to refference levels, I'm sure the sound stage will increase. Also the M60s are not as fatiguing as my Klipsch were at higher volumes.

I am looking forward to spending more time with these, but for now I cant see myself sending these things back !

Good job Axiom !


Joel
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#253355 - 03/23/09 11:29 PM Re: Santa Came and my Initial Impressions... [Re: ghost271]
LucRaymond Offline
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Registered: 08/21/04
Posts: 308
Loc: montreal,qc,canada

Don't forget that they need time for the break-in. Usually it's a minimum of 48h, it did a difference on mine.
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#253356 - 03/23/09 11:31 PM Re: Santa Came and my Initial Impressions... [Re: ghost271]
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
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Very good, Joel. Yes, you're correct that a volume increase will increase the apparent soundstage. This factor is sometimes confused with being inherently related to the amplifier or other electronics in use, which can have no effect on soundstage unless special processing designed for that purpose has been selected by the user. One caution is that in consideration for your hearing you should be careful in playing at very high levels for more than very brief periods.
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#253359 - 03/24/09 01:00 AM Re: Santa Came and my Initial Impressions... [Re: JohnK]
nickbuol Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 4556
Loc: Marion, IA
Bah... Speaker "break-in" is a myth... It is more of your ears and brain breaking in to the speakers than anything magically changing with the speakers. Proven time and time again, but still a lot of people think that it exists...

As with any setup, there will be tweaking and tuning. Your room configuration and variables will prove to change things as much as the speakers themselves until it is "tamed"... There are all sorts of benefits to that, but for now, just enjoy the quick and easy tweaks that you can do with your receiver and enjoy your new purchase. They are great speakers and you made a great choice...
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#253361 - 03/24/09 01:55 AM Re: Santa Came and my Initial Impressions... [Re: nickbuol]
davekro Offline
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Registered: 02/12/09
Posts: 562
Loc: Discovery Bay, CA
Congratulations Joel! Your excitement is contagious. Mine are due in 2-3 weeks. I am starting to get itchy now! ;o)

Glad you are pleased. Keep us up on your set up process as you adjust things.
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#253363 - 03/24/09 02:14 AM Re: Santa Came and my Initial Impressions... [Re: davekro]
ghost271 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/09
Posts: 75
I also wanted to say that in comparison to the the PSB speakers that I heard, I'd say that these M60s are on par with the Imagines that I had fallen in love with. They were $600 more as well. Dave I have no doubt you'll love these speakers. They are a very neutral sounding speaker and are not bright at all. My Klipschs were bright, but to my ears these are not. I just upped my center output and sounded much better while viewing 'Bangkok Dangerous'.
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Yamaha RXV-663,BD30,HD-A30
Toshiba 55SV670U
M60s
VP150
QS8s

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#253367 - 03/24/09 04:45 AM Re: Santa Came and my Initial Impressions... [Re: ghost271]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
If you look for the serial number sticker affixed to the back of each speaker the fine print will tell you that upon setup, pictures of system must be posted on the Axiom Forum or BrenR will come after you like a spider monkey hopped up on Mountain Dew.

Congrats on the new digs.
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#253370 - 03/24/09 06:09 AM Re: Santa Came and my Initial Impressions... [Re: RickF]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 10966
Loc: Central NH
Rick-
That there's funny... I don't care who you are. \:\)

The Yamaha set the center as "Large" but gave it a 120Hz crossover? That doesn't really make sense!

Glad you're lovin' the speakers but...what? No mention of that new speaker smell?
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#253375 - 03/24/09 08:35 AM Re: Santa Came and my Initial Impressions... [Re: MarkSJohnson]
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13344
Loc: Iowa
Glad you like your new speakers, and as Nick mentioned there is no speaker breakin, however, it may take a little time for your brain to become used to the new sound.
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#253377 - 03/24/09 09:24 AM Re: Santa Came and my Initial Impressions... [Re: SirQuack]
LucRaymond Offline
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Registered: 08/21/04
Posts: 308
Loc: montreal,qc,canada
 Originally Posted By: sirquack
Glad you like your new speakers, and as Nick mentioned there is no speaker breakin,

It depends if he has any kids! \:\)
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