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#274617 - 10/09/09 08:23 PM Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch
SpeakerFreak Offline
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Registered: 08/01/09
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I have a question, never owned good speakers before. This year I bought Monitor 11 and RF82. I run them them as my A and B speakers together and I like the sound. I am interested in the M80, they have a nice look to them and I have read the reviews and I am looking for an honest answer. I will likely look for someone in my area so I can listen to them and would also like Alan Loft's opinion. So my question is, what kind of difference in sound quality would I hear if I purchase the M80 in comparison to what I am running now. Is it a little difference, alot of difference, what would be the differences in bass, midrange, treble, clarity, tightness, etc. Would it be worth it for me to sell my present speakers and replace them with M80. Anyway, that's my question and like I said earlier I am looking for an honest answer. Thanks for the input.

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#274619 - 10/09/09 08:50 PM Re: Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch [Re: SpeakerFreak]
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Welcome to the forum SpeakerFreak.

I consider Paradigm and Klipsch both very respectable speaker manufactures. To say you never owned good speakers before might be bit of an overstatement.

You should be able to get some good feedback because it seems alot of people around here have listened to both the Klipsch, Paradigm and Axiom line of speakers.

Cheers!
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#274621 - 10/09/09 09:56 PM Re: Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch [Re: BlueJays1]
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Registered: 08/01/09
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Hi, thanks for the input. Although I did not mean to imply that I think my current speakers are not that good, I just meant these are the first decent speakers I have ever owned. I am very happy with the sound, just want to make sure I am getting the best sound. So if I was going to get better sound, clarity etc then I would consider changing.

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#274623 - 10/09/09 10:23 PM Re: Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch [Re: SpeakerFreak]
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Never heard the Klipsch but have A/B'd Monitor 11s with M80s and the M80s have better detail and bass extension, IMO.
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#274624 - 10/09/09 10:24 PM Re: Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch [Re: SpeakerFreak]
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SF, welcome. You apparently run the Monitor 11s and RF82s in parallel, located next to each other, and playing simultaneously. If so, I don't think that any of us could give a precise judgment on such a setup. We may have heard one or both of those speakers, but certainly not in a parallel setup.

I'll speculate that it sounds impressive in comparison to what you had in the past, but that a conventional setup with excellent speakers such as the M80s would sound even better. Of course this is just guesswork, but there's nothing more that I can honestly say. Hopefully you'll be able to find an audition(check the list in the audition thread, of course), or consider trying the M80s on the 30 day home trial.
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#274651 - 10/10/09 11:38 AM Re: Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch [Re: JohnK]
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My friend has some Klipsch RFII ????, can't remember the model number. My previous M60's and current M80's are really in a different league in overall sound. It is my understanding the Paradigm Studio series is similar to Axiom sound.
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#274657 - 10/10/09 12:33 PM Re: Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch [Re: SpeakerFreak]
alan Offline
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Registered: 01/29/02
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Hi Speakerfreak,

Paradigm's Monitor series is quite good; I think you'd find the M80s a bit more neutral and natural, with smoother more extended bass. Paradigm's floorstanding speakers typically have a bit of a hump in 100 Hz to 200-Hz region to "goose" the bass so it will be apparent to shopppers in retail stores. I don't care for that much and once said as much to Paradigm's designer, who replied, "Yeah, I know, but the dealers love it." (I'd told him that if he just got rid of the fat hump in the bass, it would be a really excellent speaker; this was after some double-blind tests when I was editor of a Canadian magazine.)

Anyway, the M80s are very similar to Paradigm's Studio series.

Now, Klipsch. I've never liked any Klipsch speakers because they use horn-loading on the tweeters, which of course increases the efficiency and SPL output, but also makes strings, vocals and other upper midrange stuff somewhat harsh and aggressive. I suspect you'd notice quite a difference between the Klipsch and Axiom's M80.

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#274670 - 10/10/09 06:09 PM Re: Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch [Re: alan]
Adrian Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
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Loc: It's all about the location.
The M80s are similar to the Studio 100s imo(bass, imaging, detail). The Klipsch I found were quite strong on the low end(which I liked) but the higher freq's became difficult for me to listen to for more than 15-20 minutes.

Most Klipsch speakers are 2-way or 2 1/2 way are they not?

I liked the Paradigm Monitor 11's as well, good price/performance.


Edited by Adrian (10/10/09 06:11 PM)
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#274675 - 10/10/09 09:07 PM Re: Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch [Re: Adrian]
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Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 4
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their answers and opinions, they are all very helpful. I have not made a final decision yet but I am definately more informed now. Hopefully soon I will get to listen to them, and that will provide me my answer. Thanks again.

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#274840 - 10/13/09 11:33 AM Re: Thinking of Axioms but own Paradigm and Klipsch [Re: SpeakerFreak]
snazzed Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 201
Thank you for making this thread! I had the very same question on my mind but I was going to wait until I had heard more Speaker Lines.

I was somewhat impressed with the Studio's clarity but not so much with the Price Tag! If the Axioms are comparable to the Studio Line, that's good enough for me!

Now I've also heard another Mid-fi line, by Focal. I've never heard anything like their entry-level floorstanders before. Maybe the sales-guy lucked out on the position when he set them up but they had an amazing lack of presence. By that I mean the soundstage and imaging were so good I almost couldn't look at the speakers. My eyes kept going to the "location" of the vocalist or guitar. If I recall correctly the detail was above average but not amazing, and they were a little light on the low-end.

I don't suppose anyone can compare Axioms to the Focal Chorus line? I listened to the 714's.

Thanks again
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