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#394097 - 06/13/13 02:11 PM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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Registered: 06/20/03
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I've found that my patience has improved with age.
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#394099 - 06/13/13 02:33 PM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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Actually I'm getting better at procrastinating; however, my patience is much, much shorter, especially when standing in the cashiers' line at Wama...

TAM

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#394187 - 06/16/13 03:52 PM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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Well, yesterday I spent the day wrestling with baseboards & wiring but my second EP400 installation went very well. Wires are mostly not visible & my pet Canada Goose has a more prominent place that strategically hides a furnace vent there in the floor.

I fear that I've created a mini-disco on my living room, ha! Although it is driven only by my 35W/Ch tube amp, this is a very powerful audio system. Bass dispersion is understandably less centered now & perhaps a little more even throughout the listening area. Overall, it is a very impressive setup that fits well aesthetically into our room. A little tweaking on sub levels is still required as they can easily be overpowering, although the bass is so clean it doesn't get annoying, just too much at times.

Some pics:





Thanks to the entire crew at Axiom for providing such a nice collection of outstanding products. This by far is the best audio only system that I've ever owned - I've had more than a few over the years. Sats/subs are nice way to go & they don't sacrifice if anything much considering their small size...

TAM

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#394199 - 06/16/13 09:02 PM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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Pretty amp and the speakers/subs look good too, nice symmetry with the 2 subs up front like that.
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#394204 - 06/16/13 09:33 PM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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Registered: 07/12/09
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Drill some holes in the duck so the heat can get through .
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#394205 - 06/16/13 09:39 PM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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He is actually sitting just in front of the vent. It is not visible now from the couches but it can still work both for heat & AC...

TAM

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#394210 - 06/16/13 10:02 PM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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Very clean.
Whats the measurement to the top of the speaker to the floor?
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#394223 - 06/17/13 02:24 AM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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The M2s are perched on Axiom 'FMS 24' stands giving a total height of 37.5" to the top of the speaker.

The center of the tweeter is 35" off the floor or within 1" of my measured ear height when I'm seated on the couch; however, they fire over top of us when the cat & I are napping horizontally, ha!

TAM

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#394458 - 06/22/13 01:12 PM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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Well, I dusted off one of my vintage CDs that I use for evaluating my music systems - TELARC's Time Warp - to run through my newly upgraded audio system.

Amazingly it is still available despite being released in 1984. This CD was recorded when digital was still in its infancy & according to the liner notes:

"During the recording of the digital masters & the subsequent transfer to disc, the entire audio chain was transformerless. The signal was not passed through any processing device (ie, compression, limiting, or equalization) at any step during production". "The digital information was not subject to any analog intersteps, thus preserving the integrity of the original digital master".

This indeed is an uncommon recording as most are not done without manipulation of some kind these days. If you want to hear a production that has been absolutely not altered, this is a good one. It is really too bad that TELARC is no more (swallowed up by Concord).

If you get it, be sure to heed TELARC's Warnings - "Damage could result to speakers or other components if the musical program is played back at excessively high levels". That warning probably would still be valid today although our modern gear is more robust.

Info & reviews here:

http://www.amazon.com/Time-Warp-Zarathustra-Jerry-Goldsmith/dp/B000003CTH

My M2s & EP400s sounded simply stunning when reproducing this dynamic CD - dead silence to full bore with tremendous bass at times. Strings were smooth & lush as were wind instruments. The lower end & percussion shook the floor with authority. Overall it was a very pleasing session, so much so that I ran through it several times. It is still in my Denon's disc tray, ha!

This Axiom sats/subs system definitely passed the muster for me, subjectively speaking of course...

TAM

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#395932 - 08/08/13 01:52 PM Re: Audio Only System Renewal [Re: exlabdriver]
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The other night we held our annual BC Days Fireworks Party where we had a bunch of people over to watch the spectacle over our harbour.

After most had departed, a good friend with whom I'd flown with over the years began talking audio stuff. He is an outstanding, meticulous & fastidious individual (but thankfully in a very low keyed manner) who spends his money on rather nice gear whether audio or photography. His audio stable includes - Bryston 3B SST amp, Bryston BP-25 MC pre-amp, Magnum DynaLab MD-100 fm tuner, Linn Sondek LP12 turntable & Paradigm Studio Reference speakers - so it is pretty decent stuff.

He was about to leave as it was getting late but I cajoled him into listening to just one track of Spyro Gyra's SACD 'Good to Go-Go' on my Tubes/SACD/M2s/EP400s audio system. Well, our short 1 track listening session turned into about 5 over the next half hour. Considering that he really wanted to go home, I believe that he was most intrigued with the performance of my simple, diminutive system & the outstanding quality of this TELARC recording. Interesting, as he had never heard of Axiom.

All in all, I think that I've made some pretty wise choices building this system. Makes me happy anyway...

TAM

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