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#5034 - 08/21/02 06:34 PM Merak MT66 vs Axiom M2ti
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Registered: 08/21/02
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I am considering both of these sets of speakers, both made obviously by the same company you know and love. I recently purchased the Merak MS8 subwoofer for $80 Canadian. I am building a system for my computer. So am I correct in assuming the Axiom M2ti ($200 Canadian shipped) would sound a lot better than the Merak MT66? (which are available locally for the low price of $129/pair Canadian!). Thanks for any help....


Edited by dvdvideo (08/21/02 06:36 PM)

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#5035 - 08/22/02 07:16 AM Re: Merak MT66 vs Axiom M2ti
ravi_singh Offline
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i see you have been shopping at radio shack!

it is true, Merak is selling for the lowest prices ever.

if i were you, i would get those mt66. the m2i is very good, but won't push out as much sound and is way more expensive than 129$ CAD a pair (that's 148 with tax).

go give them a listen. i've heard them and for 129$ they're a steal. i almost bought a pair just because they are so inexpensive, even though I have no where to put them!

However, if you have the money, get the m22ti's.

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#5036 - 08/22/02 10:09 PM Re: Merak MT66 vs Axiom M2ti
dvdvideo Offline
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Thanks for the input, I may just go snag a pair now. Hope I can find a set new in box.

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#5037 - 08/23/02 03:15 AM Re: Merak MT66 vs Axiom M2ti
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Well, I didn't make it to RS today, maybe tommorow. Any other last minute opinions?

Ravi, when you say more sound, do you mean volume? Generally speakering I listen to my music at medium volumes, not loud for the most part. Or did you mean sound quality?

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#5038 - 08/23/02 11:35 AM Re: Merak MT66 vs Axiom M2ti
alan Offline
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Hi dvdvideo,

If you're referring to the little floorstanding Merak MT66, I wrote a review of that speaker, which may be on the Merak web site. It's surprisingly good, and at the price you mention, a bargain. Here's an excerpt from the review: (the mini-monitor referred to is the Axiom M22ti):

"My final stereo tests of the Meraks put them up against a pair of premium mini-monitors from Colquhoun Audio Laboratories that retail for twice the price of the M66's. On musically dense material--(an opera recording with full orchestra, chorus, plus male and female vocalists at full throttle), the M66s sounded a bit shrill and a little veiled. They lacked the superb, uncolored articulation of the mini-monitors and the stereo image wasn't quite as wide or as deep. However, to their credit, the Meraks delivered greater bass heft than the mini-monitors and in most respects gave the expensive speakers real competition."

The thing is, the midrange and highs of the MT66's just isn't as refined or as smooth as the M22ti's, but for anyone on a budget, the Meraks deliver excellent sound for the money. They have excellent bass output to 40 Hz, with lots of heft. Although I didn't compare them to the M2ti's, I suspect the Meraks would have lots more bass output but would lack the smoothness of the M2ti's in the midrange.

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