Pulled the trigger on the M100's

Posted by: ArthurC

Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/07/13 08:02 PM

Hey all. New to the forums and a recent Axiom customer.

I have been meaning to upgrade my main floor stereo speakers for some time and recently pulled the trigger on a pair of M100's at the end of July (just went with the standard black oak finish) . I had been leaning towards M80's but now I'm glad I waited. Some of the other finishes looked great but the wife is okay with the similar finish on the speakers they replace so I'll spend the money upgrading something else (perhaps a new power supply and DAC for my Squeeze box... see below).

I'll be interested in seeing how they compare against the 13+ old PSB Tower T5's they replace. I'll be driving them with my all-Rotel system (RB-1080 amp). I'm also interested to hear how they compare with my home theatre mains (Totem Forests driven by an Anthem AVM50[equiv, upgrade] and Bryston 9B SST2). I'm expecting some serious bottom end improvement as well as more volume (the wife likes to crank it when cleaning).

I'm also an avid fan of the now-defunct Squeezebox devices. I've been using them since they first came out (still have the first gen device as a keepsake though it's disfunctional now). I have several models of them of throughout the house all driven by my Linux-based server with all-FLAC audio. I have a few spares so hopefully I'm good for years to come. Seems Sonos would be where I'd go to if they started dropping like flies. There is some movement in the Squeezebox community so perhaps we'll have an open solution by then.

Anxiously awaiting my tracking info now.

/Arthur
Posted by: whippersnapper

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/07/13 09:20 PM

Way cool! Welcome and enjoy -- they're gonna be glorious, I suspect. Of course, we'll want a thorough review.
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/07/13 09:26 PM

Welcome! I look forward to reading your comparisons, and to learning more from you.
Posted by: CV

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/08/13 01:14 AM

Congratulations on the purchase! I look forward to your impressions of the M100s.
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/09/13 02:44 PM

Added some outriggers too now. Guy I talked to expects mine to ship mid-next week. Apparently some M100's are starting to go out today.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/09/13 02:51 PM

If they don't have M100's available, would you take four M50s?
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/09/13 08:49 PM

Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
If they don't have M100's available, would you take four M50s?


They'd have to throw a 4 channel amp in too.

/a
Posted by: Murph

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/12/13 07:41 AM

Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
If they don't have M100's available, would you take four M50s?


Aghhhh, your making me relive last years cup size changes all over again.

You've seen it before but if you watch it twice it's like a double double.
Posted by: a401classic

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/13/13 06:37 AM

"... not available in your country" What??!~?
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/13/13 09:26 AM

Originally Posted By: a401classic
"... not available in your country" What??!~?


Got that too... and I'm in Canada!
Posted by: a401classic

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/14/13 02:33 AM

Fixed ya... tim hortons
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/14/13 12:27 PM

Murph, if "cup size" makes you think first of Tim Horton's, we need to talk.
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/14/13 01:47 PM

Better than jockstraps.
Posted by: fredk

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/14/13 08:15 PM

Originally Posted By: ArthurC
Originally Posted By: a401classic
"... not available in your country" What??!~?


Got that too... and I'm in Canada!

Only available in the country of PEI.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/14/13 08:31 PM

Awesome! I'm jealous. Post pictures.
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/14/13 08:45 PM

Originally Posted By: terzaghi
Awesome! I'm jealous. Post pictures.


Will do. Awaiting my tracking number. Unfortunately, not looking like I'll get them this week. I kinda hoped to drive the neighbours crazy this weekend. Oh well.
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/21/13 06:38 AM

Update: Day 21. Still no tracking info. At this point, looks like next week earliest as even if they shipped today, I doubt they'd make it by the weekend. Web page still claims "ships in 7 business days". I suspect that must not be a realtime-updated value as I'm skeptical of that for the M100's until the apparent backlog is cleared.
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/22/13 03:31 PM

Got an email with a tracking number this aft. FedEx claims delivery by tomorrow. W00T!
Posted by: Socketman

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/22/13 10:04 PM

Lets hope FedEx delivers. Would be nice to have them for the weekend.
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 11:29 AM

Delivered, unboxed, and listening to few initial songs. Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Rush - Tom Swayer too. Initial impressions are:

- massive speakers! The wife's eyebrow certainly spiked when the boxes were pulled from the delivery van.
- significant improvement over the speakers they replace. Bottom end is amazing. Neighbours are gonna hate them.

Will be revisiting many CDs over the next bit it would seem.

/a
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 01:05 PM

Awesome!

Any pictures of the delivery, hauling into the house, your wife's "raised eyebrow," unboxed speakers, etc?
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 02:24 PM

Yes took some pix. Just need to find a place to park them. Investigating.
Posted by: Socketman

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 04:04 PM

Originally Posted By: ArthurC
Delivered, unboxed, and listening to few initial songs. Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Rush - Tom Swayer too. Initial impressions are:

- massive speakers! The wife's eyebrow certainly spiked when the boxes were pulled from the delivery van.
- significant improvement over the speakers they replace. Bottom end is amazing. Neighbours are gonna hate them.

Will be revisiting many CDs over the next bit it would seem.

/a


That sounds a lot like stinkeye. Glad they made it to ya before the weekend. Enjoy

PS : We expect a full review with pictures as well.

Richard
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 04:22 PM

Some pix.
Here's when the first came in the house. Crappy photo.


Here's a picture of the boxes after they're unpacked. The cabinet behind is 56" tall.


Here's a quick pick of me working on installing an outrigger.


Here's a comparison in size between the PSB Image T5 (older model) and the M100.


Here's the M100 in place with all grills on.


Stripping off the top grill.


Stripping off the middle grill.


And finally, completely naked.


The upgraded system.
Posted by: J. B.

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 04:26 PM

this is super!

i am tempted, but the tweeters would be too high for my ears as i sit only about 6 ft from my M80s.
Posted by: exlabdriver

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 04:43 PM

JB - just get a high chair.

You sit higher & can have your meal while listening, ha!

TAM
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 06:16 PM

Wow!

Thanks for the pictures!
Posted by: SBrown

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 06:51 PM

Originally Posted By: J. B.
this is super!

i am tempted, but the tweeters would be too high for my ears as i sit only about 6 ft from my M80s.


It wouldn't matter....trust me!
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/23/13 10:02 PM

Am I the only one who played "Bump and Grind" music while the speaker was stripping it's grills? smile

Thanks for the posts...and for making me want them now!
Posted by: J. B.

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/24/13 06:38 AM

Originally Posted By: exlabdriver
JB - just get a high chair.

You sit higher & can have your meal while listening, ha!

TAM


my younger mother occupies the high chair.
maybe i should stand up, so the tweeters are at
about the right hight (sic)!
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/24/13 07:31 AM

Listening to Diana Krall's - Love Songs this morning. Very detailed. Love the sound of the upright bass. Big tweeter improvement. Can hear more fret noise and jangling strings. Coffee somehow tests better too. Go figure.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/24/13 07:52 AM

It's important that you blind A/B the coffee....
Posted by: ArthurC

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/24/13 08:31 AM

Must be the new power cord on the grinder.
Posted by: dakkon

Re: Pulled the trigger on the M100's - 08/25/13 11:31 PM

Originally Posted By: ArthurC
Must be the new power cord on the grinder.


you weren't using a premium power cord.... Oh, what you've been missing.... it will be much bolder, and have much more body now...


oh, shit... i can't keep that crap up... but! i think i gave it an honest effort...?