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#173027 - 07/22/07 12:13 AM Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist
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I figured we should have a thread discussing features we'd like to see on the upcoming Axiom pre/pro, assuming its development doesn't get stalled at some point. It seems like it would be a very big undertaking, especially given how fast things move in that space. I don't know if they intend to fully embrace the latest and greatest A/V formats or simply provide solid performance of what's been firmly established.

As for me, I'd like to see a GUI that you can view through the HDMI connection, rather than needing to switch to an analog connection like on my current Onkyo receiver. Probably a tall request, but it's a pain, and it defeats one of the points of HDMI when you have to have another connection just to tweak settings. True, you can access the same settings going by just the front read-out, but that can be harder to decipher. Soooo... a snazzy semi-transparent overlay would be cool, but I won't hold my breath, as I don't really know how hard that is to do. Is ANYONE doing that over HDMI right now? I know Sony was showing off what would be their new interface a while ago, but was that able to sit on top of the image on a digital connection? I don't know. I don't really have a lot of experience with the latest user interfaces on receivers and pre/pros.

Customizable audio and video presets for each input. It would be nice to choose what audio/video processing, if any, should be applied, conveniently, with a minimum of button presses. I'm sure a lot of people have specific ways they want to view or listen to their material, but based on what kind of media it is and which player they're playing it on. It would be nice to have that level of customization, and what would be even cooler is the ability to back up those settings to a file on your computer (network functionality) in case you need to reset the unit.

Those are just two things to think about off the top of my head. Now that the ball's rolling, what would the rest of you want to see in a pre/pro?
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#173028 - 07/22/07 07:48 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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My current Yamaha receiver reverts to the last surround mode for each input, which I like.

Since I am constantly playing with my sub and center levels, it would be nice to have dedicated + and - buttons on the remote for each of those. (Currently, I have to scroll through menu's.)

Built-in network connectivity for streaming music from a computer, server, or iPod. (With on-screen display of music library, and full control from remote)

Connections for remote IR sensors. This facilitates AV closets and 2nd zones.
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#173029 - 07/22/07 09:34 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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1) Stereo subwoofer option. Subwoofer L/R outputs can be configured in either mono or stereo mode. In mono mode, the LFE channel is combined with the output from the other channels, and the sum is low-passed at the crossover frequency set for the main, center, and surrounds. In stereo mode, the left subwoofer receives low-frequencies from the center and front/surround left channels. The right subwoofer receives its low frequencies from the center and front/surround right channels. The LFE channel is directed to both subwoofers, and the sum is low-passed in the same manner as the mono configuration.

2) Analog 5.1/6.1/7.1/8.1 inputs that can be bypassed without processing or digitized with ADCs for bass management and use of proprietary processing, if present.

3) Upgrade capabilty for both hardware (such as installing a PCI card) and software (such as firmware upgrade through RS-232 or other port) to make it futureproof.

Will add more later.

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#173030 - 07/22/07 09:43 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: ihifi]
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I've always thought that a sleep and wake timer would be really easy and inexpensive to add, but of course I'm no engineer. There are so many nights when I could lull myself to sleep in front of my Axioms....
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#173031 - 07/22/07 09:59 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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#173032 - 07/22/07 12:29 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Quote:

I've always thought that a sleep and wake timer would be really easy and inexpensive to add, but of course I'm no engineer. There are so many nights when I could lull myself to sleep in front of my Axioms....




That'd actually be nice. I have my Denon in my room, and I live it on most nights because my PC is connected to it, which acts as my alarm clock.

Renaming Inputs is already do-able, but I don't have it, and I want it .

My Denon has the Remote IR ports and RS-232 and all that goodness, but it's a higher end model (or it was anyways, the 3805 from a year or two ago).

I'm not sure what else I'd really be looking for, a sweet looking UI would be nice instead of the plain boring text my Denon has.

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#173033 - 07/22/07 12:37 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: Daphoid]
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I’ll have to think about this some more, but this is just off the top of my head for now……..

I would like to see a pre/pro without ANY video processing included. Or, if this is a market required piece to justify the desired sales point, do it right. Contract with Pixel Magic, Lumagen, SI or ABT and give the user all the features and capabilities that a stand alone Video Processor has; similar to what Anthem has done with their D2. But preferably, I’d rather not include this. It’s usually blundered. The video processor (if included) should have the ability to build and set up input profiles for each source and also output profiles. This would include deinterlacing mode (film/video/ and all cadence locks), aspect ratio profiles, output resolution and format including 24/48/60/72/25/50 Hz, gamma controls, Cue Correction, Brightness, Contrast, Color Space and sync, Saturation, Hue….etc

If a VP is to be included, the processor should have 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs / 2 HDMI 1.3 outputs. Both outputs assignable with a discrete IR command to toggle between the two and the option to also have both live. It should also have one SD/SDI and two HD/SDI inputs.

If the VP is not to be included, 3 HDMI inputs / 1 HDMI output (both 1.3)

Three each Component, S-vid, Coax inputs, one component output.

Two, 8 channel direct inputs.

High end DACs for each channel. (Bur Brown, Crystal, Wolf...)

Complete audio format support up two 9 channels (including DTS-M, DD-HD and Multi-channel PCM)

THX Ultra 2 surround processing in addition to DTS, DD, Logic-7 and Circle

Un-molested video stream pass through option for 1080P/24 sources.

GIU on screen display that is overlaid on the video stream at any resolution.

USB input for media sources and firmware update (or possibly even Ethernet).

Independently assignable audio format and extended surround mode to any input. The user should also be able to select that particular format globally if desired. Whatever selected should be the default format and not change unless changed manually.

The user should be able to adjust the LFE and channel levels for the direct inputs separately from the standard digital inputs. The M-channel PCM inputs should also be independently adjustable.

Audysey Pro compatible with the latest (non pro) Audysey EQ programming available.

All channels should have their own user selectable X-over points in 5 db increments from 40 to 100, and 10 db up to 160. The LFE should have the option to set Sub only, Sub + mains and Sub + all.

Two LFE outputs for using two subs. Each should have the option to set X-over and trim independently.

A quiet cooling fan.

PC programmable remote with IR/RF.

9 Channel Balanced outputs.

User configurable Display with input naming.

I user manual that is easy to read and understand. (or how about a DVD to to along with it)
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#173034 - 07/22/07 02:13 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: michael_d]
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Ha ha, now we're getting somewhere. Great suggestions, everyone. At the end of this thread we'll create a master list and measure Axiom's product against this impossible ideal. No pressure, Axiom!
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#173035 - 07/22/07 10:11 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: michael_d]
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Mike, just curious; did you get your "Last" setting for surround mode working per the manual?
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#173036 - 07/23/07 09:53 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: JohnK]
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Quote:

Mike, just curious; did you get your "Last" setting for surround mode working per the manual?




Nope... it defaults to auto everytime regardless of audio input. But the good news is that there is a discrete IR command for turning EXT surround back on. When I turn it on, I just hit the ol' button and I'm back in the game.
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#173037 - 07/24/07 04:14 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: ihifi]
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I do like the idea of being able to change out connections via a card, but what kind of card is capable of the bandwidth that a future revision of HDMI might need? I'm not sure on any specs. Did Integra ever offer much selection with their future-proof, modular receiver? Will it even get HDMI 1.3 capability? I like the idea, but I'm thinking it would just add to the cost and complexity when people will probably just want a whole new unit in another 5-10 years. Too many changes may happen in the parts that CAN'T be upgraded.

I'm kind of curious what technology partnerships Axiom will have in place for their pre/pro. I can't imagine them trying to handle every aspect of the design internally. I suppose more than anything I'd like to just see them get a product out with rock-solid performance, something that just works how it's supposed to with all of the sound formats. Video processing won't make or break the system for me, but since I'll never buy a dedicated video processor, it's a nice bonus for the devices in my system that don't have their own built-in scalers. I would certainly like it to be able to convert all signals to digital for the HDMI output. The more connections I can eliminate, the better.

I hope they can align themselves with some really gifted software engineers, for the GUI and any computer interactivity. I do like the idea of setup profiles that you can save to and load from your computer. It would be really handy. Also, it would be easier to see a whole overview of your pre/pro's setup on a computer screen, I imagine, and with a mouse to quickly navigate, major adjustments could be made that much faster. With some creativity, I bet the software on the computer side could get very deep.

I imagine the design won't go nearly as far as my fantasies, but it's nice to discuss, at least.
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#173038 - 07/24/07 12:14 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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For what you guys are asking (esp. the modular thing), this pre/pro is going to be priced in the realm of Lexicons and the like. Careful what you wish for...
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#173039 - 07/24/07 12:27 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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I just hope you guys are not setting unrealistic expectations for yourselves or the company.

Offering a processor changes the nature of Axiom's business on a fundamental level. It will be an enormously complex product compared to speakers and even amplifiers, and the amp isn't even available yet. Furthermore, the technology and standards move very, very fast. We can already see that not even our little group of devotees agrees completely about what to include. Being "everything to everyone" is impossible, and trying to do so at a price point that competes with the gear most of us currently run is simply not going to happen.

I'm sure Ian, Tom and other Axiom staff have done the appropriate research to ensure that such a project pencils out, but I'm skeptical and concerned about manufacturing a processor as a strategy to grow the business.

Of course, I certainly wish the Axiom family continued success and happiness, and am hopeful that their passion, expertise and innovation will bring forth a truly remarkable product.
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#173040 - 07/24/07 01:25 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: tomtuttle]
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I won't be disappointed no matter what happens with it. However, if they do commit to offering a pre/pro, Ian seems like the sort who'd want it to be a compelling product, not something to blend in with everyone else's. However, even if it's just another pre/pro, I'm still a proud owner of their speakers.

I suppose my real excitement for them getting more into the electronics stems from what integrated systems they might offer down the road, where they can really balance the performance since they're making each part. I don't expect an overnight coup. I just think it makes sense to have a firm grasp on every step of the audio chain.
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#173041 - 07/24/07 01:37 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: tomtuttle]
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The Anthem D2 retails for a tad under $7000. If you call and order one today, you are put on an order list and will be lucky to get one within 8 weeks. - They are that busy trying to fill orders because they have a market nitch and there is a large group willing to pay their price (not everyone buys from the factory outlet or thinks vinyl is OK). I personally think the D2 is grossly overpriced for what you get. I believe that Axiom can deliver a better product with MORE features than the D2 at a significantly lower price.

A smart business model with have a pre/pro with the video processor, and one without. Again, similar to Anthem where they have the D2, the AMV50 and the AMV 40. The 40 does not come with a video processor, but it’s still $3000.

The new Integra 9.8 Pre/Pro will set the stage for new main stream budget processors, I believe. Just look at its features and it’s retailing for $1600. But unfortunately, the 9.8 has severely limited functionality of the Reon processor. Axiom should be able to land somewhere between the 9.8 and the D2.
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#173042 - 07/29/07 05:34 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: michael_d]
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The more I think about this, the more I'm willing to cut certain features. I don't really think I need any video processing. I imagine upscaling will be built into any DVD player I may own. My other sources will be high-definition to begin with. The only thing that would benefit would be the Wii, and it's not really worth the extra money (to me) to include video processing in the pre/pro for that. Also, not including video processing would probably reduce heat output of the unit.

Also, I don't really need the media streaming capability built into the pre/pro. Chances are that I'll be doing all of that through my Xbox 360 or PS3, anyway, or perhaps an HTPC down the road.

The important things for me are:

1) Support for all current audio formats, and the ability to download updates, should anything new appear (ethernet is my preferred connection).

2) A remote that doesn't suck. Backlighting, some assignable buttons for advanced functions that maybe only you care about.... I don't know. Just easy to use, I suppose, though of course I'll still want to be able to access the menus from the front panel if I want. Which leads to...

3) GUI. I still think this one is important. I would put some real effort into this aspect.

4) Ninja-like operation. No fan noise, no sounds when changing modes, and very fast. It always seems a little hokey to me with my current receiver when it takes a couple of seconds to start decoding a new sound format, but I don't know if part of that is the player or not. Since it happens with all of my inputs, I assume it's the receiver.

I was going to mention something else, but it's slipping my mind. Anyway, I don't think this is too unreasonable. The hardest part of the design would probably be the GUI (I only say that because I haven't seen a really good one yet), but I think it would be worth the effort.

I know I'm talking about this a lot. I'm fairly interested in this potential product, I suppose. If not Axiom, SOMEONE will have one that fits my needs, but I would like it to be Axiom, if they ultimately decide this is where they would like to expand their business. Mainly, I thought it would be helpful to them if they could see what their potential customers are looking for.

Broadening the discussion a bit, what are some things you dislike in your current receivers/processors? Do you feel they're lacking any features, or is it more about the execution? I've never had any super-serious gripes with my receivers. Mostly I just haven't had the number of digital inputs I've wanted, as well as support for all of the audio formats. Man, and there are so many analog inputs STILL on modern receivers. To me, that's wasted real estate. I'd trade almost all of them for more digital connections.

I'm rambling!
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#173043 - 07/30/07 05:53 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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In addition to the points listed by others, my own wishlist would include:

1. "It just works". This, the user experience, is really the most important thing. It means not just must the product work flawlessly and reliably from a technical standpoint, but it must also be easy to use from the user's perspective. In other words, a simple, intuitive, easy-to-use interface.

2. Beautiful esthetics: elegant simplicity. Apple products (computers, iPods, iPhone, etc.) are good examples of beautiful, elegant design coupled with a great user interface coupled with good, reliable performance. One thing you do NOT want is a complicated unit with hundreds of buttons and switches. Have a few essential buttons/switches, and put the other functions into the digital GUI (controlled via computer monitor or TV screen).

3. Anyone that's going to spend this kind of money on AV equipment is very unlikely to still be using dated analog equipment. So limit the analog inputs/outputs to the minimum, and focus instead on digital inputs/outputs, especially HDMI.

4. One issue I've had is with my equipment not playing/cutting off the first second of audio tracks on some CDs. After researching this I eventually discovered that it has to do with newer CD/DVD players, which stop the bitstream between tracks. Older CD/DVD players do not stop the bitstream between tracks, but emit "digital black".
Stopping the bitstream means the player and pre-pro have to "restart" the process of determining what kind of source this is (CD, SACD, DVD, audio, video, etc.) and firing up the appropriate circuits, which then causes the first split second of the track to be lost. A contributory cause is that
older pre-pros do not retain their "state" after stopped bitstreams, while newer pre-pros do. This means older pre-pros lose the information about the kind of source being inputted, which causes the missing first second of each track after stopped bitstreams, whereas newer pre-pros retain the information and therefore do not exhibit this problem.
So both source equipment and receivers need to be designed to allow the option of switching between emitting digital black, or stopping the bitstream between tracks. That way, the user will be able to listen to both older and newer CDs on any combination of equipment without losing the first second of audio tracks.

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#173044 - 07/30/07 10:49 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: JohannGevers]
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Johann, thanks for posting. It's always nice hearing from someone new.
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#173045 - 08/08/07 02:42 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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I wonder if they will consider packing in a Harmony (or similar) universal remote, pre-programmed for their pre/pro. The pack-in could be a lower-end one, with a dropdown letting you upgrade to a higher-end one for additional cost. Also, people could opt to NOT have a remote included to save a tiny bit of cash, if they already have a universal they're happy with. I don't know how well this would work. Sure, they wouldn't have to manufacture their own remotes, but maybe programming all of the remotes would be a hassle. Has any other manufacturer ever done this?
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#173046 - 08/10/07 12:46 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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I'll add a little to this. 2 or maybe even 3 mch inputs with independent bass management- my Adcom uses a db-25 port for one of it's two to save space on the back panel. It was a PITA to find a suitable cable for this, but using them to a greater extent would free up a lot of space back there.
Avoid having to cycle through all the dam modes to select a different one. Maybe hit the dolby button and get just the dolbys. Dts button for all those,etc. Logic 7 and some of the other more obscure modes might be nice, but licencing those may be prohibitive.
I'd like to see a small icon on the front panel for each channel- L,R,C,etc and when a channel is live- it lights up. You can tell at a glance what is going on. Maybe one set for the selected input and another for the output.
Perhaps a touchscreen for setup menus- just a thought. The ability to set x-over for each channel independently of course, and how about adjustable slope as well? I like the idea of setting the thing up on a pc and downloading to the unit. My car deck does that- the limitation is you cant hear what your settings sound like till they're downloaded, ability to sync live with a pc sounds expensive. I agree with the optional remote suggestion, they'd have to offer something, but how many would get used if included? Just be sure to supply the codes so the mx-700 posse can go to town.
One last thing- don't be building this thing in china, I wanna see a maple leaf on there someplace.
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#173047 - 09/09/07 02:39 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: duckman]
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What about radio tuner as an external option? I don't need a tuner built in, as I never listen to the radio.
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#173048 - 09/09/07 01:36 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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I agree about the external tuner, to me it's just dead weight. There are so many kinds of radio now- satelite,web based, probably more to come in the future, it makes sense to me to have a separate tuner. They say it's cheap to include the tuner section in processors, but to me it's a "feature" I consider a detriment to the product.
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#173049 - 09/16/07 06:11 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: duckman]
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Just to keep the thread going, when is parametric EQ going to become a standard feature in preamp-processors/receivers? I'm interested in the Velodyne SMS-1, but how much nicer would it be to have that kind of equalization built into the preamp? I wouldn't even mind a higher price bracket for that convenience.
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#173050 - 09/17/07 04:46 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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How about having the possibility (when 7.x is deployed in your room) to reconfigure easily (remembered by input?) into 7.1, 5.1 using side surround and 5.1 using back surrounds? That could be nice when playing multichannel audio that I find sometimes sounds better with speakers in the back than in the side.
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#173051 - 09/17/07 04:54 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: EFalardeau]
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That's funny because for me, music sounds better with just sides rather than just rears. And for movies, just rears is better than just sides. Of course, all of them on is better than just half on.

I want to see a pre/pro that takes a frequency response measurement of my ears, then my room and provides the requisite compensation. And it should incorporate a "sound containment field" so that sound doesn't spill outside my designated listening area. And "sound shields" to prevent unwanted sounds from entering.

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#173052 - 09/17/07 04:59 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: EFalardeau]
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One of the biggest obstacles to performing a passable A/B test at home is the ability to connect two pairs of main channel speakers, level match them, and be able to switch easily and instantaneously between them. I'd love to see a feature like this included. An extra geeky bonus feature would be to include a random speaker selection button so you could self-administer an ABX test.
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#173053 - 09/17/07 04:59 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: Mojo]
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Actually, I may have incorrectly formulated my wish. It depends a lot if the music is coming from a 4-channel original and from which recording studio. This is why it would be nice to have something very easily configurable.

I actually too prefer the sides (the configuration that I use and never change unless to experiment), but some recordings are assuming a very specific "backstage" and it sounds very, very wide, especially with quadpolars like QS-8.
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#173054 - 09/17/07 05:02 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: pmbuko]
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Great idea.

And since it already knows the transfer function of your ears and your room, it should automagically tell you which speaker is better.

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#173055 - 09/17/07 05:05 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: EFalardeau]
Mojo Offline
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No also try this in PLIIx. Decrease the volume of your fronts by say 5db and increase your main volume. When I do that in my room, the soundstage gets really, really deep.

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#187924 - 12/13/07 07:24 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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Just another thought.

It would be really nice to be able to easily A/B when you're playing with settings. That's the only really annoying thing about the Integra so far. When you go into the setup, it interrupts both audio and video. It also takes a few moments to even get into the setup, so by the time you make your changes and hear the result, you may have forgotten your reference. It would be nice to be able to make changes without interrupting audio and video. I mean, you can only put so many functions into the remote, so for all of the settings that you have to access the setup meny for, it would be nice to have something like an undo/redo.

Also, I have to say again how nice it would be to be able to store multiple profiles per source. It would be cool to make independent experimental excursions into the settings and see how different your settings profiles turn out, then be able to cycle through them and see what end result you like the best.
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#189065 - 12/19/07 06:57 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
Khan Motorsport Offline
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Really looking forward to this if it is being made.

My own personal wants are as follows:

1) HDMI 1.3 (3in1 out or 2 out)

2) HDMI Connection between Axiom Pre-Pro and Axiom Amp (I know this is impossible since the amp has already been made, but really, why are we still using so many analogue pre-outs to connect to amps. In the digital age, its just silly and using HDMI or other single cable high bandwidth would cut down on clutter. You can't stop me from dreaming!)

3) Stereo Subwoofer option

4) Audessey EQ setup or something similar so that the average person can just plug in the listening mic and get her running.

5) Tiny package for WAF and Space conscerns on racks.

6) Flux capacitor

7) Decoding of all the audio codecs and new lossless formats so that we can have the DVD players just bitstreme the info to the reciever for 100% uncompressed lossless audio.

I agree with CV on a lot of his points, video processing I can do without since DVD players upconvert anyhow. A nice GUI which can be displayed over HDMI would be nice (like my current Onkyo 705).

Radio tuners I can do without. Product would have to be durable and have a solid build quality to it obviously.

I would pay a certain premium to have these made or at least assembled in Canada.
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#189067 - 12/19/07 07:01 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: Khan Motorsport]
Ken.C Offline
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HDMI is a pretty bad fit for connecting a preamp and an amp. A more generic, less encumbered format would be a far better choice--firewire or USB, perhaps. You don't need a video channel for such a connection. Also, I'm not certain how the digital amp in the A1400 works--does it have a A/D converter on the input side and a D/A converter on the output side? Or are we talking about completely different tech here?
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#189352 - 12/22/07 05:33 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: michael_d]
izub Offline
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to mdrew....whew, nice list... gee i hope i can lift the damn thing!

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#260275 - 05/14/09 03:53 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: izub]
CV Offline
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I'm going to assume Axiom has abandoned their plans for a processor to go with their A1400, but I was wondering what everyone's current ideal would be, since the landscape has changed a bit.
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#260278 - 05/14/09 05:03 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
jakewash Offline
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Denon 3808 or similar avr(Onkyo 875/905) which are cheaply priced right now and have all the bells and whistles. I think the Outlaw 997 is next on my list then the price seems to climb up a thousand or more to get something with the same features that they offer.
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#260329 - 05/14/09 01:32 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: jakewash]
CV Offline
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I'm still crossing my fingers that the Outlaw Model 997 knocks it out of the park, too. I'd wonder what I'm missing with regard to Audyssey Dynamic EQ, though. It would be nice if there were receivers/processors out there that were a little more open, and you could purchase different audio software packages for them (Audyssey, Trinnov, whatever). I imagine the processing horsepower would have to increase a bit, and a standardized A/V OS might help.
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#260333 - 05/14/09 02:03 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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Since the 997 is based on the S/N 972 which has Trinnov, I have always guessed the 997 would have Trinnov as well.
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#260335 - 05/14/09 02:08 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: jakewash]
CV Offline
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Yes, Trinnov, which is why we'd be missing out on Audyssey's recent innovations. That's why I think it would be cool to be able to download different room correction software/features à la carte.
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#260341 - 05/14/09 02:27 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
Murph Offline
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Just released.....
The latest in "Room Correction Tools" for the most discriminating Audiophiles.




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#260342 - 05/14/09 02:28 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: Murph]
CV Offline
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\:D I don't know if that's user-friendly enough.
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#260343 - 05/14/09 02:51 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: Murph]
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That one toolkit that Mark could actually use!
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#260358 - 05/14/09 04:59 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: EFalardeau]
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Registered: 10/23/03
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My next prepro will be Emotiva's UMC-1. If I'm underwhelmed, I'll return it and buy an Outlaw 997. If I'm underwhelmed with that, I'll return it and wait for the XMC-1.

And if that doesn't work, I'm just going to keep using my {t|c}rusty old Pioneer Elite until it breaks, or until I can find another killer deal on an SC-05/07.
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#260502 - 05/15/09 08:42 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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I'm still sticking with my 3808 as a pre. I haven't seen anything that makes me want to dump the 3808 yet.
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#260514 - 05/15/09 09:56 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: michael_d]
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Now that you've said that, it'll 'splode overnite.
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#260515 - 05/15/09 09:57 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: MarkSJohnson]
CV Offline
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Mark, that was low! But seriously, he did jinx himself.
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#260542 - 05/16/09 05:10 AM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: CV]
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He had his fingers crossed.
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#260567 - 05/16/09 02:00 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: jakewash]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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From the Far, Far, North: "boom".
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#260594 - 05/16/09 07:55 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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OK Mark, you're off my Christmas card list. Prick.... \:\)
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#260601 - 05/16/09 08:51 PM Re: Axiom Pre/Pro Wishlist [Re: michael_d]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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You mean I was once ON it?
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