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#178986 - 10/15/07 02:10 PM Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria?
jeet Offline
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Registered: 10/15/07
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I made an impulse purchase last weekend: Bose Acoustimass10, and was disappointed after setting them up. I assume that I need proper speakers and will return the bose set. I am looking at Axiom's Epic Midi or Master (or on-par competitor's speakers) for my condo. Here are some other speakers that I have listened to and liked or disliked:
- Totem's "Dreamcatcher", my favorites sound, high price
- Monitor Audio "bronze set", second favorites, high price
- Energy's entry-level, harsh (high-end) for my ears
- Polk Audio, too bassy
- B&W entry level, not impressed and too expensive for their higher models

I truly enjoy vocal clarity / midrange when listening versus an emphasis on low-end bass. Also, my receiver is a Yamaha RX-V550.

If someone in my neighborhood would be open to allowing me to briefly listen to their Axiom speakers, I would be truly grateful for this opportunity as it would help me to make a decision! Alternatively, if anyone could articulate the difference I could expect compared to the speakers above, thanks in advance...

Jitu

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#179004 - 10/15/07 05:58 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: jeet]
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I helped my father-in law pick his grand master 350 system. He is in Kaleden tho, about 4 hours from Vancouver...
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#179009 - 10/15/07 06:17 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: Hutzal]
Mojo Offline
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I have fond memories of Kaledon and the surrounding area. We vacationed on Laka Skaha for a number of years. My kids asked me how the hotel burned down and I made up one doozy of a tale that scared the bejeebies out of them.

I just had a look at the Epic Master system and I can't believe that you also get the 500 for a couple of grand. That's a heck of a deal! If the 500 is anything like the 600, you'll have deep, transparent, musical bass that I haven't heard in any other sub.

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#179028 - 10/15/07 08:00 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: jeet]
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to add to Mojos the M22s are the clearest and detailed bookshelfs you can get for the money, IMO. The M2(Midi sytem) are similar to the M22s and the M3s are said to be more warm sounding less mid and highs in front of you.

The 30 day in home trial is something to consider, just order the M2's have a listen and if you really don't like them ship them back, shipping for them isn't that much, and if upgrading, Axiom usually picks up the tab for the shipping \:\) But I am willing to bet you will like them.
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#179035 - 10/15/07 08:11 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: jakewash]
Mojo Offline
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I have heard nothing but good things about M3s. I don't hear too much about M2s though.

Jason, we have to take a trip down to K&W Audio to listen to Totems.

BTW Jeet, did you know that the Acoustimass cubes create a plethora of lovely, shimmering colors accompanied by mellifluous snaps, crackles and pops as they are consumed by flames? Maybe this is a new market for Bose.

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#179084 - 10/16/07 12:42 AM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: Mojo]
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I actually have heard the Totems, when A&B sound were pushing them. But that was a few years ago and I seem to remember them as not as forward as the M22s nor quite as clear,but still very nice and you get to pay more money! They are a wood veneer though which makes them more equivelant to the Vasollo series, much closer in the cost department.
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#179208 - 10/16/07 08:20 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: jakewash]
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Loc: Glendale, Arizona
I've never heard Totems, but I love the veneer on those speakers. Very nice.
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#179211 - 10/16/07 09:05 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: St_PatGuy]
Mojo Offline
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Apparently, Totem also veneers the inside of the speakers for acoustic purposes.

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#179221 - 10/16/07 09:21 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: Mojo]
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 Originally Posted By: Mojo
Apparently, Totem also veneers the inside of the speakers for acoustic purposes.


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I'd have to peek through the port.

No.
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#179229 - 10/16/07 09:43 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: St_PatGuy]
Mojo Offline
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That's what one review said. I say it's a waste of money.

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#179251 - 10/16/07 11:17 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: Mojo]
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Veneer inside to make the sound waves look good as well!
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#179344 - 10/17/07 05:25 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: Mojo]
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Apparently you don't believe that real wood veneer gives reflected sound waves that extra je ne sais quoi over and above a regular MDF surface reflection.
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#179348 - 10/17/07 05:35 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: pmbuko]
Mojo Offline
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As a matter of fact, real wood veneer gives them more je ne sais quoi than MDF.

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#179469 - 10/18/07 12:46 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: Mojo]
jeet Offline
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Registered: 10/15/07
Posts: 7
Hi All,
Thanks for the information; however, there doesn't appear to be anyone in Vancouver, Canada who can offer a demo. I may go with 30-day trial, and I will certainly let you know how it goes...
Thanks, Jeet

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#184431 - 11/18/07 03:11 AM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: jeet]
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Registered: 07/31/07
Posts: 95
This might be a bit late, but I'm just outside of Victoria and I have m80's if you wanted to come for a listen.
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#295599 - 03/08/10 06:07 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: alexadams77]
jeet Offline
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Registered: 10/15/07
Posts: 7
I forgot to follow up, but I bought the M22s, VP100, QS4 and I have been extermely pleased with them. Other speakers in this price range can't even come close. Thanks everyone for the input.

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#295647 - 03/09/10 04:56 AM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: jeet]
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Loc: Calgary, Alberta
Glad to hear you bought some and are liking them \:\)
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#295648 - 03/09/10 06:31 AM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: jakewash]
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Registered: 08/27/07
Posts: 3270
Loc: Laval, Quebec, Canada
Welcome aboard!
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#295702 - 03/09/10 03:24 PM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: EFalardeau]
snazzed Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 201
MINE JUST SHIPPED!

South Surrey will soon have a Hearing Things location! \:D

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#296160 - 03/12/10 08:05 AM Re: Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria? [Re: snazzed]
DavidH Offline
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Registered: 01/05/10
Posts: 20
If you don't mind a drive out to Abbotsford, I have a pair of M60v2's and a VP150v2.

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