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#189778 - 12/28/07 07:14 PM No, Audiobytes are HERE!
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As some of you know, I won a set of Audiobytes from Axiom in the naming contest. For Christmas, my wife had them upgraded to HG burled walnut, and ordered me an EPZero! Woohoo!

Well, the Audiobytes arrived yesterday, but I didn't pick them up from the office until today. The finish is gorgeous (and very glossy). I set them on top of the M80s and hooked them up to the ol' (newish) iPod. First song? "A Home" by the Dixie Chicks from the Top of the World discs. Second was "I Hung My Head" by Sting from Mercury Falling.

Wow... these things are great! Second thought: I can't wait to get the sub! (oh, greedy, greedy me)

I figured then that since they were a) sitting on top of the M80s and b) the iPod had 2 outputs (headphone jack and line out), I could do a little comparison.

Fiddling with the volume knobs is not the greatest way to compare speakers, but it will suffice for this. The Audiobytes really are as good as we think. Bass is obviously lacking, but at least it's a smooth lack; they're not trying to do stuff they can't. Here's the odd bit--it seemed again like they were brighter (again not a bad term) than the M80s, much like the M3s and the M50s. I'm getting even more confused now about that little issue.

The Audiobytes have fantastic imaging and soundstage, especially considering I was sitting about 7 feet away, had them halfway turned up, and was not centered between them. Axiom's got a winner here.

Pictures to come when I get around to taking them off the camera.
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#189782 - 12/28/07 08:10 PM Re: No, Audiobytes are HERE! [Re: Ken.C]
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Hey Ken, maybe the lower frequency reproduction of the M80s creates a better balance to the music? Could it be a trick of the ear?

Dunno.

It is interesting that you find both Audiobytes and M3s brighter than the M80s. Kinda goes against convention around here.


Congrats on the new speakers!! Yes, we need pics. By the way, your wife did a good thing upgrading the finish to High Gloss Burled Walnut. Thumbs up.
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#189783 - 12/28/07 08:13 PM Re: No, Audiobytes are HERE! [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Yes, yes she did. She said that that was actually a present for her, but I think we both made out well on that one. \:\)
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#189787 - 12/28/07 09:45 PM Re: No, Audiobytes are HERE! [Re: Ken.C]
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Where oh where are those pics?

M3's/M50's and AB's brighter than M80's? You sure you have the terminology right? Maybe its the source? Are you using a Yamaha ;\) We all hear things differently. Maybe just say they sound more similar to the M3s than to the M80's.

I would have suspected they sound close the M2s sonically.
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#189832 - 12/29/07 11:14 AM Re: No, Audiobytes are HERE! [Re: jakewash]
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Can anyone with Audiobytes and M80s confirm or disprove my results? Mojo?

Obviously I haven't done a scientific test; I don't have the time, my wife doesn't have the patience... but I am curious. Perhaps there's something screwy with my 80s or my reciever. I know that when I switched the receiver off of stereo onto Neo6, the high end increased. Of course, the VP100 also turned on when I did that, so we're back at square one.


On another note, now we own all of the drivers Axiom is currently making, other than the subwoofer drivers. Heh...

By my figures, we have 13 tweeters, 2 3" woofers, 4 4.5" woofers, 6 5.25" woofers, and 8 6.5" woofers. (!)
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#189841 - 12/29/07 12:01 PM Re: No, Audiobytes are HERE! [Re: Ken.C]
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I am not certain exactly what it is you want confirmed? Comparisons between Audiobytes and M80s are a stretch at best...
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#189842 - 12/29/07 12:11 PM Re: No, Audiobytes are HERE! [Re: EFalardeau]
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Well, that the Audiobytes are brighter than the M80s, really. I know it's a stretch, but the high end is where they should be the most similar.
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#189844 - 12/29/07 12:35 PM Re: No, Audiobytes are HERE! [Re: Ken.C]
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Thanks for the clarification.

At high enough volume, I found them much closer to the M80s (highs only) than what I remember of the M3s (I re-listened to them during the hollidays). What would really be interesting is people comparing with M22s!

So, for me, I don't feel they are "brighter" than the M80s when used with material that has little or no bass (solo violon or solo flute, for example).
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#189848 - 12/29/07 12:59 PM Re: No, Audiobytes are HERE! [Re: EFalardeau]
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Hmm... How odd. Hopefully I can forget all about this again and go back to enjoying my M80s. ;\)
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#189851 - 12/29/07 01:07 PM Re: No, Audiobytes are HERE! [Re: Ken.C]
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Ken, your ears are broken.


Hope you saved the receipt.
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