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#201224 - 03/20/08 09:51 PM I Have The Best Wife In the World!
SRoode Offline
connoisseur

Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 1200
Loc: Fishers, Indiana, USA
Hi Everyone,

I've been an Axiom owner for almost 2 years, and have been trolling almost as long. I bought 4 QS8's back then to provide surround sound for a new house we were buying. My old standbys... Infinity IL60s. When the house was built, the new theater was a work in progress. After all this time, I finally had it the way I wanted it... That is except for the old standbys.

My wife knew I wanted new mains, and I went out to the local high end store to audition the Paradigm Studio 100's. Well, they did not have them in stock, so I listened to the 60's... They were okay. The dealer pushed me to Focal's, but they were not what I was looking for. I listened to a pair of Magnepan 3.6's, and I thought they were awesome, but I knew they were hard to drive (I have a Denon 3806). Well, nothing in the cards for me today.

When I went home and told my wife about my visit, she was interested in what happened. I told her about my visit, and to my shock, she said "Well, just buy the Maggies then."

How do you handle a statement like that?

Well, this is how I handled it. I almost fell over to begin with, but then I thought for a while. If I bought the Maggie's ($4500+tax), I'd still need a subwoofer. Most likely also, I would need another amp because I am pretty sure the Denon would not cut a 4 ohm, 80db efficiency load. Then, my center would not match my mains. It just would not work.

So, I said to myself... Self... What speakers do you have that you are the most happy with? My answer was my surrounds. They always seemed to dominate my listening experience. I've always been happy with my Axioms. So, as a test, I took 2 off the back wall and hooked them up to the front, with the subs of the IL60s providing the bass. WOW! They sounded great!

So, I went back to the boss and asked her what she thought about getting some Axioms for the fronts. She said she liked the Maggies for the WOW factor, but it was my theater and I could get whatever I wanted (whoa!). I told her I could really do it up for about 1/3 less than the Maggies and she said "go for it!" (My birthday is in 6 weeks).

So, long story short... For 2/3 of what I would have paid for the pair of Maggies, I'm getting factory outlet versions of:

1 Pair of M80s
2 EP500 Subwoofers
1 VP150 Center

I'm almost a week into the waiting period... 2 weeks or so to go!

Here's some picture of where they are going! Sorry, it's a little dark (Burgundy walls). I'll take better pictures when the Axioms arrive.

Looking forward to talking music with all of you!




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#201225 - 03/20/08 09:54 PM Re: I Have The Best Wife In the World! [Re: SRoode]
St_PatGuy Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7399
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Congrats, Sroode! \:\)
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#201226 - 03/20/08 09:59 PM Re: I Have The Best Wife In the World! [Re: St_PatGuy]
Mojo Offline
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Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 3292
That's a nice room!

You bought some great gear. Two 500s in that space will rock your world. And you will spend many a night losing yourself in the wonder of the M80s.

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#201227 - 03/20/08 10:01 PM Re: I Have The Best Wife In the World! [Re: St_PatGuy]
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13323
Loc: Iowa
I think you will find the 80's will blow those maggies out of the water for HT and music overall, at a heck of a lot less money. \:\)

Nice to have you around....
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#201235 - 03/20/08 10:13 PM Re: I Have The Best Wife In the World! [Re: SirQuack]
jakewash Offline
shareholder in the making

Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10398
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
I am getting a severe case of H.T.E(Home Theater Envy), love your room!

I think you made the wise choice and with the money you saved by not buying the maggies you could almost buy the A1400-8!
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#201240 - 03/20/08 10:34 PM Re: I Have The Best Wife In the World! [Re: jakewash]
SRoode Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 1200
Loc: Fishers, Indiana, USA
Thanks everyone, I'm really looking forward to the experience.

My room is 16'W x 19'L x 8.5' H, so I'm hoping the new speakers will blend in nicely. The screen is 126"

Here's my 1st recommendation for a nice listening experience (even without the Axiom mains). Roy Orbison "Black and White Night" HD-DVD. The sound quality is amazing on this disc. It sounds like you are sitting in the audience.
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#201241 - 03/20/08 10:54 PM Re: I Have The Best Wife In the World! [Re: SRoode]
MarkSJohnson Offline
shareholder in the making

Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 10853
Loc: Central NH
Welcome, Steve!

Fantastic room you've got there! Oh, and, ummmm, fantastic wife you've got there!

Tell us a bit about the sound panels....
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#201242 - 03/20/08 10:59 PM Re: I Have The Best Wife In the World! [Re: MarkSJohnson]
Avi Deshpande Offline
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Registered: 01/08/08
Posts: 157
Loc: SF Bay Area, USA
Hi Steve:

Thats one awesome looking HT. Love the sitting arrangement.
What projector / screen are u using?

I really wish we could have basements in California :-(

Regs,
Avi
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#201244 - 03/20/08 11:12 PM Re: I Have The Best Wife In the World! [Re: SRoode]
fredk Offline
axiomite

Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7040
Loc: Canada
Oh man!! With all these awesome home theaters popping up, there not gonna let the riffraff like me in any more.

Very nicely decorated!

Fred
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#201245 - 03/20/08 11:21 PM Re: I Have The Best Wife In the World! [Re: MarkSJohnson]
SRoode Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 1200
Loc: Fishers, Indiana, USA
 Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
Welcome, Steve!

Fantastic room you've got there! Oh, and, ummmm, fantastic wife you've got there!

Tell us a bit about the sound panels....


Hi Mark. I'm blessed with a great roo.. er, I mean wife! ;\)

The black panels are ATS Acoustics panels. They are staggered 2" and 4" thick along the side walls to break things up. They are high density fiberglass wrapped in burlap. The burgundy panels are Auralex foam, and I added them to bring the colors together (I also made a burgundy diamond on the ceiling between the prime seating space and the speakers to absorb that reflection, but it's not in any picture I have posted yet).
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