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#199768 - 03/10/08 02:34 PM A1400-8
rmk1 Offline
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Registered: 10/02/05
Posts: 46
Loc: Northern Calif
Since I have posted my comments on just about every other Audio Forum on the Internets :/, I thought it made some sense to post this here. There is not a lot of information regarding the A1400-8 save a couple of informal reviews and Jakeman’s excellent write up here. It is John’s review that prompted me to get the A1400 and after two problem units, I think he was wishing he had not made such a strong recommendation. Well, I’m here to say that I owe you big time John, despite the initial hiccups this amp is everything you said it would be and more. Here is my brief but enthusiastic post of my initial impression of the A1400-8.
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The Axiom A1400-8 arrived Saturday. FedEx managed to NOT destroy this one and it took all of 20 minutes to set it up. Axiom feels that there may be an issue with the Audyssey processing so I level matched manually with my Integra DCT 9.8’s test tones and an RS meter and left the Audyssey EQ for later. In my treated room, I’m not convinced there is a noticeable benefit with Audyssey anyway.

I listened to some music, watched some DVD demo discs (familiar material) and a movie I hadn’t seen (Into the Wild) over the weekend. (BTW, Into the Wild is outstanding). Initial impression … I REALLY like what I’m hearing. This Axiom amp is more powerful than my Sunfire 400/5 and in addition to the bigger and more enveloping sound, I am hearing more detail and clarity with the Axiom. I’m searching for analogies and the only one I can come up with is it is more of a “High Definition” sound. I can see that for 2 channel applications people might prefer the organic (read colored) sound of tube amps, but in the digital world in HT applications, these new high current power on demand amps will rule. If you are in the market for a 7 channel digital amp for HT this one (IMHO) is a no brainer. With Axioms 30 day return policy your maximum exposure is shipping one way. Pretty low risk and my guess is you will not be sending this power house amp back.

Audioholics has the A1400-8 in their review cue. I am anxious to see if the A1400-8’s objective data supports my subjective listening impressions.
Here is pic of the amp in place. I love the fact that I can tuck this high powered cool running amp into such a small space. Large mono block amps would not work in my HT.




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#199769 - 03/10/08 02:44 PM Re: A1400-8 [Re: rmk1]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Congrats with the 1400 rmk, beautiful setup and room ... you post on the audioholics site quite often if I'm not mistaken?

Welcome aboard!

Edited to add: I do believe I remember now, this was an upstairs loft that you recently renovated into this new room?
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#199770 - 03/10/08 03:08 PM Re: A1400-8 [Re: rmk1]
EFalardeau Offline
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Registered: 08/27/07
Posts: 3270
Loc: Laval, Quebec, Canada
Nice room.
My A1400 is also in a flip drawer like that!
Too bad for your first two misfortunes. That amp exceeded my expectations too.
Glad you're joining our little group here! \:\)
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#199771 - 03/10/08 03:11 PM Re: A1400-8 [Re: RickF]
rmk1 Offline
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Registered: 10/02/05
Posts: 46
Loc: Northern Calif
 Originally Posted By: RickF
Congrats with the 1400 rmk, beautiful setup and room ... you post on the audioholics site quite often if I'm not mistaken?

Welcome aboard!

Edited to add: I do believe I remember now, this is an upstairs loft that you recently renovated into this new room?


Hi Rick, yes, I am that post whore :D. I remember you (and that great looking all Axiom HT room of your's) well. We first corresponded back in the early EP-600 days. I got mine just before you as i recall. I really miss that unit. It had a sound that i have not been able to replicate with any other subwoofer (and I've had a few).

It wasn't a loft but just a 20' high open space. I simply built a floor half way up. I need to get some color on the walls this spring as the beige is begining to bug me. The A1400-8 is really a nice product. I will be interested to see if the Axiom folks come out with a "higher end" loudspeaker line to match.

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#199773 - 03/10/08 03:18 PM Re: A1400-8 [Re: EFalardeau]
rmk1 Offline
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Registered: 10/02/05
Posts: 46
Loc: Northern Calif
 Originally Posted By: EFalardeau
Nice room.
My A1400 is also in a flip drawer like that!
Too bad for your first two misfortunes. That amp exceeded my expectations too.
Glad you're joining our little group here! \:\)


Thanks, nice to be here. I actually joined the Forum back in 2005 but had only lurked until now. Actually, Axoim's incredible customer service response to my problem is the reason I stuck with the A1400 and I'm glad I did.

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#199774 - 03/10/08 03:23 PM Re: A1400-8 [Re: rmk1]
StuntGibbon Offline
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 374
Mine's due in on Wednesday. It'll be driving the epic 80/600 setup. (With an Onkyo TX-NR905 serving as its pre-amp, which I got because I found a price on it that made it cheaper that its non-amplified Integra cousin.)

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#199775 - 03/10/08 03:35 PM Re: A1400-8 [Re: StuntGibbon]
RickF Offline
axiomite

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Yessir I do remember us talking about the 600 now, that's been well past a week ago and now that I'm over 50 anything much past, uh, oh I'd say a day or two gets very difficult trying to store and refresh for later use ... I can't even fathom how Jack manages. \:D

Welcome again and don't be a stranger, also keep us posted on the longevity of the 1400, which, sounds like the Axiom folks hit a home run with.
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#199776 - 03/10/08 03:36 PM Re: A1400-8 [Re: StuntGibbon]
rmk1 Offline
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Registered: 10/02/05
Posts: 46
Loc: Northern Calif
 Originally Posted By: StuntGibbon
Mine's due in on Wednesday. It'll be driving the epic 80/600 setup. (With an Onkyo TX-NR905 serving as its pre-amp, which I got because I found a price on it that made it cheaper that its non-amplified Integra cousin.)


Good deal, you're gonna love it.

I would not use the Audyssey EQ feature of the 905 at this point. As I mentioned, Axiom feels that this MIGHT have caused the blown channels on my A1400-8. They will be checking out my amp but they had not received it as of this am.

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#199777 - 03/10/08 03:42 PM Re: A1400-8 [Re: RickF]
rmk1 Offline
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Registered: 10/02/05
Posts: 46
Loc: Northern Calif
 Originally Posted By: RickF
Yessir I do remember us talking about the 600 now, that's been well past a week ago and now that I'm over 50 anything much past, uh, oh I'd say a day or two gets very difficult trying to store and refresh for later use ... I can't even fathom how Jack manages. \:D

Welcome again and don't be a stranger, also keep us posted on the longevity of the 1400, which, sounds like the Axiom folks hit a home run with.

Being a bit past 50 myself, let's just say that I get what you're saying. If you want to listen to the Double Trouble album at concert levels, you need one of these amps.

Look at me, this thing has turned me into the pusher man! ;\)





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#199778 - 03/10/08 03:43 PM Re: A1400-8 [Re: rmk1]
StuntGibbon Offline
devotee

Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 374
Good to know. I'll pick up an SP meter and do it the old fashioned way. Would you recommend not even striking it up with the audyssey settings I had before? (and just flat it out and start over?)

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