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#245810 - 02/08/09 07:27 PM M60ti 5 Year anniversary review.
LT61 Offline
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Registered: 02/23/04
Posts: 836
Loc: Illinois.
As they say.....time flies! Its hard to believe, but it's been five years since I bought my Axiom M60ti speakers.
I thought this would be a good time to do another review of my experience with them.
As the unofficial, and self-proclaimed leader of the M60's Club....I feel it's my duty to do a retrospective for future M60s buyers! ;\)

Recently, I looked them over and they still look like new! I am pleased that after five years, there are no problems....the vinyl is holding up fine, there are no issues with the grills, or loose screws, rattles, hums, snap, crackles, or pops. They still sound (and look) great!
I have, over the years played a large variety of music thru them....including about every type of CD in various stages of mastering ( japan first pressings, remasters, SACD, gold discs etc.)
What I have found is that the great recordings, are also the ones that are chosen by the companies who make the remastered, or gold discs, SACD, etc. They take a recording which already sounds great and try to improve on it. As you might expect those type recordings sound fantastic on the M60s.
I have to say, I have never heard the poorer recorded CD material made to sound "worse" on the Axioms (my M60's) as some say. For me, it sounds as it was recorded, and produced.....great, good, or in some cases, not so good....it is what it is.

These days I have my Yamah reciever settings neutral, meaning no added bass, or treble, combined with a very clean 0.002 THD.
One of the M60's biggest differences from the JBL speakers I used to own (and other lesser speakers) is the fact they "like" to play LOUD! In fact, IMO to get the best soundstage they need to play at almost "live in your living room" sound levels (not concert hall levels) The other speakers I have owned sounded pretty good, and in the JBL's case great....until they were turned up fairly high.
I honestly can't imagine anyone needing a louder speaker for listening to music in the average home. (not even the M80's 4 ohm posse ;\) )
The M60s stay clean, even at the higher levels. I was able to buy my M60s in the "classic oak" custom finish for $800 and change, back then....and even at today's prices they are a great choice.

I really think that although some split hairs about which brand, or model of speakers are the best (in this price range, and configuration)....it comes down to personal preference when fairly comparing apples to apples, or in this case: similar speakers to similar speakers.
In other words, when ordering these speakers without hearing them, (as most do).....no worries, the risk is much smaller than it may seem.
Five years later, they are still hard to beat, and I am glad I picked the Axiom M60ti. I plan to keep on enjoying them for many more years to come!

Enjoy!

Larry
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#245812 - 02/08/09 07:44 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: LT61]
SirQuack Offline
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Loc: Iowa
Great review Larry, I'm missing my m60ti's.
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#245817 - 02/08/09 08:37 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: LT61]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
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Loc: Canada
Nice review Larry.
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#245818 - 02/08/09 08:46 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: LT61]
Adrian Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Glad to hear you're still enjoying them \:\)
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#245834 - 02/08/09 09:46 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: Adrian]
jakewash Offline
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Loc: Calgary, Alberta
Thanks for the update. Your impression of the M60s "One of the M60's biggest differences from the JBL speakers I used to own (and other lesser speakers) is the fact they "like" to play LOUD! In fact, IMO to get the best soundstage they need to play at almost "live in your living room" sound levels (not concert hall levels)" is spot on, IMo, it was the m*0s ability to produce this soundstage at lower volume levels that made me choose them over the M60s. I have always maintained the M60s opened up at louder levels and then they sound like M80s.
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#245836 - 02/08/09 10:01 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: LT61]
pmbuko Offline
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Registered: 04/02/03
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Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
Thanks for sharing, and happy anniversary! \:\)
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#245842 - 02/08/09 10:09 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: LT61]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6720
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
One day I hope to hear these fine speakers you speak of ;\)


Congrats on five years of audio bliss.
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#245844 - 02/08/09 10:15 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: LT61]
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Registered: 05/11/02
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Very good, Larry; I can understand your continuing satisfaction. In about a month it'll be 7 years for me with the M22s.
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#245847 - 02/08/09 10:34 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: JohnK]
Worfzara Offline
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Registered: 07/25/05
Posts: 709
Loc: London area, Ont, Canada
Awsome Larry, I have my M80's for about 4.5 years now.

What seems to be very common, is people who buy Axiom speakrs tend ot keep Axiom speakers. Just check ebay for Axiom speakers, not much there. I am also a perfect example of this with my AX2's.

I auditioned the M60s and really loved the sound, not that much diff. between the 60's and 80's. I would have been perfectly happy with either one.

paul
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#245848 - 02/08/09 10:41 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: JohnK]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7031
Loc: Canada
Oh oh. 7 year ich. Stay strong John!
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#245851 - 02/08/09 11:01 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: fredk]
JohnK Offline
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I don't itch, Fred. As I've commented before, I had upgraditis as a child and apparently developed an immunity.
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#245878 - 02/09/09 08:51 AM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: fredk]
DaveG Offline
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Registered: 11/26/07
Posts: 868
Loc: WI
Nice review.
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#245885 - 02/09/09 09:37 AM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: DaveG]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Nice reflections on the 60s Larry, glad to hear that they are still bringing smiles to your face after these past several years. Thanks for sharing!
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#245910 - 02/09/09 01:34 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: RickF]
FordPrefect Offline
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 1334
Loc: Ancaster, Ontario
Great review Larry, you hit all the nails on the head.

It made me realise it will be 5 years for me this April 28th.

Here are a few pics from that happy occasion:


Notice there is still some snow on the ground:




Back seat full of M60s This explains how the OPP were able to sneak up on me without me noticing while I was cruising at 120kph, I was lucky they didn't even blink an eye (prob because I was the slowest one on the highwway at the time).



I have been thinking about replacing them with real wood veneer and I probably will, but I think I will remain faithful to the 60s and not move up to the 80s, although the forever rumoured M100s might temp me \:\)

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#245960 - 02/09/09 06:20 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: FordPrefect]
LT61 Offline
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Registered: 02/23/04
Posts: 836
Loc: Illinois.
Thanks Guys!

JohnK: I look forward to your 7 year anniversary M22s review.......soon?

Rick: (wid) I thought of that just the other day, and have been meaning to set that demo up for you for quite some time.

RickF: Reflections.....hmmmmm, double entendre, or subterfuge?

Worfzara: Good point.....most do seem to keep their Axioms.

FordPerfect:
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I have been thinking about replacing them with real wood veneer and I probably will, but I think I will remain faithful to the 60s and not move up to the 80s, although the forever rumoured M100s might temp me


Ditto!


Edited by LT61 (02/09/09 06:22 PM)
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#245984 - 02/09/09 08:54 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: LT61]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
LOL Wayne, that's what I call a delivery 'service'. \:\)
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#246061 - 02/10/09 08:38 AM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: RickF]
FordPrefect Offline
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 1334
Loc: Ancaster, Ontario
Those "pick up everything" days are now over Rick. I got rid of the sedan last year and picked up a coupe. When I went to get the EP350 this summer (with the coupe) my brother-in-law came up with me. On the way back he had to sit in the back and the subwoofer got the front seat. There was no way it was going to fit in the back seat and the trunk is beyond hopeless.

My next car is going to be more toy than function, maybe a 370Z or a used Z4. Lets hope my brother still has his suv when I decide to make the "final" upgrade.
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#246077 - 02/10/09 10:03 AM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: FordPrefect]
RickF Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
 Originally Posted By: FordPrefect
Lets hope my brother still has his suv when I decide to make the "final" upgrade.


Now *that's* what we're talking about Wayne ... an Excursion, Suburban or Hummer H1 type upgrade. \:D

Honestly, I am very envious happy for all of you %#@$ nice people to be able to visit the factory like you do.

&@*&# \:\)
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#246089 - 02/10/09 11:14 AM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: RickF]
Adrian Offline
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Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6600
Loc: It's all about the location.
Is that your "Billy Maze" impersonation, Rick?
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#246109 - 02/10/09 12:56 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: RickF]
fredk Offline
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Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 7031
Loc: Canada
Its just a little perk we get for putting up withto go along with the !!@**#$@beautiful winter weather up here.

I'm gonna go chip the ice of the bbq now...
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#254270 - 03/29/09 08:47 PM Re: M60ti 5 Year anniversary review. [Re: fredk]
davekro Offline
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Registered: 02/12/09
Posts: 562
Loc: Discovery Bay, CA
 Originally Posted By: fredk
Its just a little perk we get for putting up withto go along with the !!@**#$@beautiful winter weather up here.

I'm gonna go chip the ice of the bbq now...


Like Rick said. you guys get all the #^%#$ perks. And Dude, just chip a small hole to get to the gas valve & turn the bbq on!


It's all about the help on these here forums... ;\)
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