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#341973 - 03/13/11 05:59 PM Re: Planning an Axiom purchase [Re: JohnK]
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Thought I'd post a quick follow-up.

I went with the M22s and have them on either side of the cabinet mentioned in my original post. They are sitting on TV tables as I fuss with their position. Right now they are setup so that I have an 11' equilateral triangle formed with my chair.

My first impressions are mixed, and I'm waiting another week (and more usage) before coming to any conclusions. I'm not quite sure I'm getting the sound I want. I'm not sure if it is because of placement, the need to spend more time with the speakers, the need for a more powerful amp (a 75wpc Yamaha is driving them), or that I am so use to surround sound music that going back to stereo is a bigger adjustment than I thought.

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#342008 - 03/13/11 10:21 PM Re: Planning an Axiom purchase [Re: Karl]
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Karl, there may be several things you'll adjust to get the sound you want, and should get from your excellent M22s, but yes, as I immediately suggested in my previous reply, don't limit yourself to listening only on front speakers. Surround effects make a significant difference, even with 2-channel source material. I never listen to music on a setup with surround speakers available unless I use a mode such as DPLII to extract the ambience imprisoned in the front channels and direct it to the surrounds, where it belongs.
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#342061 - 03/14/11 12:00 PM Re: Planning an Axiom purchase [Re: JohnK]
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Thanks, JohnK. Your reply came 15m after I purchased my QS8 speakers. Since a sub became optional, there was room in the budget :-)

I'm now on the hunt for pointers on surround speaker placement. I have the Dolby recommendations, but if there is a thread that already covers this topic I'd appreciate a heads up.

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#342108 - 03/14/11 08:21 PM Re: Planning an Axiom purchase [Re: Karl]
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The Dolby recommendations are pretty much what you should try to adhere to but many of us are not able to stick to them and have less than optimal speaker placements with great results as the Qs' are very good at what they do. smile
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#342116 - 03/14/11 09:23 PM Re: Planning an Axiom purchase [Re: JohnK]
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Karl, the basic suggestion for the side surrounds in a 5.1 setup is maybe 2' farther back than directly to the side and 2-3' above ear level.

One of the variables to try is toeing in the M22s so that the tweeters point at your ears.
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