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#309658 - 06/07/10 09:30 AM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: sonicfox]
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and I thought that was Wid's system thumping east of me, must be the Sonic. \:\)
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#309841 - 06/08/10 04:56 PM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: Lampshade]
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Hello all,

Is there anyone in the Chicago area with any of the on-wall speakers (or smaller bookshelfs)?

I live right in the city and am looking to audition a set. As I am limited to on-wall for this particular room, hearing the bigger floor standers I see listed doesn't really help me much.

M22s, maybe. If those are allowed to be mounted horizontally (doubtful) I could make those fit too.

Thanks,

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#309867 - 06/08/10 09:59 PM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: Dave B]
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Dave, welcome. The Illinois audition listings don't presently show a good match for your request, but you might contact Axiom directly to see if something might be arranged.

No, it wouldn't be a good idea to mount the M22s horizontally, but vertical mounting of the regular M22s on the wall should work well in most situations.
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#309881 - 06/09/10 03:12 AM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: JohnK]
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Actually, contacting them directly is how I found this thread.

Yeah, I figure going sideways would not be a good idea. Unfortunately I can't have a tall speaker mounted vertically. There are windows in the way. I can have a square-ish speaker set vertically or a horizontal one above or below the window. You can see it in this photo. I'll be replacing the Bose blocks that came with the house:



If someone in the city has any Axiom speakers at all I'd be thrilled to hear them just to get a sense of how good any of the offerings are. I would never expect the on walls to sound quite as good as the free standing ones, just due to room dynamics, but it'll at least let me know what kind of quality I'm dealing with. I've heard 100% exceptional feedback so far, but the low prices still have me wondering how good they could possibly be.


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#309882 - 06/09/10 05:22 AM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: Dave B]
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Dave, from the picture it appears that there's easily enough room below rhe windows to mount the M22s(or an even taller speaker)vertically. The tweeters should be about at ear level.
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#309893 - 06/09/10 09:59 AM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: JohnK]
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Agreed. Since the fireplace bumps out into the room by what looks to be 10 - 12", mounting the bookshelf M22s under the windows with Axiom's Full Metal Brackets would look pretty good.
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#309901 - 06/09/10 11:22 AM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: pmbuko]
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One more recomendation for M22's below the windows.
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#309997 - 06/09/10 10:20 PM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: Dave B]
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Dave, I live about 60 miles west of downtown in Huntley. I have M22's and M80's, and (I hope this is allowed) Wid lives south of the city in Wilmington, but not sure of his set up without digging.
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#310043 - 06/10/10 12:37 PM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: Pitbull24]
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Guys, rewiring to a new location below the window might be more trouble than Dave wants. I do agree that putting ANY speaker closer to ear level will result in better sound.

Dave, don't dismiss using the FMB that Peter mentioned - even above the window located near the existing wiring. If you don't want to move the wiring, having the speakers above the window tilted down so that they point at the listening position could make a world of difference in the sound. It also might allow you to use regular M2 or M3's, which would probably sound better than an inwall/onwall mounted that close to the ceiling.
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#310185 - 06/12/10 02:32 AM Re: Auditioning Axioms In Your Area [Re: tomtuttle]
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Thanks for the input everyone-

I agree that being below there would be MUCH better sound. The issue is partly the wiring (though moving the fronts would actually allow me to use better wire) and partly interference with furnishings... That tan chair in the corner is not permanent, and we're still not sure what'll be going on the wall to the left of the fireplace. Quite possibly a big fish tank that goes up to the window level. Or a big plant or something. Who knows.

Trust me... if there's a way that speakers can be made to fit down there, I'll get bookshelf models on stands or a thin floor standing speaker (I think either of those would look better than an onwall floating in that spot below the window, not to mention sounding better) and wire it through the (existing) holes on either lower edge of the fireplace. That, to me, would look better than those FMBs (which I hadn't noticed before). A smaller club chair in the corner would leave room for a bookshelf on stands too.

That said, this is just a secondary listening room, and if there's something that'll sound 90% good even way up top, it might look best to use the existing wiring and put it all up there. The surrounds have to be that high either way, so there's some small aesthetic benefit to matching that.

Hard to say. But I'd still love to hear the on-walls, just because if they sound good, I'll know things can only get better by using the FMBs or monitor or FS speakers.

Brian, I'm kicking myself now for forgetting to check this site in the past few days (I forgot to bookmark it). I was actually just out that far west last night. South of you, on 88, but what's another bit of driving when already that far. I was going to be picking up a pre-amp, but it turned out he wasn't able to configure it properly and get it up and running for me. So I drove all the way out past Aurora just to drop off those Bose cubes in the photos that I'm replacing. Took me all night because of the road work. I'd have gladly hopped up 47 or something. I may contact you at some point soon... if he gets it working I'm due for another long trip out there. It's worth it for the price to sound quality ratio I'd be getting for that preamp.

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