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#381488 - 08/14/12 08:48 AM M22 or M3 for front speakers?
Coal Offline
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Registered: 08/13/12
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Hi All,
I am looking to get a pair of Axiom bookshelf speakers as part of my home theater upgrade. I just upgraded my receiver last night, and was thinking of either getting a pair of M22 or M3 speakers. I have a very small area to fill. I sit about 10 feet back from a 46 inch TV, the room is about 10 feet wide, and the ceiling is lower than the standard height (basement).

Although I would like a pair of M22s, I think they may be a bit much for such a small space.

Thoughts?

Thanks, really helpful forum.
Coal


Edited by Coal (08/14/12 09:09 AM)

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#381494 - 08/14/12 09:28 AM Re: M22 or M3 for front speakers? [Re: Coal]
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Coal, do you have a sub?

Oftentimes, M3s are recommended if you don't have a sub, because they have a bit of a bass hump that results in a "fuller" sound. M22s are often thought to be more accurate, but more people would think a sub is helpful with the 22s.
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#381498 - 08/14/12 09:36 AM Re: M22 or M3 for front speakers? [Re: Coal]
Coal Offline
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Hi,
Yes, I have an older HK sub that I plan to use for now. I am only concerned that the M22 will be unnecessarily large for the space I am filling.

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#381500 - 08/14/12 10:19 AM Re: M22 or M3 for front speakers? [Re: Coal]
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My personal opinion is that it wouldn't.
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#381503 - 08/14/12 10:48 AM Re: M22 or M3 for front speakers? [Re: Coal]
GuitarStv Offline
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Registered: 05/31/12
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I recently auditioned both. The M3s were sent back. With a sub the M22s just sounded better to my ears . . .

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#381506 - 08/14/12 10:59 AM Re: M22 or M3 for front speakers? [Re: GuitarStv]
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Coal, good decision.

As good as the M3s are, and they're very good, the M22s are more "linear"--more accurate--than the M3s, and thus more neutral overall. We're talking nuances here, not dramatic differences, but as you discovered, they are audible.

Regards,
Alan
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#381507 - 08/14/12 11:02 AM Re: M22 or M3 for front speakers? [Re: Coal]
alan Offline
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Coal,

The M22s would not be too much for your small space. And since you have a sub, see my comments in the previous post re the two models.

Sorry, I mixed up your post with GS, who had auditioned both M3s and M22s.

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#381509 - 08/14/12 11:22 AM Re: M22 or M3 for front speakers? [Re: Coal]
Coal Offline
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Great advice. Really helpful.

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