I just wanted to drop in and note a few things. Board member Bray graciously allowed me into his house to listen to his system (Axiom M60tis, VP100, QS8s, Velodyne CHT-10). What a great sound. I played Billy Cobham's "Warning" tracks 1 & 8 and the system handled it nicely. Note: Track 8 has some real deep synth bass notes playing while Billy is destroying drumheads, I've listened to way too many systems that show a huge difference in volume in these notes since they around the crossover point.
I played Steve Morse "High Tension Wires", Brady showed me some excellent NickelCreek (sp?) blue grass and Alison Krauss. Everything was top notch. Nice transparent sound. Note: those of you who let others audition the Axioms should press for a "referral fee" from the company when we buy a system ;-)
As luck would have it, about 2 hours later I found myself about a mile from the "Home Theater Store" in Dallas. So I dropped in with "Warning" in hand. The sales guy took me to their stereo room to show off their B&W line. I listened to 4 models. The sound was way too mid-range-y for me with no bass. I asked "What Sub are you running?"
He replied "None" ... so off we went in search of the only 2 home theater setups they had with subs. (What is up with that?) Both system failed miserably on those low notes with a lot of fall-off between them. Maybe these guys should go listen to a real theater rather than spending time decorating the all the listening rooms. If they can't handle music, how the hell are they going to handle movies-that-guys-like? So as it stands in my book, Axiom: 1 B&W: 0
I'm about to dive into this head first to fill up a very empty 19x14 room. I'm thinking: InFocus 7205, Denon 3805, M80ti's, QS8's, VP150, SVS 20-39. Still haven't started looking at DVD/SACD player ...
Your inputs would be appreciated.
PS: The wife-unit wants the system professionally installed (projector, amps, speakers, dvd player, hd box) so that no wires are showing, etc, etc, etc, Now I'm wondering if I can find someone in the area who does this for a living.