Thanks for the thoughtful post, Woodrow/Buddy S.
I, like you, was expecting more of a WOW factor when plugging in my new Axioms (in my case, M80s). Heck, I auditioned a gigantic pair of Martin Logan speakers a couple of years ago (blanking on the model) and was not WOWed either. Either my ears are really picky or unsophisticated.
Still, like you, with some tweaking on placement, I'm happy overall.
Thanks again for chiming in. Stick around and help us derail some threads from time to time.
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