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#105678 - 07/25/05 01:18 AM M2-M3-M22 o.k. for Denon Micro system?
ejj Offline

Registered: 07/25/05
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I'm looking to get a fuller sound. We listen to a lot of acoustic music--need more mid/bass. Will this little unit (Denon M31 or something like that) be able to drive these speakers? We have a small bungalow, and space is a major concern. PARTICULARLY for my wife. M22s might be too big even... Rather stick with stereo--not a 2.1 system, although the unit does have a sub pre-out... Any thoughts?

#105679 - 07/25/05 01:28 AM Re: M2-M3-M22 o.k. for Denon Micro system?
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I think the M3 would fit the bill nicely. Has a bit of a bass hump which gives it a fuller sound--from what I've gathered from the forum here.

What kind of power does that M31 put out? I have a Denon UM 50, or something like that, I used in college. Used it mainly for headphone listening, but I remember reading a warning about damaging speakers because it did not have enough power. It came with some Mission speakers that were specifically designed for the Denon Micro unit.

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#105680 - 07/25/05 08:14 AM Re: M2-M3-M22 o.k. for Denon Micro system?
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"Full" sound from a small Axiom speaker? Yup, gotta agree; the M3 is the way to go

Saw a test a few years back of the M3s being driven by a 3 or 5 watt tube amp and doin' just fine!!

#105681 - 07/25/05 08:20 AM Re: M2-M3-M22 o.k. for Denon Micro system?
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Another vote for the M3. Despite the specs, I found the M3 to be a bit more efficient than even M60s -- when A/B-ing them I had to turn the volume down a bit for the M3s and up a bit for the M60s.
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#105682 - 07/25/05 04:35 PM Re: M2-M3-M22 o.k. for Denon Micro system?
INANE Offline

Registered: 02/04/04
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Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
I have my M3's in a large room and they can get the SPL's up there.

Very nice speakers for a small/low power setup.
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#105683 - 07/27/05 12:01 PM Re: M2-M3-M22 o.k. for Denon Micro system?
haleighpup Offline

Registered: 07/27/05
Posts: 6
Loc: MI
The denon DM50 which is the one I have is 30 watts per channel 6ohm. I think the dm31 is either 20 or 25 watts per channel 6ohm. I have been thinking about changing my small mission speakers as well.

#105684 - 07/27/05 01:56 PM Re: M2-M3-M22 o.k. for Denon Micro system?
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Registered: 03/27/04
Posts: 339
For the record, right now I'm using m22tis with a decade-old tape player receiver from kmart. It weighs about as much as the cardboard box my cables came in did.. maybe less. Works fine. I haven't tried blasting it, but it gets to a decent volume, for metal and such.

A micro system would(hopefully) have more power than this, so the denon should be fine.

#105685 - 07/29/05 01:24 PM Re: M2-M3-M22 o.k. for Denon Micro system?
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Registered: 07/29/05
Posts: 3
I got a M30 for my wife: she liked the PSB Alpha B speakers so that's what we got her.

The UD-M30 puts out 20w/chanel so both the M3 and M22 should be suitable as their min wattage is stated at ten. The M2 has a min wattage req of 15 watts so might be a little more problematical. When auditioning the system the shop was running it with Axiom M3's back when they still had a retail presence. Sounded awesome to me.


P.S. Long time lurker first time poster. We use M22's coupled to a cheap Technics SA-DX750 for our living room system: works great.

P.S.S. Thanks for all the great advice that I've read here over the last couple years.


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