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#2139 - 04/01/02 09:51 PM Re: M22s or M50s as fronts?
Randyman Offline

Registered: 03/29/02
Posts: 184
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
I too just purchased M50s - they were delivered last Friday. Spent the weekend testing and comparing them to my old Sony APM speakers(don't laugh - these were not the normal Japenese style speakers) . The Sony's are 3 way systems and have the square, flat drivers - and were produced in the mid 80s. Bought them in Germany, so you can see I have had them a while. ANYWAY - in comparing the M50s to the Sonys, I am pretty surprised that my Sonys have held up so well. The M50s are a bit brighter with slightly less midrange - and very slightly less bottom. (But I will say the bottom end of the M50s is pretty darn good!) They are also slightly less efficient. But here is where they shine: IMAGING! by far superior! SO I am still testing - and until they are more completely broken in, I won;t judge the overall sound yet. But my first impression is that I MIGHT be happier with the M60s. I see a strong possibility for better (more natural) midrange (since it has a mid driver). Only time will tell.

#2140 - 05/16/05 11:07 AM Re: M22s or M50s as fronts?
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Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1235
Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US
As I have mentioned before, I tried both the m22s and the m50s. I really enjoyed the low end on the m50s. In my opinion that is their strength. As far the mids and highs, the m22s simply blew them away. Where the m22s mids are awe inspiring, almost too good, the mids of the m50s where too laid back, almost muddy sounding. The overall sound of the 22s won across the spectrum for me. My entire family agreed with this assessment, and urged me to return them, so this is not just the ravings of an aged lunatic, well maybe I am a lunatic, but that's another story. I must disagree with 2x6 when it comes to imaging. I thought the 50s shortcoming was their total lack of imaging or 3d soundstage, whatever you want to call it. I really wanted to prefer the m50s over the m22s, but they didn't have a chance. I had these speakers on the floor, maybe risers would have helped with the lack of soundstage But, if I would have bought risers I could also buy stands for the m22s. I hate to say anything negative about Axiom products, but in the case of the m50s, they were a disappointment. I may be completely wrong about this and my apologies go out Ian and Alan and anyone who loves these speakers. I actually thought the PSB 5Ts, which have a similar configuration, are a better sounding speaker. I really can't understand how anyone can listen to the M22s and not say WOW, even if they are not your cup of tea. They are astounding speakers. I think the M50s are just average. Somebody prove me wrong and I'll reorder them immediately. I promise. The only way to know which is for you is to order both and return the loser.

#2141 - 05/16/05 01:16 PM Re: M22s or M50s as fronts?
littleb Offline

Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1235
Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US
I guess I am flipping. How did I get propelled back into 2002. Man, I guess it was a really rough week.

#2142 - 05/16/05 03:02 PM Re: M22s or M50s as fronts?
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Registered: 02/06/02
Posts: 1622
That had me totally weirded out. I hadn't seen an Anon post in years! How did you get there?

Amie Colquhoun
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#2143 - 05/16/05 03:57 PM Re: M22s or M50s as fronts?
littleb Offline

Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1235
Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US

I believe I went to the who's online area, and clicked on the subject, and suddenly I was had lost 3 years of my life. I may have entered The Twilight Zone.

#2144 - 05/16/05 04:49 PM Re: M22s or M50s as fronts?
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Registered: 11/30/04
Posts: 205
Loc: Atascocita, TX
When you say in a corner how close to the side walls are you referring? I am moving all HT gear to a smaller room (12' X 16')and will be putting the M80's about 1' from each side wall. The speakers can be placed out from the back wall somewhat more. I don't want to lug all that stuff upstairs and then find out that it sounds like crap because of the room acoustics. The room is a little too narrow to put a Big Screen TV on the 16" foot wall. I am planning on buying 60"+, so I need to position it at the end of the room on the 12' wide wall to be far enough away that it looks good, about 14' away from sitting position.

What does everyon/anyone think?
M80ti's, VP150, QS8's

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